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Maria Cristina Cassani

Associate Professor

Department of Industrial Chemistry "Toso Montanari"

Academic discipline: CHIM/03 General and Inorganic Chemistry

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Maria Cristina Cassani

PhD, European Union Marie Curie Fellow

Dipartimento di Chimica Industriale "Toso Montanari", Università degli Studi di Bologna

Viale Risorgimento, 4 - 40136 Bologna, Italy: tel ++39-051-2093700; fax ++39-051-2093690


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Education: Bologna University, Faculty of Industrial Chemistry 1984-1989; 1991-1994. 


1989 Diploma di Laurea in Chimica Industriale (Five-years Degree in Industrial Chemistry, MSc) 110/110 Summa Cum Laude.

1995 Dottorato di Ricerca in Scienze Chimiche (PhD degree in Chemical Sciences). Thesis title: "Group 11 Metals: mononuclear and heterodinuclear carbene and carbyne complexes".

Professional Experience

October 2007- Associate Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry now Department of Industrial Chemistry "Toso Montanari" of Bologna University.

January 1999-September 2007. Research Assistant, Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry of Bologna University.

February 1998 - December 1998. Post-doc grant, Faculty of Industrial Chemistry of Bologna University.

March 1995 - February 1998. Marie Curie Research Fellow (European Union Training and Mobility of Researcher (TMR) Grant; FP4 (1994-1998); Category B30; Contract Number: N° ERB4001GT952404), School of Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Sciences (CPES), Sussex University, Brighton, UK. Project's Title: "Low Oxidation States Lanthanides in Organic Synthesis", Supervisor: Prof. M.F. Lappert  F.R.S..

March 1990 -August 1991. Enichem-Polymers Company (now Versalis). During this period, in collaboration with Prof. F. Calderazzo of Pisa University, a novel two-steps synthesis of V(mesitylene)2 starting from VOCl3, was set up and its use in syn-proportion reactions to prepare vanadium-vanadium and titanium-vanadium systems catalytically active in the ethylene polymerization was studied.

1989. Erasmus grant, six months at the Chemistry Department of Liverpool University (UK) working on osmium clusters under the supervision of Prof. J.K. Smith.

Research fields and expertise

The main research interests concern the following topics: a) N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) and imidazolium-based ionic liquids (IL); b) synthesis of supported gold, silver, and copper nanoparticles for catalysis, electrocatalysis, and biomedical applications; c) sustainable fluorochemistry.

Prof. Cassani has actively participated to several national and international research projects:

2017-present: Consultant for Petronas Lubricants Italy S.p.A.

2013-2015: University of Bologna Feasability Studies (FARB 2013): " Silver Nanoparticles Supported on Functionalised Hydroxyapatite: Sustainable Synthesis and Applications in Biomedicine and Catalysis (01/07/2013-30/06/15, FFBO123302). Participant.

2013: Galileo French-Italian bilateral project 2012-2013, G12-112: Porous silica matrixes doped with gold- and silver-based nanostructured materials for the production of innovative solar cells. Chief Investigator.

2012-2015: Miteni S.p.A. Research Project: Synthesis and characterization of new of fluorine-containing waxes. Chief Investigator.

2012-2013: Daunia Solar Cell s.r.l.. Research Project: Synthesis of perfluorurated ionic liquids and polygels for solar cells DSSC. C hief Investigator.

2011-2013: Scientific Research Projects of National Interest (PRIN2009): "Design of Unsaturated ligands for combination with metal toward sustainability". Participant.

2008-2010: PRIN2007: "Intra and intermolecular interaction in transition metal complexes containing pi-extended ligands ". Participant.

2005-2006: PRIN2004: "Chemistry of polyfunctional ligands bearing delocalized systems". Participant. 

2003-2004: PRIN2002: " Chemistry of functionalized pi-extended ligands ". Participant.  

2001-2002: PRIN2000: " Chemistry of metal complexes containing carbonyl and cyclopentadienyl ligands". Participant. 

MCC has authored 65 scientific publications in ISI journals, 4 articles in disseminating chemical media and 2 patents, besides several oral or poster presentations at national and international meetings.

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 Publications 2020-2015 (for the full list see the PUBBLICAZIONI SECTION)

71. “Synthesis and Reactivity of Poly(propyleneimine) Dendrimers Functionalized with Cyclopentadienone N-Heterocyclic-Carbene Ruthenium(0) Complexes”, C. Cesari, R. Conti, A. Cingolani, V. Zanotti, M.C. Cassani, L. Rigamonti and R. Mazzoni, Catalysts, 2020, 10, 264; doi:10.3390/catal10020264

70. “PANI/Au/Fe3O4 nanocomposite materials for high performance energy storage”, B. Ballarin , E. Boanini, L. Montalto, P. Mengucci, D. Nanni, C. Parise, I. Ragazzini, D. Rinaldi, N. Sangiorgi, A.Sanson, M. C. Cassani Electrochim. Acta, 2019, 322, 134707.

69. "Gold nanoparticles supported on functionalized silica as catalysts for alkyne hydroamination: A chemicophysical insight", C. Parise, B. Ballarin, D. Barreca, M.C. Cassani, P. Dambruoso, D. Nanni, I. Ragazzini, E. Boanini, Appl. Surf. Sci. 2019, 492, 45–54.

68. “Structure, morphology and magnetic properties of Au/Fe3O4 nanocomposites fabricated by a soft aqueous route”, B. Ballarin, M.C. Cassani, D. Nanni, C. Parise, D. Barreca, G. Carraro, A. Riminucci, I. Bergenti, V. Morandi, A. Migliori, E. Boanini, Ceram Int. 2019, 45, 449-456.

67. “(9R)-9-Hydroxystearate-Functionalized Anticancer Ceramics Promote Loading of Silver Nanoparticles.” E. Boanini, M.C. Cassani, K. Rubini, C. Boga, A. Bigi, Nanomaterials, 2018, 8, 390; doi:10.3390/nano8060390

66. “A new multifunctionalized material against multi-drug resistant bacteria and abnormal osteoclast activity.” E. Boanini, P. Torricelli, F. Bonvicini, M. C. Cassani, M. Fini, G. A. Gentilomi, A. Bigi, Eur. J. Pharm. Biopharm., 2018, 127, 120-129.

65. “Gold nanoparticles as markers for fluorinated surfaces containing embedded amide groups”, B. Ballarin, D. Barreca, M. Bertola, M. C. Cassani, G. Carraro, C. Maccato, A. Mignani, D. Nanni, C. Parise, S. Ranieri, Appl. Surf. Sci. 2018, 440, 1235-1243.

64. “Supported gold nanoparticles for alcohols oxidation in continuous-flow heterogeneous systems”, B. Ballarin, D. Barreca, E. Boanini, M. C. Cassani, P. Dambruoso, A. Massi, A. Mignani, D. Nanni, C. Parise, A. Zaghi, ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng., 2017, 5, 4746-4756.

63. “Fluorinated Imidazolium Salts having liquid crystal characteristics”, I. Zama, G. Gorni, V Borzatta, M. C. Cassani, C. Crupi, G., J. Mol. Liq., 2016, 223, 749-753, doi: 10.1016/j.molliq.2016.08.101

62. “Structural and morphological peculiarities of hybrid Au/nanodiamond engineered nanostructures”, R. Matassa, S. Orlanducci, G. Reina, M. C. Cassani, D. Passeri, M. L. Terranova, M. Rossi, Scientific Reports, 2016, 6, article number: 31163 (6:31163 | DOI: 10.1038/srep31163)

61. “Speciation of Gold Nanoparticles by Ex Situ Extended X‑ray Absorption Fine Structure and X‑ray Absorption Near Edge Structure”, M. Giorgetti, G. Aquilanti, B. Ballarin, M. Berrettoni, M. C. Cassani, S. Fazzini, D. Nanni, D. Tonelli, Anal. Chem. 2016, 88, 6873-6880.

60. “Hydrogen Adsorption Properties of Carbon Nanotubes and Platinum Nanoparticles from a New AmmoniumEthylimidazolium Chloroplatinate Salt” E. Tamburri, M. C. Cassani, B. Ballarin, M. Tomellini, C. Femoni, A. Mignani, M. L. Terranova, S. Orlanducci, ChemSusChem, 2016, 9, 1-14.

59. "Functionalizaton of Silica through Thiol-Yne Radical Chemistry: a Catalytic System based on Gold Nanoparticles Supported on Amino-Sulfide-Branched Silica” M. C. Cassani, B. Ballarin, D. Barreca, E. Boanini, E. Bonansegna, G. Carraro, S. Fazzini, A. Mignani, D. Nanni, D. Pinelli, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 25780 – 25788.

58. “(9R)-9-Hydroxystearate-Functionalized Hydroxyapatite as Anti-Proliferative and Cytotoxic Agent towards Osteosarcoma Cells", E. Boanini, P. Torricelli, C. Boga, G. Micheletti, M. C. Cassani, M. Fini, A. Bigi, Langmuir, 2016, 32, 188-94.

57. “Gold nanoparticles-decorated fluoroalkylsilane nano-assemblies for electrocatalytic applications”, B. Ballarin, D. Barreca, M. C. Cassani, G. Carraro, C. Maccato, A, Mignani, D. Lazzari, M. Bertola, Appl. Surf. Sci., 2016, 362, 42–48.

56. “Identification of dyes in toned and tinted XX century cinematographic films by surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy”, C. Lofrumento, S. Prati, M. Ricci, I. Bonacini, M. Quaranta, G. Sciutto, B. Ballarin, M.C. Cassani, E. Castellucci, R. Mazzeo, J. Raman Spectroscopy, 2016, 47, 337-344.

55. “Supported Metal Nanoparticles for Catalytic and Environmental Applications”, B. Ballarin, M.C. Cassani, A. Mignani, D. Nanni, LA CHIMICA E L’INDUSTRIA, 2015, 5, 44-49, DOI:

54. “Ruthenium hydroxycyclopentadienyl Nheterocyclic carbene complexes as transfer hydrogenation catalysts”, C. Cesari, A. Cingolani, C. Parise, S. Zacchini, V. Zanotti, M. C. Cassani, R. Mazzoni, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 94707–94718.

53. “Straightforward synthesis of iron cyclopentadienone N-heterocyclic carbene complexes”, A. Cingolani, C. Cesari, S. Zacchini, V. Zanotti, M. C. Cassani, R. Mazzoni, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 19063–19067.

52.Fluoroalkylsilanes with Embedded Functional Groups as Building Blocks for Environmentally Safer Self-Assembled Monolayers. B. Ballarin, D. Barreca, M. C. Cassani, Giorgio Carraro, Chiara Maccato, A. Mignani, D. Lazzari, M. Bertola, Langmuir, 2015, 31, 6988-6994.

51. Mild fabrication of silica-silver nanocomposites as active platforms for environmental remediation. A. Mignani, S. Fazzini, B. Ballarin, E. Boanini, M. C. Cassani, C. Maccato, D. Barreca, D. Nanni, RSC Adv. 2015, 5, 9600-9606.

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