Permanent Staff

Prof. Marcella Bonchio
Full Professor
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O: +39 049 827 5670

F: +39 049 827 5239

She started her career at the University of Padova where, in 1993, she received the PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry. Since 2001 she has been First Researcher of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), directing the research activities at the Institute of Membrane Technology section of Padova. Since 2013 she is Full Professor at the Department of Chemical Sciences of the University of Padova. Recent achievements deal with new molecular solutions for photosynthetic systems under artificial environment and energy materials.

Prof. Mauro Carraro
Associate Professor
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O: +39 049 827 5256

He graduated in chemistry in 1998 at the University of Padova. The Ph.D. thesis was made at University of Padova and presented in 2001. From 2002 to 2003, he worked with different post doctoral fellowships of the University of Padova and of CNR (Institute for Membrane Technology). Short periods of research and study abroad have been spent in 2001 at the University P. and M. Curie of Paris (with Prof. Proust), in 2007 at Jacobs University, Bremen (with Prof. Kortz), in 2010 at the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (with Prof. Bernhard), in 2011 at Technology University Delft (with Prof. Arends). Since January 2004 he is assistant professor at the Department of Chemical Sciences of the University of Padova and in 2014 became associate professor in the same university. The main research interest involves the development of new and sustainable catalytic processes, for the oxidative functionalization of organic molecules, by means of polyoxometalates modified with organic ligands.

Prof. Andrea Sartorel
Associate Professor
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O: +39 049 827 5252

He graduated in Chemistry cum laude in 1999 at the University of Padova, where he earned his PhD in 2003. After a period of working in the industry (2003–2005) and a research contract with the Italian National Council of Research (2006–2008), since 2009 he has been Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemical Sciences of the University of Padova. His research interests deal with biomimetic oxidations, polyoxometalate chemistry and water oxidation catalysis for applications in artificial photosynthesis.

Dr. Luca Dell'Amico
Assistant Professor

O: +39 049 827 5253

He got his Ms. D. in medicinal chemistry at the Parma University (Italy) in 2010. At the same institution he started his PhD centred on stereoselective synthesis of biologically active molecules, under the supervision of Prof. Franca Zanardi. In 2013 Luca spent a fruitful research period at the “Center for Catalysis”, Aarhus University (Denmark), where he was introduced to the field of organocatalysis by Prof. Karl Anker Jørgensen. In 2014 he got his PhD with highest honour and the Doctor Europaeus mention. Shortly after Luca moved to Tarragona (Catalunya) at the ICIQ (Institut Català d'Investigació Química) with a two years post-doctoral Marie Curie cofound fellowship, working with Prof. Paolo Melchiorre. At the ICIQ Luca studied centred on photochemistry and photo-organocatalysis. In 2016 Luca moved to Padova University (Italy), where he is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Chemical Sciences.

Dr. Giacomo Saielli
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O: +39 049 827 5279

He graduated in Chemistry cum laude in 1994 at the University of Florence. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Padova. After a two-years post-doc position at the University of Southampton, he returned in Padova as a researcher at the CNR Institute on Membrane Technology, Padova Unit. His research is mainly concerned with DFT calculations of spectroscopic properties of organic and organometallic systems and computer simulations of ionic liquids and ionic liquid crystals.


Dr. Xavier Companyó

O: +39 049 827 5253

He obtained his undergraduate and MSc degrees in Chemistry in 2007 and 2009 respectively, from the University of Barcelona. Soon after, he started the doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Albert Moyano and Dr. Ramon Rios. During his doctoral period, Xavier carried out a six-month researcher period at Aarhus University, Denmark, under the guidance of Prof Karl Anker Jørgensen. In March 2014, he received his PhD title from the University of Barcelona with the maximum grade of “Excellent cum laude” and awarded with the “Outstanding doctorate prize 2013/2014”. In April 2014, he joined the group of Prof Alan Armstrong and Dr. Jordi Burés at Imperial College London, UK, through the award of a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship. In autumn 2016, he joined the NanoMolCat group at Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Padova, Italy. In February 2018, he has been awarded with a Supporting TAlent in ReSearch-Starting Grant. His research interest spans from the better understanding of the mechanisms of catalytic reaction to the development of sustainable and more efficient catalytic processes and its application in asymmetric synthesis.

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