Francesco received his M.S. degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology from the University of Palermo (Italy) in 2010 and his PhD from University of Leicester (UK) in 2016.
During his academic studies, he worked on the synthesis of polymeric micelles for drug delivery applications. Afterwards, he worked as a pharmacist for 6 months and then he joined Cranfield University in 2011 as Marie Curie research fellow.
In 2014, he then moved to the University of Leicester, where he completed his PhD research in molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles for diagnostic applications, including fluorescent and multifunctional nanosystems based on optical detection and cell biocompatibility studies.