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Sonia Melandri

Full Professor

Department of Chemistry "Giacomo Ciamician"

Academic discipline: CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry

Curriculum vitae

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Sonia Melandri received her degree in Chemistry from the University of Bologna (110/110 summa cum laude) in 1990 and her PhD title in Chemical Sciences in 1994. From 1994 to 1998 she worked at the CNR and at the University of Bologna as a postdoctoral fellow. From 1998 to 2011 she has been researcher in Physical Chemistry at the University of Bologna and in March 2011 she was appointed Associate Professor. Since May, 3rd 2015 she is Deputy-Head of the Dipartimento di Chimica "G. Ciamician".

In various occasions Sonia Melandri was visiting scientist at the University of Valladolid (Spain), at the University of Hannover (Germany) and at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and at the Elettra synchrotron.

The research activity of Sonia Melandri is focused on the study of conformational and tautomeric equilibria and large amplitude motions in molecules and weakly bound molecular complexes by means of spectroscopy (mainly microwave spectroscopy ) in thermally equilibrated systems, in free jet expansions and in rare gas matrixes.

Her studies In particular concern:

- Conformational and tautomeric equilibria, large amplitude motions in flexible molecules of chemical and biological interest (biogenic amines, neurotransmitters and fluorinated derivatives).

- Effects of microsolvation on conformation and molecular motions (water, rare gases, ammonia)

- Spectroscopic characterization of molecules and molecular complexes of astrophysical interest

- Quantum chemical methods (ab initio, DFT) and other methods (flexible model, distributed polarisability model and electrostatic models) to characterize conformational minima and potential energy surfaces.

- Design assembly and upgrading of microwave spectrometers in supersonic expansions.


Sonia Melandri is co-author of 131 papers in refereed international journals. Her H-index is 25 (WoS) and her ISI list of pubblications can be seen at the URL: .

Sonia Melandri has participated in many international congresses and schools (also invited) where she has presented the results of her research.

Referee for: Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Molecular Structure, Molecular Physics, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Journal of Chemical Physics Letters.

Referee for: PRIN, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Israel Science Foundation.

  • 2014-present Review Editor of Frontiers in Chemistry- Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics online open-access journal.
  • 2016-present Member of International Steering Committee of the "International Conference on High Resolution Molecular Spectroscopy” conference series
  • 2016-present Member of International Scientific Committee of “Chemistry and Physics a Low Temperatures” conferences series
  • 2017-present Member of Editorial Board Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy
  • 2020-present Review Editor of Frontiers in Astronomy and SPece Sciences- Astrobiology online open-access journal


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