International Activity




Visiting Professor



  University of Rennes, France (1990)

 University of Alméria, Spain (2001)

      University of Vigo, Spain (2007) 




Visiting Scientist



  Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas (IVIC – Caracas, Venezuela) (1993)

  van't Hoff Institute of Chemistry, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam,

          The Netherlands; fellow of the John van Geuns Foundation (1996 and 2000)

 Russian Academy of Sciences, Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds  

          (INEOS – Moscow, Russia) (1999)

  Polish Academy of Sciences,

          Center of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies (CMMS, Łodz, Poland) (2001)

 Universidad Autonoma de México, UNAM – Mexico D.F., Mexico (2004)

  Russian Academy of Sciences,

          Arbuzov Institute of Organic Physical Chemistry (IOPC – Kazan, Russia) (2007)

Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät IV, Chemie und Pharmazie, Universität Regensburg, 

          Regensburg, Germany, fellow of the Hans Vielberth Stiftung (2007)



International and National Research Projects


Coordinator of the MARIE CURIE RESEARCH TRAINING NETWORK, project MRTN-CT-2003-503864, “Transition Metal Chemistry and Catalysis in Aqueous Media” (AQUACHEM)" (2003 – 2007) (6th RFP). Participants: ICCOM-CNR (Florence, Italy), LCC-CNRS (Toulouse, France), University of Debrecen (Debrecen, Hungary), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Israel), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), University of York (York, UK), University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Erlangen, Germany), Istituto Superior Tecnico (Lisbon, Portugal), University of Almería (Almería, Spain), INEOS-RAS (Moscow, Russia)


Coordinator and Responsible of the integrated project “FIRENZE HYDROLAB”: ‘Advanced Research Programme for the production, storage and utilization of hydrogen as energy carrier’ (2004 - 2006; renowned 2007 - 2008). Participants: ICCOM CNR (Florence, Italy), IFAC CNR (Florence, Italy), University of Florence (Italy), LENS (Florence, Italy). Funded by the ‘Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze’.



Coordinator of the EC Project (INCO-COPERNICUS ERBIC15CT960746) "New Chlorine Free Technology of Organophosphorus Compounds Based on Catalytic Reactions of Elemental Phosphorus" (1997 - 2000). Participants: ISSECC-CNR (Florence, Italy), LCC-CNRS (Toulouse, France), ITPA (Vilnius, Lithuania), IOCE-NAS (Almaty, Kazakhstan).


Coordinator of the INTAS project 00-00018 “Towards an ecoefficient functionalization of white phosphorus” (2001 – 2004). Participants: ISSECC-CNR (Florence, Italy), University of Kaiserslautern (Germany), University of Almeria (Spain), IOCE-NAS (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Arbuzov Institute-RAS (Kazan, Russia), Institute of Chemistry-MAS (Chisinau, Moldova).


Coordinator of the NATO Project (Priority Area on High Technology; HTECH-CRG 972135) “2H-Relaxation as a tool to study hydrogen transfer reactions” (1998 – 2000) in collaboration with Vladimir Bakhmutov, Academy of Sciences of Russia (Moscow, Russia). 

Coordinator of the NATO project (Collaborative Linkage Grant on Physical and Engineering Science and Technology; PST.CLG.978521) “Ecoefficient Synthesis of Heterocycles via Water Soluble Metal Unsaturated Carbenes” (2001 – 2003). Participants: (ISSECC CNR, Florence, I; University of Almeria, Spain; Universitè de Monastir (Tunisia); Université Abdelmalek Essaadi, Tetouan, Morocco.


Coordinator of the COST Chemistry Action D17 Working Group “C-C Bond Formation Mediated by Transition Metal Complexes: Fundamental Studies and Mechanistic Aspects” (2000 – 2004). Participants: (ISSECC CNR, Florence, I; Universitè de Rennes-1, Rennes, France; Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain; Technische-Universität Wien, Wien, Austria; ENICHEM, Novara, Italy; Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy; University of Poznan Poland; University of Alméria, Spain, University of Izmir, Turkey).


Coordinator of the bilateral Project between CNR (Rome) and the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) “Transition metal mediated homo- and heteronuclear bond cleavage and bond forming involving carbon” agreement (1999 – 2001). Participants: (ISSECC-CNR, Florence, I; CSMR-CNR, Rome, I; CSSMSTBSO-CNR, Milan, I; TCMET–CNR, Padua, I; INEOS-RAS, Moscow, RUS; ICP-RAS, Chernogolovka, RUS.


Coordinator of the bilateral Project between CNR (Rome) and the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) “Making and breaking of homo- and heteronuclear bonds via stoichiometric and catalytic reactions mediated by transition metal complexes” agreement (2002 – 2003). Participants: (ICCOM-CNR, Florence, I; CSMR-CNR, Rome, I; CSSMSTBSO-CNR, Milan, I; TCMET–CNR, Padua, I; INEOS-RAS, Moscow, RUS; IPOC-RAS, Kazan, RUS; IC SO RAS, Novosibirsk, RUS.



Responsible of the industrial contract “Catalytic synthesis of organophosphites and phosphates” between ISSECC CNR and the German company BASF AG (Ludwigshafen, Germany) (2001); renewed as ICCOM CNR for the year 2002.


Responsible of the industrial contract “White phosphorus activation and functionalization” between ICCOM CNR and the Dutch company THERMPHOS INTERNATIONAL BV (Vlissingen, The Netherlands) (2004/2005); renewed (2006/2008).


Responsible of the ICCOM-CNR Research Unit in the RESEARCH TRAINING NETWORK project HPRN-CT-2002-00176 "New Chemistry and Catalysis with Hydride Compounds (HYDROCHEM)" (2002 – 2006). Participants: Université de Bourgogne (Dijon, France), ICCOM-CNR (Florence, Italy), University of York (York, UK), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), Shell International Chemicals B.V. (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Università di Milano (Milan, Italy), INEOS-RAS (Moscow, Russia).


Responsible of the ICCOM-CNR Research Unit in the INTAS project 00-00179 “Proton-transfer reactions in hydride chemistry orchestrated by unconventional hydrogen bonds” (2001 – 2004). Participants: Université de Bourgogne (Dijon, France), ICCOM-CNR (Florence, Italy), INEOS-RAS (Moscow, Russia), Tbilisi State University (Tbilisi, Georgia), Rostov State University, (Rostov-on-Don, Russia).


Responsible of the ICCOM-CNR Research Unit in the COST Chemistry Action D29 Working Group 0009/03 “Green Chemistry through Aqueous Organometallic Catalysis” (2003 – 2007). Participants: (University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary; ICCOM-CNR, Florence, Italy; LCC-CNRS, Toulouse, France; University of Almería, Almería, Spain; University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland; University of Paderborn, Paderborn, Germany; University of Athens, Athens, Greece)



Responsible of the bilateral project between CNR and CONACYT (Mexico) “New ruthenium complexes containing polar groups derived from sugars and aminoacids: synthesis, characterization and their applications in biology, pharmacology and in ecoefficient catalysed processes” (2002- 2004), in collaboration with Lena Ruiz Ramirez, unam, Universidad Autonoma de México, Mexico DF.



Responsible of the Galileo Program (Integrated Action Program), between MIUR and MAE (France) “Molecular detectors for heavy transition metals” (2002), in collaboration with Stephane Rigaut, Université de Rennes 1, Rennes, France. Renewed 2003.


Responsible of the project “Photochemical Activation of Transition Metal Hydrides” (2003) for the access to the “Plataforma Solar de Almería” (PSA) under the ‘Improving Human Research Potential’ Programme’s ‘Access to Research Infrastructures’ Activity (5th RFP). Participants: ICCOM-CNR (Florence, Italy), University of Ferrara (Ferrara, Italy)


Responsible of the ICCOM-CNR Research Unit in the Executive Project “Photobiological Production of Purified Hydrogen from vegetal wastes (BIOIDRO)” (2006) funded by Regione Toscana. Participants; University of Florence, Florence Italy, ICCOM-CNR, Florence, Italy; Fondazione Sacconi, Florence, Italy; Quadrifoglio SpA, Florence, Italy; Fanfani – Bandinelli Srl, Florence, Italy




Conference Organization





Co-Chairman, 16th International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis, ISHC-XVI

Florence, Italy, July 2008





Member of the Organizing Committee of the Workshop “Catalysis in Aqueous Media”,

Toulouse, France, November, 2007





Member of the International Advisory Board,

6th International School on Organometallic Chemistry,

Camerino, Italy, September 2007





Member of the International Scientific Committee,

9th FIGIPAS Meeting in Inorganic Chemistry,

Vienna, Austria, July 2007





Member of the Organizing Committee,

IDECAT Conference Series ‘Catalysis for Sustainable Energy Production’,

Sesto Fiorentino (Florence), Italy, November 2006





Member of the Scientific Committee of the Workshop

Experiment & Theory in Transition Metal Chemistry: A Meeting Point,

Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain, September 2006





Member of the International Advisory Committee,

5th International Symposium on Inorganic Phosphate Materials '05

ISIPM 2005,  Kasugai, Aichi, Japan, September 2005





Member of the International Scientific Committee,

8th FIGIPAS Meeting in Inorganic Chemistry,

Athens, Greece, July 2005







  Member of the Organizing Committee of the

12th International Symposium on Relations Between

Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis (XII ISHHC),

 Fiesole (FI), Italy, July 2005




Member of the International Advisory Board,

XIVth International Conference on Chemistry of Phosphorus Compounds,

Arbuzov Institute/RAS, Kazan, Russia, June 2005



 Member of the International Advisory Board,

XXth International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry

Corfu, Greece, July 2002



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 Member of the International Advisory Board,

Eurasia Conferences on Chemical Sciences, (since 2002).



  Co-chairman, Recent Advances in Transition Metal Hydride Chemistry”


 Dijon, France, September 2000, Chairman Rinaldo Poli, 110 participants



  Scientific Secretary,

XXXIII International Conference on Coordination Compounds  33rd ICCC,

 Florence, August 1998, Chairman Ivano Bertini, 1650 participants




International Symposium on Molecular Reaction Mechanisms Involving Transition Metals

Florence, October 1994, 250 participants



Member of the Local Organizing Committee (Jubilee Celebration Committee)

10th International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry

(ICBIC-10, Florence, August 2001)



Member of the Local Organizing Committee

1st International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry

(ICBIC-1, Florence, June 1983)



MP has been member of the Planning Committee of the

International Conference on Coordination Compounds (1996 - 2000)




Referee Activity


• MP has served as an Expert Evaluator for INTAS, [INTAS, Brussels, Belgium (INTAS Call 2000, INTAS Open Call 2003, Kazakhstan-INTAS Collaborative Call 2004, INTAS Open Call 2005, INTAS Young Scientist Fellowships 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006] for the COST Chemistry Actions (EC, Brussels) and for the DG Research – Directorate L (Science, Research & Development) of the European Commission.

• He is member of the
Board of Experts of the CIVR (Committee for Research Evaluation – 2005; Panel C03 - Chemistry) and of the register of reviewers of the MIUR (Research and University Ministry of Italy; Panel C03 – Chemistry). He has served as member of the Referee Panel for bilateral projects presented at CNR (Rome, Italy) and projects presented at the University of Padua (Italy). He has been referee of the National Science Foundation (Washington, D.C., USA), of the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society (Washington, D.C., USA), of the Academic Review Committee of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong), of the Georgian National Science Foundation (Tbilisi, Georgia) and of the Academia Europæa (Prizes for Young Russian Scientists)

Referee of the following international journals: Accounts of Chemical Research; Chemical Society Reviews; Angewandte Chemie; Journal of the American Chemical Society; Coordination Chemistry Reviews; Chemistry an European Journal; Chemical Communications; Advance Synthesis and Catalysis; Inorganic Chemistry; Organometallics; Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions; Topics in Catalysis; Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, Current Organic Chemistry, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry; Crystal Growth & Design; New Journal of Chemistry; International Journal of Hydrogen Energy; Journal of Organometallic Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry Communications; Catalysis Communications; Journal of Molecular Catalysis; Canadian Journal of Chemistry; Inorganica Chimica Acta; Applied Organometallic Chemistry; Heteroatom Chemistry; Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry; Comptes Rendus Chimie; Spectroscopy Letters; Gazzetta Chimica Italiana; Physical and Chemical News;
Referee of the following online web journals: Arkivoc; Molecules.