Dominique Roberto

Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at DC UNIMI

Expertise:  inorganic/organic synthesis, spectroscopy, photochemistry


Born in Marseille on July 9th 1961.

Under the guidance of prof. H. Alper of the University of Ottawa, she received the Bachelor with specialization (1984) and the Ph. D. (1989) in Chemistry, earning 24 scientific awards including the gold medal of the General Governor of Canada. In 1987 she collaborated with prof. G.P. Chiusoli, with a fellowship of the Italian Embassy in Canada, In 1989 she was Post-Doctoral NATO Research Fellow at the University of Milan, in the research group of prof. R. Ugo with whom she collaborates since then. In 2006 she became Full Professor for General and Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Milan. She is Coordinator of the PhD in Industrial Chemistry and Member of the Directive Council of the Center of Excellence CIMAINA.

Her research interests are in the following areas:

(1) Synthesis of organic compounds, in particular of heterocyclic compounds, catalyzed by coordination compounds.

(2) Surface organometallic chemistry. For her work she received the “Flavio Bonati” award (SCI, 1996) and the “Federchimica-per un futuro intelligente” award (1998).

(3) Molecular engineering, synthesis and characterization of coordination compounds with second order non-linear optical (NLO) properties.

(4) Molecular engineering and preparation of coordination compounds for luminescent devices (OLED and OLEC) and solar cells (both Graetzel and Bulk Heterojunction).

She is author of 122 publications on highly qualified international journals and of three patents.



1). A. Valore, E. Cariati, S. Righetto, D. Roberto, F.  Tessore, R.  Ugo, I. L. Fragalà, M. E. Fragalà, G. Malandrino, F. De Angelis, L.  Belpassi, I. Ledoux-Rak, K. H. Thi, J. Zyss Fluorinated β-Diketonates Diglyme Lanthanide Complexes  as New Second Order NLO Chromophores: the Role of f Electrons on the Dipolar and Octupolar Contribution to the Quadratic Hyperpolarizability,  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132 (2010) 4966.

2). A. Valore, E. Cariati, C. Dragonetti, S. Righetto, D. Roberto, R. Ugo, F. De Angelis, S. Fantacci, A. Sgamellotti, A. Macchioni, D. Zuccaccia Cyclometalated IrIII Complexes with Substituted 1,10-Phenanthrolines: A New Class of Efficient Cationic Organometallic Second-Order NLO Chromophores, Chemistry- A European Journal 16 (2010) 4814.

3). C. Coluccini, N. Manfredi, E. Herrera Calderon, M. M. Salamone, R. Ruffo, D. Roberto, M. G. Lobello, F. De Angelis, A. Abbotto Photophysical and Electrochemical Properties of Thiophene-Based 2-Arylpyridines, European J. Org. Chem. 28 (2011) 5587.

4). A. Colombo, C. Dragonetti, S. Righetto, D. Roberto, A. Valore, T. Benincori, F. Colombo, F. Sannicolò Novel highly conjugated push-pull 4,5-diazafluoren-9-ylidene based efficient NLO chromophores as a springboard for coordination complexes with large second-order NLO properties, J. Mater. Chem. 22 (2012) 19761.

5). E. Rossi, L. Murphy, P. L. Brothwood, A. Colombo, C. Dragonetti, D. Roberto, R. Ugo, M. Cocchi, J. A. G. Williams Cyclometallated platinum(II) complexes of 1,3-di(2-pyridyl)benzenes: tuning excimer emission from red to near-infrared for NIR-OLEDs,  J. Mat. Chem.  21 (2011) 15501.

6). A. Colombo, C. Dragonetti, D. Roberto, R. Ugo, L. Falciola, S. Luzzati, D. Kotowski A Novel Diruthenium Acetylide Donor Complex as an Unusual Active Material for Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells, Organomet. 30 (2011) 1279.

7). E. Rossi, A. Colombo, C. Dragonetti, D. Roberto, R. Ugo, A. Valore, L. Falciola, P. Brulatti, M. Cocchi, J. A. G. Williams, Novel N^C^N-cyclometallated platinum complexes with acetylide coligands as efficient phosphors for OLEDs,  J. Mat. Chem. 22 (2012) 10650.

8). C. Dragonetti, A. Valore, A. Colombo, D. Roberto, V. Trifiletti, N. Manfredi, M.  Salamone, R. Ruffo, A. Abbotto,  A new thiocyanate-free cyclometallated ruthenium complex for dye-sensitized solar cells: beneficial effects of substitution on the cyclometallated ligand,  J. Organomet. Chem. 714 (2012) 88.

9). C. Dragonetti, A. Valore, A. Colombo, M. Magni, P. Mussini, D. Roberto, R. Ugo, A. Valsecchi, V. Trifiletti, N. Manfredi, A. Abbotto, Ruthenium Oxyquinolate Complexes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell., Inorg. Chim. Acta 405 (2013) 98.

10). D. Roberto, A. Colombo, C. Dragonetti, D. Marinotto, S. Righetto, S. Tavazzi, M. Escadeillas, V. Guerchais, H. Le Bozec, A. Boucekkine, C. Latouche, Cyclometallated 4-styryl-2-phenylpyridine Pt(II) acetylacetonate complexes as second-order NLO building blocks for SHG active polymeric films, Organometallics, 32 (2013) 3890.