Simonetta Capone graduated in Physics (summa cum laude) in 1996 and in 2000 she received her Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Lecce. Since 2002 is a Research Scientist at the National Research Council (CNR). She works at the Institute for the Microelectronic and Microsystems (IMM) Lecce unit of CNR, leading the Sensor Characterization Lab. She contributes to the development and electrical/functional characterization of chemical sensors and new technological solutions for chemical sensing. Her research activities are also devoted to the Integration of singles sensors in Devices and sensor arrays in Electronic Noses. She has been involved in projects working on the application of multifunctional chemical devices in different fields: air quality, food quality, breath analysis and volatile metabolites detection from biofluids for disease diagnostics in biomedical applications. Her research is carefully balanced between basic research and application-driven developments targeting technological transfer and it’s enriched by the sample analytical chemical analysis by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. Her current research interests are:
a) development of a multifunctional sensor system for the analysis of exhaled breath as well as biological samples (urine, blood, seminal liquid, etc.) of patients with diseases (chronic respiratory problems, cancers and neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic alterations) for medical diagnostics and screening;
b) development of advanced chemical analytical methods by SPME/GC-MS coupled to gas detector;
c) investigation of cell culture volatilomes as bottom-up approach to identify biomarkers of pathologic conditions and to study the metabolic pathways that produce such compounds.
She is co-author of more than 100 peer reviewed publications, a book chapter, and numerous proceedings.