Dr. Silvestre Manuel Bongiovanni Abel



Dr. Silvestre Manuel Bongiovanni Abel

Centro Joxe Mari Korta
Avenida de Tolosa, 72
20018 Donostia - San Sebastián

email: silvestremanuel.bongiovanni@polymat.eu


Silvestre Manuel Bongiovanni Abel received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the National University of Rio Cuarto in 2013. He worked in the Prof. Barbero Research Group from 2011 until 2013 as an undergraduate student. In 2013 he was awarded a competitive doctoral National Research Council (CONICET) Fellowship. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry (2018), working under the supervision of Prof. Cesar A. Barbero and the co-supervision of Dr. Claudia R. Rivarola. The thesis was entitled "Synergical nanocomposites based on conductive and thermosensitive polymers". Dr. Bongiovanni Abel was awarded another CONICET Fellowship (Postdoctoral) in 2018 and worked at INTEMA (CONICET-National University of Mar del Plata, UNMdP) as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of biomedical polymers and electrospinning-based techniques for the obtention of 3-D polymeric mats with controllable architecture under the supervision of Prof. Gustavo A. Abraham.

Dr. Bongiovanni Abel acted as Teaching Assistant since 2012 in several graduates and post-graduate courses. He also participated in organizing committees and dissemination activities and is coauthor of several research papers, book chapters, and over 50 presentations in national and international conferences directly related to his research.  In 2019, Dr. Bongiovanni Abel was awarded and selected as a young scientist for the participation in 69th Lindau Laureate Nobel Meeting. Currently, he is a member of the Lindau Alumni Network. Dr. Bongiovanni Abel has also participation in evaluation activities such as reviewer of several peer-reviewed journals and international conferences as well as in projects for research institutions. Besides, he acted as a consultor and technical support of companies and industries that required assistance related to the polymer field.

In January 2020, he joined the Responsive Polymer Therapeutics Group as a Postdoctoral Researcher under the supervision of Prof. Marcelo Calderón at POLYMAT.


During his Ph.D. Thesis, his research was focused on the design, synthesis, post-functionalization of several conducting and thermosensitive polymeric materials (hydrogels, semi-IPN networks, thin films, micro/nanogels, nanoparticles, copolymers, among others). The materials were used as a versatile platform for applications in antibacterial photothermal therapy, pressure/actuator systems, and resistive sensors. At INTEMA, during his Postdoctorate, he worked using electrospinning procedures and explored different techniques in order to generate and control the expansion and porosity increasing of the materials for applications in the field of tissue engineering. His current research at POLYMAT is focused on the design of hydrogels for protein delivery for ophthalmic applications.

Responsive Polymer Therapeutics Group