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Dr Roberto Santoprete

Biophysics

L'Oreal R&I



Dr Roberto Santoprete is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the L’Oreal R&I industrial labs, France. He is in charge of several research programs on skin care, as well as several research collaborations with leading specialists from different academic labs around the world.

He holds a PhD in condensed matter physics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a MSc in statistical physics from the University of Pisa, Italy. He performed post-doctoral research study at the Thin Film and Interfaces Lab at the Ecole Polytechnique, France, and has been a visiting graduate student at the Condensed Matter Physics Lab at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris, France, and a visiting PhD student at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck Gesellschaft in Berlin, Germany.

His previous research dealt with atomistic numerical modelling and simulation (tight-binding, DFT, molecular dynamics) of mechanical, electronical and optical properties of semiconductor nanostructures (InAs/GaAs quantum dots and silicon nanocrystals).

Roberto's current research interests cover soft tissue biophysics, with a special emphasis on both mechanistic numerical modelling (mostly finite elements methods) and experimental characterization of the in-vivo and in-vitro biomechanical properties of human skin and the underlying tissues, human hair and the interaction of these substrates with a cosmetic treatment (small active, polymer material or cosmetic device).

His research aims, on one hand, to better decode the consumer’s perception in terms of substrate and treatment biophysical properties and, on the other hand, to provide an upstream design of new cosmetic treatments. He has also been the supervisor of several MSc internships.