Silo Meoto

Office: Roberts Building 303A, UCL
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PhD, Chemical Engineering, University College London, London UK (2016)
MS, Chemical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY, USA (2012)
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC, USA (2009)



Silo has ample experience working with nanostructured, porous inorganic materials. Her PhD project was based on the synthesis of a nature-inspired, nanoporous silica composite membrane for bio-separations. Her expertise in this area extends to the characterization and testing of other hierarchically structured materials.


Her current research work is focused on the development of a silicate-based bioactive aerogel material, able to produce hydroxyapatite and fluorapatite on its surface, for multiple applications in dentistry including a bone graft substitute material and a remineralising toothpaste. Our research goal is to design a hierarchical material that can overcome a number of limitations that exist with current materials of its kind. Silo’s work also involves a commercial aspect of the development of this material to viable products, able to be used by our target customers and end-users.




1. S. Meoto, M.-O. Coppens, Anodic alumina-templated synthesis of mesostructured silica membranes-current status and challenges, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2014, 2, 5640-5654.


2. S. Meoto, N. Kent, M. M. Nigra, and M.-O. Coppens, Mesostructure of Mesoporous Silica/Anodic Alumina Hierarchical Membranes Tuned with Ethanol, Langmuir, 2017, 33, 4823-4832.


3. S. Meoto, N. Kent, M. M. Nigra, and M.-O. Coppens, Effect of stirring rate on the morphology of FDU-12 mesoporous silica particles, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2017, 249, 61-66.