Welcome to the

Alberto Credi Research Group Website

The group is based at the Center for Light Activated Nanostructures (CLAN), a Joint Research Laboratory set up by the University of Bologna and the National Research Council (CNR). Our personnel belongs to the Department of Agro-food Science and Technology and the Department of Chemistry "Giacomo Ciamician" of the University. We are also part of the Interuniversity Center for the Chemical Conversion of Solar Energy (SolarChem). Our laboratories are located in the premises of the Institute for Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (ISOF) of CNR in the Navile Campus.

We are a young and dynamic team that addresses problems of frontier research in the nanoscience field by following a chemical bottom-up approach. Our background has its roots in the long-standing tradition of inorganic photochemistry, started in the 1960-70s by professor Vincenzo Balzani and his coworkers (Roberto Ballardini, Fabrizio Bolletta, Teresa Gandolfi, Alberto Juris, Mauro Maestri, Luca Moggi, and Margherita Venturi, who is still an essential collaborator), and expanded to organic and supramolecular photochemistry and electrochemistry in the 1980s-90s. Our core discipline is Chemistry, but we like the interaction with other fields such as theoretical and experimental physics, materials science, pharmaceutical science, biochemistry, and computer science.


August 2020
Congratulations to Martina Canton on the new JACS paper for her work at Rafal Klajn's lab. dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.0c06146

July 2020
Lorenzo's work on fullerene photocontrolled regioselective bis-addition is out in Angewandte Chemie. dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.202009235

March 2020
The CLAN nano-engineers, together with computational chemists, unravelled "precision" molecular threading strategies. See article on Angewandte Chemie.

January 2020
Our review on photo-driven molecular motors is out in Advanced Materials. dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201906064

21-22 November 2018
Great success for the "MolecularMachinesDays" in Bologna, with Nobel Laureates Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Fraser Stoddart and Ben Feringa. eventi.unibo.it/molecularmachines

May 2017
The CLAN laboratory starts its activity.

1st October 2016
The ERC Advanced Grant "Leaps" is launched. site.unibo.it/leaps/en

Our experimental activity is focused on the synthesis, photophysics, photochemistry, and electrochemistry of molecular species, inorganic nanocrystals, and supramolecular assemblies.

The main objective of our research is the development and investigation of nanoscale devices, that is, chemical systems that exhibit functionalities arising from the structural and/or functional integration of components at the nanometer scale. More information is available in the Research page. An introduction to our research interests for non-specialists can be found in the Tutorial page. Please visit the Lab tour page to have a look at the infrastructures, equipment and techniques of the Photochemical Nanosciences Laboratory that we employ in our research.

Thank you for your visit. I hope you will enjoy it.