Francesca Scalera

Francesca Scalera

Francesca Scalera is a research fellow at the Department of Engineering for Innovation, Salento University. In 2004 she took the bachelor degree in Materials Engineering from Salento University, with a thesis on the synthesis of a cellulose based superabsorbent hydrogel as biomedical device for the weight loss in overweight individuals. After two years, she got the master degree working on the design and development of a pilot plant for the scale-up of the production of cellulose-based superabsorbent hydrogel. She received her PhD in July 2011 in Materials and Structure Engineering after a stage research period at Brighton University, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science. Her dissertation was entitled : “Development of methods for bone and cartilage tissue regeneration”.


Bone tissue engineering and Osteochondral lesion regeneration

  • Customized biomimetic scaffolds for bone tissue regeneration
  • Synthesis and characterization of highly sintering ceramic nanopowders
  • Photopolymerizable ceramic-polymer mixing for scaffold fabrication via rapid prototyping and 3D Printing
  • Biomimetic ceramic-organic composites for osteochondral tissue regeneration
  • Growth factor delivery system

Soft tissue regeneration: tendon and ligaments lesions repair

  • Nanofiber fabrication through electrospinning of natural and synthetic polymers