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Struttura Dipartimento di Scienze Molecolari e Nanosistemi
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Sede: Campus scientifico via Torino
Stanza: studio 608 (edificio Alfa, 6° piano) / laboratorio di ricerca 8 (edificio Beta, 3° piano)

 Graduated in Industrial Chemistry ( Ph.D. degree) maxima cum laude at the Faculty of Industrial Chemistry of the University of Venice in 1990 with an experimental Thesis on “ Selective absorption of Palladium by a chelating resin containing 2,6-bis(mehylthiomethyl)pyridine as a functional group” (under the supervision of profs. G. Marangoni and G. Chessa).


Research Doctor in Chemical Sciences ( VII Cycle, 1991-1994) with an experimental thesis on “Reactions of coordinated ligands in organometallic complexes of Pd(II) and Pt(II)” (under the supervision of profs. P. Uguagliati and L. Canovese).



Awarded a National Research Council Grant (CNR , 1995-1996) at the Center of Chemistry and Technology of Organotransition Metal Compounds-CNR-Padua under the supervision of Profs R. Bertani and R. Michelin for research on reactive transition metal d10 carbene intermediates .


In 1996 he became Research Fellow (Ricercatore di Ruolo) of the Faculty of Math.Phys.Natrl. Sciences of the University of Venice.


 In 2004 he worked in the group of prof. A. Togni at ETH of Zurich as visiting Scientist.


Since 2008 he has been Associate Professor as the winner of a national contest for the scientific academic sector C03X – General and Inorganic Chemistry- at the Chemistry Dept. of the Faculty of Math.Phys.Natrl. Sciences of the University of Venice


At present he teaches:


1)   “Organometallic Chemistry” for the Degree Course of Sustainable Chemistry and Technology

2)   “Reaction mechanism” for the Degree Course of Sustainable Chemistry and Technology

3)   “General Chemistry and Laboratory” for the Degree Course of “Conservation and Restoration Technologies “.



Scientific Activity



His scientific activity is documented by several papers published on peer-reviewed international Journals (see enclosed list). It involves mainly the synthesis and reactivity of novel organometallic complexes of Palladium and Platinum and some coordination compounds of Platinum and Gold.

Such reactions,of great current interest for the organic synthesis promoted or catalyzed by transition metals , have been studied from the kinetic , mechanistic,and fluxional points of view

by instrumental techniques ( UV-Vis ,IR,NMR,conductivity and potentiometry)

implemented by efficient mathematical and statistical computer methods of experimental numerical data analysis (Organometallic Chemometrics). The ensuing reaction mechanims have allowed the elucidation of the electronic and steric factors affecting the reactivity of the complexes examined along with the regio- and stereoselectivity of processes of formation of novel carbon-carbon and carbon-nitrogen bonds.

When appropriate,the kinetic mechanistic tudies have been supported by thermodynamic equilibrium constant measurements for a thorough comprehension of the overall reacitvity of the complexes under study.

A recent extension of these investigations involves the incorporation of organometallic Palladium complexes into regular macromolecular dendrimeric structures which are expected to substantially modify their reactivity. The strategy of synthesis of the polypyridine-based dendritic structure and the insertion of the metallic moiety into it provides interesting research issues and opens up new promising prospects for significant advances in the field.