Maddalena Pizzotti

Full professor of Inorganic Chemistry at DC UNIMI

Expertise:  inorganic and organic synthesis

Prof. Maddalena Pizzotti was born in Milano and took her PhD in Chemistry at Milan University in 1973. After some felloships (Donegani and Ministerial Fellowships), from 1978 she was Assistant at General and Inorganic Chemistry Chair for Chemistry.

From 1983 Associate Professor for Industrial Chemistry.

From 1/10/2002 she is full professor at the Faculty of  Science and Technology and actually she is teacher of General and Inorganic Chemistry for  Industrial Chemistry and of Metallorganic Chemistry for Industrial Chemistry.

She was interested in the following areas:

  • Organometallic chemistry in the low oxidation states
  • Catalytic activity of ruthenium complexes and their reactivity
  • Surface organometallic chemistry
  • Non linear optical activity of organometallic compounds and, in particular, of porphyrinic complexes and of heteronuclear bimetallic systems carrying a p conjugated bridge between the two metals.
  • Synthesis of oligocyclosiloxane rings as rigid and pseudo planar scaffolds similar to the silica surface, with the aim to link covalently NLO active chromophores in order to study the cooperative interaction between the chromophores due to their nanoorganisation.

Actually her research concerns the synthesis and characterisation of porphyrins and metallo porphyrins with a large p delocalisation for their applications in Dye sensitized solar cells (Grätzel cells) and the synthesis of completely fluorinated Er3+ complexes  as photoemitters in the field of telecommunications.

She was Head of the Inorganic, Metallorganic and Analytical Chemistry Department of the Milan University from 2009 to 2012 and she is Coordinator of  many Research Projects.

She has more than 90 publications on international journals with high IF together with many partecipations to National and International Conferences.

She is currently collaborating with many national and international research centres including: University of Milano Bicocca, University of Padova, University of Perugia,  University of Ferrara,  Swiss Federal Institute of Technoloy- Lausanne, University of Cachan (France), University of Roma.



1).  E.Cariati, M.Pizzotti, D.Roberto, F.Tessore, R.Ugo, Coordination and organometallic compounds and inorganic-organic hybrid cristalline materials for second order non-linear optics, Coordination Chem. Rev. 250 (2006) 1210

2).  E. Collini, S. Mazzuccato, M. Zerbetto, C. Ferrante, R. Bozio, M. Pizzotti, F.Tessore, R.Ugo, Large Two Photon Absorption Cross Section of asymmetric Zn(II) Porphyrin Complexes Substituted in the meso or b pyrrolic position by –C=C-C6H4X moieties (X=NMe2, NO2), Chem. Phys. Lett.  454 (2008) 70.

3).  A. Monguzzi, R. Tubino, F. Meinardi, A. Orbelli Birpli, M. Pizzotti, F. Demartin, F. Quochi, F. Cordella, M. A. Loi, Novel Er3+ Perfluorinated Complexes for Broadband Sensitized Near Infrared Emission.,  Chem. Mater. 21 ( 2009) 128.

4).  M. Pizzotti,  M. Ronchi, A. Orbelli Biroli, S. Righetto, R. Ugo, P. Mussini, M. Cavazzini, E. Lucenti, M. Salsa, P. Fantucci, Second order NLO properties of a Multichromophoric System Based on an Ensamble of Four Organic NLO-phores Nanoorganised on a Cyclotetrasiloxane Architecture, J. Phys. Chem.C 113 (2009) 2745.

5).  W. Mroz,  J. P. Bombenger, C. Botta, A. Orbelli Biroli, M. Pizzotti, F. De Angelis, L. Belpassi, R. Tubino, F. Meinardi, Oligothiophenes Nano-organized on a Cyclotetrasiloxane Scaffold as a Model of a Silica-Bound Monolayer: Evidence for Intramolecular Excimer Formation, Chem. Eur. J. 15 (2009) 12791.

6). R. M. Laine, S. Sulaiman, C. Brick, M. Roll, R. Tamaki, M. Z. Asuncion, M. Neurock, J.-S. Filhol, C.-Y. Lee, J. Zhang, T. Goodson III, M. Ronchi, M. Pizzotti, S. C. Rand, Y. Li., Synthesis and Photophysical Properties of Stilbeneoctasilsesquioxanes. Emission Behaviour Coupled with Theoretical Modeling Stidies Suggest a 3-D Excited State Involving the Silica Core, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132 (2010) 3708.

7). M. Ronchi, A. Orbelli Biroli, D. Marinotto, M. Pizzotti, M. C. Ubaldi, S. M. Pietralunga,The role of the size of molecular second order NLO chromophores on the SHG of PMMA films containing NLO active tetracyclosiloxanolate  macrocycles, J. Phys. Chem. C 115 (2011) 4240.

8). A. Orbelli Biroli, F. Tessore, M. Pizzotti, C. Biaggi, R. Ugo, S. Caramori, C. Bignozzi, F. De Angelis, E. Licandro, A multitechnique investigation of the electronic properties and processes involving push-pull metal porphyrins acting as dyes in DSSC solar cells, J.Phys. Chem. C 115 (2011) 23170.

9). P. R. Mussini, A. Orbelli Biroli, F. Tessore, M. Pizzotti, C. Biaggi, G. Di Carlo, M. G. Lobello, F. De Angelis, Modulating the electronic properties of asymmetrical push-pull and symmetrical Zn(II)-diarylporphyrinates with para substituted phenylethynyl moieties in 5,15 meso positions: a combined electrochemical and spectroscopic investigation, Electrochim. Acta 85 (2012) 509.

10). G. Di Carlo, A. Orbelli Biroli, M. Pizzotti, F. Tessore, V. Trifiletti, R. Ruffo, A. Abbotto, A. Amat, F. De Angelis, P. R. Mussini, Tetraaryl ZnII-porphyrinates substituted in the b-pyrrolic position acting as sensitizers in DSSCs: a comparison with meso disubstituted push-pull ZnII-porphyrinates, Chem. Eur. J. 19 (2013) 10723

11) G. Di Carlo, A. Orbelli Biroli, F. Tessore, M. Pizzotti, P. R. Mussini, A. Amat, F. De Angelis, A. Abbotto, V. Trifiletti, and R. Ruffo

Physicochemical Investigation of the Panchromatic Effect onβSubstituted ZnII Porphyrinates for DSSCs: The Role of the π Bridge between a Dithienylethylene Unit and the Porphyrinic Ring

J. Phys. Chem. C 118 (2014) 7307−7320.


12) G. Di Carlo, S. Caramori, V. Trifiletti, R. Giannuzzi, L. De Marco,M. Pizzotti, A. Orbelli Biroli, F. Tessore, R. Argazzi and C. A. Bignozzi

Influence of Porphyrinic Structure on Electron Transfer Processes at the Electrolyte/Dye/TiO2 Interface in PSSCs: a Comparison between meso Push-Pull and β-Pyrrolic Architectures

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, (2014) Article ASAP (DOI: 10.1021/am503113x).



1).  M. Pizzotti,  R. Ugo, F. Tessore, A. Orbelli Biroli, S. Maiorana. E. Licandro, C. Baldoli, Fotosensibilizzatori porfirinici push-pull per celle solari DSSC, Brevetto italiano depositato I0143155/VCR 2011