Education and Career
Graduated in 1995 at the University of Milan (110/110, Prof. C. Scolastico). He obtained a master's degree in organic synthesis at the Politecnico di Milano in 1997 (Prof. P. Bravo) and the Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Milan in 2000 (Prof. P. Bravo). After a series of scholarships funded by the Politecnico di Milano and CNR and a one-year post-doctoral degree at The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, USA, Prof. J. Rebek Jr.) became Researcher at the Politecnico di Milano in 2005 and Associate Professor in 2010.
He won an Erasmus scholarship during the university period (1994, Valencia, Spain). He has won one of the twenty scholarships available in Europe to attend the event organized by Roche "Roche Symposium for Leading Chemists of the Next Decade" (1999, Basel, Switzerland). He has won the "Corrado Fuentes" prize offered by the Lombard Institute - Academy of Sciences and Letters for an undergraduate thesis in organic synthesis. He has received a postgraduate degree grant from the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization to carry out research at The Scripps Research Institute (2005, La Jolla, CA, USA, Prof. J. Rebek Jr.). He won a six month Fulbright Research Scholar Fellowship scholarship for research at the University of California, San Diego (2016, San Diego, CA, USA, Prof. Y. Tor).
He is co-author of approximately a hundred of scientific articles published in WOS and SCOPUS indexed international journals and six ACS series chapters. H-hindex: 23. He was visiting scientist at the University of Valencia, Spain (2004, Prof. S. Fustero) and at the University of California, San Diego (2015 and 2017, Prof. Y. Tor). Since 2006 he has been Associate to the Institute of Molecular Recognition of CNR. Since 2012 he is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal E-Journal of Chemistry.
The research lines of the group are mainly two: 1) design, synthesis, characterization and application of new molecular and / or polymeric carriers capable of transporting biomacromolecules (such as DNA and RNA) into cells, and 2) design, synthesis, conformational analysis (NMR, molecular modeling, X-rays, etc.) and peptidomimetic applications capable of mimicking the most common secondary structures of biologically interesting organic proteins and small molecules by multicomponent synthesis and differently oriented synthesis.