Functional Molecules and Inorganic Nanosystems Laboratory

Prof. Lidia Armelao, Ph. D.

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

Department of Chemical Sciences,

University of Padova

Director of the Department of

Chemical Sciences and Materials Technologies

of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR)

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Degree in Chemistry cum laude (1990), Master in Glass Engineering (1991), PhD in Chemical Sciences (1994) from Padova University (Italy). Post-doc fellow in Paris (UPMC, 1995), visiting scientist in Canada (University of Western Ontario, 2005 – 2008, 2011). Full professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at Padova University since 2016. Director of the CNR Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry and Energy Technologies (ICMATE, 2014 - 2020), and Director of the CNR Department of Chemical Sciences and Materials Technologies (since 2020). President of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and member of Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti since 2021. The scientific activity concerns the area of chemistry and materials and aims at the development of lanthanide-based innovative luminescent molecular architectures and materials for sensing and energy applications. She was awarded the EniChem Thesis Prize (1990) and the Ugo Croatto Prize (1995). In 2023 she received the Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering Award from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).


Dr. Gregorio Bottaro, Ph. D.

Researcher, ICMATE-CNR

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- Laurea degree in Chemistry (2000, University of Padova).

- PhD in Materials Science (2003, University of Catania).

After a period of training as a Research Fellow of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and of National Interuniversity Consortium of Materials Science and Technology (INSTM), in 2008 he joined the CNR as a Research Scientist. The research activity is focused on the synthesis, characterization and optical spectroscopy of inorganic nanosystems and molecular functional materials for applications in energetics, catalysis (photo) and nanobiomedicine. The activity is developed in three complementary areas:

i) Optical spectroscopy of inorganic nanosystems and metal complexes (-d and –f ions)

ii) Synthesis and characterization of inorganic nanosystems (thin films, nanopowders) through liquid phase soft-chemical approaches

iii) Functionalization of nanostructures with molecules and metal complexes through chemical grafting and/or embedding.

Dr. Marzio Rancan, Ph. D.

Researcher, ICMATE-CNR

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- Laurea degree in Chemistry (2005, University of Padova).

- PhD in Molecular Science (2009, University of Padova).

During his PhD he spent one year at the Molecular Magnetism Group in Manchester (UK) studying the synthesis, the structural characterization and the magnetic properties of polynuclear Cr(III) complexes. He has been a Research Fellow of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and of University of Padova. His current research is focused on the synthesis and characterization of coordination-driven supramolecular architectures. Particular emphasis is devoted to self-assembly and organization, host-guest systems and confined spaces functional properties. He has acquired valuable expertise in inorganic and coordination chemistry as well as single crystal X-ray diffraction.  In 2015, he joined the CNR-ICMATE, first as a fixed-term researcher and subsequently as permanent staff.

Maria Rando

Ph.D. Student

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Luminescent metal organic cages for sensing and energy conversion.

Irene Motta

Ph.D. Student

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Lanthanoid-based luminescent solar concentrators

Maria Francesca Cherchi

Master's Degree Student

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Luminescent Metal-supramolecular architectures based on 4f-group ions for the development of luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) and molecular thermometers

Mario Monaco

Master's Degree Student

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Luminescent CuxIy discrete and extended systems for light driven applications.



Former Members:


- Irene Motta

Master Thesis: Lanthanoid-based luminescent solar concentrators.


- Alice Carlotto

Ph.D. Thesis: Lanthanide-organic capsules: luminescent helicates and mesocates as chiral and temperature sensors.


- Maria Rando:

Master Thesis: Lanthanides supramolecular cages: formation, stability and host-guest properties.


- Luca Bellucci

Ph.D. Thesis: Thermometers at the Nanoscale: a molecular approach to design and develop functional Lanthanoid-based luminescent materials.


- Lucrezia Barchi:

Master Thesis: Synthesis and Characterization of  metallo-supramolecular capsules with lanthanoid ions for chiral sensing


- Luigi Bosi

Master Thesis: Europium- and Terbium-based heterometallic capsules as molecular thermometers.


- Francesca Silingardi

Master Thesis: Synthesis and Characterization of BiO+-based nanocomposite materials.


- Elisa Bolognesi

Master Thesis: Synthesis and Luminescence of new metallo-supramolecular capsules with lanthanoid ions.


- Elena Brusamarello

Master Thesis: BiO+-based nanostructures: adsorption properties and photocatalytic activity.


- Jacopo Tessarolo

Ph.D. Thesis: Design and synthesis of metallo-supramolecular architectures towards advanced materials.

Master Thesis: Self-assembly and self-sorting concepts explored through Cu(II) and ortho bis-(3-acetylacetonate)benzene based molecular architectures.


- Federica Mian

Ph.D. Thesis: Molecular systems and inorganic materials for light-activated applications.

Master Thesis: Eu3+ and Dy3+ luminescent antenna complexes for the detection of dipicolinico acid as anthrax biomarker.


- Zeno Tessari

Bachelor Thesis: Self-assembly of a metallo-supramolecular Cu(II) platform for the development of a coordination-driven polyrotaxane.


- Giada Truccolo

Master Thesis: Design of new metallocycles as building blocks for supramolecular architectures and porous solids.


- Eleonora Papagni

Master Thesis: Coordination chemistry of lanthanides in solvent extraction systems for rare earths recovery using ionic liquids.


- Luigi Pezzato

Master Thesis: Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of bismuth oxychloride -based nanostructures.