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Elisabetta Mezzina

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry "Giacomo Ciamician"

Academic discipline: CHIM/06 Organic Chemistry

Curriculum vitae

Elisabetta Mezzina graduated from the University of Bologna with a Laurea in Chemistry in 1983. She completed her PhD in Chemical Sciences in 1989 under the supervision of Prof. Graziano Baccolini. In 1991 she became Researcher of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Bologna and in 2008 she has been called Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry by the Faculty of Pharmacy of Bologna University.

Her early interests were addressed towards synthetic organic chemistry; during the PhD period she was involved in the synthesis of new phosphorus containing heterocycles and in the development of new methodologies in the area of stereoselective synthesis of biologically active compounds.

Afterwards her interests were addressed towards the use of multinuclear NMR spectroscopy to clarify mechanistic aspects involved in some reactions of aromatic heterocycles. NMR analysis was also employed to solve different problems regarding organic and supramolecular chemistry. In the latter case NMR analysis could define different self assembling structures of a lipophillic guanosine derivative.

Her current interests focus on Supramolecular Chemistry and are resumed into three main aspects:

1)      Analysis of host-guest interactions and geometries of the supramolecular complexes containing organic paramagnetic species.

2)      Sinthesis and properties of persistent radicals mechanically interlocked into cyclodextrins.

3)      Radical receptors derived by cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenilene).

In this fields ESR was employed together with NMR and ESI-MS analyses to provide a complete description of the new aggregates.

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