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.


April 2018
The new book "Le macchine molecolari" (in italian) is released by Unibo's in-house publisher, 1088press.

January 2018
Marcello's work on engineering quantum dots lifetime is published in Angewandte Chemie

January 2018
Alberto Credi is in the top 25 most cited Italian chemists, and the 1st most cited active researcher in Chemistry at the University of Bologna (www.topitalianscientists.org.

November 2017
Ring shuttling in rotaxanes puts remote sites in communication, the group reports on PNAS.

1 October 2016
The LEAPS project funded by an ERC Advanced Grant has started. More information at site.unibo.it/leaps.

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.

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: May 2018