Andrea BRUNELLI, Dr.
Postdoctoral Scholar

Room Number: 2C406 | Tel.: +43-1-4277-53332

Research interests

environmental exposure assessment of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) and ENM-based commercial products; interaction of ENMs with natural particles and surfaces

Curriculum vitae

since 2018 Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vienna, Department of Environmental Geosciences

2013 - 2017
 Post-Doctoral researcher at University Ca' Foscari of Venice (Italy)

2010 - 2013 PhD studies at University Ca' Foscari of Venice (Italy). Thesis: Advanced physico-chemical characterization of engineered nanomaterials in nanotoxicology

2010 - 2011 Environmental Specialist at Consorzio Venezia Ricerche (Italy)
- Application of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology
- Characterization of excavated earth and rocks
- Literature and laboratory analysis to investigate environmental release of engineered nanomaterials

2007 - 2009 M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences, University Ca' Foscari Venice (Italy). Thesis: Chemical characterization of gaseous pollutants and fine particle (PM2.5) in a suburban industrial site around Venetian area

2003 - 2007 B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences, University Ca' Foscari Venice (Italy). Thesis: Sites management of Natura 2000 network: two Italian regions compared


Brunelli A, Badetti E, Basei G, Izzo FC, Hristozov D, Marcomini A. Effects of organic modifiers on the colloidal stability of TiO2 nanoparticles. A methodological approach for NPs categorization by multivariate statistical analysis. NanoImpact, 2018, 9, 114–123.

Gheno G, Badetti E, Brunelli A, Ganzerla R, Marcomini A. Consolidation of Vicenza, Arenaria and Istria stones: a comparison between nano-based products and acrylate derivatives. J Cult Herit, In press.

Amorim M, Lin S, Schlich K, Navas J, Brunelli A, Neubauer N, Vilsmeier K, Costa A, Gondikas, A, Xia T, Galbis L, Badetti E, Marcomini A, Hristozov D, von der Kammer F, Hund-Rinke K, Scott Fordsmand J, Nel A, Wohlleben W. Environmental impacts by fragments released from nano enabled products? A multi-assay, multi-material exploration by “the SUN approach”. Environ Sci Technol. 2018, 52, 1514-1524.

Ortelli S, Costa AL, Blosi M, Brunelli A, Badetti E, Bonetto A, Hristozov D, Marcomini A. Colloidal characterization of CuO nanoparticles in biological and environmental media. Environ. Sci.: Nano, 2017, 4, 1264-1272.

Hristozov D, Gottardo S, Semenzin E, Oomen A, Bos P, Peijnenburg W, van Tongeren M, Nowack B, Hunt N, Brunelli A, Scott-Fordsmand J, Tran L, Marcomini A. Frameworks and tools for risk assessment of manufactured nanomaterials. Environ Int 2016, 95:36-53.

Gosens I, Cassee FR, Zanella M, Manodori L, Brunelli A, Costa AL, Bokkers BG, de Jong WH, Brown D, Hristozov D, Stone V. Organ burden and pulmonary toxicity of nano-sized copper (II) oxide particles after short-term inhalation exposure. Nanotoxicology 2016, 2:1-12.

Brunelli A, Zabeo A, Semenzin E, Hristozov D, Marcomini A. Extrapolated long-term stability of titanium dioxide nanoparticles and multi-walled carbon nanotubes in artificial freshwater. J Nanopart Res 2016, 18:113.

Pang C, Brunelli A, Zhu C, Hristozov D, Liu Y, Semenzin E, Wang, W, Tao W, Liang J, Marcomini A, Chen C, Zhao B. Demonstrating approaches to chemically modify the surface of Ag nanoparticles in order to influence their cytotoxicity and biodistribution after single dose acute intravenous administration. Nanotoxicology 2016, 12:1-11.

Pinsino A, Russo R, Bonaventura R, Brunelli A, Marcomini A, Matranga V. Titanium dioxide nanoparticles stimulate sea urchin immune cell phagocytic activity involving TLR/p38 MAPKmediated signalling pathway. Sci. Rep. 2015, 5, 14492.

Della Torre M, Buonocore F, Frenzilli G, Corsolini S, Brunelli A, Guidi P, Kocan A, Mariottini M, Mottola F, Nigro M, Pozo K, Randelli E, Vannuccini ML, Picchietti S, Santonastaso M, Scarcelli V, Focardi S, Marcomini A, Rocco L, Scapigliati G, Corsi C. Influence of titanium dioxide nanoparticles on 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin bioconcentration and toxicity in the marine fish European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Environ Poll 2014, 196:185-193.

Munari M, Sturve J, Frenzilli G, Sanders MB, Brunelli A, Marcomini A, Nigro M, Lyons BP. Genotoxic effects of CdS quantum dots and Ag2S nanoparticles in fish cell lines (RTG-2) Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis. Mutation Research 2014, 775- 776:89- 93.

Balbi T, Smerilli A, Fabbri R, Ciacci C, Montagna M, Grasselli E, Brunelli A, Pojana G, Marcomini A, Gallo G, Canesi L. Co-exposure to n-TiO2 and Cd2+ results in interactive effects on biomarker responses but not in increased toxicity in the marine bivalve M. galloprovincialis. Sci Total Environ 2014, 493:355-364.

Frenzilli G, Bernardeschi M, Guidi P, Scarcelli V, Lucchesi P, Marsili L, Fossi MC, Brunelli A, Pojana G, Marcomini A, Nigro M. Effects of in vitro exposure to titanium dioxide on DNA integrity of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) fibroblasts and leukocytes. Marine Environ Res 2014,100:68- 73.

Brunelli A, Pojana G, Callegaro S. Marcomini A. Agglomeration and sedimentation of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (n-TiO2) in synthetic and real waters. J Nanopart Res 2013, 15:1684.

Gaiser BK, Hirn S, Kermanizadeh A, Kanase N, Fytianos K, Wenk A, Haberl N, Brunelli A, Kreyling WG, Stone V. Effects of silver nanoparticles on the liver and hepatocytes in vitro, Toxicol Sci 2013,131:537–547.

Hougaard KS, Jackson P, Kyjovska ZO, Birkedal RK, De Temmerman P-J RH, Brunelli A, Verleysen E, Mette Madsen A, Saber AT, Pojana G, Mast J, Marcomini A, Jensen KA, Wallin H, Szarek J, Mortensen A, Vogel U. Effects of exposure to carbon nanotubes on female fertility and fetal development. A study in mice. Repr Toxicol 2013, 41:86-97.

Squizzato S, Masiol M, Brunelli A, Pistollato S, Tarabotti E, Rampazzo G, Pavoni B. Factors determining the formation of secondary inorganic aerosol: a case study in the Po Valley (Italy), Atmos Chem Phys 2013, 13:1927–1939.

Zuin S, Scanferla P, Brunelli A, Marcomini A, Wong JE, Wennekes W, Genné I. Layer-by-layer deposition of titanium dioxide nanoparticles on polymeric membranes: A Life Cycle Assessment study. Ind Eng Chem Res 2013, 52:13979-13990.