Vincenzo Balzani, member of the Accademia dei Lincei, is emeritus professor of Chemistry at the University of Bologna. He is the author of about 500 publications on international journals. For his scientific activity he received several acknowledgements, including degrees "Honoris Causa" at the Universities of Fribourg (CH) and Shanghai (China), awards from the Italian, British, German and French chemical societies, and the Italgas Prize for Research and Innovation. In 2013 he was the recipient of the Nature Award for Mentoring in Science.
His studies deal with chemical reactions caused by light, artificial photosynthesis and the development of molecular devices and machines. His scientific research is combined with an intense divulgation activity on the relationship between science and society, and between science and peace, with particular reference to the themes of energy and resources. He is the author of several books, including
Photochemistry of Coordination Compounds, Academic Press, London, 1970 (with V. Carassiti).
Supramolecular Photochemistry, Horwood, Chichester, 1991 (with F. Scandola).
Molecular Devices and Machines. A Journey into the Nano World", Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2003 (with A. Credi and M. Venturi), translated in Chinese and Japanese.
Molecular Devices and Machines. Concepts and Perspectives for the Nanoworld, VCH-Wiley, Weinheim, 2008 (with A. Credi and M. Venturi), translated in Chinese.
Energy for a Sustainable World – From the Oil Age to a Sun-Powered Future, Wiley-VCH, 2011 (with N. Armaroli).
Photochemistry and Photophysics: Concepts, Research, Applications, Wiley-VCH, 2014 (with P. Ceroni and A. Juris).
Reading and Writing the Book of Nature, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015 (with M. Venturi).
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