The main research topic is heterogeneous catalysis applied to the synthesis of fine chemicals and to renewable materials selective transformations. Research activity has been mainly focused on the study of heterogeneous non-toxic and non-noble catalysts (mainly Cu and Fe) as substitutes of traditional stoichiometric reagents for organic synthesis and on the development of solid catalysts for the upgrading of renewable sources, such as vegetable oils and cellulose.
The main research lines rely on the use of heterogeneous catalysis applied to green chemistry in its different faces:i) the set-up of sustainable processes for the synthesis of fine chemicals and ii) the study of selective transformations of renewables and secondary raw materials.
-1998 Master Degree in Industrial Chemistry st Università degli Studi di Milano (110/110)
-2002 Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry at Università degli Studi di Milano; project: “Selective processes promoted by copper based catalysts”
-2003-2008 – Post-doc research fellow at Dipartimento di Chimica Inorganica, Metallorganica ed Analitica (CIMA) of Università di Milano; project “Innovative catalytic systems for the development of safe and low environmental impact technologies”
- Since 2008 Researcher at Institute of Molecular Science and Technologies of CNR
Since 2017 – Participation to the project CirCo (Circular Coffe)- Funded by Fondazione Cariplo and Innovhub (Coordinator: Dr. Nicoletta Ravasio)
2016-2019 – Participation to the bilateral project CNR-CSIR 2016-2018 “Development of catalytic renewable processes by converting Indian origin non edible oil to valuable chemicals” (Coordinators: Dr. M. Guidotti,Prof. Bokade)
2015-2018 – Participation to the project CARIPLO “RiceRES- From waste to resource: an integrated valorisation of the rice productive chain residues”(Coordinator Dr. Nicoletta Ravasio)
2014-2018 – Substituted member of Management Committee in COST FP1306 “Valorisation of lignocellulosic biomass side streams for sustainable production of chemicals, materials & fuels using low environmental impact technologies”, Chair Prof. Rafael Luque
2010-2013 – Responsible of activity in the work package of oil hydrogenation within the project VeLiCa “Da antiche colture materiali per il futuro” (Funded by Regione Lombardia – Scientific Coordinator Dr. N. Ravasio)
Heterogeneous catalysis, biomass, hydrogenation, esterification, bioproducts, biomaterials
Heterogeneous catalytic processes, catalysts preparation, oleochemistry, renewables transformation