Laboratorio di fisica atomica

Department of Chemistry - University' of PERUGIA - 06123 PERUGIA - ITALY

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Date and place of birth: Rome, 12 December 1939; married, three children
Nationality: Italian
Education: Doctor in Chemistry, 1963, University in Rome; Post doctoral, 1967-1968 Harvard University;
Awards: Stampacchia Prize for young chemists (1965); Privat dozent in Physical Chemistry (1970)

Career: Assistant, University of Rome, 1963-1968; Associate Professor University of Perugia 1968-1980; Full Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Perugia, 1980 -...; Visiting Professor, 1977, Oxford University; 1978, University of California, Berkeley; 1988-1989, Université de Paris Nord; 1990, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur; 1999, Havana, Cuba; 2005, Venda, South Africa.

Memberships: Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze; Italian Chemical society (President, Section Umbria, 1985-1991); Italian Physical Society; Italian Society of Logic and Philosophy of Science; European Physical Society (deputy-chair, Atomic and Molecular Physics Division, 1995-1998); INTAS Council of Scientists, Bruxelles (2005-present).

The scientific activity in the fields of radiation chemistry, of ionic reactions in gas phase, of elastic, inelastic and reactive collisions between atoms and simple molecules of atmospheric and astrophysical interest, of quantum and semiclassical chemical physics is reported in nearly 300 papers in Scientific Journals, and 20 chapters in 18 books.

Coeditor of Special issues of J. Chem. Soc., Faraday Trans. (1993), Chemical Physics (1994 and 1996), Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2000), Physical Scripta (2008). Advisory Editor, Chemical Physics Letters (1986-present); Theoretica Chimica Acta (1987-1994); J. Chem. Soc., Faraday Trans. (1989-1992); Phys.Chem. Chem. Phys. (1999-2007); Phys. Chem. Comm. (1999 -2002); Russian Journal of Chemical Physics (2002 -present); International Journal of Quantum chemistry (from 2008). Editor, Molecular Dynamics News (1990-2000).

More than 300 communications to scientific meetings, including plenary lectures and chairmanships. Besides seminars in many European and United States Universities, lecture series in India (Lonavla, 1987, Kanpur 1989, 2003), Moscow and Leningrad (1988), International Center for Theoretical Physics (Trieste, 1989, 1990/91/95), Japan (Okazaki, 1991-1998, Osaka 2003, 2005-2008), China (1992), Istanbul (1997), Cuba (1998, 2000, 2006), Spain (Socrates Lectures, Salamanca and Barcelona, 1998 - 2006) , Colombia (1999), Hungary (2001) etc. Chairman of the Council, Institute of Inorganic Advanced Methodologies, CNR Roma; Member of the Council, CNR Potenza and Bari.

Holder of a series of Italian CNR grants and of numerous bilateral projects, among which: Italy-Germany with Freiburg University and with Max Planck Institut, Göttingen, and Italy-the Netherlands with Nijmegen University; European Committee Science Program Grant [with Madrid University, Amsterdam University and Manchester University]; Nato Grants [with University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Saint Cruz]; European Union Grant Holder [Human Capital and Mobility (1992-97) and Training and Mobility of Researchers (1996-2003)]. Host, fellowship holders, INTAS, (1997 – 2008); Alban, Latin American Fellowships, (2004-present). Host of several researchers from western European, Eastern European and extra European countries.

Organization of several national Meetings and Chairman of the following international meetings: 1988 Molecs VII; 1989 XII International Symposium on Molecular Beams; 1990 XI International Symposium on Gas Kinetics; 1992 Orientation and polarization Effects in Chemical Reaction Dynamics (NATO Advanced Research Workshop); 1993 XXVs International Chemistry Olympiad; 1993 VII European Workshop on Molecular Spectroscopy and Photon Induced Dynamics; 1999 Workshop on Quantum Reactive Scattering; 2007 From Molecular to Nanodynamics. For most of these series of meetings, current member of international organizing committee.

Funding ID
-Coordinator, local team PRIN 2005 (Progetti di Ricerca di Interesse Nazionale) on “Dinamica di reazioni elementari e di interazioni intermolecolari in sistemi gassosi e dinamica molecolare in liquidi semplici: esperimenti mediante tecniche a fasci molecolari e spettroscopia laser ed approcci quantistici esatti ed approssimati ” (expiring, renewal pending).
-National coordinator, seven local teams in various Italian Universities and Research Centers, FIRB (Fondo d’Investimento per la Ricerca di Base) “Probing the microscopic dynamics of chemical reactivity”(expiring).
-ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana)“Astrobiologia”. Sottoprogetto:“Chiralità”.

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