Seminario Luca Dell'Amico, Università di Padova, Italia

Giovedì, 9 Maggio, 2024

Stefano Di Stefano è lieto di invitarvi al seminario:

Mechanistic investigations in light-driven synthetic chemistry. From direct photochemistry to organophotoredox catalysis

di Luca Dell’Amico (Università di Padova)

Il seminario avrà luogo martedì 14 maggio, ore 15, in aula Parravano, Ed. Cannizzaro (CU014).



In this presentation, I will focus on two different topics from my research group, moving from direct photochemistry to photoredox catalysis.

1) We have performed in-depth mechanistic investigation on light-mediated [2+2] heterocycloaddtions, that have allowed us to gain control of the diastereoselectivity of this process.1a We were able to deliberately switch the stereochemistry by just selecting the light- source from UV- to visible-light.1b

2) We have designed and developed a new class of organophotoredox catalysts (PCs) capable of activating redox inert substrates towards reduction. To do so, we have exploited an unprecedented catalytic proton-coupled electron-transfer (PCET) mechanism.2 By using the same PCs, we were also able to promote atom-transfer-radical polymerization processes under batch and flow conditions.


1. a) Mateos J. Rigodanza; F., Costa, P.; Natali, M.; Vega-Peñaloza, A.; Fresch, E.; Collini, E.; Bonchio, M.; Sartorel, A.; Dell’Amico,L. Nat. Synth. 2022, 2, 26–36. b) Franceschi, P.; Cuadros, S.; Goti, G.; Dell’Amico, L. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, 62, e20221720.

2. Bortolato, T.; Simionato, G.; Vayer, M.; Rosso, C.; Paoloni, L.; Benetti, E. M.; Sartorel, A.; Lebœuf, D.; Dell’Amico, L. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023, 145, 1835–1846. 


Short CV Prof. Luca Dell'Amico  


11/2021 – present. Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry, University of Padova, Italy.

11/2019 – 11/2021. Assistant Professor (tenured), University of Padova, Italy.

10/2016 – 11/2019. Researcher (fixed term), University of Padova, Italy.

04/2014 – 09/2016. Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow (Prof. Paolo Melchiorre), ICIQ, Spain.

01/2011 – 03/2014. PhD in Synthetic Chemistry (Prof. Franca Zanardi), University of Parma, Italy.

08/2012 – 04/2013. Visiting PhD (Prof. Karl Anker Jørgensen), Aarhus University, Denmark.

10/2004 – 07/2010. MSc. in Medicinal Chemistry (Prof. Giovanni Casiraghi), University of Parma, Italy.


2023 Scientific Habilitation as Full Professor - Evaluation of CV and teaching experience.

2022 EuChemS representative at the American Chemical Society Meeting – ACS Fall 2022, Chicago, USA.

2021 ERC-Starting Grant 2021. CV & Research Project Evaluation (European Research Council).

2021 STARS-Grant. CV & Research Project Evaluation (Padova University).

2020 JSP (Junior Scientists Participations) fellow – by the Swiss Chemical Society. To participate at the Bürgenstock Conference

2020 (postponed). I am one of the few participants selected for an oral presentation.

2020 YourJOC Talents collection in Eur. JOC (Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2020, 43, 6718–6722, Journal Front Cover). Showcases research

for emerging researchers in the field of organic chemistry across the globe.

2020 Thieme Chemistry Journals Award - To up-and-coming researchers worldwide who are in the early stages of their

independent academic career. I was the first researcher based in Italy to receive this award since 2007.

2019 Giacomo Ciamician Medal 2019, from the Italian Chemical Society – awarded by the Italian Chemical Society (SCI). The

highest national recognition for an organic chemist younger than 40.

2018 Chem. Comm. Emerging Investigators Issue (Chem. Comm. 2018, 54, 6820-6823) - Profiling the very best research from

scientists in the early stages of their independent careers. I was the only researcher based in Italy to be profiled.

2016 Marie-Curie Cofund Fellowship, CV & Research Project Evaluation - ICIQ, Spain.

2014 PhD Highest Honors & Doctor Europaeus Mention, University of Parma, Italy.

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