Fabio Rizzo


Research Scientist at CNR-ISTM

Expertise:  organic/organometallic synthesis, spectroscopy

Fabio Rizzo was born in Milano in 1975. He received the Laurea Degree in Materials Science from the University of Milano – Bicocca in 2003 under the supervision of Prof. Antonio Papagni. In 2007 he obtained a PhD degree in Chemistry for research work on the synthesis and photophysical characterization of new lanthanide complexes for optoelectronic applications done at the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of the University of Genova in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Macromolecules (ISMAC) of National Research Council (CNR) in Milano under the supervision of Prof. Giovanna Dellepiane and Dr. Silvia Destri. In 2005-2006 he was visiting PhD student in the group of Prof. Luisa De Cola at the Universiteit van Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and then at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (Münster, Germany). In 2008-2011 he was post-doctorial fellowship in the group of Dr. Silvio Quici at the CNR Institute of Molecular Sciences and Technologies (ISTM) in Milano where he worked on the synthesis of organic and organometallic compounds for non-linear optical (NLO) applications. In 2010 he was visiting researcher in the group of Prof. Luisa De Cola at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (Münster, Germany) where he studied the photophysical properties of spirobifluorene compounds for organic light emitting diode (OLED) devices. In 2011 he was appointed as Researcher at the CNR Institute of Molecular Sciences and Technologies (ISTM) in Milano, focusing his research activity on the synthesis of organic compounds with electrochemiluminescent properties. In 2013 he was awarded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) with a grant for short research stay in Germany. Since February 2014 he is visiting researcher in the group of Prof. Bart Jan Ravoo at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (Münster, Germany) working on surface functionalization and soft materials. He is author and co-author of 13 scientific publications including peer-reviewed international journals.


1.      G. Bottaro, F. Rizzo, M. Cavazzini, L. Armelao, S. Quici, Efficient Luminescence from Fluorene- and Spirobifluorene-Based Lanthanide Complexes upon Near-Visible Irradiation, Chem. Eur. J., 20 (2014) 4598.

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2.      F. Polo, F. Rizzo, M. Veiga-Gutierrez, L. De Cola, S. Quici, Efficient Greenish Blue Electrochemiluminescence from Fluorene and Spirobifluorene Derivatives, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134 (2012) 15402.


3.      L. Grisanti, F. Terenziani, C. Sissa, M. Cavazzini, F. Rizzo, S. Orlandi, A. Painelli, Polar Fluorenes and Spirobifluorenes: Fluorescence and Fluorescence Anisotropy Spectra, J. Phys. Chem. B, 115 (2011) 11420.


4.      F. Rizzo, M. Cavazzini, S. Righetto, F. De Angelis, S. Fantacci, S. Quici, A Joint Experimental and Theoretical Investigation on Nonlinear Optical (NLO) Properties of a New Class of Push-Pull Spirobifluorene Compounds, Eur. J. Org. Chem. (2010) 4004.


5.      F. Rizzo, F. Meinardi, R. Tubino, R. Pagliarin, G. Dellepiane, A. Papagni, Synthesis of 8-hydroxyquinoline functionalised DO3A ligand and Eu(III) and Er(III) complexes: Luminescence properties, Synth. Metals, 159 (2009) 356.


6.      S. Destri, M. Pasini, W. Porzio, F. Rizzo, G. Dellepiane, M. Ottonelli, G. Musso, F. Meinardi, L. Veltri, New erbium complexes emitting in infrared region based on oligothiophene and thiophenefluorene carboxylate, J. Lumin., 127 (2007) 601.


7.      M. Gagliardo, F. Rizzo, M. Lutz, A.L. Spek, G. P. M. van Klink, A. E. Merbach, L. De Cola, G. van Koten, A PCP-Pincer Ru-II – Terpyridine building block as a potential “Antenna unit” for intramolecular sensitization, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., (2007) 2853.


8.      G. De Paoli, Z. Dzolic, F. Rizzo, L. De Cola, F. Vogtle, W. M. Mueller, G. Richardt, M. Zinic, Reversible luminescent gels containing metal complexes, Adv. Funct. Mater. 17 (2007) 821.


9.      M. Lama, O. Mamula, G. S. Kottas, F. Rizzo, L. De Cola, A. Nakamura, R. Kuroda, H. Stoeckli-Evans, Lanthanide class of a trinuclear enantiopure helical architecture containing chiral ligands: Synthesis, structure, and properties, Chem. Eur. J., 13 (2007) 7358.