Fabio Ragaini


Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at DC UNIMI

Expertise:  inorganic synthesis and organic synthesis, catalysis

Fabio Ragaini graduated in chemistry in 1987 (cum laude) at Milano University. After a one year fellowship from Istituto G. Donegani he did his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Cenini. After being appointed Assistant Professor at Milano University in 1991, he spent 9 months at The Pennsylvania State University, working with Prof. G. L. Geoffroy. In 1998 he became Associate Professor and since 2011 he is full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Milano University

He was chairman of the XI Congress of the Interdivisional Group of Organometallic Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society, member of the organizing or scientific committee of several national and international congresses, and principal investigator of some industrial research contracts with EniChem and Techint.

Since 2006 he is the delegate of Milano University in the board of Inter-university Consortium on Chemical Reactivity and Catalysis (CIRCC) and since 2010 he is member of the board of the Interdivisional Group of Organometallic Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society.

Prof. Ragaini is the author of 101 journal articles, all except five on international journals, of one monograph entitled “Catalytic Reductive Carbonylation of Organic Nitro Compounds” (published by Kluwer Academic Publishers), of two chapter books, of 3 patents and of 125 communications to conferences. h-index (WOS) = 28.




1). F. Amoroso, E. Zangrando, C. Carfagna,  C. Müller, D. Vogt,  M. Hagar, F. Ragaini, B. Milani Catalyst activity or stability: the dilemma in Pd-catalyzed polyketone synthesis, Dalton Transactions (2013), 14583.

2). A. Meduri, T. Montini, F. Ragaini, P. Fornasiero, E. Zangrando, B. Milani, Palladium-Catalyzed Ethylene/Methyl Acrylate Cooligomerization: Effect of a New Nonsymmetric alpha-Diimine,ChemCatChem 5 (2013) 1170.

3). D. Intrieri, M. Mariani, A. Caselli, F. Ragaini, E. Gallo, [Ru(TPP)CO]-Catalysed Intramolecular Benzylic C-H Bond Amination, Affording Phenanthridine and Dihydrophenanthridine Derivatives, Chemistry – A European Journal 18 (2012) 10487.

4). F. Ragaini, H. Larici, M. Rimoldi, A. Caselli, F. Ferretti, P. Macchi, N. Casati, Mapping Palladium Reduction by Carbon Monoxide in a Catalytically Relevant System. A Novel Palladium(I) Dimer, Organometallics 30 (2011) 2385.

5). M. Viganò, F. Ragaini, M. G. Buonomenna, R. Lariccia, A. Caselli, E. Gallo, S. Cenini, J. C. Jansen, E. Drioli, Catalytic Polymer Membranes under Forcing Conditions: Reduction of Nitrobenzene by CO/H2O Catalyzed by Ruthenium Bis(arylimino)acenaphthene Complexes, ChemCatChem 2 (2010) 1150.

6). M. Hagar, F. Ragaini, E. Monticelli, A. Caselli, P. Macchi, N. Casati, Chiral cyclopropylamines in the synthesis of new ligands; first asymmetric Alkyl-BIAN compounds, Chemical Communications 46 (2010) 6153.

7). F. Ferretti, F. Ragaini, R. Lariccia, E. Gallo, S. Cenini, New Nonsymmetric Phenanthrolines as Very Effective Ligands in the Palladium-Catalyzed Carbonylation of Nitrobenzene, Organometallics 29 (2010) 1465.

8). F. Ragaini, M. Gasperini, S. Cenini, L. Arnera, A. Caselli, P. Macchi, N. Casati, Mechanistic Study of the Palladium-Phenanthroline Catalyzed Carbonylation of Nitroarenes and Amines: Palladium-Carbonyl Intermediates and Bifunctional Effects, Chemistry – A European Journal 15 (2009) 8064.

9). S. Fantauzzi, E. Gallo, A. Caselli, F. Ragaini, N. Casati, P. Macchi, S. Cenini, The key intermediate in the amination of saturated C-H bonds: synthesis, X-ray characterization and catalytic activity of Ru(TPP)(NAr)2 (Ar=3,5-(CF3)2C6H3), Chemical Communications (2009) 3952.

10). S. Fantauzzi, E. Gallo, A. Caselli, C. Piangiolino, F. Ragaini, N. Re, S. Cenini, Rearrangement of N-aryl-2-vinylaziridines to benzoazepines and dihydropyrroles: a synthetic and theoretical study, Chemistry-A European Journal 15 (2009) 1241.