Diego Caccavo

Research Fellow

telephone +39.089.964026

mail dcaccavo@unisa.it

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Academic Curriculum

Diego Caccavo graduated with honors in Chemical Engineering in 2013 at the University of Salerno with a thesis entitled “Mathematical description of hydrogels’ behavior for biomedical applications”, carried out in part at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden ).

In 2017 he obtained the title of PhD in Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering curriculum, at the Industrial Engineering Departments (DIIN) of the University of Salerno, with a thesis entitled “Analysis and modeling of the behavior of hydrogels- based systems for biomedical and agro-food applications “.

Since 2017, as a research fellow, he has been working at the University of Salerno in the departments of Pharmacy and Industrial Engineering. Since 2022 he has been a researcher at the Department of Industrial Engineering.

The didactic activity of Eng. Diego consisted of monographic seminars and collaborations in the courses of Principles of Chemical Engineering (2014/2017), Transport Phenomena in Food Processes (2014/2021) and Food Chemical Reactors (2014/2021) at DIIN, courses for which he participated as an expert on the subject in the examination committees.

He teaches in the courses of “Process Instrumentation and Control / Instrumentation and Control of Chemical Processes”, of “Food Chemical Reactors” and “Mathematical Modeling and Control for the Process Industry”.

He has also tutored for the development of more than 40 degree theses in Chemical Engineering, of which more than a third are master’s degrees.

His research activities concern:

  • the analysis and modeling of the behavior of hydrogel-based systems for biomedical and agri-food applications.
  • the development of innovative methods, such as the coaxial jet mixer, for the production of nanoparticles, with particular emphasis on the production and characterization of liposomes.
  • the development and control of new processes (and products), based on the application of the concepts of transport phenomena and rapid prototyping (electronics and materials).

He is a founding partner of two Spin-Offs, Eng4Life S.r.L. (https://www.eng4life.it) and EST S.r.L. (http://est.srl).He is the inventor in two Italian patent applications, the first concerning a method of measuring the alcohol content in beverages by analyzing the vapor phase above them and the second relating to a method and instrument for controlling the pH in simulating solutions. gastric environment.

Eng. Diego Caccavo is reviewer for numerous international magazines of the ISI circuit. He is part of the editorial board of the prestigious international journal European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics (Elsevier, IF 2021 5.589). He has produced more than 30 publications in international journals, indexed on the Web Of Science and Scopus databases. In May 2021, according to Scopus, the h-index was 12 (33 registered works, 417 citations). He is among the “Top Scientists 2019-2020”, a database that collects about 2% of the best researchers in the world, recently published in the international scientific journal PlosBiology (10.1371 / journal.pbio.3000918).

Publications

2022

Caccavo, Diego; Della Vecchia, Marica ; Barba, Anna Angela; Lamberti, Gaetano

Simil-microfluidic ethanol injection mixer for the continuous synthesis production of liposomes: laminar vs turbulent regime Inproceedings

CHISA - Prague (Czech Republic), 2022.

BibTeX | Tags: Drug Delivery Systems, Micro and Nano Vectors

De Piano, Raffaella ; Caccavo, Diego; Barba, Anna Angela; Lamberti, Gaetano

Anionic hydrogels: equilibrium behaviour modelling Inproceedings

CHISA - Prague (Czech Republic), 2022.

BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling

Iannone, Marco; Caccavo, Diego; Barba, Anna Angela; Lamberti, Gaetano

A low-cost push–pull syringe pump for continuous flow applications Journal Article

HardwareX, 11 , 2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Instrumentation and control, New devices, Prototyping

2021

Yu, Xu-Dong; Li, Jia-Hui; Li, Heng; Huang, Ju; Caccavo, Diego; Lamberti, Gaetano; Chu, Li-Qiang

Gelation process of carboxymethyl chitosan-zinc supramolecular hydrogel studied with fluorescence imaging and mathematical modelling Journal Article

International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 2021.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling

Caccavo, Diego; Cavallo, Rosario; Abrami, Michela; Grassi, Mario; Barba, Anna Angela; Lamberti, Gaetano

Dynamometric measurements of hydrogels' mechanical spectra Journal Article

Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2021.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Gels, Rheology, Viscosity and Viscoelasticity

2020

De Piano, Raffaella ; Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Festa, Caterina; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela

Drug release from hydrogel-based matrix systems partially coated: experiments and modeling Journal Article

Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology, 2020.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: drug release, Modeling, Tablets, Theophylline

De Simone, Veronica ; Dalmoro, Annalisa; Bochicchio, Sabrina; Caccavo, Diego; Lamberti, Gaetano; Bertoncin, Paolo; Barba, Anna Angela

Nanoliposomes in polymeric granules: Novel process strategy to produce stable and versatile delivery systems Journal Article

Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology, 59 , pp. 7, 2020.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Compressibility index, Lipid-polymeric, Simil-microfluidic method, Texture analyses, Wet granulation

Caccavo, Diego; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela

Mechanics and drug release from poroviscoelastic hydrogels: Experiments and modeling Journal Article

European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, 152 , pp. 299-306, 2020.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Agarose, drug delivery, Hydrogels, Modeling, Poroviscoelasticity

Barba, Anna Angela; Dalmoro, Annalisa; Bochicchio, Sabrina; Simone, Veronica De; Caccavo, Diego; Iannone, Marco; Lamberti, Gaetano

Engineering approaches for drug delivery systems production and characterization Journal Article

International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 2020.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: drug delivery, Hydrogel, Innovation in Europe, Microvectors, Modeling, Nanovectors

2019

Barba, Anna Angela; Bochicchio, Sabrina; Dalmoro, Annalisa; Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Lamberti, Gaetano

Polymeric and lipid-based systems for controlled drug release: an engineering point of view Book Chapter

Grumezescu, Alexandru Mihai (Ed.): Chapter 10, pp. 267-304, Elsevier, 2019, ISBN: 978-0-12-816505-8.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: characterization techniques, controlled release, lipid nanoparticles, Mathematical modeling, Polymer nanoparticles, production processes

Caccavo, Diego

An overview on the mathematical modeling of hydrogels’ behavior for drug delivery systems Journal Article

International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 560 , pp. 175-190, 2019.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Modeling

De Simone, Veronica ; Dalmoro, Annalisa; Lamberti, Gaetano; Caccavo, Diego; D'Amore, Matteo; Barba, Anna Angela

Effect of binder and load solubility properties on HPMC granules produced by wet granulation process Journal Article

Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology, 49 , pp. 513-520, 2019.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Granulation, HPMC

2018

De Simone, Veronica ; Caccavo, Diego; Lamberti, Gaetano; D'Amore, Matteo; Barba, Anna Angela

Wet-granulation process: phenomenological analysis and process parameters optimization Journal Article

Powder Technology, 340 , pp. 411-419, 2018.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Granulation, HPMC

De Simone, Veronica ; Caccavo, Diego; Dalmoro, Annalisa; Lamberti, Gaetano; D'Amore, Matteo; Barba, Anna Angela

Inside the Phenomenological Aspects of Wet Granulation: Role of Process Parameters Book Chapter

Kyzas, George (Ed.): Chapter 5, IntechOpen, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-78984-308-8.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Granulation, HPMC, Mathematical modeling

Caccavo, Diego; Vietri, Antonella; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela; Larsson, Anette

Modeling the mechanics and the transport phenomena in hydrogels Book Chapter

Manca, Davide (Ed.): Quantitative Systems Pharmacology: Models and Model-Based Systems with Applications, Chapter 12, 2018.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling

Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela

Hydrogels: experimental characterization and mathematical modelling of their mechanical and diffusive behaviour Journal Article

Chemical Society Reviews, 47 (7), pp. 2357-2373, 2018, ISSN: 0306-0012.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling

De Simone, Veronica ; Dalmoro, Annalisa; Lamberti, Gaetano; Caccavo, Diego; D'Amore, Matteo; Barba, Anna Angela

HPMC granules by wet granulation process: Effect of vitamin load on physicochemical, mechanical and release properties Journal Article

Carbohydrate Polymers, 181 , pp. 939-947, 2018.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Granulation

2017

Caccavo, Diego; Barba, Anna Angela; D'Amore, Matteo; De Piano, Raffaella ; Lamberti, Gaetano; Rossi, Alessandra; Colombo, Paolo

Modeling the modified drug release from curved shape drug delivery systems - Dome Matrix® Journal Article

European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, 121 , pp. 24-31, 2017, ISSN: 0939-6411.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling

Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Apicella, Pietro; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela

HPMC-Based Granules for Prolonged Release of Phytostrengtheners in Agriculture Journal Article

Chemical Engineering Communications, 204 (12), pp. 1333-1340, 2017, ISSN: 0098-6445.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Granulation, HPMC

Caccavo, Diego; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela; Abrahmsén-Alami, Susanna; Viridén, Anna; Larsson, Anette

Effects of HPMC substituent pattern on water up-take, polymer and drug release: an experimental and modelling study Journal Article

International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 528 (1-2), pp. 705-713, 2017, ISSN: 0378-5173.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Erosion, HPMC, Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling, Mathematical modeling

Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Lamberti, Gaetano; Dalmoro, Annalisa; Barba, Anna Angela

Modeling of the behavior of natural polysaccharides hydrogels for bio-pharma applications Journal Article

Natural Product Communications, 12 (6), pp. 867-871, 2017, ISSN: 1934-578X.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling, Hydrogels, Mathematical modeling, Modeling

Caccavo, Diego; Lamberti, Gaetano

PoroViscoElastic model to describe hydrogels' behavior Journal Article

Materials Science and Engineering: C, 76 , pp. 102–113, 2017.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Modeling

Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Poto, Serena; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela

Mechanics and transport phenomena in agarose-based hydrogels studied by compression-relaxation tests Journal Article

Carbohydrate Polymers, 167 , pp. 136–144, 2017.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling

Barba, Anna Angela; Cascone, Sara; Caccavo, Diego; Lamberti, Gaetano; Chiarappa, Gianluca; Abrami, Michela; Grassi, Gabriele; Grassi, Mario; Tomaiuolo, Giovanna; Guido, Stefano; Brucato, Valerio; Carfì Pavia, Francesco ; Ghersi, Giulio; La Carrubba, Vincenzo ; Abbiati, Roberto Andrea; Manca, Davide

Engineering approaches in siRNA delivery Journal Article

International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 525 (2), pp. 343–358, 2017.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Micro and Nano Vectors

Kazlauske, Jurgita; Cafaro, Maria Margherita; Caccavo, Diego; Marucci, Maria Grazia; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela; Larsson, Anette

Determination of the release mechanism of Theophylline from pellets coated with Surelease® − a water dispersion of Ethyl cellulose Journal Article

International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 528 (1-2), pp. 345-353, 2017, ISSN: 0378-5173.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Drug Delivery Systems, drug release, Hydrogel Characterization

Caccavo, Diego; Lamberti, Gaetano; Cafaro, Maria Margherita; Barba, Anna Angela; Kazlauske, Jurgita; Larsson, Anette

Mathematical modeling of the drug release from an ensemble of coated pellets Journal Article

British Journal of Pharmacology, 174 (12), pp. 1797–1809 , 2017, ISBN: 1476-5381.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Drug Delivery Systems, drug release, Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling

Chiarappa, Gianluca; Grassi, Mario; Abrami, Michela; Abbiati, Roberto Andrea; Barba, Anna Angela; Boisen, Anja; Brucato, Valerio; Ghersi, Giulio; Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Caserta, Sergio; Elvassore, Nicola; Giomo, Monica; Guido, Stefano; Lamberti, Gaetano; Larobina, Domenico; Manca, Davide; Marizza, Paolo; Tomaiuolo, Giovanna; Grassi, Gabriele

Chemical Engineering in the “BIO” world Journal Article

Current Drug Delivery, 14 (2), pp. 158 - 178, 2017.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags:

Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela; Larsson, Anette

Drug delivery from hydrogels: a general framework for the release modeling Journal Article

Current Drug Delivery, 14 (2), pp. 179 - 189, 2017.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Modeling

2016

Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela; Cascone, Sara; Dalmoro, Annalisa; Caccavo, Diego

An Engineering Point of View on the Use of the Hydrogels for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Applications Book Chapter

Majee, Sutapa Biswas (Ed.): Emerging Concepts in Analysis and Applications of Hydrogels, Chapter 8, Intech, 2016, ISBN: 978-953-51-2510-5.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling

Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela; Larsson, Anette

Swellable Hydrogel-based Systems for Controlled Drug Delivery Book Chapter

Sezer, Ali Demir (Ed.): Smart Drug Delivery System, Chapter 10, Intech, 2016, ISBN: 978-953-51-2247-0.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling

Caccavo, Diego; Ström, Anna; Larsson, Anette; Lamberti, Gaetano

Modeling capillary formation in calcium and copper alginate gels Journal Article

Materials Science and Engineering: C, 58 , pp. 442–449, 2016, ISSN: 09284931.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Alginate, Gel capillaries, Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling, Ionotropic gelation, Modeling

2015

Caccavo, Diego; Lamberti, Gaetano; Cascone, Sara; Barba, Anna Angela; Larsson, Anette

Understanding the adhesion phenomena in carbohydrate-hydrogel-based systems: Water up-take, swelling and elastic detachment Journal Article

Carbohydrate Polymers, 131 , pp. 41–49, 2015, ISSN: 01448617.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Bio-adhesion, Carbopol, Elastic behavior, Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling, Modeling, Water transport

Abrahmsén-Alami, Susanna; Caccavo, Diego; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela; Viridén, Anna; Larsson, Anette

Hydrogel-based drug delivery systems (HB-DDSs): a combined experimental-modeling approach Journal Article

AstraZeneca Internal Journal, pp. 1-2, 2015.

Abstract | BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling

Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Bochicchio, Sabrina; Lamberti, Gaetano; Dalmoro, Annalisa; Barba, Anna Angela

Hydrogels-based matrices behavior: experimental and modeling description Inproceedings

42nd Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Controlled Release Society, 2015.

BibTeX | Tags:

Caccavo, Diego; Apicella, Pietro; Cascone, Sara; Dalmoro, Annalisa; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela

Hydrogels-based systems for controlled release in agricultural applications Inproceedings

42nd Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Controlled Release Society, 2015.

BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Characterization

Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela

Hydrogel-Based CRSs Analyses: Testing And Modeling Inproceedings

1st International Congress of Controlled Release Society - Greek Local Chapter, pp. 1–1, 1st International Congress of Controlled Release Society, Athens (Greece), 2015.

BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling

Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela

Controlled drug release from hydrogel-based matrices: Experiments and modeling. Journal Article

International journal of pharmaceutics, 486 (1-2), pp. 144–152, 2015, ISSN: 1873-3476.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling, Hydrogels, Modeling, Texture analysis, Transport phenomena, Water uptake

Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela

Modeling the Drug Release from Hydrogel-Based Matrices Journal Article

Molecular Pharmaceutics, 12 (2), pp. 474–483, 2015, ISSN: 1543-8384.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Modeling

Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Amoroso, Maria Chiara; Apicella, Pietro; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela

Hydrogel-based Granular Phytostrengtheners for Prolonged Release: Production and Characterization Journal Article

Chemical Engineering Transaction, 44 , pp. 235–240, 2015.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Granulation, Hydrogel Characterization, Tecnagri

Cascone, Sara; Apicella, Pietro; Caccavo, Diego; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela

Optimization of Chelates Production Process for Agricultural Administration of Inorganic Micronutrients Journal Article

Chemical Engineering Transaction, 44 , pp. 217–222, 2015.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Chelating Agents, Tecnagri

2014

Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Lamberti, Gaetano; Barba, Anna Angela

Testing and modelling of hydrogels behavior for pharmaceutical and biomedical applications Inproceedings

Proceedings of CHISA 2014, pp. 1–1, CHISA 2014, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014.

BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Characterization, Hydrogel Modeling

Cascone, Sara; Caccavo, Diego; Lamberti, Gaetano; Titomanlio, Giuseppe; Barba, Anna Angela

In-vitro models of the gastro-intestinal tract for pharmaceutical and nutritional purposes Inproceedings

Proceedings of CHISA 2014/PRES 2014, pp. 2–2, CHISA 2014, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014.

BibTeX | Tags: In vitro, Pharmacokinetics

Cascone, Sara; Caccavo, Diego; Lamberti, Gaetano; Titomanlio, Giuseppe; D'Amore, Matteo; Barba, Anna Angela

MODELING THE BEHAVIOR OF SWELLABLE HYDROGELS-BASED MATRICES FOR PHARMACEUTICAL APPLICATIONS Inproceedings

13th European Symposium on Controlled Drug Delivery, pp. 3–4, ESCDD 2014, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, 2014.

BibTeX | Tags: Hydrogel Modeling

2013

Schuster, Erich; Caccavo, Diego; Eckardt, Johanna; Altskär, Annika; Hermansson, Anne-Marie; Larsson, Anette; Ström, Anna

Spontaneous formation of parallel aligned macropores within polysaccharide gels Inproceedings

Materials for Tomorrow, 2013.

Abstract | BibTeX | Tags: Alginate

Schuster, Erich; Caccavo, Diego; Eckardt, Johanna; Altskär, Annika; Hermansson, Anne-Marie; Larsson, Anette; Ström, Anna

Microstructural, mechanical and mass transport properties of alginate capillary gels Inproceedings

International Symposium on the Properties of Water, Fiskebäckskil, Sweden, 2013.

BibTeX | Tags: Alginate

2011

Caccavo, Diego; Cascone, Sara; Lamberti, Gaetano

Criteri per progettare e gestire il processo di granulazione Journal Article

ICP Rivista dell'Industria Chimica, 4 , pp. 74–78, 2011.

Abstract | BibTeX | Tags: Granulation