Monica Panigati

Assistant professor of Analytical Chemistry at DC UNIMI

Expertise: organometallic synthesis and photophysical and electrochemical characterization

Dr. Monica Panigati was born in 1970 and received the Laurea degree in Chemistry from the University of Milan in 1995, then the PhD degree in 1999, from the same University. She currently holds (since 2002) a Researcher position (Analytical Chemistry) at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Milan.

Her initial interests focused on the synthesis of novel hydrido-carbonyl clusters of rhenium, the study of their reactivity toward organic molecules (in particular containing nitrogen donor atoms), kinetic and dynamic studies, in particular the characterization of unconventional hydrogen bonds in solution by NMR spectroscopy.

The expertise acquired in the field of the nitrogen-ligand organometallic chemistry has been recently applied to the synthesis and the photophysical characterization of novel polynuclear rhenium-carbonyl complexes containing 1,2-diazine ligands, whose photoluminescent properties have found applications in luminescent devices and bio-conjugated chemistry, as analytical probes for the targeting of the peptide nucleic acids (PNA) . This research was founded by the national four-year project (FIRB 2003 -RBNE033KMA, headed by prof. R. Ugo) on nanostructured hybrid materials for photonic devices, and by two consecutive two-year “Scientific Project of Primary National Interest” (PRIN 2007 F9TWKE-002, “Design, synthesis and characterization of peptide nucleic acids analogs for targeting RNA and microRNA and PRIN 2009, 20093N774P-003, “Molecular recognition of micro-RNAs through modified PNAs: from the structure to the activity”), funded by Italian Government, concerning the design, synthesis and characterization of PNA analogues for targeting RNA and microRNA.. In both cases she belongs to the permanent staff of the Research Unit of Milan University. She is a member of the Italian Interuniversity Consortium on Material Science and Technology (INSTM) which has recently founded, together with Regione Lombardia, two-years a project on the synthesis of integrated nano-platforms for the selective delivery of gold-based drugs for the prostate cancer. She is also member, as permanent staff, in the Cariplo Fundation 2011 project funded to Prof. Francesco Sannicolò (“Inherently Chiral Multifunctional Conducting Polymers” total cost: k€360) and she is involved into Vigoni Project 2011 (BV11-233, “Nanoscale organization of luminescent complexes for innovative materials”) and PRIN 2009 (2009PRAM8L, “Unconventional materials for organic and hybrid photovoltaics”).

She is part of the Board of the Gruppo Italiano di Fotochimica (Italian Member of EPA, 2012-2015) with secretariat functions.

She is co-author of 34 with h-index 11, Average Citations per Item: 10



1). 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, Organometallics 31 (2012) 5918-5928.

2). M. Panigati*, M. Mauro, D. Donghi, P. Mercandelli, P. Mussini, L. De Cola, G. D’Alfonso, Luminescent dinuclear rhenium(I) complexes containing bridging 1,2-diazine ligands: Photophysical properties and application. Coord. Chem. Rev. 256 (2012) 1621-1643

3). D. Maggioni, F. Fenili, L. D’Alfonso, D. Donghi, M. Panigati, I. Zanoni, R. Marzi, A. Manfredi, P. Ferruti, G.D’Alfonso, E. Ranucci, Luminescent Rhenium and Ruthenium complexes of an amphoteric poly(amidoamine) functionalized with 1,10-phenanthroline, Inorg. Chem. 51 (2012) 12776–12788.

4). E. Ferri,; D. Donghi, M. Panigati, G. Prencipe, L. D’Alfonso, I. Zanoni, C. Baldoli, S. Maiorana, G. D’Alfonso, E. Licandro, Luminescent conjugates between dinuclear rhenium(I) complexes and peptide nucleic acids (PNA) for cell imaging and DNA targeting,. Chem. Commun. (2010) 6255-6257.

5). M. Mauro, C.-H. Yang, C.-Y. Shin, M. Panigati, C.-H. Chang, G. D’Alfonso, L. De Cola, Phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes with outstanding external quantum efficiency using dinuclear rhenium complexes as dopants, Adv. Mater. 24 (2012) 2054–2058.

6). E. Quartapelle Procopio, M. Mauro, M. Panigati*, D. Donghi, P. Mercandelli, A. Sironi, G. D’Alfonso, L. De Cola, Highly emitting, concomitant polymorphic crystals of a dinuclear rhenium complex, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132 (2010) 14397-14399.

7). M. Mauro, E. Quartapelle Procopio, Y. Sun, C.-H. Chien, D. Donghi, M. Panigati, P. Mercandelli, P. Mussini, G. D’Alfonso, L. De Cola, Highly emitting neutral dinuclear rhenium complexes as phosphorescent dopants for electroluminescent devices, Adv. Funct. Mater.19 (2009) 2607-2614.

8). D. Donghi, G. D’Alfonso, M. Mauro, M. Panigati, P. Mercandelli, A. Sironi, P. Mussini, L. D’Alfonso, A new class of luminescent tricarbonyl rhenium(I) complexes containing bridging 1,2-diazine ligands: electrochemical, photophysical, and computational characterization, Inorg. Chem. 47 (2008) 4243-4255.

9). M. Mauro, M. Panigati, D. Donghi, P. Mercandelli, A. Sironi, P. Mussini, G. D’Alfonso, Tricarbonyl rhenium(I) complexes containing a bridging 2,5-diphenyl-1,3,4-oxadiazole ligand: structural, spectroscopic, electrochemical, and computational characterization, Inorg. Chem. 47 (2008) 11154-11165.

10). M. Panigati, D. Donghi, G. D’Alfonso, P. Mercandelli, A. Sironi, L. D’Alfonso,  Luminescent hydridocarbonyl clusters of rhenium containing bridging 1,2-diazine ligands, Inorg. Chem. 45 (2006) 10909-10921.