U05, Piano: P02, Stanza: 2044
Via Roberto Cozzi 55 - 20125 MILANO
Full professor
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Reception Hours: 

Every day (ask for an appointment by e-mail)


Education and Training

MS degree in Chemistry from University of Milano 110/110 e lode (with honours) (1989). Ph.D. in Chemistry University of Milano (with Prof. G. A. Pagani, 1993), NSF post-doctoral fellow at UC-Berkeley, CA (US) (with Prof. A. Streitwieser, 1994-95), NATO fellow at the Univ. Erlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen, D (with Prof. P. v. R. Schelyer, 1995).

Faculty positions

Assistant Professor at University of Milano (1995) and University of Milano-Bicocca (1998), Associate Professor at University of Milano-Bicocca (2001), Full Professor at University of Milano-Bicocca (since 2010) in Organic Chemistry and Materials.

Main Present and Recent Duties

2018-present: Head (Chairman) of the Department of Materials Science

2017-18: Deputy-President of the Performance Evaluation Group of the University of Milano-Bicocca (Nucleo di Valutazione; its main duty is, by national law, to monitor all teaching and research activities, students’ opinion, assess correct use of public funding, and check productivity of administrative and faculty staff)

2013-18: National Coordinator of the Interdivisional Group for Renewable Energy of the Italian Society of Chemistry (EnerCHEM)

2014-present: Member of board of consultants of Italian Ministery of Research for EU framework programme Horizon 2020, societal challenge “Energy”.

2014-present: Member of the Editorial Board of La Chimica e L’Industria, official magazine of the Italian Chemical Society.

2013-present: Member of the International Advisory Board of EurJOC (Wiley)

2010-present: Member of the scientific committee of the Fondazione Tronchetti Provera (Pirelli).

2012-17: Dean of the  education programs in Chemistry of the University of Milano-Bicocca.

2013-17: Director of the Solar Energy Research Center MIB-SOLAR of the University of Milano-Bicocca

2015-17: Deputy-Chairman of the Department of Materials Science, University of Milano Bicocca

Other. Application reviewer for MIUR-Italian Ministry of University and Research, University of Milano, University of Padova, NSF, INSTM-Italian University Consortium on Materials Science and Technology; peer-reviewer for many international scientific journals (ACS, RSC, Wiley, Elsevier).





Total number of publications : 150 (including 21 patents (11 international) and 4 book chapters; co-author of a university textbook on Heterocyclic Chemistry); H-index: 32 (Scopus); > 3500 total citations; ca. 50 invited talks.

Grants and scientific interests: he has participated in the past 5 years as P.I. or researcher to a number of projects from MIUR-FIRB, MIUR-PRIN, INSTM, CNR, Fondazione Cariplo, Regione Lombardia, EU and private companies (ENI SpA, Pirelli).

Main current scientific interests include organic and hybrid materials and devices for solar fuels and artificial photosynthesis (hydrogen and carbon-based small-molecules from sunlight, water and carbpn dioxide) and last generation photovoltaics (DSSC, perovskites, OPV, tandem cells).


2016: CINMPIS award for Innovation in Organic Synthesis
1990: DOW Prize for best student in Chemistry of the Univ. Milano



  • Boldrini, C., Manfredi, N., Perna, F., Capriati, V., & Abbotto, A. (2020). Eco-friendly sugar-based natural deep eutectic solvents as effective electrolyte solutions for dye-sensitized solar cells. CHEMELECTROCHEM, 7(7), 1707-1712.
  • Decavoli, C., Boldrini, C., Manfredi, N., & Abbotto, A. (2020). Molecular Organic Sensitizers for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 2020(11-12), 978-999.
  • Manfredi, N., Decavoli, C., Boldrini, C., Coluccini, C., & Abbotto, A. (2020). Ferrocene Derivatives Functionalized with Donor/Acceptor (Hetero)Aromatic Substituents: Tuning of Redox Properties. ENERGIES, 13(15).
  • Dova, D., Cauteruccio, S., Manfredi, N., Prager, S., Dreuw, A., Arnaboldi, S., et al. (2019). An unconventional helical push-pull system for solar cells. DYES AND PIGMENTS, 161, 382-388.
  • Colombo, A., Dragonetti, C., Roberto, D., Ugo, R., Manfredi, N., Manca, P., et al. (2019). A carbon doped anatase TiO2 as a promising semiconducting layer in Ru-dyes based dye-sensitized solar cells. INORGANICA CHIMICA ACTA, 489, 263-268.