Prof.

SECCHI Andrea

Professore di II fascia
Settore scientifico disciplinare
CHIMICA ORGANICA (CHIM/06)
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

Andrea Secchi (b. 1966) completed his MSc (Honors) in Chemistry at the University of Parma in 1992. At the same University, from 1993 to 1995, he carried out his PhD studies in Chemical Sciences, developing novel synthetic strategies for the functionalization of calixarene-based receptors under the supervision of Professor Andrea Pochini. In 1999, 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), working on the synthesis of "molecular landers" as probes for the molecular device–metal surface interactions under the supervision of Dr André Gourdon. 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.

CURRENT TEACHING ACTIVITY

  • Since 2005 is teaching the course of Physical Methods in Organic Chemistry (6 ECTS) for the MSc degree in Chemistry.
  • Since 2016 is teaching the course of Organic Chemistry of Materials (3 ECTS) for the MSc degree in Chemistry.
  • Since 2022 is teaching the course of Chemical Safety (3 ECTS) for the BSc degree in Chemistry.
  • Since 2022 is teaching the course of Environmental Chemistry (6 ECTS) for the MSc degree in Sciences and Technologies for Environment and Resources.

FORMER TEACHING ACTIVITY

  • Course of Bibliographic Research and Chemistry Databases (2 ECTS) for the former BSc degree in Chemical Sciences and Technologies (2001 - 2006).
  • Course of Environmental Organic Chemistry (4 ECTS) for the former BSc degree in Sciences and Technologies of Packaging (2001 - 2004).
  • Course of Organic Chemistry II (4 ECTS) for the former BSc degree in Sciences and Technologies of Packaging (2005 - 2009).
  • Course of Supramolecular Chemistry (6 ECTS) for the former MSc degree in Science and Technologies of Materials (2009 - 2011).
  • Course of Synthesis and Techniques in Organic Chemistry (3 ECTS) for the MSc degree in Chemistry (2009 - 2010).
  • Course of Laboratory of Organic Chemistry II (6 ETCS) for the BSc degree in Chemistry (2009 - 2010).
  • Course of Advanced Organic Chemistry (6 ECTS) for the MSc degree in Industrial Chemistry (2016 - 2021)

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

CURRENT AND FORMER ORGANISATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Departmental representative at the Centro Interdipartimentale di Misure “G. Casnati” (up to 2018).
  • Member of the Council of the Department of Chemical Sciences of Life and Environmental Sustainability (since its foundation).
  • Member of the Safety Commission of the Department of Chemical Sciences of Life and Environmental Sustainability (since 2021).
  • Member of the International Mobility Commission of the Department of Chemical Sciences of Life and Environmental Sustainability (2016 - 2022).
  • Member of the teaching board of the PhD course in Science and Technology of Innovative Materials (since 2008).
  • Member of the Didactic Commission of the Unified Council of Degree Programs in Chemistry (since 2016).
  • President of the Didactic Commission of the Unified Council of Degree Programs in Chemistry (since 2021).
  • Member of the Presidency Council of the Unified Council of Degree Programs in Chemistry (since 2016).

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS

From 1994 to 1997, he took part in the CEE "Human Capital and Mobility" program. He participated in the INTAS program in 1995. In 2004, he started a collaboration with Dr. Mathias Brust of the University of Liverpool (UK) for the functionalization of gold nanoparticles with calixarene derivatives. In 2007, he collaborated with Dr. Anton Plech of the University of Constance (Germany) to study the self-assembly processes between calix[4]arene-coated gold nanoparticles. In 2011, he collaborated with Prof. Guy Royal of the Université Joseph Fourier of Grenoble (F) in a study aimed at the synthesis of polyrotaxane calix[6]arene-based derivatives. In 2020, he collaborated with Prof. Ivan Jabin and Michel Luhmer of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) by studying the encapsulation of stilbazonium guest in calix[6]arene derivatives by NMR spectroscopy.

SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITY (SHORT ACCOUNT)

His current research interests include supramolecular chemistry, molecular recognition and nanoscience. At the beginning of his career as an academic researcher, he mainly addressed the regioselective functionalisation of "calixarenes" to be used for the selective recognition of ionic pairs and neutral organic species in low-polarity solvents. Subsequently, his research focused on using a series of heteroditopic receptors based on calix[6]arenes as active components of pseudorotaxanes and rotaxanes as "molecular machines" prototypes. He then concentrated his research interests on transferring previous results to prepare hybrid, organic-inorganic, functional nanomaterials. These macrocycles have, in fact, been used as "smart coatings" for plasmonic isotropic and anisotropic nanoparticles of gold, silver, and copper. The same type of macrocycles y has also been used as coatings for FexOy magnetic nanoparticles and as active components for manufacturing self-assembled monolayers on copper and silicon (2D-SAM ). He is currently developing and synthesising polymethine and croconaine-based NIR dyes to hybridise with plasmonic nanomaterials and evaluating the effect of encapsulation of organic dyes in molecular cages on their optical properties. His entire academic career has been documented by 95 scientific papers (and five book chapters) published in peer-reviewed international journals.

BIBLIOMETRICS

  • Published papers on ISI Journals: 94
  • Published papers on non-ISI Journals: 2
  • Books and book's chapters of international relevance: 5
  • ISI – h-index: 28; sum of the times cited: 2860 (2460 without self-citations)
  • SCOPUS – h-index: 29; sum of the times cited: 2764 (2288 without self-citations)

Every friday from 3 to 4 pm

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2024/2025

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2023/2024

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2022/2023

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

Professor/Teacher

Teacher tutor

Other appointments

PhD
  • 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
  • President 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.

Lines of research

Active research activities: Synthesis, structural characterization of calixarene derivatives as prototypes of molecular machines and for the functionalization of surfaces of plasmonic materials. Synthesis, characterization of polymethine cyanines for biosensing.

Publications

Orcid

0000-0003-4045-961X

Altro

2015-2021: research contracts signed with Chiesi Farmaceutici s.p.a.

  • synthesis of cyclic analogues of the amino acid tyrosine (2015-16)
  • synthesis of intermediates for the preparation of kinase inhibitors (2017-18)
  • development of synthetic methodologies suitable for the synthesis of macrocycles with kinase activity (2020-21)

2021: consultancy contract with Doppel Farmaceutici s.p.a on the isolation and structural determination by NMR spectrometry of impurities present in a pharmaceutical preparation

Contacts

Phone number
905409
Office location

Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, della Vita e della Sostenibilità Ambientale

Parco Area delle Scienze 17/A (Edificio Chimico)

43123 Parma