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Dr Luca Rigamonti

Chemical Sciences

Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia



Dr Luca Rigamonti received his degree in Chemistry in 2004 and his PhD in Chemical Sciences in 2007 from the Università degli Studi di Milano (UniMI). He spent the following four years at UniMI as a post-doc researcher working on the project ‘Coordination compounds with permanent dipolar moments and their use in nonlinear optics’ under the supervision of Professor Alessandro Pasini.

Between 2008 and 2009, he actively collaborated with Professor Jan Reedijk at Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands, where he spent several days working at the laboratories in Leiden. He won the ACT-ARIA Award 2009 presenting the project ‘Hybrid coordination-organometallic systems for nonlinear optics’, dedicated to scientific collaboration between Italy and Australia. This project allowed Luca to spend two months between 2009 and 2010 at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia, under the supervision of Professor Mark G. Humphrey, which continued the collaboration that began during his PhD in 2006.

In 2012 Luca moved to the Università degli Studi di Firenze (UniFI) for a one-year post-doc position, where he was involved in the European project ‘Molecular nanomagnets at surfaces: novel phenomena for spin-based technologies (MOLNANOMAS)’ under the supervision of Professor Roberta Sessoli. In 2013 he moved the Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences at the Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, where he continues to undertake his research activity.

Between 2013 and 2015, he worked as a researcher on the project ‘Molecular nanomagnets on metallic and magnetic surfaces for molecular spintronic applications’, and in 2016 he undertook post-doc work on the project ‘Ferromagnetic metals in molecular shape: chemical synthesis and physical properties of magnetic nanostructures with metal-metal bonds’, both under the supervision of Professor Andrea Cornia. In early 2017, he moved to work with Dr Erika Ferrari’s research group, where he is currently working on the project ‘Curcumin-based bifunctional ligands for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer disease’.

Luca’s research interests are various, ranging from organic, inorganic and metalorganic synthesis to molecular materials and their applications in optics, magnetic devices and clinical diagnosis. Luca has written several papers published in peer-reviewed international journals, and he has also actively participated in national and international congresses, schools and workshops to disseminate his scientific work.

He is a reviewer for several scientific journals, including Inorganic Chemistry, Dalton Transactions and Coordination Chemistry Reviews, and he is also member of the Società Chimica Italiana (SCI), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).