Giorgio Olivo

Postdoctoral fellow
Giorgio Olivo (born 1988) pursued his Master (2011-2012) and PhD studies (2012-2015) in Chemistry at “Sapienza” University of Rome under the supervision of Prof. Stefano Di Stefano. His research, at the interface of Organic and Coordination Chemistry, focused on oxidation processes mediated by nonheme Fe complexes, investigating structure-activity relationships, exploring different catalyst designs and investigating bioinorganic reaction mechanisms (Thesis title: Nonheme iron complexes as catalysts for non-activated C-H oxidation reactions). During his doctoral studies, he performed two research stays at university of Girona (Spain) and ESRF (France) for an overall period of 8 months. In 2016, he joined the group of Prof. M. Costas (QBIS) at University of Girona (Spain) as a Juan De la Cierva Postdoc fellow, where he explored the use of supramolecular interactions to control selectivity in C(sp3)-H oxidation reactions catalyzed by Fe and Mn complexes. In Girona, he worked also on a project on enantioselective C-H lactonization of aliphatic carboxylic acids. Recently (january 2021), he moved back to Rome (“Sapienza” university) to join again the group of Prof. Stefano Di Stefano, working on supramolecular strategies to control selectivity in organic reactions.
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Organic chemistry
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My research projects is aimed at the design and development of a supramolecular strategy to induce and tune site-selectivity in the functionalization of alipahtic C-H bonds. In particular, the use of supramolecular recognition is proposed to hold together substrate and catalyst and induce a site-selectove C-H functionalization via proximity of the reactive functions. The reversibility of the binding process ensures catalytic turnover. This strategy will be explored in several aspects - with kinetic, mechanistic, synthetic and applicative purposes.
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