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PhD Students In Chemistry  

The School of Athens by Raphael


PHD STUDENTTutor/Cotutor Area                             PROJECT
Ilaria BARLOCCOAlberto VillaInorganic ChemistryDesign and synthesis of carbon materials for the production of hydrogen from renewable sources.
(Linea: Synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts for energy and biofuels production)
Lorenzo BISCONTISara SattinOrganic ChemistrySynthesis of RSH Inhibitors to Hamper Persisters Formation.
(Linea: Design and synthesis of bioactive organic molecules)
Giovanna BRUNOLeonardo lo Presti/Carlo GattiPhysical Chemistry Electron spin density topology and magnetic properties of matter
(Linea: Development of novel topological descriptors for the design of advanced materials)
Carolina CIONTIDaniela Meroni/Silvia ArdizzonePhysical ChemistryNanostructured metal oxide semiconductors in composite and hybrid systems for advanced applications.
(Linea: Synthesis and characterization of new materials for environmental, energetic, sensoristic and optoelectronic applications)
Crescenzo COPPASara Sattin/Monica CiveraOrganic ChemistryStructure-based design of RSH inhibitors.
(Linea: Design and synthesis of bioactive organic molecules)
Sara GRECCHIPatrizia Mussini/Tiziana BenincoriPhysical ChemistryInherent Chirality at work for applications in chiral electrochemistry, chiroptics and spintronics.
(Linea: Molecular electroanalysis and electrocatalysis)
Mirko LECCESERocco MartinazzoPhysical ChemistryPi-conjugation in a curved world.
(Linea: Quantum mechanical methods for the investigation of molecular properties and development of new materials)
Margherita LONGONISilvia BruniPhysical ChemistryThe non-invasive analysis of organic materials in cultural heritage (dyes, pigments, binders and varnishes): development of strategies based on molecular spectroscopies.
(Linea: Analytical chemistry applied to cultural heritage and study of the degradation caused by pollution)
Paola MARZULLODaniele Passarella/Stefano PieracciniOrganic ChemistryTuning microtubule dynamics: synthesis of bifunctional drugs targeting tubulins.
(Linea: Design and synthesis of bioactive organic molecules)
Laura MENEGAZZODiego Romano/Andrea PintoOrganic ChemistryHeterogeneous biocatalysts development for the stereoselective continuous synthesis of bioactive compounds.
(Linea: Biocatalytic processes for the chemoenzymatic synthesis of chiral and/or bioactive compounds)
Alessandro ROGNONIMichele Ceotto/Riccardo ContePhysical ChemistryAdvances in semiclassical dynamics with applications to the vibrational spectroscopy of complex systems.
(Linea: Sustainable processes based on heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis)
Giovanni SACCOCesare GennariOrganic ChemistryTargeting tumor over-expressed receptor: synthesis of new conjugates for the delivery of cytotoxic agents.
(Linea: Design and synthesis of bioactive organic molecules)
Paolo SONZINIEmma GalloInorganic ChemistryThe insertion of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas into small eterocycle compounds for the synthesis of high-added value compounds.
(Linea: Sustainable processes based on heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis)



XXXIII Cycle (Chemistry)  

PHD STUDENTTutor (Cotutor) Area                             Project
Sharam ALIJANIDr. Francesca TESSOREInorganic ChemistryDevelopment of chiral molecule-modified supported metal nanoparticles as heterogeneous catalysts for asymmetric hydrogenation.
(Linea: Synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts for energy and biofuels production)
Andrea GALBIATIProf. Paola CONTIOrganic ChemistryDevelopment of covalent inhibitors of Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, an antiprotozoan and anticancer drug target.
(Linea: Design and synthesis of bioactive organic molecules)
Organic Chemistry
(Marie Curie)
Synthesis of a diversity library of glycomimetics: towards a glycomimetic chip for drug discovery in glycomedicine
(Linea: Design and synthesis of bioactive organic molecules)
Kanhaya LALProf. Anna BERNARDI
Prof. Laura BELVISI
Organic Chemistry
(Marie Curie)
Design of antagonists of LecB and LecB like lectins
(Linea: Design and synthesis of bioactive organic molecules)
Francesca MENESCARDIDr. Leonardo LO PRESTI
(Dr. Davide CERESOLI)
Physical ChemistryHigh Pressure materials discovery with advanced DFT methods.
(Linea: Development of novel topological descriptors for the design of advanced materials)
(Prof. Sara SATTIN)
Organic ChemistrySynthetic approaches towards bioactive molecules.
(Linea: Design and synthesis of bioactive organic molecules)
Annalisa POLODr. Maria Vittoria DOZZIPhysical ChemistryDesign, synthesis and rational optimization of semiconductor oxide-based photocatalysts.
(Linea: Preparation and structural, photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic characterization of materials for energy and depollution)
Doaa Reda Mohamed RAMADANProf. Fabio RAGAINIInorganic Chemistry  Palladium catalyzed reduction reactions of nitroarenes with formate esters as CO surrogates for the synthesis of nitrogen heterocycles.
(Linea: Sustainable processes based on heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis)
Cristina Manuela SANTIProf. Luigi LAYOrganic Chemistry  Synthesis of carbohydrate antigens and their structural analogues for vaccines development.
(Linea: Chemistry for the Life Sciences: synthesis of peptides, carbohydrates and their mimics)
Ambra SIBILLAProf. Rocco MARTINAZZOPhysical ChemistryChemical rate constants in condensed-phase environments from high-dimensional quantum dynamics.
(Linea: Dissipative quantum dynamics: developments and applications to the calculation of the quantum thermal rate constant of chemical reactions in condensed phases)
Tommaso TARONIDr. Daniela MERONIPhysical ChemistryDevelopment and surface modification of nanostructured oxide-based materials for innovative applications.
(Linea: Modulation of the surface properties of materials by bi- and tri-dimensional growth of chemisorbed structures)

     PhD Student REPRESENTATIVE: Annalisa POLO


XXXII CYCLE (Chemistry)  

 PhD Student Tutor (Cotutor) Area                             Project
Xishan BAIProf. Cesare GENNARIOrganic ChemistryIron complexes for the catalytic (enantioselective) reduction of double bonds. (Linea 4: Synthesis of organic ligands and their complexes with metals for catalytic stereoselective reactions)
Elisa BONANDIProf. Daniele PASSARELLAOrganic ChemistryNatural products as lead compounds and building blocks for the obtainment of new pharmacologically active molecules. (Linea 1: Design and synthesis of bioactive organic molecules)
Caterina DAMIANOProf.ssa Emma GALLOInorganic ChemistryNew class of hybrid catalysts for CO2 activation. (Linea 24: Sustainable processes based on heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis)
Katarzyna FIDECKAProf.ssa Emanuela LICANDRO
(Dott. Riccardo VAGO)
Organic ChemistryNanoparticle-peptide nucleic acid nanoconstructs as antitumor therapeutic agents. (Linea 3: Diagnostics and gene therapy: synthesis of natural nucleic acid mimics, DNA intercalators and their conjugation with metals and nanoparticles)
Claudia Vera KOHOUTProf. Luigi LAYOrganic ChemistrySynthesis of Haemophilus influenzae type a oligosaccharides for vaccine development. (Linea: Design and synthesis of bioactive organic molecules)
Rosario RUSSOProf. Maurizio SIRONI
(Dott.ssa Alessandra FORNI)
Physical ChemistryComputational study of optical-spectroscopic properties of biological macromolecules. (Linea 12: Molecular modeling for the study of properties of biological interesting molecules)
Abhijnan SARKARProf. Fabio RAGAINIInorganic Chemistry 
Luca SENALDIProf.ssa Anna BERNARDI (Dott.Daniele CICERI)Organic ChemistryNew synthetic processes for the industrial preparation of generic active principles. (Linea:New synthetic processes for the industrial preparation of generic active principles)
Anna TESTOLINProf. Luigi FALCIOLAPhysical ChemistryMonitoring of emerging contaminants: from the sensor design to the analytical application (Linea 21:Sintesi and characterization of new materials for environmental, energetic, sensoristic and optoelectronic application)
Antonio TRIPODIProf. Rocco MARTINAZZOPhysical ChemistryKinetic description and process modelling for chemicals and fuels production from renewable sources. (Linea 16: Quantum mechanical methods for the study of molecular properties and the development of new materials)




PHD StudentTutor (Cotutor) Area                             Project
Ludovic AUBERGERProf. Luigi LAY
(Dr. Laura POLITO; Dr. Roberto ADAMO)
Organic ChemistryESR3 Synthesis of MenA carba-analogues and native MenX oligomers for improved anti menigococcal vaccines
Prof.ssa Silvia RIZZATO (Prof. Massimo MORET, Dott. Leonardo LO PRESTI)Inorganic ChemistryOn the investigation of nucleation, growth, structure and morphology of functional materials through advanced crystallographic techniques. (Linea 28: Studio dei processi di cristallizzazione e caratterizzazione di composti inorganici e organici)
Federica DALL’OGLIODott. Andrea PINTO
(Dott. Diego ROMANO)
Organic ChemistryDevelopment of continuous-flow processes for redox biocatalysis and application in the chemo-enzymatic synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients. (Linea 5: Utilizzo della "flow-chemistry" nello sviluppo di metodologie sintetiche innovative ed ecosostenibili applicate alla preparazione di composti di interesse farmaceutico)
Giovanni DI LIBERTOProf. Michele CEOTTOPhysical ChemistryNew semiclassical theories for molecular spectroscopy (Linea 15: Sviluppo di teorie semiclassiche per la spettroscopia)
Davide FRANCHINIProf. Maurizio SIRONI
(Dott.ssa Alessandra FORNI)
Physical ChemistryComputational Study Of Halogen Bonding: From Ab-Initio Methods To Force Field Approaches. (Linea 17: Metodi quantomeccanici per lo studio delle proprietà molecolari e lo sviluppo di nuovi materiali)
Fabio GABASProf. Michele CEOTTOPhysical Chemistry

Implementation of semiclassical theories for molecular spectroscopy" (Linea 16: Implementazioni di teorie semiclassiche per la spettroscopia)

Gabriele GIANNELLIProf.ssa Paola FERMO
(Dott. Giangiacomo BERETTA)
Physical ChemistryInnovative integrated analytical approaches for the characterization of wines of different provenance. (Linea 27: Chimica analitica applicata allo studio di matrici ambientali e di alimenti)
Giovanni MACETTIDott. Leonardo LO PRESTI
(Dott. Carlo GATTI)
Physical ChemistryDevelopment of novel topological descriptors for the design of advanced materials. (Linea 18: Sviluppo di descrittori topologici innovativi per la progettazione di materiali avanzati)
Arianna PINAProf. Cesare GENNARI
(Dott. Michele CARUSO)
Organic ChemistrySynthesis of New RGD Peptidomimetic-Drug Conjugates Targeting αvβ3 Integrin.(Linea 2: Sistemi molecolari per la biologia: sintesi di peptidi, carboidrati e loro mimici)
Olimpia PITIROLLOProf. Luigi LAY (Dott.ssa Francesca MICOLI)Organic ChemistryRational design and synthesis of a glycoconjugate vaccine against group a streptococcus. (Linea 2: Sistemi molecolari per la biologia: sintesi di peptidi, carboidrati e loro mimici)
Luca RIMOLDIProf.ssa Silvia ARDIZZONEPhysical ChemistryInnovative semiconductors with controlled structural and optical properties for photocatalytic applications. (Linea 22: Sintesi e caratterizzazione di nuovi materiali per applicazioni ambientali, energetiche, sensoristiche ed optoelettroniche)
Meenakshi SINGHProf. Luigi LAY
(Dr. Laura POLITO; Dr. Roberto ADAMO)
Organic ChemistrySynthesis of group B streptococcus type v oligosaccharide for vaccine development
Alice TAMBURRINIProf.ssa Anna BERNARDIOrganic ChemistryDC-SIGN as target for drug development based on carbohydrates. (Linea 1: Progettazione e sintesi di molecole organiche bioattive)
Dott.ssa Giorgia ZANCHINProf. Giuseppe LEONE
(Prof.ssa Emma GALLO)
Inorganic ChemistryCatalytic polymerization of cyclic olefins: tecnopolymers fadvanced applications. (Linea 25: Processi ecosostenibili basati su catalisi omogenea ed eterogena)

        PhD Student REPRESENTATIVE: Arianna PINA


XXX Cycle (Chemistry)  

PhD StudentTutor (Cotutor)
 Area                             Project
Chiara AIETADr. Michele CEOTTOPhysical chemistrySemiclassical molecular dynamics for spectroscopic calculations of complex systems
Ivan BASSANINIProf. Daniele PASSARELLAOrganic chemistryExploiting the activity of oxidoreductive and hydrolytic enzymes in organic synthesis: novel biocatalyzed regio- and stereoselective transformations
Daniela CARMINATIProf. Emma GALLOInorganic chemistrySintesi di complessi porfirinici chirali di metalli di transizione per promuovere reazioni enantioselettive
Mattia CETTOLINProf. Cesare GENNARIOrganic chemistryIron catalysts for the reduction of carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom double bonds
Federico DAPIAGGIDr. Stefano PIERACCINIPhysical chemistry

Molecular Modeling of Ebola inhibitors

Gaia FUMAGALLIProf. Daniele PASSARELLAOrganic chemistryChemical approaches to improve drug delivery of pharmaceutically active compounds
Paula LOPEZ RIVASProf. Cesare GENNARI (Dr. Luca PIGNATARO)Organic Chemistry
(Marie Curie)
Synthesis of integrin-targeting pro-drugs for the selective release of anti-tumor agents
Laura Anett MEDVEProf. Anna BERNARDI
(Dr. Sara SATTIN)
Organic Chemistry
(Marie Curie)
Synthesis of a Library of Selective C-Lectin Antagonist Glycomimetics
Marta PASQUINIProf. Rocco MARTINAZZOPhysical chemistryA high-dimensional quantum dynamical approach for modeling chemical reactions at surfaces from first principle
Alessandro POMAProf. Elena SELLI
(prof. Lucia CARLUCCI, Dr. Maria. V. DOZZI)
Physical chemistryDevelopment of organometallic systems for photocatalytic solar fuels applications
Giulia RAINOLDIProf. Giordano LESMAOrganic chemistryExploiting the potential of organocatalyzed asymmetric multicomponent reactions for the synthesis of isatin-derived-2-oxindoles
André Filipe RAPOSO MOREIRA DIAZProf. Cesare GENNARI (Dr. Luca PIGNATARO)Organic Chemistry
(Marie Curie)
Synthesis of multimeric integrin ligands for the selective tumor-targeted delivery of cytotoxic drugs



XXIX Cycle (Chemistry)  

PhD StudentTutor (Cotutor)
 Area                             Project
(Dr. Michela BRUNELLI)
Physical chemistrySynchrotron and neutron study of disorder in perovskite multiferroics
Gregorio CULLIAProf. Paola CONTI
(Prof. Carlo DE MICHELI)
Organic chemistryDevelopment of enzyme inhibitors for the treatment of parasitic diseases
Dario FORMENTIProf. Fabio RAGAINIInorganic chemistryUse of CO alternatives as C1 building block
Giulio GOTIProf. Anna BERNARDIOrganic chemistryNovel glycomimetic antagonists of mannose-specific C-lectins
Rahul KADUSKARDr. Loana MUSSOOrganic chemistryTotal synthesis of natural products and evaluation of their biological activity
Cristina MARUCCIProf. Daniele PASSARELLA (Dr. Marcello LUZZANI)Organic chemistryNatural Products ( Synthesis, Extraction and Purification)
Valentina SABATINIProf. Silvia ARDIZZONE
(Prof. Giuseppe DI SILVESTRO)
Organic chemistryStudy and development of flexible polymeric substrates for electronic devices and smart materials
Lilina Marcia ANSALONI  SILVAProf. Fabio RAGAINIInorganic chemistryUse Of Magnetic Nanomaterials for the Synthesis of Pharmaceutically Important Molecules
Alessandro SILVESTRIProf. Luigi LAY
(Dr. Laura POLITO)
Organic chemistryDevelopment of gold-based hybrid nano-systems for imaging applications
Pramod THAKAREProf. Emanuela LICANDROOrganic chemistryDesign and synthesis of modified PNA with improved physico-chemical properties for DNA,  RNA and Micro RNA targeting
Lorenzo VERONESEDr. Monica PANIGATIInorganic chemistryDinuclear rhenium complexes for optoelectronic devices
Simone ZANELLAProf. Cesare GENNARI
(Dr. Umberto PIARULLI)
Organic chemistrySynthesis and biological evaluation of peptidomimetic ligands targeting cell-surface receptors involved in tumor angiogenesis



XXVIII Cycle (Chemistry)  

PhD StudentTutor   (Cotutor)
 Area                             Project
Paolo BONARDI Prof. Rocco MARTINAZZO Physical chemistryFirst-principles investigations of electronic and transport properties of complex molecular junctions
(Dr. Alessandro PONTI)
Physical chemistryMagnetic oxides nanoparticles with anisotropic shape or heterogeneous structure
(Dr. Johannes G. DE VRIES)
Inorganic chemistryAsymmetric hydrogenation of industrially relevant substrates
(Dr. Mario Italo TRIONI)
Physical chemistryTheoretical characterization of graphene-based nano-junctions
Dr. Mohamed Ali ELATAWY Prof. Fabio RAGAINIInorganic chemistrySynthesis of nitrogen heterocycles by reaction of nitroarenes with unsaturated substrates and carbon monoxide, catalyzed by transition metal complexes
Marco FUSE'Prof. Edoardo Cesarotti
(Dr. Isabella RIMOLDI)
Inorganic chemistrySynthesis of chiral penta-substituted aryl, alkyl cyclopentadienyls and their use in the enantioselective reduction of imines and ketones
(Dr. Johannes G. DE VRIES)
Organic chemistryFirst-row transition metal catalysts for the enantioselective reduction of double bonds
Fernandez Josè LASSO Prof. Ilenia ROSSETTIPhysical chemistryHydrogen production from renewable primary sources
Mirko MAGNIProf. Dominique ROBERTO
(Prof. Patrizia MUSSINI, Dr. Claudia DRAGONETTI)
Inorganic chemistryTransition metal complexes and related organometallic polymers for photonics and optoelectronics
Stefania MARZORATIDr. Mariangela LONGHI
(Prof. Leonardo FORMARO)
Physical chemistryPlatinum-free catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction
Elisabetta MASSOLOProf. Maurizio BENAGLIAOrganic chemistryNovel synthetic organocatalytic methodologies
Manuel ORLANDIProf. Franco COZZI
(Dr. Michele CEOTTO)
Organic chemistryNew Brønsted acids as chiral organic catalysts
Ahmed Muhamed ORLANDODr. Leonardo LO PRESTI
(Prof. Carlo GATTI)
Physical chemistryChallenging questions in chemistry and condensed matter addressed by charge density topological descriptors
Physical chemistryPatterning and Modulation of Oxide Surface Properties
(Prof. Patrizia MUSSINI)
Organic chemistryThe Heteroarylethene class: novel, luminescent molecular material for optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications
Chiara ZAFFINOProf. Silvia BRUNIAnalytical chemistryExploiting the potentiality of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) for the identification of natural dyes in ancient textiles and works of art



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