He earned its graduation in theoretical chemistry in 1995 from University of Pisa and Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS). He attended the “Corso di Perfezionamento” (1996-1998) in chemistry at SNS. Later (1999-2001) he joined as postdoc the University of Pisa. From 2001 to december 2011, he was head of computer center of chemistry in the same institution. In december 2011 he joined the Department of Pharmacy of the same University as researcher. His research interests span from reliable and fast algorithms for the polarizable continuum model to the study of complex reactive processes in solution. Currently, his efforts are focused on the understanding of the nature of solvation process in ionic liquids.
Ionic Liquids Group – Pisa, Italy
In particular, the group is involved in the synthesis and characterization of ionic liquids (ILs), liquids that consist exclusively by ions, useful as green solvents for organic and bioorganic reactions, extractions and separations or as catalysts and/or additives in several fields (lubricants, brightening agents and so on). Experimental and theoretical investigations are systematically performed to obtain information on the physico-chemical and solvent properties of such chemicals. These data are used to gain a more rational design of new ionic systems and for the development of eco-friendly processes based on their use. Furthermore, costs and sustainability of the starting materials and synthetic procedures are parameters always considered when new ILs or processes are designed: cheap and renewable natural compounds and green syntheses are preferentially used to obtain new classes of ILs, whose environmental impact is evaluated in collaboration with another group of the University of Pisa.