Dottorato in Scienze Chimiche – XXXII Ciclo Congratulazioni ai Nuovi Dottori


Congratulations to the New Researchers!

Maria Laura Alfieri, Diaa Aref, Federico Coppola, Massimo Christian D'Alterio, Angela Di Somma, Laura Fioretto, Linda Leone, Arash Moeini, Paola Nocera, Maria Michela Salvatore, Eduardo Schiavo, Gerardo Zambrano have successfully discussed their doctoral thesis on April 6, 2020.

Two commissions participated, each of which examined six candidates. The presentations and discussions were very stimulating and all the commissioners showed great appreciation for the degree theses and for their scientific content, judged to be of high quality. The two commissions approved all the theses and expressed positive evaluations on the research activity carried out, proposing that all candidates be awarded the title of "Research Doctor" in CHEMICAL SCIENCES. Best wishes to all new research scholars for a brilliant career, hoping that it has been enriched by the experience gained at the Department of Chemical Sciences, in the oldest public university in the world.

Congratulations, confident that we can all celebrate soon together, without the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 emergency!

Commission 1:

  1. Prof. J. L. Ross Anderson, School of Biochemistry, University of Bristol (UK)
  2. Prof. Claudio De Rosa, Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Università di Napoli Federico II (Italy)
  3. Dr. Maria Chiara Pastore, CNRS – Université de Lorraine, Nancy (France)

Candidates and thesis titles:

  1. Diaa Aref – "Developing Artificial Multi-Metal Peptide-Based Photo-Catalysts"
  2. Federico Coppola – "Development of theoretical-computational methods for the study of photophysics and photoreactivity occurring far from the Franck Condon region"
  3. Massimo Christian D'Alterio – "From ring-opening catalytic cycles to materials and products: development of an integrated experimental and theoretical approach"
  4. Linda Leone – "Artificial metalloenzymes active in oxidation chemistry"
  5. Eduardo Schiavo – "First principles investigations of catalytic materials for photoelectrochemical applications"
  6. Gerardo Zambrano – "New "bio-inspired" devices: synthetic peroxidases for chemical and biotechnological applications"


Commission 2:

  1. Dr. Giovanni Chiappetta, École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles, Department Specrométrie de masse biologique et Protéomique (France)
  2. Prof. Lucia Panzella, Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Università di Napoli Federico II (Italy)
  3. Prof. Christian Zidorn, Department of Pharmaceutical Biology, Kiel University (Germany)

Candidates and thesis titles:

  1. Maria Laura Alfieri – "Nature-inspired antioxidants and redox-active organic systems for biomedical research and applications"
  2. Angela Di Somma – "Regulation of biofilm development in Gram negative bacteria: New antimicrobial strategies"
  3. Laura Fioretto - "Glycolipids with immunomodulant activity and their development as immunotherapy adjuvants and antitumors"
  4. Arash Moeini - "Fungal metabolites formulated in biopolymers, with anti-mold activity for food packaging"
  5. Paola Nocera - "Isolation and chemical and biological characterization of phytotoxins produced by phytopathogenic fungi of agrarian crops"
  6. Maria Michela Salvatore – "Study of Secondary Metabolites Produced by Fungi from Diverse Environmental Contexts using Combined Analytical Techniques"


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PhD in Chemical Sciences

The PhD course in Chemical Sciences is conceived at providing advanced and rigorous training to the next scientists generation, featuring innovative and independent skills in the organization and management of research and development activities, in Academia and Industry, in several chemical sectors.

Great attention is devoted to multidisciplinary aspects of research and its integration with related disciplines (such as Physics, Biology, Engineering), in order to broaden the knowledge horizon and, therefore, future job opportunities. The training includes different orientations that while sharing the scientific and methodological approach, are aimed at understanding structure/function/properties relationships in compounds and materials of different nature and simultaneously at identifying possible applications in cutting-edge sectors, ranging from catalysis, sensors, micro- and opto-electronics, biomedicine, biology and diagnostics.

The teaching and research activity is namely focused on the following topics:

  • chemistry and biochemistry of peptides, proteins and nucleic acids;
  • inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, for the development of metallorganic complexes and synthetic metalloproteins;
  • chemistry and physics of polymeric and nanostructured materials;
  • reactivity and catalysis in industrial and biotechnological processes;
  • synthesis, structure, reaction mechanisms and bioactivity of organic molecules;
  • development of analytical methodologies of interest in the areas of environment, food safety and cultural heritage;
  • development of theoretical and computational models and methods.

For more details, it is suggested to browse the research section of the Department website (link).


The PhD School in Chemical Sciences, to commemorate Giulio Regeni, his sacrifice and commitment for freedom in scientic research, dedicates to him one scholarship for each PhD cycle.


The PhD course has a strong international imprinting, as a multiplicity of collaborative relationships with prestigious foreign institutions are cultivated (link).

Thanks to a collaboration between the "An-Najah National University", Nablus, Palestine and the University of Napoli "Federico II" in the field of higher education and scientific research, since 2016, the PhD in Chemical Sciences offers for each cycle a position for graduate students from An-Najah University.



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Dott. Annarita Quartuccio (secretary)

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