Dario is a Patent Attorney within the Materials Science group. In his research career he has explored a diverse range of fields comprising materials engineering, materials synthesis and industrial process development.
Dario has a Chemical Engineering degree and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. He acquired extensive experience in the field of advanced materials, polymers and nanotechnology for sustainable energy, sensing and photonics. His Ph.D. project focussed on the synthesis of inorganic metal-oxide coatings containing metal and/or semiconductor nanoparticles for the remote and electro-less detection of flammable and toxic compounds.
Dario performed his post-doctoral research in Australia as the recipient of an Australian Research Council (ARC) fellowship, working at CSIRO in a joint project with Swinburne University of Technology.
His research has stretched into the realm of Sol-Gel hybrid organic-inorganic composites, and diversified into the production of polymeric nanocomposites for photonics (organic methacrylates, epoxy-based photo-sensitive resists for lithography and microfabrication), photovoltaics (organic poly-thiophenes), gas storage (MOFs, metal-organic frameworks) and biotechnology in collaboration with the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (bio-conjugation of magnetic and luminescent micro/nanoparticles with antibodies for the early detection of viruses).
D. Buso et al., Highly luminescent metal-organic frameworks through quantum dot doping, Small, 8(1), 2012, 80-88.
D. Buso et al., Dynamic control of MOF-5 crystal positioning using a magnetic field, Advanced Materials, 23(34), 2011, 3901-3906.
D. Buso et al., Nanoflaked a-hopeite microparticles with exceptional MOF-5 nucleation properties: new routes for positioning and functionalizing MOF crystals, Nature Communications, 2(1), 2011, art. no. A237.