Roberto Pisano

Full Professor (L. 240)
Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT)

  • Member of Interdepartmental Center PolitoBIOMed Lab - Biomedical Engineering Lab
  • Vice Coordinator Academic Board - Ph.D. programme in Chemical Engineering


Research interests

Advanced drug delivery
Continuous manufactuing
Crystal engineering
Extracellular vesicles (evs)
Food processing
Molecular simulations
Pharmaceutical engineering
Pharmaceutical manufacturing
Process control


Roberto Pisano. Professor of Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees, as well as Ph.D in Chemical Engineering. from Politecnico di Torino (IT). He performed doctoral research at the Centre de Ressources Technologiques – Institut Technique Agro-Industriel (Strasbourg, France) in 2008, and at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA) in Aug-Oct 2016 as a Visiting Scientist. Pisano’s research focuses on the application of both computational and experimental methods to engineering chemical products and processes, with particular emphasis on pharmaceutical processing and formulation of both small molecules and biologics, primarily lyophilized formulation. In this last field, he has been awarded the Professor Louis Rey Award by the International Society of Lyophilization/Freeze-Drying (Waunakee, WI, USA) in 2012. He is currently member of either the Advisory or Editorial Board of three international journals (Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science, Processes, European Journal of Volunteering and Community-Based Projects). He has published over 104 technical papers, 14 book chapters, 1 edited book on freeze-drying of pharmaceuticals and currently has 5 patents issued or pending.


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Scientific branch

ICHI-01/C - Analysis, Design and Control of Chemical Processes
(Area 0009 - Industrial and information engineering)

Research topics

  • Crystallization of small molecules and proteins
  • Development of advanced drug delivery systems
  • Freeze-drying of pharmaceuticals and foodstuff
  • Intelligent packaging systems for foodstuff
  • Interactions between biomolecules, excipients and interfaces
  • Pharmaceutical continuous manufacturing
  • RNA-based technologies for vaccines and therapeutical applications
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ERC sectors

LS2_12 - Bioinformatics
PE8_2 - Chemical engineering, technical chemistry
LS2_13 - Computational biology
PE8_4 - Computational engineering
LS9_5 - Food sciences (including food technology, food safety, nutrition)
PE8_13 - Industrial bioengineering
PE8_8 - Materials engineering (biomaterials, metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, etc.)
PE8_9 - Production technology, process engineering
LS1_5 - Protein synthesis, modification, turnover
LS2_9 - Proteomics
LS1_4 - RNA synthesis, processing, modification, degradation
PE6_12 - Scientific computing, simulation and modelling tools


Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Awards and Honors

  • Prof. Louis Rey Award conferred by International Society of Lyophilization - Freeze Drying Inc., United States (2013)
  • Abilitazione scientifica nazionale - Settore concorsuale 09/D2 - II fascia conferred by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca, Italy (2014)
  • Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale a Professore di I fascia - Settore Concorsuale 09-D2 conferred by Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca, Italy (2018)


Editorial boards

  • PHARMACEUTICS (2021-2022), Guest Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCE (2021-), Editorial board member
  • PROCESSES (2020-), Editorial board member
  • EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICS AND BIOPHARMACEUTICS (2017-2018), Guest Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • DRUG DESIGNING (2014-2018), Editorial board member
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  • The 7th European Drying Conference (EuroDrying 2019) (10/7/2019-12/7/2019), Program committee
  • The 9th International Conference on Lyophilization/Freeze-drying (ISLFD 2019) (1/1/2019-6/9/2019), Program chair
  • The 7th International Conference on Lyophilization/Freeze-drying (ISLFD 2017) (24/4/2017-28/4/2017), Program committee
  • The 20th International Drying Symposium (IDS2016) (7/8/2016-10/8/2016), Member of the Committee for the Best Poster Awards and Chairman of the session on “Fundamentals, modeling and simulation”
  • TheThe International Conference on Lyophilization/Freeze-Drying (ISL-FD2015) (6/7/2015-10/7/2015), Participation to the organizing committee
  • IEEE MeMeA2014 (11/6/2014-12/6/2014), Certified auditor
  • Global Conference on Polymer and Composite Materials (PCM 2014) (27/5/2014-29/5/2014), Certified auditor
  • International Conference on Composite Materials & Renewable Energy Applications (ICCMREA) (22/1/2014-24/1/2014), Certified auditor
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Collegi of the PhD programmes

  • INGEGNERIA CHIMICA, 2022/2023 (39. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA CHIMICA, 2021/2022 (38. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA CHIMICA, 2020/2021 (37. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA CHIMICA, 2019/2020 (36. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA CHIMICA, 2018/2019 (35. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA CHIMICA, 2017/2018 (34. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA CHIMICA, 2016/2017 (33. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA CHIMICA, 2015/2016 (32. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA CHIMICA, 2014/2015 (31. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
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Patents and other intellectual properties

  • Metodo per l'ottenimento di popolazione molto concentrate di vescicole extracellulari (EVs) lavate del loro cargo fisio-patologico.. national and international Patent
    Inventors: Valentina Alice Cauda Roberto Pisano
  • Continuous freeze-drying of pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceutical. international Patent
    Inventors: Roberto Pisano