Graduated in Chemistry at the University of dr. Simona Rizzo earned the PhD degree in Chemical Sciences (supervisior: Prof. Maria Chiara Aversa) at the same University. Fellow of the University of Milano from 1998, she joined the research group of Prof. Francesco Sannicolò getting the title of Chemical Synthesis specialist at the Specialization School of the same University in 2000.During this period, she developed post-graduate research in the group of Prof. Oliver Raiser at the Department of Organic Chemistry of the University of Regensburg (Germany). Appointed as CNR researcher in October 2001, she is currently working at the Istituto di ScienzeeTecnologie Molecolari in Milan.
Central research fields are heterocyclic chemistry and chirality, ranging from the molecular design to the synthesis and the reactivity studies of heteroaromatic systems endowed with special enantiorecognition properties for different applications.
Main research topics: 1) Design of electronically tunable diphosphanes for homogeneous stereoselective catalysis, 2) C3 symmetric tris-arylphosphanes devoid of rigid stereogenic elements in which chirality results from residual stereoisomerism, 3) Thiophene-based organic semiconductors, some of them inherently chiral, characterized by peculiar electric and optoelectronic properties, 4) Inherently chiral ionic liquids.