Short CV/Education and training

  • Paola Ceroni is an associate professor at the University of Bologna. In 1998 she obtained her PhD degree in Chemical Sciences at the University of Bologna, after a period in the United States (Prof. Allen J. Bard's laboratory). Her PhD thesis was awarded by the Semerano prize from the Italian Chemical Society. Current research is focused on photochemistry and electrochemistry of supramolecular systems with particular emphasis towards photoactive dendrimers.

    Her research on dendrimers and nanoparticles toward photovoltaic applications has recently been funded by an ERC Starting Grant.

    She is co-author of more than 120 scientific papers in refereed international journals. h-index: 31 (ISI Web of Knowledge). Co-editor of two Wiley books and a Springer volume. She has presented oral communications at more than 50 national and international conferences and 20 invited lectures at universities and research institutes abroad.

Selected publications

Selected publications in the last 5 years:

  • Light-Harvesting in Multichromophoric Rotaxanes, Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 1528-1535

  • Metal ion complexes of cyclam-cored dendrimers for molecular photonics, Coord. Chem. Rev. 2011, 255, 2458-2468

  • Energy up-conversion by low-power excitation: new applications of an old concept, Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 9560-9564

  • Metal ion driven formation of a light-harvesting antenna investigated by sensitized luminescence and fluorescence anisotropy, Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 3571-3573

  • Old molecules, new concepts: [Ru(bpy)3]2+ as a molecular encoder-decoder, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 8516-8518

  • Molecular clips with extended aromatic sidewalls as receptors for electron acceptor molecules. Synthesis and NMR, photophysical, electrochemical properties, J. Org. Chem. 2008, 73, 5839-5851

  • Self-assembly of a light-harvesting antenna formed by a dendrimer, a RuII complex and a NdIII ion, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 5422-5425

  • Photoswitchable Dendritic Hosts. A Dendrimer with Peripheral Azobenzene Groups, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 10714-10719

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Ongoing research fundings:

  • ERC Starting Grant (2012-2016) as the Principal Investigator of a project entitled: "Silicon nanocrystals coated by photoactive molecules: a new class of organic-inorganic hybrid materials for solar energy conversion" (PhotoSi)

  • Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships (2011-2013) as coordinator of a project entitled "Lanthanide Dendrimer-Polymer Hybrids", Researcher in charge of the project: Dr. Evan Guy Moore

  • FIRB Futuro in ricerca (2012-2014) as coordinator of the Bologna research unit: "Supramolecularly templated synthesis of homochiral carbon nanotubes for photovoltaic applications" (SUPRACARBON)

  • Bilateral significant project Italy – China (2010-2013, Ministry of Foreign Affairs) as a coordinator of a project for enviromentally friendly solar cells

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Editorial board of Lecture Notes in Chemistry (Physical Chemistry Section), Springer

  • Steering and Scientific Committee of the Interuniversity Research Centre for the Chemical Conversion of Solar Energy, founded in 2009 together with Prof. Franco Scandola (University of Ferrara), and Prof. Sebastiano Campagna (University of Messina)

  • Opponent in PhD jury in Finland

  • President of the organizing and scientific committee of the V National Course of Introduction to Photochemistry (Bologna, 2010)

Additional qualifications

  • Associate Professor at the University of Bologna, 2006

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • She has three daughters: Ambra, Laura and Sonia


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