Full professor  
Academic disciplines
Chimica organica (CHIM/06)
Office phone
  • U05, Floor: 2, Room: 2044
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).





Recent research activity focusses on material and devices for advanced technological applications in the field of solar energy, in particular production of solar fuels and chemical intermediates from abundant, clean and renewable sources in artificial photosynthesis processes (water photolysis, reduction of carbon dioxide, reduction of nitrogen by sunlight); it also deals with latest generation photovoltaic devices with focus on highly ecofriendly chemical components.


He participates or has participated as PI or local coordinator in national or international EU - MUR - Lombardy Region - Cariplo Foundation projects as well as scientific manager of research contracts with industries in the energy field.


Since April 2020 he has been national coordinator of the technical working group of the Italian Chemical Society on hand and surface sanitizers for COVID-19 emergency.


Bibliometric records (June 2020):

- Publications: 155 (including 1 book; 4 book chapters; 11 international and 9 national patents)

- Total citations: 3918 (Scopus), 4338 (Google Scholar)

- h-index: 35 (Scopus), 38 (Google Scholar)


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



  • Abbotto, A. (2022). La mobilità elettrica. Storia, tecnologia, futuro. Roma : Carocci. Detail

  • Decavoli, C., Boldrini, C., Faroldi, F., Baldini, L., Sansone, F., Ranaudo, A., et al. (2022). Calix[4]arene-Based Sensitizers for Host-Guest Supramolecular Dyads for Solar Energy Conversion in Photoelectrochemical Cells. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 2022(34) [10.1002/ejoc.202200649]. Detail

  • Boldrini, C., Quivelli, A., Manfredi, N., Capriati, V., Abbotto, A. (2022). Deep Eutectic Solvents in Solar Energy Technologies. MOLECULES, 27(3) [10.3390/molecules27030709]. Detail

  • Abbotto, A. (2021). Idrogeno. Tutti i colori dell'energia. Bari : Dedalo. Detail

  • Momoli, R., Gandin, A., Ruffo, R., Chaguetmi, S., Mammeri, F., Abbotto, A., et al. (2021). Low dye content efficient dye-sensitized solar cells using carbon doped-titania paste from convenient green synthetic process. INORGANICA CHIMICA ACTA, 525(24 September 2021) [10.1016/j.ica.2021.120487]. Detail

Research projects

Dispositivi Solari a Coloranti di Nuova Generazione: Sensibilizzatori e Conduttori Nano-Ingegnerizzati (DSSCX)
Year: 2011
Call: 2011-120 - PRIN 2010-2011
Tessere Integrate di vetro Fotovoltaico per applicazioni Architettoniche INnovative
Year: 2011
Call: Bando di invito a presentare progetti di ricerca industriale e sviluppo sperimentale nei settori strategici di Regione Lombardia e del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca
Photonic enhancement in chemical sensors: nanomaterials for optics
Year: 2009
Call: Bando Materiali Avanzati
Fotosensibilizzatori ed elettroliti organometallici ed organici, molecolari e polimerici, per celle solari a sensibilizzazione da cromoforo: componenti eteroaromatiche
Year: 2008
Call: 2008-029 - PRIN 2008
Progettazione e utilizzo di nuovi materiali organometallici o di coordinazione per celle solari organiche di terza generazione
Year: 2008
Call: Bando Materiali Avanzati



  • Premio CINMPIS per l' "Innovazione nella sintesi organica", Consorzio CINMPIS, 2016

Scientific fellowships

  • Responsabile Scientifico - Gruppo Interdivisionale Enerchem-Società Chimica Italiana, 2013
  • Socio effettivo o corrispondente - Società Chimica Italiana, 1995

Editorial boards

  • Altro tipo di attività editoriale - EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 2013
  • Membro del Comitato Editoriale - LA CHIMICA E L'INDUSTRIA, 2013

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