Emanuela Licandro

Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at DC UNIMI

Expertise:  organic and organometallic synthesis, selective methodology applied to fine chemicals , analytical characterization.

She is author of 135 publications (H-index 22) in the fields of organic and organometallic chemistry for optoelectronics, energy conversion, bioorganometallic chemistry and bioconjugate for sensing and diagnosis.

Scientific Interests: Synthesis and reactivity of heterocyclic compounds. Design and synthesis of PNAs with new structural features suitable for diagnostics applications and as anti-sense agents. Design and synthesis of new functionalized thia-[7]-heterohelicens prepared by innovative methodologies and studied for linear and non linear optical applications. Development of rigid polyconjugated heterocyclic systems for hybrid solar cell. Analysis and structure-property-activity corelations.

Teaching tutoring and invited lecturer: Organic Chemistry courses and Organic Chemistry Labs for Biology, Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry; Advanced courses (Introduction to Nanotechnology, Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds, Applied Organic Chemistry Lab., Concepts and Methodologies of Organic Synthesis – English). Tutor of several undergraduate and Ph.D. students and post-doc fellows. Several lectures and seminars within Italian and foreign PhD Schools, Masters courses, training courses for Pharmaceutical Companies.

Schools and Organization of meetings: 1993-present: Member of the scientific board for the Ph.D. School in Chemical Science. 1995-1998: Summer School A. Corbella, Seminar in Organic Synthesis. 2005-2007: ICOS 12, 12th International Conference on Organic Synthesis, Venezia. 2005-2007: Chairman of the “AttilioCorbella” Summer School. 2006: ISBOMC’06, 3rd International Symposium on Bioorganometallic Chemistry, Milan. 2011-2012 : X Co.G.I.C.O., Padova, and VIII and IX editions of International School of Organometallic Chemistry (ISOC 8, 2011, and ISOC 9, 2013), Camerino, Italy. 2012: Coordinator of the Ph.D. course in Chemical Sciences.

Projects: 2001: COST D14 “Photorefraction with organometallic dipoles in helical environments”. 2001: National Prg. COFIN. National P. 2005-2007: national Prg. PRIN 2005. 2005-2008: national project FIRB 2003: ” Molecular compounds and hybrid nanostructured materials with resonant and non resonant optical properties for photonic devices”. 2008: Prg. PRISMA 2007 ” Porfirine simmetricamente e asimmetricamente sostituite per applicazioni nelle celle solari e nella limitazione ottica. National Prg. PRIN 2009, “Molecular recognition of micro-RNA (miR) by modified PNA: from structure to activity”. 2009: FONDAZIONE CARIPLO “Studio del ruolo dei metalli nella progettazione e utilizzo di nuovi materiali per celle solari organiche di terza generazione”. 2012-2015: CARIPLO FOUNDATION, Call 2011, “Inter-cellular delivery, trafficking, and toxicity of engineered magnetic nanoparticles in macrophages and CNS cells”.. 2011-2013: ENI Donegani of Novara “Materiali organici, molecolari e polimerici per l’impiego in celle solari ibride (DSSCs), in celle organiche (BHJ) e in concentratori solari”


1). E. Longhi, A. Bossi, G. Dicarlo, S. Maiorana, F. De Angelis, P. Salvadori, A. Petrozza, M. Binda, V. Roiati, P. R. Mussini, C. Baldoli, E. Licandro,  Metal-Free Benzodithiophene-Containing Organic Dyes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, Eur. J. Org. Chem. (2013) 84-94.

2). S. Cauteruccio, A. Loos, A. Bossi, M. C. Blanco Jaimes, D. Dova, F. Rominger, E. Licandro, A. S. K. Hashmi,  Gold(I) Complexes of Tetrathiaheterohelicene Phosphanes, Inorg. Chem. 52 (2013) 7995–8004.

3). A. Bolzoni, L. Viglianti, A. Bossi, S. Cauteruccio, P. R. Mussini, C. Baldoli, E. Licandro, Synthesis, Photophysics and Electrochemistry of Tetra(2-thienyl)ethylene (TTE) Derivatives, Eur. J. Org. Chem. (2013) DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.201300745.

4). C. Kim, T. J. Marks, A. Facchetti, M. Schiavo, A. Bossi, S. Maiorana, E. Licandro, F. Todescato, S. Toffanin, M. Muccini, C. Graiff A. Tiripicchio, Synthesis, Characterization, and Transistor Response of Tetrathia-[7]-Helicene Precursors and Derivatives, Org. Electronics, 10 (2009) 1511–1520.

5). C. Mari, M. Panigati, L. D’Alfonso,I.  Zanoni, D.  Donghi, L. Sironi, M. Collini, S. Maiorana, C. Baldoli,G.  D’Alfonso, E. Licandro, Luminescent Conjugates between Dinuclear Rhenium Complexes and Peptide Nucleic Acids (PNA): Synthesis, Photophysical Characterization, and Cell Uptake, 31 (2012) 5918–5928.

6). A. Bossi, L. Falciola, C. Graiff, S. Maiorana, C. Rigamonti, A. Tiripicchio, E. Licandro, P. R. Mussini, Electrochemical activity of thiahelicenes: structure effects and electrooligomerization ability, Electrochimica Acta, 54 (2009) 5083-5097.

7). S. Maiorana, E. Licandro, C. Baldoli, G. Prencipe, E. Ferri, D. Donghi, M. Panigati , G. D’Alfonso, L. D’Alfonso, PNA-rhenium(I) organometallic bioconjugates for DNA targeting, JBIC (2009) 14; (Supplement 1) ICBIC XIV, S92.

8). E. Ferri, D. Donghi, M. Panigati, G. Prencipe, L. D’Alfonso, I. Zanoni, C. Baldoli, S. Maiorana, G. D’Alfonso, E. Licandro, Fluorescent Conjugates Between Dinuclear Rhenium(I) Complexes and Peptide Nucleic Acids (PNA) for Cell Imaging and DNA Targeting Chem. Commun, 46 (2010) 6255–6257.

9). S. Maiorana, E. Licandro, E. Longhi, S. Cauteruccio, A. Abbotto, C. Baldoli, F. De Angelis, Metal-free benzodithiophene-based photosensitizers for manufacturing solar cells, PCT Int. Appl. (2012), WO 2012107488 A2 20120816

10). R. Fusco, P. Biagini, S. Maiorana, E. Licandro, Preparation of benzodithiophene substituted benzothiadiazole derivatives and their use as photoluminescent compounds, PCT Int. Appl. (2013), WO 2013098726 A1 20130704.