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Luca Prodi

Full Professor

Department of Chemistry "Giacomo Ciamician"

Academic discipline: CHIM/03 General and Inorganic Chemistry

Coordinator of PhD Programme in Chemistry

Curriculum vitae

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Curriculum Vitae of Prof. Luca Prodi

Luca Prodi was born in Bologna, Italy, in 1965.


1988 Laurea cum laude at the University of Bologna.

1991 Visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory (IL, USA) under the supervision of Prof. Michael Wasielewski.

1992 Ph.D. Degree at the University of Bologna under the supervision of Prof. Vincenzo Balzani discussing a thesis entitled “Supramolecular Photochemistry”

University Career

1992 Appointed as Researcher at the Faculty of Science of the University of Bologna

2004 Appointed as Associated Professor at the Faculty of Science of the University of Bologna.

2006 Appointed as Full Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Bologna, he is now full Professor at the Department of Chemistry “Giacomo Ciamician”

His teaching duties (2021/22) are:

· General and Inorganic Chemistry (for undergraduate students in Chemistry and Material Chemistry)

· Nanomedicine (for master students in Photochemistry and Molecula Materials)

Publications and Patents

Luca Prodi is author or co-author of more than 220 articles published on peer reviewed international journals, that have received 11500 citations and is co-author of the Handbook of Photochemistry and of several chapters on collective volumes. His h-index is 62 (Scopus).

He is also inventor in several patents and co-founder of 2 spin-off companies.

In the last period his research has focused on the synthesis and characterization of photoactive systems - both supramolecular and nanostructured - for applications in the field of nanomedicine and environmental analysis. In particular, his research group has developed silica nanoparticles that have shown – on the one hand –, a very low toxicity both in vitro and in vivo and – on the other hand – a high luminescence signal. These nanoparticles have been tested for various biomedical applications, such as in vitro diagnostics of viruses and bacteria, imaging of tumors and sentinel lymph nodes, drug delivery, and phototherapy. In the environmental field, he developed systems for the detection of micro and nano-plastics and of the so-called emerging pollutants.

During the years, his scientific production has grown more and more consolidating his position in the scientific community, and his role can be documented by the invitation to present his research work at different international universities and at international conferences, and to write comprehensive reviews on the topic. He was also able to set up a series of collaborations with different groups in the USA, France, Germany, Poland, UK, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and, of course, Italy. In 2012 it was invited Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France.

International Memberships

Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Fluorescence (Springer) (1999 – 2001).

Member of the Editorial Board of New Journal of Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry- CNRS) (2001 – 2006)

Member of the International Advisory Board of New Journal of Chemistry (2006-2015).

Associated Editor of New Journal of Chemistry (2015-present).

Member of the Editorial board of Methods and Applications in Fluorescence (IOPscience) (2014-Present)

Member of the Subcommittee on Photochemistry of IUPAC (2007 – 2015)

Invited Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France (2012)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2006 – present)

Member of the American Chemical Society (2006 – present)

Member of the Academy of Science (Bologna, 2018 – present)


1990 “Federchimica: Per un Futuro Intelligente" award, Federchimica (Association of the Italian chemical companies).

2009 Gonzales-Ciamician prize, awarded jointly by Società Chimica Italiana and by Real Sociedad Española de Química (Italian and Spanish Chemical Societies).

2020 “Career Award” by the Proteomass scientific Sociaty (Portugal) “for his outstanding contribution to the field of Nano@Molecular Fluorescent Chemosensors and Supramolecular Chemistry

Managing experiences

2003-2009 Co-founder and Member of the Board of a spin-off company, Cyanagen s.r.l., active in the field of luminescent sensors and labels

2005-present President of the Board of CISA s.c.a.r.l., controlled (51%) by a local government body (Provincia di Bologna). The company is active on the development of renewable energies and on the dissemination of related good practices (mean year budget: 400,000 €).

2010-2013 Member of the “Research Observatory” of the University of Bologna.

2013-present Co-founder and Member of the Scientific Committee of Personal Genomics s.r.l., active in genome analysis and interpretation.

2011-2015 Deputy Head of the Department of Chemistry “Giacomo Ciamician”.

2015-2018 Head of the Department of Chemistry “Giacomo Ciamician”.

Funding ID

As an independent PI, he received 18 competitive grants for a total of 3,0 M€ from 2000.

As head of the Department of Chemistry “Giacomo Ciamician”, Luca Prodi leaded a project receiving a funding of 8,675,000 as “Department of Excellence” for the years 2018-2022.

Invited presentations at International Conferences (2003 - )

2003 “Summer School on New perspectives in photochemistry” (EPA and HRSMC), Egdmond aan Zee (The Netherland)

2003 University “La Sapienza”, Rome (Italy)

2005 “19. Vortragstagung, Gesellschaft Deutsher Chemiker”, Jena (Germany)

2005 “2005 MRS Fall Meeting”, Boston (MA, USA).

2006 University of Zurich (CH)

2006 “Photonic West”, San Jose' (Ca, U.S.A.).

2007 International Conference on Molecular Machines and Sensors (ICMMS/07), Shanghai (China)

2007 41st IUPAC Congress, Torino (Italy)

2008 Hot Topics in Molecular Imaging 2008 - TOPIM'08, Les Houches (Francia)

2008 XIV Convegno Nazionale della SIRR (Società Italiana per le Ricerche sulle Radiazioni), Trieste (Italy)

2008 Dipartimento di Scienze Morfologiche-Biomediche, University of Verona.

2008 V International Conference on Porphytrins and Phthalocyanines, Moscow.

2009 ANIS1, 1st International Winter School on Nano and Biotechnology, Vipiteno (Italy).

2009 Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, University of Catania (Italy).

2009 Dipartimento di Chimica Inorganica, Chimica Analitica e Chimica Fisica, University of Messina (Italy).

2009 2nd France-Italy Symposium on Photosciences, Marseille (France).

2010 Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.

2010 University of Malaga, Spain.

2010 Technical University of Valencia, Spain.

2010 University of Vigo, Campus in Orense, Spain.

2010 BIT’s 1st Annual World Congress of NanoMedicine, Beijin, China.

2010 East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), Shanghai (China).

2011 Scuola Superiore di Pisa (Italy)

2011 University of Modena (Italy)

2011 19th International Symposium on the Photophysics and Photochemistry of Coordination Compounds (ISPPCC), Strasbourg (France).

2011 Swedish-Italian Workshop on Nanoscience and Medical Technology, Stockholm (Sweden)

2012 University of Bielefeld (Germany)

2012 Annual Conference of the Italian Society of Biology, Padua (Italy)

2012 International Symposium on Metal Complexes 2012 - ISMEC2012, Lisbon, Portugal

2012 University “Federico II” at Napoli (Italy)

2012 3rd Molecular Sensors & Molecular Logic Gates, MSMLG 2012, Seoul, Korea.

2012 II Jornadas Cientìficas, Universitat de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

2012 Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France

2013 XVII Conference of the Italian Association of Sensors and Microsystems, Brescia, Italy

2014 Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires, University of Strasbourg, France

2014 1st International Symposium on Nanoparticles-Nanomaterials and Applications, Caparica, Portugal

2015 GIDRM NMR Day, Padova, Italy

2015 Faraday Discussion – Supramolecular Photochemistry, Cambridge, UK

2015 1st International Caparica Christmas Congress on Translational Chemistry, Lisbon, Portugal

2015 Christmas Lecture, CNR, Bologna, Italy

2015 Pacifichem, Honolulu, USA

2016 Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden – Rossendorf, Dresden, Germany

2016 University of Trieste, Italy

2017 SmartChem, Catania, Italy

2017 International Symposium of Photochemistry and Photophysics of Coordination Compounds, Oxford, UK

2018 University of Verona, Italy

2019 Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche "Mario Negri" – IRCCS

2019 2° Workshop on Biosensors for Security, Bologna

2019 2019 Annual Congress of the Italian Society of PhotoBiology, Bologna

2019 Imaging: new frontiers from Preclinical Studies to Clinical Applications, Catania, Italy

2019 Opening lecture for the academic year of the doctoral school, Pavia, Italy

2019 Workshop “New Frontiers in Research, Diagnostics and Therapies", Trieste, Italy

2019 Workshop “From Molecules to Devices”, Parma, Italy

2020 Technical University of Dortmund, Germany

2020 University of Münster, Germany

2020 4th International Caparica Conference on Chromogenic and Emissive Materials, Lisbon, Portugal (on-libe)

2020 AEBIN Photochemistry School, San Sebastian, Spain (on-line)

2021 19th Congress of the European Society for Photobiology, Salzburg (Austria) and on-line.

2021 1st Women in Supramolecular Chemistry (WISC) workshop, Cagliari, Italy.

Organization of International Conferences

2008 Member of the scientific committee of “CEPC 2008 “Central European Conference on Photochemistry”, Bad Hofgastein (Austria)

2008 Co-chair of the organizing committee of “XIII International Symposium on Luminescence Spectrometry”, Bologna (Italy).

2009 Member of the scientific committee of ANIS1, 1st International Winter School on Nano and Biotechnology, Vipiteno (Italy).

2010 Member of the scientific committee of ANIS2, 2nd International Winter School on Nano and Biotechnology, Vipiteno (Italy).

2010 Member of the organizing committee of the 23rd IUPAC Symposium on Photochemistry, Ferrara (Italy)

2012 Member of the organizing committee of the 39° Annual Meeting of the European Radiation Research Society, Vietri (Italy)

2013 Member and co-chair of the organizing and scientific committee of the National Conference on the Chemistry of Biological Systems, Bertinoro (c/o University of Bologna, Italy)

2014 Member of the scientific committee of the “Central European Conference on Photochemistry CECP 2014”, Bad Hofgastein (Austria)

2014 Member of the scientific committee of the “1st International Caparica Conference on Chromogenic and Emissive Materials”, Caparica (Portugal)

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