Oriano Francescangeli received his degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Ancona in 1984. In 1988 he joined the University of Ancona as an assistant professor and in 1999 was appointed associate professor of experimental physics. Since 2011 he is full professor of experimental physics at the Polytechnic University of Marche (UnivPM), Italy. He is currently Scientific Manager of the Advanced X-ray Laboratory and Director of the SIMAU Department at the UnivPM.
The scientific interests of Francescangeli’s group span the field of condensed matter physics primarily investigated by means of X-ray and neutron scattering. After the discovery of cybotaxis in bent-core liquid crystals (LCs) in the early 2000s, his research has focused on new liquid crystalline materials for applications in information technology and biomedicine. The main purpose of the PSCM partnership is to investigate the anchoring properties of new LCs to solid substrates, with focus on the mechanisms of surface anchoring, self-assembling, space arrangement and molecular orientation when the LC layer is limited to extremely small volumes (from a few molecular layers down to a single monolayer).