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.


March 2019
The NEMO project, coordinated by AC, is retained for funding as a 'research project of national interest' (PRIN).

February 2019
The highlight on a molecular 'cable car' is out in Angewandte Chemie. Link

January 2019
AC is within the 25 most cited Italian chemists, and is the 1st most cited chemist in activity at the University of Bologna. www.topitalianscientists.org

December 2018
The book "Le macchine molecolari" is a finalist in the 2018 National Award for Scientific Dissemination.

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

1st October 2018
The FET-OPEN project "Magnify", in which we aim at creating artificial muscles based on molecular machines, is started. www.magnifyproject.eu

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.

Last update: Feb 2019