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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

Born and raised in Suzzara (Mantua), Andrea Secchi completed his MSc (Honors) in Chemistry at the University of Parma. At the same University, from 1993-96, he carried out his Ph.D. studies in Supramolecular Chemistry under Professor Andrea Pochini, working on the synthesis and complexation properties of conformationally rigid calix[4]arene derivatives. From 1999-2009 he joined the Department of Organic and Industrial Chemistry of the University of Parma as Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry. In 2001 he was a Visiting Scientist at the Centre d'Elaboration de Matériaux et d'Etudes Structurales (CEMES/CNRS) in Toulouse (France) under Dr André Gourdoun and working on the synthesis of molecular landers as probes for molecular device–metal surface interactions. Since 2010 is an Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability of the University of Parma, where he is currently doing his research and teaching activities.

TEACHING ACTIVITY

  • From 2001-06 – course of Chemical Information for Chemists (2ECTS) for the BSc degree in Chemistry.
  • From 2001-04 – course of Environmental Organic Chemistry (4ECTS) for the BSc degree in Packaging Technology and Science.
  • From 2005-09 – course of Organic Chemistry II (4ECTS) for the BSc degree in Science and Technology of Packaging,
  • From 2005-09 – course of Laboratory of Instrumental Organic Chemistry (4ECTS) for the MSc degree in Chemistry.
  • From 2009-11 – course of Synthesis and Techniques in Organic Chemistry (3ECTS) for the MSc degree in Chemistry.
  • From 2010-12 – course of Supramolecular Chemistry (6ECTS) for the MSc degree in Materials Sciences.
  • From 2010-14 – course of Laboratory of Organic Chemistry II (6 ECTS) for the BSc degree in Chemistry
  • Since 2005 is teaching the course of Physical Methods in Organic Chemistry (6ECTS) for the MSc degree in Chemistry.
  • Since 2014 is teaching the course of Advanced Organic Chemistry (6ECTS) for the MSc degree in Industrial Chemistry.
  • Since 2016 is teaching the course of Organic Chemistry of Materials (3ECTS) for the MSc degree in Chemistry.

During his entire teaching activity, he was supervisor or co-supervisor of about fifty experimental theses in organic chemistry for the MSc in Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry. Supervisor of three Ph.D. theses in Science and Technology of Innovative Materials e one in Chemical Sciences.

 

ORGANISATIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Member of the Council of the Department of Chemical Sciences of Life and Environmental Sustainability.
  • Member of the Safety Commission of the Department of Chemical Sciences of Life and Environmental Sustainability.
  • Member of the International Mobility Commission of the Department of Chemical Sciences of Life and Environmental Sustainability.
  • Member of the teaching board of the Ph.D. course in Science and Technology of Innovative Materials
  • Member of the Didactic Commission of the Unified Council of Degree Programs in Chemistry.
  • Member of the Presidency Council of the Unified Council of Degree Programs in Chemistry.

 

SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITY (SHORT ACCOUNT)

His current research interests include supramolecular chemistry, molecular recognition, and nanosciences. At the beginning of his academic research career, he mainly worked on synthesising and functionalising a class of synthetic macrocyclic receptors called "calixarenes." These artificial receptors were designed, prepared, and studied for the selective recognition of ion pairs and neutral organic species in low polarity solvents. These initial achievements were then transferred for the preparation and study of the recognition properties of a series of tris(phenylureido)calix[6]arene derivatives as potent heteroditopic receptors for the complexation of ion pairs. The exciting results obtained on this topic were subsequently exploited to employ such heteroditopic receptors as active components of "molecular machines" prototypes based on pseudorotaxanes and rotaxanes species. In the last 20 years, he also focused his research interests on transferring these later achievements to preparing organic-inorganic functional hybrid materials based on calixarene derivatives. These macrocycles were indeed used as smart coatings for monolayer-protected clusters (nanoparticles) of gold, silver, copper, and iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles. They were also employed as active components for the fabrication of 3D self-assembled monolayers on copper and silicon. During this period, he had a fruitful international collaboration with Dr. Mathias Brust of the University of Liverpool (UK) on the synthesis of calixarene-functionalised gold nanoparticles and Dr. Anton Plech Universität Konstanz (Germany) by studying self-assembly processes between gold nanoparticles. He is currently developing and synthesising novel polymethine- and croconaines-based NIR dyes to be hybridised with plasmonic materials.

His entire academic career has been documented by 87 scientific papers (with four book chapters) published in peer-reviewed international journals.

BIBLIOMETRICS

Published papers on ISI Journals: 87

Published papers on non-ISI Journals: 2

Books and book's chapters of international relevance: 4

Sum of the Times Cited 2624 (ISI); 2501 (SCOPUS)

Sum of Times Cited without self-citations: 2103 (SCOPUS)

h-index: 28 (ISI); 28 (SCOPUS)

h-index (without self-citations): 27 (SCOPUS)

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Anno accademico di erogazione: 2021/2022

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

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