Massimo F. Bertino is Professor of Physics and Associate Director of the Nanocharacterization Core Facility at Virginia Commonwealth University. Bertino graduated from University of Milan, Italy, and gained a Ph.D. Degree from University of Goettingen, Germany (1996). After carrying out postdoctoral work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory he became Assistant, then Associate Professor at University of Missouri-Rolla (2000-2007). He moved to Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008 and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2015. Bertino has authored 91 publications in materials science, 22 of which in the field of porous materials and aerogels. He is also author of a book chapter on aerogels and of two patents. His publications have been reviewed by Bulletin of the Materials Research Society, Chemical and Engineering News, Micro-Nano, Nanotechwire.com, by CSA Aerospace & High Technology Database, and by Institute of Physics. His past work has focused on the synthesis of nanoparticles inside porous materials by lithographic methods, and on the modification of porous materials by laser processing. His most recent work has focused on rapid fabrication of aerogels with custom-shaped parts and on additive fabrication of aerogels (J. Mater. Chem. A, 3, 762-772 (2015), and J. Mater. Chem. A, 3, 17606-11(2015)).