Research Scientist, Dr, PhD
Phone(office): (+39) 02 503 14428
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1997 Doctoral Degree in Chemistry (110/110 cum laude, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy (Thesis: "The role of alkali metals as promoters in the hydroformylation of propene catalysed by heterogeneous Rh/SiO2 systems", tutor: Prof. Achille Fusi)
2000 PhD degree in Industrial Chemistry, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy (Thesis: "Selective oxidations catalysed by mesoporous materials", tutor: Dr. Rinaldo Psaro; co-tutor: Dr. M. Nicoletta Ravasio)
2005, 2007, 2016 First-aid, Basic Life Support-D (BLSD) qualification obtained at CNR-ISTM, Milan, "San Paolo" Hospital, Milan and American Heart Association
2015 Expert Consultant (OP2) and Qualified Trainer (OP3) for CBRN Defence (Italian Armed Forces for NBC Defence School, Rieti, Italy)
2001 Post-doctoral position at CSSCMTBSO (Centre for Studies on Synthesis of Complexes of Transition Metals in Low Oxidation States) of CNR in Milan (Italy).
Since 2001 Permanent position as Research Scientist at ISTM - CNR in Milan (Italy).
2004 Visiting researcher at LACCO (Laboratory of Catalysis in Organic Chemistry), University of Poitiers (France).
2005 Visiting researcher at BIC (Boreskov Institute of Catalysis), Novosibirsk (Russian Federation).
2007-2009 Contract Professor at the University of Bologna, Master Course "Industrial Safety and Hazardous Chemicals", Ravenna (Italy).
2010 Visiting researcher at ICMA (Institute of Materials Sciences of Aragon), University of Zaragoza (Spain).
2012 Visiting researcher at TUD (Technical University Delft), Delft (The Netherlands).
2017 and 2018 Visiting researcher at NCL (National Chemical Laboratory), Pune (India).
Since 2014 Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna (established in 1691).
2016-2021 Member of the Scientific Board of FORMIT (Fondazione per la Ricerca sulla Migrazione e Integrazione delle Tecnologie)
2010-2014 President of the Governing Board of FOIST (Foundation for Scientific and Technical Education and Culture), Milan, Italy.
2018-2020 Member of the Governing Board of the Catalysis Group of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI)
2014-2016 Treasurer of the Lombardy Section of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI).
2002-2004, 2005-2007, 2011-2013 Member of the Governing Board of the Lombardy Section of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI).
Since 2013 Member of the Working Group on Ethics and Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society.
2018-2020 Coordinator CNR Unit, Project CBRN CoE P65, “Strengthening chemical and biological waste management in Central Asia countries for improved security and safety risk mitigation”, Contract IFS/2017/388-397, funded by the European Commission.
2017-2019 Coordinator Research Unit CNR-ISTM, Project “DIOL” – Defence from Noxious Organisms in Conventional and Intensive Oliviculture”, Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, prot. no. 23774.
2016-2018 Coordinator Bilateral Project CNR - Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India. “Development of catalytic renewable processes by converting Indian origin non-edible oil to valuable chemicals”, prot. no. 16063.
2014-2016 Director NATO Science for Peace and Security Project “Nanostructured Materials for the Catalytic Abatement of Chemical Warfare Agents (NanoContraChem)”, Italy-Ukraine, SPS.NUKR.SFP.984481.
2015-2018 Key Expert, EU CBRN Centre of Excellence, Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework”.
Since 2003 Involved in national projects funded by the Italian Ministry for University and Scientific Research (FISR 2003, 2005; "ItalNanoNet" and PRIN 2003, 2005, 2006) and by Regional Government of Lombardy (Regione Lombardia, Project “VeLiCa” – Da antiche colture, materiali e prodotti per il futuro and “SusChemLombardia”).
2008-2012 Member of "NANO-HOST" (Marie Curie Initial Training Networks) "Homogeneous Supported Catalyst Technologies: the sustainable approach to highly-selective, fine chemicals production" (EU coordinator Dr. P. Barbaro); CNR-ISTM-Milan Research Unit.
Since 2010 Scientific Advisor per EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centre of Excellence, European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), Ispra (Italy).
Since 2000 Involved in scientific formation and divulgation on the aspects of chemistry and chemical engineering implicated in the protection and defence against chemical, biological and radiological (CBRN) warfare agents.
2005 Member of the Organizing Committee of the 7th Italian Seminar on Catalysis (GIC-SCI), Pallanza (VB), Italy (19-24 June 2005).
2005 Member of the Organizing Committee of the XII ISHHC (International Symposium on Relations between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis), Florence, Italy (18-22 July 2005).
2008 Member of the Organizing Committee of the NATO-ASI "BioHaza-Milan 2008" in Milan, Italy (30 Nov - 8 Dec 2008).
2010-2015 Member of the Selection Jury in the Contest "I Giovani e le Scienze" organised by FAST (Milano) and by EU Commission "European Union Contest for Young Scientists", Milan, Italy.
2012 Member of the Organizing Committee of Summer School 2012, European Federation of Catalysis Societies, 1st Italian-Spanish School on Catalysis, “Recent Advances and New Trends in Catalysis”, Pallanza (VB), Italy (11-15 September 2012)
Since 2013 Full Member, Editorial Board, ScienceOpen, Berlin (Germany)
Since 2015 Editorial Board Member, Global Security, quarterly journal on global security from Routledge/Taylor and Francis (USA)
Since 2018 Editorial Board Member, Green Chemistry Section, “Molecules”, MDPI, Basel (Switzerland)
2006-2019 President of the Association for Local History and Culture "Societas Tintinnani", Rocca d'Orcia (Siena), Italy.
Officer (selected reserve) of the Military Corps of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Auxiliary of the Italian Army. Team leader of the emergency squad for operations in areas with CBRN contamination.
1996 IX National Prize Federchimica (Italian Chemical Industry Association) "Per un futuro intelligente" (2nd section).
2011 “ENMIX 2011 Paper Award”, European Nanoporous Materials Institute of Excellence, Vatnahalsen (Norway), September 2011.
2014 “Chiusoli” Gold Medal of the Industrial Chemistry Division of the Italian Chemical Society.
2017 “Domenico Marotta” Gold Medal of the Italian Chemical Society, for a ethical use of Chemistry.
Inorganic nanosystems applied to catalysis and to synthesis of fine chemicals
Sustainable oxidation processes
Degradation of hazardous chemicals
Use of nanostructured catalysts for the selective oxidation of fatty acids and terpenes derived from natural vegetable sources.
Design and preparation of single-site heterogeneous catalysts for the chemo-, regio- and stereoselective transformation of fine chemicals.
Use of early transition metal as redox-active mono- and bifunctional heterogeneous catalysts.
Design and preparation of heterogeneous catalysts for the oxidative abatement and decontamination of highly toxic chemicals.
Design and synthesis of nanostructured organic-inorganic hybrid materials for the sustainable control and defence against crop pests (on Olea sativa, Ficus carica)
Author or co-author of 117 scientific publications on national and international journals and books, 1 patent and some 190 communications at international and national congresses.
• University of Eastern Piedmont, Alessandria, Italy
• Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk, Russia
• CREA-DC, Florence, Italy
• "L. Sacco" Hospital, Milan, Italy
• National University of Life and Environmental Sciences, Kiev, Ukraine
• Crimean Medical State University, Simferopol, Crimea
• Technical University Delft (TUD), Netherlands
• CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India
• University of Bejaia, Algeria
• NBCsystem, Blera, Italy
• Podere Forte, Castiglion d'Orcia, Italy