Massimo Sgarzi obtained his MSc degree in Photochemistry and Chemistry of Materials at University of Bologna in 2008. He received his PhD degree in 2014 defending a thesis about the characterization of optical transduction-based molecular systems and nanoparticles for the development of chemical sensors, working with Professor Luca Prodi's group in Bologna. Subsequently, he obtained a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in the same laboratory, continuing the work on the photophysical characterization of fluorescent chemosensors and silica nanoparticles for biological and environmental applications. In 2015 he moved to Dresden, where he joined the Nanoscalic Systems group guided by Dr. Holger Stephan at Helmoltz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. His research focused on the development and characterization of luminescent systems for use in bioimaging and sensor applications, dealing in particular with upconverting nanoparticles and ligands for lanthanide and actinide ions. Since the end of November 2018, he joined Prof. Gianaurelio Cuniberti's group at TU Dresden as a guest scientist, planning to work on the application of nanoparticles and chemosensors for wastewater treatment.