Associate Professor of [CHIM/02]
Office: Cittadella Universitaria, V.le A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania. Edificio 1 corpo D piano 0 Stanza 3 (D0/3)
Phone: +39 095 738 6050
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday from 15:00 to 17:00



  • Luca Fichera, Giovanni Li-Destri, Nunzio Tuccitto: Fluorescent nanoparticle-based Internet of things, Nanoscale, 2020, 12, 9817-9823
  • Nunzio Tuccitto, Lorenzo Riela, Agatino Zammataro, Luca Spitaleri, Giovanni Li Destri, Gianfranco Sfuncia, Giuseppe Nicotra, Andrea Pappalardo, Giacomo Capizzi, and Giuseppe Trusso Sfrazzetto: Functionalized Carbon Nanoparticle-Based Sensors for Chemical Warfare Agents, ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2020,3, 8182-8191
  • Giovanni Li-Destri, Dario Menta, Carmelo Menta, Nunzio Tuccitto: Effect of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on the Spatial Distribution of Analytes from Point Source, Chemosensors, 8, 77
  • Nunzio Tuccitto, Luca Spitaleri, Giovanni Li Destri, Andrea Pappalardo, Antonino Gulino, Giuseppe Trusso Sfrazzetto: Supramolecular sensing of a chemical warfare agents simulant by functionalized carbon nanoparticles, Molecules, 2020, 25, 5731
  • Luca Fichera, Giovanni Li-Destri, Nunzio Tuccitto: Nanoparticles as suitable messengers for molecular communication, Nanoscale, 2020, 12, 22386-22397



  • Giovanni Li-Destri, Roberta Ruffino, Nunzio Tuccitto, Giovanni Marletta: In situ structure and force characterization of 2D nano-colloids at the air/water interface, Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 8475-8482
  • Luca Fichera, Giovanni Li-Destri, Roberta Ruffino, Grazia Maria Lucia Messina, Nunzio Tuccitto: Reactive nanomessengers for artificial chemical communication, PCCP, 2019, 21, 16223-16229
  • Giovanni Li-Destri, Luca Fichera, Agatino Zammataro, Giuseppe Trusso Sfrazzetto, Nunzio Tuccitto: Self-Assembled Carbon Nanoparticles as Messengers for Artificial Chemical Communication, Nanoscale, 2019, 11,14203-14209
  • Roberta Ruffino, Nunzio Tuccitto, Grazia Maria Lucia Messina, Erika Kozma, Marinella Catellani, Giovanni Li-Destri, Giovanni Marletta: Polymer Crystallization on Nanocurved Substrates: Distortion Versus Dewetting, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2019, 123, 8967-8974
  • Nunzio Tuccitto, Grazia Maria Lucia Messina, Giovanni Li-Destri, Aleksandra Wietecka, Giovanni Marletta: Chelating Surfaces for Oriented Human Serum Albumin Molecules, Langmuir, 2019, 35, 3354-3362


  • Nunzio Tuccitto, Giovanni Li-Destri, Grazia Maria Lucia Messina, Giovanni Marletta: Reactive messengers for digital molecular communication with variable transmitter–receiver distance, PCCP, 2018, 20, 30312-30320
  • Pietro Russo, Giuseppe Nasti, Sara Coppola, Gennaro Gentile, Nunzio Tuccitto, Giovanni Li-Destri, Giovanni Marletta, Pietro Ferraro: Singlefibres of pyro-electrospinned PVDF-HFP/MWCNT unveal highelectrical conductivity, Polymer, 2018, 159, 157-161
  • Nunzio Tuccitto, Tiziana Amato, Chiara Maria Antonietta Gangemi, Giuseppe Trusso Sfrazzetto, Roberta Puglisi, Andrea Pappalardo, Francesco Paolo Ballistreri, Grazia Maria Lucia Messina, Giovanni Li Destri, Giovanni Marletta: Driving coordination polymer monolayer formation by competitive reactions at the air/water interface, Langmuir, 2018, 34, 11706−11713
  • Giovanni Li Destri, Nunzio Tuccitto, Pietro A. Livio, Grazia M.L. Messina, Linus Pithan, Giovanni Marletta: Energy-sustained reversible nanoscale order and conductivity increase in polymer thin films, Polymer, 2018, 153, 344-453.


  • Nunzio Tuccitto, Giovanni Li Destri, Grazia M. L. Messina, Giovanni Marletta: Fluorescent Quantum Dots Make Feasible Long-Range Transmission of Molecular Bits, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2017, 8, 3861−3866
  • Luca Costa, Giovanni Li Destri, Diego Pontoni, Oleg Konovalov, Neil H. Thomson: Liquid–Liquid Interfacial Imaging Using Atomic Force Microscopy, Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2017, 4, 1700203


  • Nusret S. Güldal, Marvin Berlinghof, Thaer Kassar, Xiaoyan Du, Xuechen Jiao, Markus Meyer, Tayebeh Ameri, Andres Osvet, Ning Li, Giovanni Li Destri, Rainer H. Fink, Harald Ade, Tobias Unruh, Christoph J. Brabec: Controlling additive behavior to reveal an alternative morphology formation mechanism in polymer:fullerene bulk-heterojunctions, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2016, 16136-16147
  • Gabriele C. Messina, Marco G. Sinatra, Valentina Bonanni, Rosaria Brescia, Alessandro Alabastri, Francesco Pineider, Giulio Campo, Claudio Sangregorio, Giovanni Li Destri, Gianfranco Sfuncia, Giovanni Marletta, Marcello Condorelli, Remo Proietti Zaccaria, Francesco De Angelis, Giuseppe Compagnini: Tuning the Composition of Alloy Nanoparticles Through Laser Mixing: The Role of Surface Plasmon Resonance, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2016, 120, 12810-12818
  • Luca Costa, Giovanni Li Destri, Neil H. Thomson, Oleg Konovalov, Diego Pontoni: Real space imaging of nanoparticle assembly at liquid-liquid interfaces with nanoscale resolution, Nano Letters, 2016, 16, 5463-5468
  • Nusret Sena Guldal, Thaer Kassar, Marvin Berlinghof, Tayebeh Ameri, Andres Osvet, Roberto Pacios, Giovanni Li Destri, Tobias Unruh, Cristoph J. Brabec: Real-Time Evaluation of Thin Film Drying Kinetics by an Advanced, Multi-Probe Optical Setup, Journal of Materials Chemistry C2016, 4, 2178-2186
  • Giovanni Li Destri, Antonio Gasperini, Andrea Tummino, Laura Parellada, Graziana Messina, Valentina Spampinato, Oleg Konovalov: Filling Nanoporous Polymer Thin Films: An Easy Route Toward the Full Control of the 3D Nanostructure, RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 9175-9179
  • Thaer Kassar, Nusret S. Güldal, Marvin Berlinghof, Tayebeh Ameri, Andreas Kratzer, Bob C. Schroeder, Giovanni Li Destri, Andreas Hirsch, Martin Heeney, Iyan McCulloch, Christoph  J. Brabec, Tobias Unruh: Real Time Investigation of Intercalation and Structure Evolution in Printed Polymer:Fullerene Bulk Hetero-Junction Thin Films, Advanced Energy Materials, 2016, 6, 1502025


  • Christopher Lorch, Heiko Frank, Rupak Banerjee, Alexander Hinderhofer, Alexander Gerlach, Giovanni Li Destri, Frank Schreiber: Controlling length-scales of the phase separation to optimize organic semiconductor blends. Applied Physics Letters, 2015, 107, 201903
  • Giovanni Li Destri, Antonio Gasperini, Oleg Konovalov: The Link Between Self-Assembly and Molecular Conformation of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers Monolayers at the Air/Water Interface: the Spreading Parameter. Langmuir, 2015, 31, 8856-8864
  • Ernesto Scoppola, Erik Watkins, Giovanni Li Destri, Lionel Porcar, Richard A. Campbell, Oleg Konovalov, Giovanna Fragneto, Olivier Diat: Structure of liquid/liquid interface during solvent extraction combining X-ray and neutron reflectivity. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2015, 17, 15093-15097
  • Karoline Pardun, Laura Treccani, Eike Volkmann, Giovanni Li Destri, Giovanni Marletta, Philipp Streckbein, Christian Heiss: Characterization of Wet Powder-Sprayed Zirconia/Calcium Phosphate Coating for Dental Implants. Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research, 2015, 17, 186-198
  • Karoline Pardun, Laura Treccani, Eike Volkmann, Philipp Streckbein, Christian Heiss, Giovanni Li Destri, Giovanni Marletta, Kurosch Rezwan: Mixed zirconia calcium phosphatecoatings for dental implants: Tailoring coating stability and bioactivity potential. Materials Science and engineering C, 2015, 48, 337-346
  • Alieh Aminian, Karoline Pardun, Eike Volkmann, Giovanni Li Destri, Giovanni Marletta, Laura Treccani,  Kurosch Rezwan: Enzyme-assisted calcium phosphate biomineralization on an inert alumina surface. Acta Biomaterialia, 2015, 13, 335-343


  • Hans-Georg Steinrück, Andreas Schiener, Torben Schindler, Johannes Will, Andreas Magerl, Oleg Konovalov, Giovanni Li Destri, Oliver H. Seeck, Markus Mezger, Julia Haddad, Moshe Deutsch, Antonio Checco, Benjamin M. Ocko: Nanoscale Structure of Si/SiO2/Organics Interfaces. ACS Nano, 2014, 8, 12676-12681
  • Giovanni Li Destri, Fausto Miano, Giovanni Marletta: Structure-rheology relationship in weakly amphiphilic block-copolymer Langmuir monolayers. Langmuir, 2014, 30, 3345-3353


  • Nico Seidler, Giovanni Mattia Lazzerini, Giovanni Li Destri, Giovanni Marletta, Franco Cacialli: Enhanced crystallinity and film retention of P3HT thin-films for efficient organic solar cells by use of preformed nanofibers in solution. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2013, 1, 7748-7757
  • Vanna Torrisi, Francesco Ruffino, Giuseppe Isgró, Isodiana Crupi, Giovanni Li Destri, Maria Grazia Grimaldi, Giovanni Marletta: Polymer/metal hybrid multilayers modified Schottky devices. Applied Physics Letters, 2013, 103, 193117
  • Pietro Russo, Domenico Acierno, Giovanni Marletta, Giovanni Li Destri: Tensile properties, thermal and morphological analysis of thermoplastic polyurethane films reinforced with multiwalled carbon nanotubes. European Polymer Journal, 2013, 49, 3155-3164
  • Giovanni Li Destri, Agostino Marrazzo, Antonio Rescifina, Francesco Punzo: Crystal morphologies and polymorphs in tolbutamide microcrystalline powder. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2013, 102, 73-83


  • Giovanni Li Destri, Vanna Torrisi, Giovanni Marletta: Electroactive functional hybrid layered nanocomposites. AIP Conference Proceedings (6th International Conference on Times of Polymers (TOP) and Composites), 2012, 1459, 17-19
  • Andrea Pappalardo, Francesco P. Ballistreri, Giovanni Li Destri, Placido G. Mineo, Gaetano A. Tomaselli, Rosa M. Toscano, Giuseppe Trusso Sfrazzetto: Supramolecular Polymer Networks Based on a Calix[5]arene Tethered Poly(p-phenyleneethynylene), Macromolecules, 2012, 45, 7549-7556
  • Robert Schulze, Matthias M. L. Arras, Giovanni Li Destri, Michael Gottschaldt, Joerg Bossert, Ulrich S. Schubert, Giovanni Marletta, Klaus D. Jandt, Thomas F. Keller: Extended-Chain Induced Bulk Morphologies Occur at Surfaces of Thin Co-Oligomer Films. Macromolecules, 2012, 45, 4740-4748
  • Giovanni Li Destri, Thomas F. Keller, Marinella Catellani, Francesco Punzo, Klaus D. Jandt, Giovanni Marletta: Interfacial Free Energy Driven Nanophase Separation in Poly(3-hexylthiophene)/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester Thin Films. Langmuir, 2012, 28, 5257-5266
  • Ana Rosa Lazo Fraga, Josefina Calvo Quintana, Giovanni Li Destri, Nicoletta Giamblanco, Roberta Grazia Toro and Francesco Punzo: Polymeric membranes conditioning for sensors applications: mechanism and influence on analytes detection. Journal of Solid State Elechtrochemistry, 2012, 16, 901-909


  • Josefina Calvo Quintana, Fabiana Arduini, Aziz Amine, Francesco Punzo, Giovanni Li Destri, Chiara Bianchini, Daniela Zane, Antonella Curulli, Giuseppe Palleschi, Danila Moscone: Part I: A comparative study of bismuth-modified screen-printed electrodes for lead detection. Analytica Chimica Acta, 2011, 707, 171-177
  • Giovanni Li Destri, Agostino Marrazzo, Antonio Rescifina, Francesco Punzo: How Molecular Interactions Affect Crystal Morphology: The Case of Haloperidol. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2011, 100, 4896-4906
  • Giovanni Li Destri, Thomas Keller, Marinella Catellani, Francesco Punzo, Klaus D. Jandt and Giovanni Marletta: Crystalline Monolayer Ordering at Substrate/Polymer Interfaces in Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Ultrathin Films. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 2011, 212, 905-914


  • Ana Rosa Lazo Fraga, Giovanni Li Destri, Giuseppe Forte, Antonio Rescifina and Francesco Punzo: Could N,N-(diethylcarbamothioyl)benzamide Be a Good Ionophore for Sensor Membranes? Journal of Molecular Structure, 2010, 981, 86-92