Short CV/Education and training

  • 1993 – 1998
    European Baccalaureate, 91.01%, European School Varese, IT

  • 1998 – 2002
    MChem (Hons.) with Industrial Experience, 1st Class Degree, University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry, UK

  • 2000 – 2011
    MChem degree, industrial training at Hoffmann-La Roche, Welwyn Garden City, UK

  • 2002 – 2006
    PhD, University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry and Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions, UK

  • 2005 – 2006
    Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Chemistry and Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions, UK

  • 2006
    Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Western Australia, AU

  • 2007
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Control and Prediction of the Organic Solid State – CPOSS), ISIS neutron facility, UK

  • 2008 – 2009
    Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, DE

  • 2009 – 2011
    Dorothea Schlözer Research Fellow, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, DE

  • Since 2011
    DFG-Emmy Noether Junior Research Group Leader, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, DE

Selected publications

  • Saouane, S., Norman, S. E., Hardacre, C. and Fabbiani, F. P. A. (2013). Chem. Sci., 4 1270-1280. Pinning down the solid-state polymorphism of the ionic liquid [bmim][PF6].

  • Granero-García, R., Lahoz, F. J., Paulmann, C., Saoaune, S. and Fabbiani, F. P. A. (2012). CrystEngComm, 14, 8664-8670. A novel hydrate of alpha-cyclodextrin crystallised under high-pressure conditions.

  • Fabbiani, F. P. A., Buth, G., Dittrich, B. and Sowa, H. (2010). CrystEngComm,12, 2541-2550. Pressure-induced structural changes in wet vitamin B12.

  • Fabbiani, F. P. A., Levendis, D. C., Buth, G., Kuhs, W. F., Shankland, N. and Sowa, H. (2010). CrystEngComm, 12, 2354-2360. Searching for novel crystal forms by in situ high-pressure crystallisation: the example of gabapentin heptahydrate.

  • Fabbiani, F. P. A., Dittrich, B., Florence, A. J., Gelbrich, T., Hursthouse, M. B., Kuhs, W. F., Shankland, N. and Sowa, H. (2009). CrystEngComm, 11, 1396-1406. Crystal structures with a challenge: high-pressure crystallisation of ciprofloxacin sodium salts and their recovery to ambient pressure.

  • Fabbiani, F. P. A., Byrne, L. T., McKinnon, J. J., and Spackman, M. A. (2007). CrystEngComm, 9(9), 728-731: Solvent inclusion in the structural voids of form II carbamazepine: single-crystal X-ray diffraction, NMR spectroscopy and Hirshfeld surface analysis.

  • Fabbiani, F. P. A., Allan, D. R., David, W. I. F., Davidson, A. J., Lennie, A. R., Parsons, S., Pulham, C. R. and Warren, J. E. (2007). Cryst. Growth Des., 7(4), 1115-1124: High-pressure studies of pharmaceutical – an exploration of the behavior of piracetam.

  • Fabbiani, F. P. A. and Pulham, C. R. (2006). Chem. Soc. Rev., 35, 932-342: High-pressure studies of pharmaceutical compounds and energetic materials.


Selected projects

  • DFG-Emmy Noether Junior Research Group: "High-pressure methodologies to discover novel physical forms and promote structural variation amongst biological and pharmaceutical materials"

    This project focusses on studying the effects of high pressure, usually up to 2 GPa (~20000 atmospheres) on the crystal structure and crystallisation behaviour of materials of biological and pharmaceutical interest. The principal aims here are: a) enable a thorough exploration of the crystallisation space of an active pharmaceutical ingredient; b) quantify and understand the importance of molecular flexibility and dynamics in promoting hydration and conformational changes in small biomolecules.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kristallographie

  • British Crystallographic Association

  • Reviewing funding applications for Dorothea Schlözer Stipends from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, DE, 2013

  • Member of Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) Review Subcommittee 5A (Crystallography), FR, 2012 – 2014

  • Member of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Neutron Scattering Science Review Committee, US, since 2010

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