Ricercatore TDb SSD: CHIM/03 (Chimica inorganica)Stanza: AB – 6
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Biographical Info

LG graduated in chemistry (summa cum laude) at Rome Sapienza university in 1998 and received a PhD degree in Chemical Sciences at Pisa University in 2002. At present, he is assistant professor of Inorganic Chemistry in the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He has a solid background in the computational description of complex chemical systems (ab initio, classical molecular dynamics), fully integrated with experimental techniques, like spectroscopic and diffrattometric analyses. In particular, his current research interests are mainly focused on

  • Synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles with traditional and innovative media, like Deep Eutectic Solvents and ionic liquids
  • Powder XRD analysis (Rietveld method), SEM microscopy and DRS measurements of nanoparticles and pigments
  • Calculation of electronic properties (bandgap and UV-Vis spectra) of dyes for DSSC, in various environments

In the past, he worked also in many different fields, like i) X-Ray diffraction and Molecular Dynamics simulations of liquid systems ii) Modeling of solvent effects with polarizable continuum models (PCM) and quantum mechanical calculations iii) Drug discovery and bioinformatics projects, iv) Code development/optimization and computer cluster management at CASPUR.

He took part to various national and international research projects as principal investigator or as investigator.

He co-authored 98 peer-reviewed papers (details can be fond in https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=weE3KRQAAAAJ&hl=it), 2 book chapters, has edited one monograph dedicated to the structural aspects of ionic liquids and serves as reviewer of several journals in the field of computational chemistry, ionic liquids/DES and materials science. He is member of Società Chimica Italiana and of some editorial committees. He reported the results of his research in several national and international congresses, also as invited speaker.

Scopus Author ID: 6506613970