MAESTRI Giovanni

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The PI is associate professor in Organic Chemistry (SSD CHIM/06) at the host institution since

31/12/2018. Previously, he served as assistant professor (rtd-a) at the same university for five

years. The PI is member of the Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental sustainability

department, is responsible of didactic courses for the bachelor degree in Chemical Sciences, the master

degree in Industrial Chemistry and the PhD school in Chemical Sciences (148 hours/15 cfu per year) and is

member of the PhD School in Chemical Sciences.

In the last ten years the PI has been tutor of 26 bachelor and master students, supervised 9 PhD theses and

6 post-docs. 

The PI has been actively engaged in the last few years into several research projects involving

also entities beyond its host institution, both public and private. He has been the PI of two

research contracts with private companies and sporadically provides consulting on structural

identification of organics. Furthermore, the research and training duties carried out by the PI

contributed to the development of several new students and young researches, who for a sizeable

majority are still in the R&D sector, both in academia and for private companies. With respect to

the scientific community, both national and international, the activity of the PI is witnessed by the

ample and regular scientific output as corresponding author, in particular on catalytic synthesis,

on the best international journals and the most respected organic chemistry ones. The

acknowledgement of this contribution is further showed by his routine activity as referees for the

main international editors (ACS, Wiley, RSC, average of 15/year), from the junior prize for the

Italian Chemical Society for Methods in Organic Chemistry (2017) and by 5 invitation as speaker

in international conferences.

Main interests: organometallic catalysis, synthesis, radical and theoretical chemistry




2011                PhD Chemical Sciences, research advisor: Prof. Marta Catellani

                        Università degli Studi di Parma, Dip. di Chimica Organica ed Industirale, Parma, Italy


2007                Master Industrial Chemistry, research advisors: Prof. Marta Catellani and Prof. C. Elsevier

                        Università degli Studi di Parma, Dip. di Chimica Organica ed Industirale, Parma, Italy




2018 –             Associate Professor (Tenured

                        Università di Parma, Dipartimento SCVSA, Parma, Italy

                        From Dec. 31st 2018.




2013 –  2018   Assistant Professor/Ricercatore RTD-a 

                        Università di Parma, Dipartimento SCVSA, Parma, Italy

                        From Dec. 31st 2013 to Dec. 30th 2018.


2012 – 2013     Researcher/Chercheur CDD

                        Creation of a new research group with Prof. Max Malacria, newly appointed Director. 

                        Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, CNRS UPR 2301, Univ Paris Saclay, Gif/Yvette, France 

                        From Jul. 20th 2012 to Dec. 30th 2013.


2011 – 2012     Post-doc, research advisors: Prof. Louis Fensterbank and Dr. Emmanuel Lacôte

                        Sorbonne Universités, Univ Paris 06-Pierre et Marie Curie, UMR CNRS 8232, Paris, France

                        From Jan. 15th 2011 to Jul. 14th 2012.




2019-              1 PhD Student (starting, till fall 2022), 2 Bachelor Students (2 months each)

2018-              1 Postdoc (12 months), 1 PhD Student (ongoing, till fall 2020), 1 Master Student (6 months), 1 Bachelor Students (2 months each)

2017                                            2 Postdoc (12 months), 2 Bachelor Students (2 months each) 

2016                                            1 Postdoc (24 months), 1 PhD Student (ongoing, till fall 2019), 3 Bachelor Students (2 months each) 

2015                                           2 PhD Students, 1 Graduate Student (12 months), 2 Master Students (6 months each)

2014                                           2 Master (6 months each) and 2 Bachelor Students (2 months each)

Università di Parma, Dipartimento SCVSA, Parma, Italy

2012 –  15                           2 Postdocs and 3 PhD students; ongoing till Fall 2015, codirected with Prof. Max Malacria; 2 Master (6 months each) and 2 Bachelor Students (2 months each)

Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, CNRS UPR 2301, Gif/Yvette, France

2008-09                              2 Bachelor Students (2 months each), with Prof. Marta Catellani

Università degli Studi di Parma, Dip. di Chimica Organica ed Industirale, Parma, Italy




2017 –              Doctorate School member, Università di Parma, Dipartimento SCVSA, Parma Italy

2014 –              Faculty member, Università di Parma, Dipartimento SCVSA, Parma Italy

2009                Undergraduate Chemistry Student Advisor (90 hours), Faculty of Sciences, Università di Parma, Parma, Italy




2015                Reviewer for the Chilean National Science and Technology Commission – FONDECYT


2012 –              Reviewer for Wiley (ACIE, CEJ, EurJOC), ACS (JACS, ACS Catalysis, OL, Organometallics, JOC) and RSC (ChemSci, Green Chem, OBC, RSC Advances) (>50 total)


Monday morning between 10:30 and 11:30 am or upon direct agreement through email

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


Teacher tutor

  • Second cycle degree CHEMISTRY A.Y. 2023/2024

Lines of research

The group is a leading unit in the investigation of metallic aromaticity, a peculiar chemical bond early observed in the XXIst century. In this field, thanks to the skills in synthesis and reactivity of the group, it has been recently developed one of the most efficient catalytic system of the selective semireduction of alkynes, a key-target in pre preparation of high value organic compounds. The group is also active in cascade reactions, where polyfunctional starting substrates are selectively converted in complex molecular architectures in a quantitative atomic efficiency. Currently, two PhD students and the PI are involved in the activities described above, that find a wide range of application ranging from the synthesis in catalysis to the investigation of the reaction mechanisms via a combined experimental/computational approach.




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Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, della Vita e della Sostenibilità Ambientale

Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability
Bureau 62, Tel +39 0521 905554
Parco Area delle Scienze 17/a,
43124 Parma, Italy