Elena Lucenti

Research Scientist at CNR-ISTM

Expertise: inorganic/organic synthesis, spectroscopy, photochemistry


Dr. Elena Lucenti was born in 1969. She obtained her degree in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Milan (1995) and her Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Milan (1999). Her doctoral research, performed under the supervision of Professor R. Ugo, was concerned with the synthesis of organometallic complexes as models of surface species or as new materials.

In 1999 Dr. Lucenti was recipient of a “NATO-CNR Advanced Fellowship”, that she used for investigating the reactivity of oligosilsesquioxanes with metal carbonyls at the University of California, Irvine, under the guidance of Professor Frank J. Feher. In 2000-2001 she was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Milan and in November 2001 she became a permanent researcher at the Institute of Molecular Science and Technologies of the CNR. Dr. Lucenti has been involved in several projects funded by the Italian Ministry for University and Scientific Research or by Cariplo Foundation. She is currently involved in a PRIN 2010 project funded by MIUR aiming at the preparation of new generation dye solar devices for dye sensitised solar cells (DSSC).

Her research interests include:

(1)     Surface Organometallic Chemistry

(2)     Synthesis and characterization of organometallic complexes with silanol ligands as molecular models of anchoring processes of organometallic species on the silica surface

(3)     Synthesis and physico-chemical characterization of nonlinear second order (NLO) emission properties of coordination and organometallic compounds as molecular materials with NLO properties

(4)     Study of the NLO and emissive behaviour of multichromophoric systems organized on cyclotetrasiloxanic or silsesquioxanic scaffolds.

She is currently working on the synthesis and characterization of silsesquioxanic scaffolds functionalized with porphyrins for applications in dye sensitised solar cells .

She is author of 35 scientific papers and reviews publications on highly qualified international journals and books, and of 35 communications at national and international congresses.




1) E. Cariati, C. Dragonetti, E. Lucenti, F. Nisic, S. Righetto, D. Roberto, E. Tordin, An acido-triggered reversible luminescent and nonlinear optical switch based on a substituted styrylpyridine: EFISH measurements as an unusual method to reveal a protonation–deprotonation NLO contrast, Chem.Commun. 50 (2014) 1608.

2) D. Marinotto, E. Lucenti, G. Scavia, R. Ugo, S. Tavazzi, G. Mattei, E. Cariati, Spontaneous in situ thermal growth of oriented acentric nanocrystals of [(E)-N,N-dimethylamino-N’-methylstilbazolium][p-toluenesulfonate] embedded in a PMMA film on ITO generating stable SHG J. Mater. Chem. C  (2014) in press.

3) E. Lucenti, C. Botta, E. Cariati, S. Righetto, M. Scarpellini, E. Tordin, R.Ugo, New organic-inorganic hybrid materials based on perylene diimide-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane dyes with reduced quenching of the emission in the solid state, Dyes and Pigments, 96 (2013) 748.

4) M. Ronchi, M. Pizzotti, 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) M. Ronchi, M. Pizzotti, A. Orbelli Biroli, P. Macchi, E. Lucenti, C. Zucchi, Synthesis and structural characterization of functionalized cyclotetrasiloxane rings [4-RC6H4Si(O)OR’]4 (R = Cl, Br, CH=CH2, CH2Cl; R’ = Na, SiMe3) as scaffolds for the synthesis of models of a silica bound monolayer of fluorescent or second order NLO active organic chromophores, J. Organomet. Chem. 692 (2007) 1788.

6) E. Lucenti, E. Cariati, C. Dragonetti, L. Manassero, F. Tessore, Effect of the Coordination to the “Os3(CO)11” Cluster Core on the Quadratic Hyperpolarizability of trans-4-(4’-X-styryl)pyridines (X=NMe2, t-Bu, CF3) and trans,trans-4-(4’-NMe2-phenyl-1,3-butadienyl)pyridine, Organometallics, 23 (2004) 687.

7) D. Roberto, R. Ugo, F. Tessore, E. Lucenti, S. Quici, S. Vezza, P.C. Fantucci, I. Invernizzi, S. Bruni, I. Ledoux-Rak, J. Zyss, Effect of the Coordination to M(II) Metal Centres (M = Zn, Cd, Pt) on the Quadratic Hyperpolarizability of Various Substituted 5-X-1,10-Phenanthrolines (X = Donor Group) and of trans-4-(Dimethylamino)-4′-stilbazole, Organometallics, 21 (2002) 161.