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Gianluca Ciancaleoni

Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

Gianluca Ciancaleoni graduated in Chemistry (110/110 cum laude) at the University of Perugia, under the supervision of Prof. Alceo Macchioni and Renzo Ruzziconi, with a thesis on the synthesis, the characterization and the catalytic activity of Ru(II) organometallic complexes. He obtained his PhD in January 2008 under the supervision of Prof. Alceo Macchioni, focusing his attention on the supramolecular properties of Ruthenium (II) complexes in solution by NMR spectroscopy and the influence of self-aggregation on catalytic performance.
In November 2007, he obtained a 3-years Post-Doc fellowship, granted by Dutch Polymer Institute, with the aim of understanding the structure/performance relationship for Zr(IV) non-metallocene olefin polymerization catalysts, in collaboration with the Universities of Napoli, Manitoba and Amsterdam. During the project he spent 11 months in the group of Prof. Peter H. M. Budzelaar at the University of Manitoba (Canada), where he learnt to use DFT computational methods. Consequently, he took advantage of a combined NMR-DFT approach to better understand the structure of the catalysts in solution and investigate the polymerization mechanism.
In February 2011 he spent one year at the University of Amsterdam, with the supervision of Prof. Joost Reek as a Post-Doc Fellow, working on the synthesis and the application in photocatalysis of Co(II) and Ni(II) complexes. The target reaction was the reduction of water to hydrogen by using the solar light. In the same period, he also collaborated with Dr. Gennady Oshovsky on the kinetic determination of the hydrogen bond formation in microfluidic devices.
From March 2012 to the present, he works as Post-Doc Senior at the ISTM-CNR, under the Italian-FIRB program “Novel Au(I)-based molecular catalysts: from know-how to know-why (AuCat)”. He is involved in the NMR characterization of gold complexes in solution by NMR and in the relationship between experimental observables and the gold-carbon bond properties.
Gianluca Ciancaleoni,
27 Jul 2014, 23:20