Dr Ivana Fenoglio


Department of Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry and Chemistry of Materials
Faculty of Pharmacy
Università degli Studi di Torino
Via P
Giuria 7

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Research Expertise


Ivana Fenoglio is an expert on the surface reactivity of inorganic particulates including asbestos and silica polymorphs. Recently, part of its research has been devoted to the study of the mechanisms of toxicity of nanoparticles. Claire Horwell has collaborated with Ivana Fenoglio and Bice Fubini's group to study, for the first time, the generation of free and surface radicals from volcanic ash.


Relevant Publications


Ghiazza M., Gazzano E., Bonelli B., Fenoglio I., Polimeni M. Ghigo D., Garrone E., Fubini B. (2009) ‘Formation of a vitreous phase at the surface of some commercial diatomaceous earth prevents the onset of oxidative stress effects’, Chem. Res. Toxicol., 22, 136-145.

Fubini B., Fenoglio I. (2007) ‘Toxic potential of mineral dusts’, Elements, 3, 407-414. Horwell 

C.J., Fenoglio, I., Fubini. B. (2007) ‘Iron-induced hydroxyl radical generation from basaltic volcanic ash’, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 261, 662-669.

Fubini B., Fenoglio I., Ceschino R., Ghiazza M., Martra G., Tomatis M., Borm P., Schins R., Bruch J. (2004) ‘Relationships between the state of the surface of four commercial quartz flours and their biological activity in vitro and in vivo’, Int. J. Hyg. Envir. Health, 207, 89-104.

Horwell, C.J., Fenoglio, I., Ragnarsdottir, K.V., Sparks, R.S.J., and Fubini, B. (2003) ‘Surface reactivity of volcanic ash from the eruption of Soufrière Hills volcano, Montserrat, with implications for health hazards’, Environ. Res., 93, 202-215.

Fubini, B, Fenoglio, I., Elias, Z. and Poirot, O. (2001) ‘On the Variability of the Biological Responses to Silicas: Effect of Origin, Crystallinity and State of the Surface on the Generation of Reactive Oxygen Species and Consequent Morphological Transformations in Cells’, Journal of Environmental Pathology Toxicology and Oncology, 20, 87-100.

Fenoglio, I., Prandi, L., Tomatis, M. and Fubini, B. (2001) ‘Free Radical Generation in the Toxicity of Inhaled Mineral Particles: the Role of Iron Speciation at the Surface of Asbestos and Silica’, Redox Rep., 6, 235-241.

Elias, Z., Poirot, O., Daniere, M.C., Terzetti, F., Marande, A.M., Dzwigaj, S., Pezerat, H., Fenoglio, I., and Fubini, B. (2000) ‘Comparative study of cytotoxicity and morphological transformation of Syrian hamster embryo cells induced by silica with different surface properties’, Toxicol. in Vitro, 14, 409-422. 



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