Nanomaterials for emergent technologies
Department of Materials Science & Physical Chemistry
Faculty of Chemistry
University of Barcelona
c/Martí i Franquès, 1
Alessandro received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2008 with a dissertation entitled “Transfer of chirality from molecules to complex systems”. Then he moved to the Universitat de Barcelona where he joined the group of Prof. J. M. Ribó (2010-2011) thanks to a fellowship for Young Foreign Researchers funded by the Spanish Government. In Barcelona, he also worked as postdoctoral researcher in the groups of Prof. R. M. Ortuño at the UAB (2010-2011), and of Prof. D. Amabilino (2013-2014) at the CSIC Institute of Materials Science. In 2014, he moved to the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires of Strasbourg (Dr. T. Hermans’ group), where he won a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for the research project ASSEMZYME. In April 2017, he joined the group of Dr. Puigmartí-Luis (part of the deMello group) at ETH-Zürich as Senior Research Assistant (Oberassistent). With the appointment of Dr. Puigmartí-Luis as an ICREA Professor, in September 2020 he relocated with the ChemInFlow group to Universitat de Barcelona.
Alessandro research experience is at the interface between supramolecular, organic, physical-organic chemistry and colloid chemistry. Namely, his interests have ranged from the investigation of chirality in amphiphile and porphyrin assemblies, to the study of kinetically controlled self-assembly and pathway complexity in aqueous media, and of enzyme mediated dissipative (chemical fuel-driven) supramolecular polymerization. Currently, his research interest is focussed on studying supramolecular polymers and self-assembled materials under non-equilibrium conditions achieved within of microfluidic environments.