Main research themes: a) Heteroaromatic functional compounds: molecular design, synthesis and reactivity study of systems endowed with special properties; molecular functional electroactive materials in which the stereogenic element responsible for chirality and the structural unit responsible for the specific properties coincide (inherently chiral materials) b) Organic Stereochemistry: synthesis and study of chiral structures devoid of rigid stereogenic elements with the shape of three-bladed propellers and configurationally stable (residual enantiomers).
Four main research lines: 1) Organic materials, achiral, chiral tradional and inherently chiral, characterized by peculiar electric and optoelectronic properties with high enantiorecognition ability (Materials and devices); 2) Homogeneous stereoselective catalysis mediated by biheteroaromatic ligands , 3) C3 symmetric tris-arylphosphanes in which chirality results from residual stereoisomerism, 4) Inherently Chiral ionic liquids
Graduated in Chemistry at the University of Messina in 1995. PhD degree in Chemical Sciences in 1999 at the same University. Title of Chemical Synthesis specialist at the Specialization School of the University of Milan in 2000. Post-graduate research at the University of Regensburg (DE), prof. O. Raiser. CNR researcher since October 2001 till now; currently working at Scitec in Milan. Author of 35 papers on international journals and three patents, one extended at world level. Speaker in many national and international congresses.
Contractor in Cariplo project entitled ‘Inherently Chiral Multifunctional Conducting Polymers’, (Grant no. 2011-0417).
Partner on the project entitled ‘Inherently Chiral Ionic Liquids’, awarded by Fondazione Cariplo for frontier research in the 2011 Edition (Grant no. 2011-1851).
Responsible for the organic synthesis development of the project ‘SusChem Lombardia’ finantial supported by Regione Lombardia (2013-2015).