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Dr. Giovanni Bottari

Position: Associate Research Professor
PhD: University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Double Affiliation: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)
Research: Organic Functional Materials
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6141-7027
Researcher ID: A-8957-2013
Joining Date: May, 2014
User Name: giovanni.bottari
Telephone: +34 91 299 8858

Giovanni Bottari obtained the bachelor’s degree (1999) in Chemistry from the University of Messina (Italy). In 2000, he joined the group of Prof. David A. Leigh at the University of Edinburgh (UK) where he obtained his PhD in 2003. The same year, he joined the group of Prof. Tomás Torres at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) benefiting from a two-year Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship (2004) and a five-year Ramón y Cajal contract (2006). He is currently “Profesor Contratado Doctor” at UAM (2011) and associate scientist both at IMDEA Nanociencia (2014) and at the Institute for Advanced Research in Chemical Sciences (IAdChem) (2016). In 2016, he has received the “John Shelnutt Young Investigator Award” from the “Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (SPP)”, an award which recognize the outstanding contribution of young researchers in the field of porphyrins and phthalocyanines.

Research Lines

Dr. Bottari’s current research interests include, but are not limited to, i) the synthesis and study of donor-acceptor covalent and supramolecular ensembles based on porphyrinoids and electroactive moieties such as carbon nanostructures, tetracyanobutadiene, or cyclopenta[hi]aceanthrylene, among others, ii) the use of supramolecular interactions (hydrogen and halogen bonding, pi-stacking, etc.) as a tool to promote the self-assembly of porphyrinoid derivatives both in solution and on surfaces, and iii) the preparation and study of fluorescent molecular rotors to be used as sensors for both polarity and viscosity in organic media as well as in living cells.

Relevant publications

  • Phthalocyanine-nanocarbon ensembles: From discrete molecular and supramolecular systems to hybrid nanomaterials, Acc. Chem. Res., 48, 900-910 (2015)
  • Bidirectional electron transfer capability in phthalocyanine–Sc3N@Ih-C80 complexes, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137, 12914-12922 (2015)
  • A fluorescent molecular rotor showing vapochromism, aggregation-induced emission, and environmental sensing in living cells”, J. Mat. Chem. C, 4, 3018-3027 (2016)
  • “Intense ground-state charge-transfer interactions in low-bandgap, panchromatic phthalocyanine-tetracyanobuta-1,3-diene conjugates”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55, 5560-5564 (2016)
  • “Regio-, stereo- and atropselective synthesis of C60 fullerene bisadducts by supramolecular-directed functionalization”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55, 11020-11025 (2016)
  • “Phthalocyanines and subphthalocyanines: Perfect partners for fullerenes and carbon nanotubes in molecular photovoltaics”, Adv. Energy. Mater., 2017, DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201601700
  • “Subphthalocyanines axially substituted with a tetracyanobuta-1,3-diene-aniline moiety: Synthesis, structure, and physicochemical properties”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 139, 5520-5529

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