Nicolò Pajer obtained his Bachelor in Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in 2017 discussing his experimental thesis on the development of a novel biphasic catalytic system and its applications in hydrogenation reactions of model substrates (thesis supervisor: Professor Stefano Paganelli). After graduating, Nicolò was trained on SERS and soft lithography for three months, as Erasmus+ for traineeship student, at University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), in Professor Massimo Lazzari’s group.
During the Master he moved for a semester, as Erasmus+ student, to Namur University (Belgium) where he had the chance to improve his knowledges on solid state chemistry, materials characterisation and green chemistry. In October 2019, Nicolò got his MSc in “Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies” with the highest marks and praise (cum laude) discussing his experimental thesis on the preparation, characterisation and application of a new type of heterogeneous low metal content catalyst (Ni/Al2O3 [0,3% of Ni] and Pd/Al2O3 [0,3% of Pd]) (thesis supervisor: Professor Stefano Paganelli). One of the major goal obtained was the optimisation of the stereoselective reduction of acetylenes to cis-olefins. In particular, the stereo-semi-reduction of 3-hexyn-1-ol, giving cis-3-hexen-1-ol, an industrial target molecule for perfume industry, was accurately evaluated.
In July 2019 Nicolò won the contest for a PhD position at the interuniversity consortium involving Ca’ Foscari University and Trieste University. Since the 1st of November 2019, Nicolò has been enrolled in the Chemistry PhD program. He is part of Professor Claudia Crestini investigation team and his research currently focuses on the valorisation of technical lignins and their valorisation.
From September 2021, Nicolò has been visiting scholar at North Carolina State University in Raleigh (North Carolina, USA) under the supervision of Professor Dimitris S. Argyropoulos.
Nicolò is member of the American Chemical Society and Società Chimica Italiana and has been reviewer for Analytical Methods (The Royal Society of Chemistry).
During the last four years, Nicolò has been tutor for the following courses: Organic Chemistry (BSc. in "Environmental Sciences"); Physical Chemistry (BSc. in "Environmental Sciences"); Industrial Organic Chemistry Laboratory (MSc. in "Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies"); Analytical Chemistry (BSc. in "Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies"); General Chemistry (BSc. In "Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies"); Inorganic Chemistry (BSc. in "Chimistry and Sustainable Technologies").
Additionally, Nicolò has been teaching assistant for the Inorganic Chemistry course (BSc. in "Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies").
During the spring semester of 2020, Nicolò completed the required training to obtain the habilitation to teach in Italian middle and high schools ("Percorso 24 CFU per l'insegnamento") at Ca' Foscari University of Venice.