About Me

I graduated (MSc.) in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Padova in 2010, and worked at the academia/industry interface for two years before starting his PhD studies with Prof. Simon J. Higgins at the University of Liverpool. I then stayed in Liverpool for a postdoctoral position with Prof. Richard J. Nichols, and in 2019 I secured a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to study emissive phenomena in single-entity electronic devices, thus starting my independent career.

When I'm not trying to poison myself by drinking too much coffee or ruining other people's experiments in the laboratory, I can be usually found playing old-school death metal on my guitar, trying to compose the next '80-style technopop hit on my computer, or reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" to my lovely daughter.

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Stuff I Do

The use of molecular components in optoelectronic devices is now a reality. My purpose is to use the vast chemical space offered by synthetic chemistry to impart novel functionalities to molecular devices, exploiting quantum phenomena unique to the nanoscale world. My activities include the synthesis of molecular wires, their integration in optoelectronic devices, and the development of instrumentation and methods for the determination of their properties.

Research Topics

News

22/10/2019
Cover Art

Our latest Angewandte Chemie paper has been featured on the inside back cover!

18/10/2019
Position Available

We're hiring! A PhD position is now available in the group, to work on electroluminescent phenomena of single-molecule junctions. Link

07/10/2019
Manuscript Online

The paper "Synthetic Control of Quantum Interference by Regulating Charge on a Single Atom in Heteroaromatic Molecular Junctions" has been accepted for publication and is now online. Please read it on the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters here.

27/09/2019
ChemistryViews Highlight

The paper "Hemilabile ligands as mechanosensitive electrode contacts for molecular electronics" has been highlighted on ChemistryViews, the magazine of ChemPubSoc Europe.

01/08/2019
Manuscript Online

The paper "Hemilabile ligands as mechanosensitive electrode contacts for molecular electronics" has been accepted for publication and is now online. Please read it on Angewandte Chemie International Edition here, and discover the story behind it here.

16/07/2019
URF 2019

I have been awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, to study the Single-Entity Electronics and Photonics of Chemically Wired Nanocrystals, at the University of Liverpool starting October 2019.
43 new fellows were appointed in 2019, at 24 universities across the UK and Ireland.

Funding