Born in Altamura (BA) – Italy on February 22, 1968.
Doctor degree in Biochemical Sciences at the University of Bari on July 1994.
Thesis in Inorganic Chemistry: “New method of synthesis of anhydrous alkylammonium tetraphenylborates based on carbon dioxide utilization. Study of their reactivity as inter and intramolecular proton transfer agents”.
From 1995 to 1997 she has carried research activities within a European Project in collaboration with Lund University. In 2000 she was appointed Researcher at the University of Bari. She is Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry since 2006 at the University of Bari, Department of Chemistry (confirmed in 2009).
She participated in the Enabling National Scientific, session 2012, CHIM03/B1 sector, resulting suited for the role of Professor rated 'excellent'. Rector's delegate for "Research and innovation in the field of bioenergy and materials derived from biomass".
She has taught the following topics: General and inorganic chemistry, Inorganic methodologies for the environment, Enzymatic catalysis, Synthesis and use of catalysts, Advanced inorganic chemistry.
Areas of scientific interest are: - Coordination Chemistry, Metallorganic Chemistry and Catalysis and synthesis of transition metal complexes and oxides used as catalysts in innovative (low environmental impact) synthetic methodologies; - Solid state and solution characterization using several techniques such as XRD, BET, XPS, IR, NMR, CPMAS-NMR, SEM. TEM, DRIFT, TPD, etc; - Carbon dioxide utilization in the synthesis of chemicals; - Use of supercritical fluids as reaction media; - Use of supercritical CO2 as solvent and reagent; - Soil remediation; - Carbon dioxide fixation in biomass used as energy source; - Lipids extractions from algae using techniques such as extraction with solvents assisted by MW and US, or scCO2 and thermochemical liquefaction; - Synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts with tunable acid/base properties; - Water free lipid conversion into FAMEs; - Synthesis of new catalytic systems for simultaneous conversion of lipids and fatty acids; - Synthesis of alkyl carbonates from urea and CO2; - Synthesis of cyclic carbonates through oxidative carboxylation of olefins. Research Activities in National and International Projects: 1995-1997: Research activity within the European Project COST D3/0007/94 (1994-1997) co-ordinated by Prof. R. Larsson, University of Lund, Sweden entitled “Modeling of Selective Energy Transfer, Spatial and Time Coherence in Catalytic Reactions, Tested on Carbon Dioxide Reaction”.
1998-1999: Research activity within the Project POP Regione Puglia entitled: “Data Base on Soil Remediation Technologies”. 1999-2000: Research activity within the EU-RUCADI Project, BRRT-CT98-5089 1998-2002: Research activity within the European Project COST D9/0012/98 co-ordinated by Prof. R. Larsson, University of Lund, Sweden entitled “Development and Applications of Theoretical Models on Catalysis to support the design of Improved Catalysts”. 2004-2005: Expert for the Programme for the Innovation and Improvement of the relationship between Industry and Research through Biotechnology – F.E.S.R. D.R. 9569. 2005-2010: Expert of MIUR within the European Project ACENET ERA-NET for Applied Catalysis in Europe co-ordinated by Dr. Luis Vertegaal -Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO). 2011 - : Expert of MIUR within the European Project CAPITA ERA-NET "Catalytic Processes for Innovative Technology Applications" co-ordinated by Dr Nico Kos-Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO).
2018 : participation as Expert at Workshop on Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU), 25 January, Brussels Coordination activities of National and International Projects: - Coordinator of a Research Unit within the Project CNR-Agenzia 2000 entitled “Application of extraction and liquefaction technologies for the production of biofuel from macroalgae”. - Coordinator of a Research Unit within the Project FIRB 2001 entitled “Fundamental studies on the evaluation of the potential of residual carbon dioxide fixation in marine biomass for the production of biodiesel” - Coordinator of a Research Unit (valorization of bioglycerol) within the European IP Project entitled “TOPCOMBI - Towards Optimized Chemical Processes and New Materials via Combinatorial Science”, FP6-2005-2010. - Coordinator of the Regional Project "Reti di Laboratori VALBIOR", 2008-2015. - Coordinator of a Research Unit within the European IP Project "EUROBIOREF", FP7, 2010-2014. - Coordinator of a Research Unit within the National Project PON ENERBIOCHEM, 2011-2016. - Coordinator of National Research Project “Innovative catalysis for the synthesis of chemical, materials and fuels from renewable sources”, 2014-2015. - Coordinator of National Research Project “Towards an economy based on carbon recycling: innovative catalysts for the use of terrestrial, aquatic biomass and anthropogenic CO2 as a renewable carbon source”, 2016. - Coordinator of a Research Unit within the National Project PON REBIOCHEM, 2014-2017. Other activities: 2000-2005: National delegate of the IPCC Panel (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) for a Data-base building up on emission factors. 2010-2012: Director of the Interdepartmental Center of Environmental MEtodologies and TEchnologies (METEA). 2012- : Director of the Interuniversity Consortium on Chemical reactivity and catalysis (CIRCC). 2013- : ERASMUS Academic coordinator 2013 -: Vice-Chair of the International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization - ICCDU. 2016- : Member of European Biomass Research Committee “EUBREN committee of biomass research experts”. 2016 -: Member of European CLUSTER on Catalysis. 2017 -: Rector's delegate for "Network of Sustainable Universities”, working group on wastes 2017. Member of National Scientific Committee EUROPACAT 2017 2017. Chair of the session on Green Chemistry at International Conference on Coordination Chemistry 2020 - ICCC Rimini, July 6-10, 2020. Awards - RUCADI award (October 8, 2001): on "Better Carbon Management-An Intelligent Chemical Use of CO2" granted by three european industries ACP-Belgium, Carburos Metalicos-Spagna and ENIChem-3
Italy, Thessaloniky-Greece. - Nomination for the R. A. Glenn Award at the 221st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, April 1-5, 2001 for the presentation of the paper entitled “Nb2O5 as catalyst in the oxidative carboxylation of olefins” by A. Dibenedetto and M. Aresta. - Nomination for the R. A. Glenn Award at the 223rd ACS National Meeting in Orlando - Florida, April 7-11, 2002 for the presentation of the paper entitled “Bridging Natural Facts with Industrial Processes for Carbon Dioxide Utilization: Metal Enzymes and Transition Metal Systems” by A. Dibenedetto and M. Aresta. - Finalist at the EUCHEMS "European Sustainable Chemistry Award 2010". - "Platinum Energy and Environment Foundation HR Skill Development Award 2018" for the work on "Carbon recycling: towards a circular economy". "8th World PETROCOAL Congress", New Delhi, India, February 16th 2018. She is author/co-author of more than 140 publications on international scientific journals, 20 chapters on international books. She has been invited Speaker at Several International Conferences. (41st IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, Turin, August 5-11 2007; ICCDU IX, Kingston - ON - Canada, July 8-12, 2007; 234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, United States, August 19-23, 2007; XXXVI Congresso Nazionale della Divisione di Chimica Inorganica della Società Chimica Italiana, Lecce, 1-5 Settembre 2008; 2nd EUCHEMS Chemistry Congress, Torino, September 16-20, 2008; EuCOMC XVIII, Gothenburg - 22-25 June 2009; EUCHEMS-3, Nurnberg, August 29 -September 2, 2010; The CO2 Challenge Forum, Lyon, France Sept 27-28, 2010; ICCDU XI, Dijon June 27-30, 2011; XXIV Congresso Nazionale della Società Chimica Italiana, Lecce 11-16 settembre 2011; EUCHEMS-4, Prague, August 26-30, 2012, EICC-2, Jerusalem, July 2013, ICCDU XII, Washington DC, July 23-27, 2013, ICCDU XIII, Singapore, July 5-9, 2015, 251th ACS San Diego, Division of Energy and Fuel, 13–17 March 2016, EUCheMS Siviglia, September 11-15, 2016, Workshop “Tecnologie chimiche e biologiche per la protezione ambientale” Roma, 22 Novembre 2016, organizzato da AIDIC, Workshop “3rd Generation Biorefineries” Fondazione Golinelli – Bologna Marzo 23-14, 2017 organizzato dal Consorzio Interuniversitario Biotecnologie – CIB, IUPAC, Sao Paolo Brasil July 7-13, 2017, ICCDU XV, Shanghai July 17-21, 2017, "8th World PETROCOAL Congress", New Delhi, India, February 16th 2018) and she has been speaker at several other International Conferences. Co-editor of the book entitled "Biorefinery: from biomass to chemicals and fuels" ISBN 978-3-11-026028-1, publisher: De Gruyter, 2012. Co-editor of the book entitled “Inorganic micro- and nanomaterials" ISBN 978-3-11-030666-8, publisher: De Gruyter, 2013. Co-editor of the book entitled "Biorefineries: An Introduction" ISBN978-3-11-033153-0, publisher: De Gruyter, 2015. Co-Author of the book entitled “Reaction Mechanisms in Carbon Dioxide Conversion" ISBN 978-3-662-46831-9, publisher: Springer, 2016. Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal “Journal of CO₂ Utilization”. Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal "Carbon Capture, Storage, and Utilization” Member of the International Advisory Board of the International Journal "ChemSusChem". Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal “Current Green Chemistry” Guest editor for Special issue on “Carbon Dioxide Utilization” ChemPhysChem, 18, 22, 2017, 3084–3285 International referee for the evaluation of research projects for the French National Research Agency (ANR) and for the Office of Research Grants - American Chemical Society. Organizer of Internazional Schools: - First International School on Applied Catalysis and IX Italian Seminar on Catalysis 2007, Giovinazzo (BA), Italy, 3-9 June 2007 4
- Summer School on "Utilization of Biomass for the Production of Chemicals or Fuels -The concept of Biorefinery comes into operation” September 18th-24th, 2011, Hotel Orsa Maggiore, Castro Marina, Lecce, Italy - EuCheMS Summer School on "Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Nano-Sized Inorganic Materials", Villa La Rocca, Bari, 17-22 June 2012.