Prof. Armando Carlone

associate professor

Armando was born in 1979 in Campobasso, Italy.
In 2003, he graduated in industrial chemistry at the Università di Bologna – Alma Mater Studiorum (Italy). Following a fellowship in 2004, he pursued a PhD in chemistry at the Università di Bologna – Alma Mater Studiorum in asymmetric organocatalysis, under the supervision of Prof. Paolo Melchiorre and the direction of Prof. Giuseppe Bartoli. In 2006, he spent a 9-month stay working with Prof. Karl Anker Jørgensen at the “Center for Catalysis”, Århus University (Denmark).

In 2008, he moved to Edinburgh (UK) to join Prof. Dave Leigh as a postdoc and, in 2009, he won a Marie Curie Intra European fellowship (SupramolOrganocat ) to work in the same group on a project at the interface of organocatalysis, supramolecular chemistry, and molecular motors.

In 2011, he then joined pharma industry with Dr. Reddy’s (Cambridge, UK), developing new, innovative and cost-efficient processes for APIs, using cutting-edge chemistry, ranging from biocatalysis to chemocatalysis, from organocatalysis to flow chemistry. At Dr. Reddy’s, he was also responsible for external collaborations for the UK Cambridge site.

During his career, Armando was responsible for international relationships and board member of ADI – Association of PhD candidates and holders of Italy (2006-2008), board member of EURODOC – European Council of doctoral candidates and young researchers (2007-2008), member of the Society of Chemical Industry Young Chemists’ Panel (2012-2016), Cambridge Pint of Science coordinator (2014-2016), and was also lead scientist at Dovetailed (2016).

Armando eventually returned to academia and to Italy when he was appointed associate professor in organic chemistry at the Università degli Studi dell’Aquila on 1st September 2017.

Dr Andrea Baschieri

fixed-term researcher type A

Andrea was born in 1985 in Modena, Italy. In 2009, he obtained his M.Sc. in Products, Materials and Processes for Industrial Chemistry at the Università di Bologna – Alma Mater Studiorum under the supervision of Prof. A. Ricci and Prof. L. Bernardi. He started his PhD in Chemical Sciences at the Università di Bologna – Alma Mater Studiorum, Department of Organic Chemistry “A. Mangini” under the supervision of Prof. L. Sambri in 2010. He pursued his PhD with a thesis on “New functionalized ligands for luminescent metal complexes: from design to applications”.

Thereafter, Andrea was awarded a one-year postdoc research fellowship on the synthesis of innovative metal complexes for optoelectronic devices (OLED and LEEC’s) and solar energy conversion (DSSC) in the same department. In 2014 he started a postdoc at the Politecnico di Milano, Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “G. Natta”, in collaboration with a number of companies, on the preparation, structural characterization and application of polymeric structures designed to absorb and release organic molecules. In 2015 he moved to Università di Bologna – Alma Mater Studiorum at Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician”, to work on the chemistry of free radicals, on new antioxidants, on the uncommon antioxidant ability of nitroxy radicals mediated by the hydroperoxyl radical and the development and synthesis of new nano-antioxidants.

In 2019 he was hired at the Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, Department of Physical and Chemical Sciences, as a fixed-term researcher (RTDa).

CURRENT GROUP MEMBERS

Dr Chiara Biagini

postdoc

(M.Sc. : Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy; PhD: Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy)

Chiara obtained her M.Sc. with honors in Chemical Sciences at Sapienza Univerisity of Roma and, in the same year, started her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Stefano Di Stefano with a project focused on the use of abiotic fuels for molecular machines. During this period she has joined Dave Leigh’s group for six months as a visiting PhD student. She started her postdoc in Armando’s group in 2020, working on magneto-responsive materials and their applications in fashion and cosmetics.

Dr Tamara Fulgheri

postdoc

(M.Sc. : Università di Cagliari, Italy; PhD: University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom)

Tamara obtained her M.Sc. with honors in Chemical Sciences at the Università degli Studi di Cagliari in 2014 and a PhD in Chemical Sciences from the University of Huddersfield (UK) in 2019, with a thesis on stereoselective transformations of intramolecular cycloaddition products, under the supervision of Dr Duncan Gill (University of Huddersfield) e Dr Philip Cornwall (AstraZeneca). In 2020, she started her postdoctoral experience, working on magneto-responsive materials and their applications in fashion and cosmetics.

Francesca Della Penna

research fellow

(M.Sc. : Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, Italy)

Francesca obtained her M.Sc. with honors in Chemical Sciences at the Università degli Studi dell’Aquila in 2019, with a thesis in our group on asymmetric supramolecular organocatalysis. In 2020 she was awarded a fellowship to work on an industrial collaboration to develop innovative processes for the synthesis of an API intermediate.

Giuliana Giorgianni

PhD candidate

(M.Sc.: Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, Italy)

Giuliana graduated in Biological Sciences at the Università degli Studi dell’Aquila; at the same university, in 2019 she obtained her M. Sc. with honors in Chemical Sciences, with a thesis in our group.
In 2020 she started a PON industrial PhD funded by EU, working on innovative approaches to overcome inherent problems of methodology.

Valeria Nori

PhD candidate

(M.Sc.: Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, Italy)

Valeria was born in 1994 in Teramo, Italy. She obtained her master degree with honors in Chemical Sciences at the Università degli Studi dell’Aquila in 2018. In the same year, she started her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Armando Carlone and Prof. Antonio Arcadi. She focuses on the study of catalytic methods, by the means of organocatalysis, metal catalysis and synergistic catalysis, towards pharmaceutically interesting fragments. She was a visiting PhD candidate in the laboratory of Dr Rebecca Melen (Cardiff University – UK) developing skills in the field of boron catalysis.

Arianna Sinibaldi

PhD candidate

(M.Sc.: Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy)

In September 2017 Arianna obtained the master degree in Biomolecular and Organic Chemistry at the “Sapienza – Università di Roma” under the supervision of Prof. Marco Bella. Immediately after her graduation, she won a scholarship by Regione Lazio and European Union (Torno Subito – Work Experiences) to spend six months in the group of Prof. Andrei Malkov (Loughborough University – UK). Back in Italy, Arianna continued her research at the Sapienza – Università di Roma for five months, before starting her PhD in November 2018 in our group focusing on supramolecular organocatalysis and innovative activation modes for more efficient organocatalysis. She did a brief stint, as a visiting PhD candidate, in the laboratory of Dr Daniele Leonori (Manchester University) developing skills in photochemistry, but had to halt it earlier due to covid-19, so she is already planning for her next visit.

MASTER AND BACHELOR STUDENTS

Cristian De Luca Master student
Debora Iapadre Bachelor student
Francesco Taglieri Master student

FORMER GROUP MEMBERS

Rosario Carmenini Bachelor student (2020)
Andrea Contrisciani Master student (2020)
Sara Santoprete Bachelor student (2019)
Meklind Ndrita Bachelor student (2018)