Silvio received his MSc degree in organic chemistry from the University of Pisa, Italy in 2011. A few months later he moved to NYC to join Prof. John’s lab at the City College of New York to pursue a Ph.D. . During this time, he worked on two different projects: one aimed at unraveling the complexity between chronic inflammation and tumor formation by utilizing Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism in collaboration with Dr. Govind (CCNY); as for the second project, he took advantage of molecular rotors (i.e., fluorescent compounds whose fluorescence is affected by intramolecular motion restriction) to investigate the self-assembly of low molecular-weight gelators. Currently, he is a postdoctoral research associate at CUNY-ASRC in Uljin lab where he is collaborating with Prof. Hyungsik Lim (Hunter College) to study the dynamic self-assembly of small peptides via second-harmonic imaging microscopy.

Research Interests

Nanomaterials, organic synthesis, fluorescence spectroscopy.



  • Silvio Panettieri et al., Imaging intracellular viscosity by a new molecular rotor suitable for phasor analysis of fluorescence lifetime, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 2013, 405, 6223–6233
  • Javier Orozco, Silvio Panettieri adn Teresa Bandosz, Reactive adsorption of CEES on iron oxyhydroxide/(N-)graphite oxide composites under visible light exposure, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2015, 3, 17080-17090


Job History

  • 2012 - 2017 : Ph.D. Candidate, City College of New York
  • 2011 - 2012 : Research Fellow, Scuola Normale di Pisa, Italy