Research groups

  • Theoretical and computational modelling

    The research activity is carried out in theoretical and computational chemistry. The aim is to understand and simulate the interactions between molecules and external stimuli that can be photons, electrons or other molecules. The intent is not the simple reproduction of experimental data but to provide a deeper understanding of the phenomena investigated.

  • Supramolecular chemistry and stereochemistry

    Synthesis and characterization of self-assembled nanoarchitectures with embedded optical, magnetic or electronic properties, suitable for molecular devices.

  • LASC - Laboratory of asymmetric synthesis and catalysis

  • Biocrystallography and Biomineralization

    Study of biological macromolecules tridimensional structure, of the deposition processes of biominerals and of bioinspired materials.

  • Modeling functional molecular materials

    The research activity involves the use and development of molecular modeling tools to decipher optical, electronic and photoinduced properties as well as charge and energy transport phenomena in conjugated organic molecular materials. Target systems are organic chromophores and their aggregates for applications in electronics and optoelectronics.

  • Analytical methods for nano and biosciences

    Size and molar mass distribution; morphological and functional particles analysis; biological sample analysis; tag-less cell sorting methods.

  • Photoactive Molecular Devices and Machines

    Photochemistry; supramolecular chemistry; molecular machines; photochromic compounds; nanoscience.

  • Microchemistry and Microscopy Art Diagnostic Laboratory (M2ADL)

    In-situ physico-chemical analysis of cultural heritage Laboratory analysis of artworks and preparation of sample cross-sections Multispectral and hyperspectral imaging X-ray fluorescence Infrared spectroscopy and microscopy Multivariate spectroscopic data analysis

  • Peptide Foldamers and Materials Lab

  • Free radicals and antioxidants

  • Resolution

    Radiocarbon, tree rings, and solar variability provide the accurate time scale for human evolution and geoscience.

  • NanoBio interface lab

    Between life science and nanotechnology

  • ACERLAB - Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Radioactivity Lab

    The laboratory deals with redistribution processes of stable and radioactive pollutants in the natural environment and in the environment most influenced by anthropogenic impacts. It also studies the health impact of pollutants and radioactivity.

  • Bergamini group

    Photophysical and photochemical characterization of supramolecular systems.

  • Laboratory of stereoselective metal catalysis and photoredox catalysis

    Development of new catalytic processes for the sinthesys of organic molecules.

  • Chemometrics and analytical methodologies

    Methodological research in analytical chemistry (voltammetry, analytical spectroscopy, chromatography) and chemometrics applied to analitycal data.

  • ChiC - Functional imaging and cellular chemistry

    Scanning electrochemistry microscopy (SECM); functional imaging of living cells; micro-structuring and micro-shaping of surfaces and soft materials for biological applications; 3D bioprinting of cellular environments.

  • Computational organic chemistry

    Computational investigations on organic reactivity and binding processes via quantum mechanics, molecular mechanics and hybrid methods.

  • Free radicals chemistry group

    Synthesis of supramolecular architectures containing radical probes; EPR characterization of organic radicals.

  • Green chemistry lab

    Sustainable chemistry; renewable resources; CO2, eco-toxicity; green solvents; bioactive molecules.

  • Photoactive systems for energy conversion and imaging

    Quantum dots (QDs); luminescent and photochromic metal complexes and organic molecules.

  • Biomimetic and materials chemistry

    Design and fabrication of novel inorganic, polimeric and composite materials with desired functional properties suitable for biomedical applications.

  • Photoactive (nano)materials for health and environment

    Design, synthesis and characterization of novel photoactive (nano)materials for medical, biological and environmental applications.

  • Analytical pyrolysis

    Pyrolysis; hydrothermal treatment; Py-GC-MS; biomass, biogas; biochar; Poly(hydrossialcanoates); bioplastic; emerging pollutant; microplastics; siloxanes.

  • Polymer science and biomaterials

    New functional polymeric materials with physico-chemical properties aimed to specific applications; polymer processing and characterization; electrospinning and 3D bioprinting to produce innovative nanostructures; fundamental and applied research; R&D services to companies.

  • Electron spectroscopies

    Energies of formation of anion states in the gas phase. Dissociative decay channels of temporary anion states. Reactivity of the negative and neutral dissociation products of bioactive molecules in vivo under reductive conditions. Electron affinities and electron-acceptor properties. Kinetics of degradation of paper in connection with cultural heritage conservation.

  • LEME - Laboratory of electrochemistry of materials for energetics

  • Molecular crystal engineering group

    Design of novel crystalline forms - synthesis from solution and in solid - X-ray diffraction - applications.

  • Peptidomimetics and peptides targeting protein-protein interaction

    New synthetic methodologies for bioactive peptides and peptidomimetics; optimization of ecofriendly processes for the synthesis of products with pharmaceutical degree of purity.

  • Rotational and computational spectroscopy

    Bridging the gap between experiment and theory. Astrochemistry; millimeter-/submillimeter-wave rotational spectroscopy; computational characterization of molecular and spectroscopic properties; formation pathways for astrochemistry; intermolecular complexes.

  • Free jet rotational spectroscopy group

    We develop and use rotational spectroscopy in free jet expansions to characterize molecules and molecular complexes of biological interest and for atmospheric and astrophysical detection. We use quantum chemistry to guide and rationalize the experimental findings and we exploit big-data methodologies for the management, analysis and development of large spectral data sets.

  • Bioanalytical Chemistry

    Innovative bioanalytical and mass spectrometry methods for basic and applied research in the biomedical, food, envoronment, forensics and cosmetic fields

  • Electrochemistry of molecular and functional materials

    The EMFM group works in various fields of electrochemistry. We study the electrochemical properties of molecules, carbon nanostructures, cells, surfaces, sensor, biosensor, electrocatalysis. applying a wide range of electrochemical techniques.