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Elena Motti was born in Reggio Emilia (Italy) in 1972. She received the degree in Industrial Chemistry (cum laude) in 1997 from the University of Parma (Italy). In 2001 she obtained the Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences (Tutor: Prof. Marta Catellani).In 2000 she carried out part of her doctoral studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, in Prof. Pregosin’s group. In 2000-2001 she was appointed as post-doc at the Department of Organic and Industrial Chemistry of the University of Parma. In 2002 she became Research Associate at the Faculty of Sciences (Parma University) and in 2014 Associate Professor at the Chemistry Department (Parma University). She is a member of the Italian Chemical Society . In 2006 she was elected member in the Executive Board of the SCI- Emilia Romagna section (2006-2011). Her work is focused on the development of multistep multicomponent reactions by palladium and norbornene catalysis. She contributed significantly in particular to the development of the "Catellani Reactions", well known in the area of aryl C-H bond activation (Pure Appl. Chem., 2005, 77, 1243; Acc. Chem. Res. 2008, 41, 1512; Coord. Chem. Rev. 2010, 254, 456), in particular her pubblications are focused on aryl arylation (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 78, Org. Lett., 2012, 14, 5792)and on heterocyclic compound formation by multistep reactions (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 722; Org. Lett., 2006, 8, 3967) and on the study of the mechanism and the isolation of the intermediates (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2002, 124, 4336; J. Am. Chem. Soc, 2011, 133, 8574).

Prof. Elena Motti is co-author of 43 scientific articles (Scopus) in peer-reviewed international journals (h-index = 25, December 2018) and more than 40 communications in national and international conferences.

Monday to Friday, 9:30-12:30; 15:00-17 (except lesson times), preferably with appointment via mail (elena.motti@unipr.it) or phone (0521 905414).

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2019/2020

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2017/2018

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2016/2017

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2015/2016

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2014/2015

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2013/2014






Elena Motti participates in activities of third mission, related to the dissemination in schools and departmental activities of various kind.In particular, from 2010 to 2017 she was part of the local organization of the regional final games of chemistry at the Department SCVSA of Parma, as a member of the Board of Directors SCI-Emilia Romagna.

From 2015 to today, she participates in the organization of the activity "Treasure hunt"-Department SCVSA-Chemical building, within the activities in the Night of Researchers.

In the summer 2019 she will participate in a project financed by the Emilia Romagna region "TECNO-ACQUA: Dams, aqueducts and purifiers " (DGR ER 21833) at the school ME Lepido (Reggio Emilia).


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Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, della Vita e della Sostenibilità Ambientale
Parco Area delle Scienze, 11/a
43124 PARMA