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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 Fabio Pesciaioli

fixed-term researcher type A

Fabio was born in 1982 in Narni, Italy. He earned a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry in 2005 under the supervision of Prof. Rosini and Prof. Righi with a thesis entitled “Betti’s Amines: synthesis, characterization and study of some properties”. In 2007, he earned a M.Sc. in Products, Materials and Processes for Industrial Chemistry in the group of Prof. Bartoli under the supervision of Prof. Paolo Melchiorre with a thesis on Organocatalytic Asymmetric Addition to α,β-unsaturated ketones through iminium-ion activation”.

In 2008, he started his doctoral studies in the same group under the supervision of Prof. Giuseppe Bartoli and Prof. Paolo Melchiorre focusing on Asymmetric Organocatalysis. During his PhD, he spent 8 months in Prof. Dr Rueping Group at RWTH Aachen University working on the design and synthesis of new Brønsted acids. In 2011, he earned his PhD in Chemical Sciences with an organic chemistry thesis entitled “Asymmetric Aminocatalisys: a modern strategy for molecules, challenges and life”.

In 2011, Fabio started his first postdoc in Prof. Dr Benjamin List group at Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung, where he worked on Brønsted and Lewis acid based organocatalysis and on the synthesis of new metal-free motifs for achieving ppm catalyst loading transformations.
After a research stay as a Cariplo Fellow at Pavia University in the group of Prof. Zanoni, working on the merging of organocatalysis and metal-catalysis, he joined the group of Prof. Lutz Ackermann at Göttingen University focusing mainly on asymmetric C-H activation using catalytic amounts of 3d transition metal based catalysts. While working on this research field, he developed a new family of chiral Brønsted Acids able to enantioselectively induce the protodemetalation of Cobaltate intermediates on high oxidation state.

In July 2020, he was appointed as fixed-term researcher (RTDa) at the Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, working on organocatalytic eco-friendly transformations and C-H activation.


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.
In 2020 she started a PON industrial PhD funded by EU, working on innovative approaches to overcome inherent problems of methodology. In 2021 she will be a visiting PhD candidate in Bonifazi group for 10 months. After that, she’ll spend 6 months at F.I.S. – FABBRICA ITALIANA SINTETICI S.p.A. , before returning to our labs to continue her research towards her PhD.

Maria Edith Casacchia

PhD candidate

(M.Sc. : Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Italy)

Maria Edith was born in 1996 in Castel di Sangro, Italy. She obtained both her B.Sc. (2018) and M.Sc. (2020) degrees in Chemistry at the “Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna” under the supervision of Prof. Daria Giacomini. In 2021, she worked for 4 months as lab analyst at Revlon Inc., in Bologna. In the same year, she started her PhD in Sustainable Development and Climate Change (coordinated by IUSS Pavia, Italy) at the Università degli Studi dell’Aquila in our lab.

Emanuele Cocco

PhD candidate

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

Emanuele was born in Rome in 1994, and graduated from Sapienza Università di Roma (B. Sc. 2017 and M. Sc. 2019), under the supervision of Prof. Antonella Dalla Cort.
Following his passion, he moved to Tohoku University to work as a research fellow under the supervision of Prof. Yujiro Hayashi; there he studied the reactivity of α-dicyano compound from October 2020 to September 2021.


Debora Iapadre Master student
Elena Incerto Bachelor student


Valeria Nori
PhD candidate 2018-2021
Arianna Sinibaldi
PhD candidate 2018-2021

Postdoctoral Researcher with Prof. Giuseppe Bifulco, Università degli Studi di Salerno (Italy)

Meklind Ndrita
Bachelor student 2018
Master Student 2021
Davide Febo
Master Student 2021
Antonio Del Vecchio
Visiting Scientist 2021

Postdoctoral Researcher at Organometallic Chemistry Department, Rennes Institute of Chemical Sciences (France)

Chiara Biagini
Postdoc 2020
Creative Communications and Media Coordinator 2021

Communication Associate at Valagro – Scientific Communicator at Il Chimico sulla Tavola

Francesco Taglieri
Master student 2021

PhD candidate at Università degli Studi dell’Aquila

Dr Tamara Fulgheri
Postdoctoral fellow 2020

R&D scientist at Ventiseidieci

Francesca Della Penna
Master student 2019
Research fellow 2020

MS&T Associate Scientist at Johnson & Johnson

Cristian De Luca
Bachelor student 2018
Master student 2020 in collaboration with Prof. Davide Bonifazi

PhD candidate in Bonifazi group

Andrea Baschieri
Fixed-time Researcher type A 2019-2020

Researcher at Institute of Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (ISOF) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR).

Debora Iapadre
Bachelor student 2020

Master student at Università degli Studi dell’Aquila.

Andrea Contrisciani
Master student 2020 in collaboration with Prof. Francesco Fini

MS&T – Equipment Qualification Associate at Catalent Pharma Solutions

Rosario Carmenini
Bachelor student 2020 in collaboration with Dr Andrea Baschieri

Master student at Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna

Sara Santoprete
Bachelor student 2019

Master student at Università degli Studi dell’Aquila