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




CNR Research Projects



    Project Leader at CNR 

    “Department of Molecular Design / Dipartimento Progettazione Molecolare”

    (Appointed by the CNR president on August 3, 2006) (2006 – PRESENT ):


    Dipartimento di progettazione molecolare

2006 - Project PM03 - Progettazione di molecole e sistemi nanostrutturati

con proprietà catalitiche.


2007 – Project PM03 - Prodotti e processi innovativi per una chimica sostenibile.


   Responsible of the Operational Agreement “Valorizzazione del glicerolo per mezzo di catalisi chimica per la

   produzione di 1,3-propandiolo e/o acido lattico” between CNR – “Dipartimento Progettazione Molecolare”

   and the Italian Company “Finanziaria MOSSI & GHISOLFI Srl” (2007–2010).


    Responsible of the following research project at CNR (Nuova gestione per commesse):

    Dipartimento: Dipartimento di progettazione della funzionalità molecolare

Progetto: Progettazione di molecole e sistemi nanostrutturati con proprietà catalitiche

Nuovi materiali per produzione, purificazione e storage di idrogeno

(PM-P02-ISTM-C5 / PM-P02-ICCOM-M2. (2005 – 2006)



Responsible of the CNR projects:


"Dihydrogen Metal Complexes: Synthesis, Characterisation and Reactivity" (1991-1994).

"Synthesis and characterisation of transition metal organometallic complexes capable of promoting reactions of C-C and C-H bond formation and cleavage." (1995-1997).

“Synthesis, characterization and reactivity of transition-metal hydrides” (1999–2000)

“Selective Activation of Strategic Small Molecules by Organometallic Derivatives of Transition Metals” (1998– 2002)