Pier Luigi Gentili

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Assistant Professor in Physical Chemistry

       Photophysics and Photochemistry Group

Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology Department

University of Perugia

Via Elce di sotto, 8

06123 Perugia

Tel.: +39 0755855573

Fax: +39 0755855598

E-mail: pierluigi.gentili@unipg.it


Education and Professional experiences

  • Laurea summa cum laude in Chemistry, University of Perugia, Italy (2000)
  • Visiting PhD Student, Laboratory of Computational Chemistry and Photochemistry headed by Prof. Olivucci, University of  Siena, Italy, (November, December 2001)
  • Visiting PhD Student, Center for Photochemical Sciences, Ohio Laboratory for Kinetic Spectrometry headed by Prof. M. A. J. Rodgers and Laboratory headed by Prof. F. Castellano, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA, (from April to July 2003)
  •    PhD in Chemistry, University of Perugia, Italy (2004)
  •   Post Doctoral fellow, LENS, Ultrafast Spectroscopy Group headed by Prof. R. Righini and P. Foggi, University of Florence, Florence, Italy (from January 2004 up to May 2005)
  •  Post Doctoral fellow, Laboratory of Photochemistry and Photophysics headed by F. Elisei, University of Perugia, Italy, (from May 2005 up to May 2008)
  •   Assistant Professor in Physical Chemistry, Chemistry Department, University of Perugia, (since May 2008)
  •  Visiting Scientist, Nonlinear Dynamics Group led by Prof. I. Epstein, Chemistry Department, Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA, (from June up to October 2011).
  •  Visiting Scientist, Nonlinear Dynamics Group led by Prof. I. Epstein, Chemistry Department, Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA, (from January up to February 2013).
  •  Visiting Professor and Scientist (Erasmus Programmes),  Digital Biology Group, led by Dr. Peter Bentley, Department of Computer Science, University College of London, UK, (September 2013).
  •   Qualified as Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry, the 29th of January 2014.
  •   Visiting Professor and Scientist (Erasmus Programmes), Digital Biology Group, led by Dr. Peter Bentley, Department of Computer Science, University College of London, UK, (August/September 2014).
  •  Visiting Professor and Scientist (Erasmus Programmes), Laboratoire des Interactions Moléculaires et Réactivités Chimiques et Photochimiques (IMRCP) of the Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III, France (September 2015).
  • Visiting Professor (Erasmus Program), Laboratoire des Interactions Moléculaires et Réactivités Chimiques et Photochimiques (IMRCP) of the Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III, France (September 2016).
  • Visiting Scientist (Erasmus Program), Structural Biology Research Center, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels (Belgium), (September 2016).
  • Qualified as Full Professor of Physical Chemistry, the 10th of April 2017.


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 Scientific output

  • 67 papers in journals covering multidisciplinary aspects of Physical Chemistry: 63 in International Scientific Journals and 4 in Italian Scientific Journals;
  • 7 chapters in International Books (as invited author) edited by Nova Science Publishers and Springer and 1 in Italian Book by Morlacchi Editor;
  • 74 Communications at National and International Congresses.
  • H index = 19 (Scopus and ISI Web).
  • ResearcherID:  F-3958-2012
  • ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1092-9190
  • Scopus Author ID: 7006236658

Funded Projects

  • Current funded project: "Development of Chemical Artificial Intelligence" funded by University of Perugia for two years (2015-2016). Position: Coordinator.
  • Previous Funded projects: list

Invited Speaker

9.  Invited talk titled “Hydrodynamic Photochemical Oscillators Useful for Chaos Computing” presented at the  Mini-Symposium on Chemo-Hydrodynamics within the XXXVII Dynamics Days Europe, 5-9 June 2017, Szeged (Hungary).

8.  Plenary talk titled “A Strategy to Face Complexity: The Development of Chemical Artificial Intelligence” presented at the WIVACE/BIONAM 2016 Conference, held in Salerno (Italy), 4-7 October 2016.

7. Keynote talk titled "Implementation of Biologically Inspired Photochromic Fuzzy Logic (BIPFUL) Systems that extend human vision to UV" presented in the 2nd Caparica Conference on Chromogenic and Emissive Materials; 5-8 September 2016, Lisbon (Portugal).

6. Talk titled "The Development of Chemical Artificial Intelligence to Tackle Complexity and Chaos" presented at the 1st Transaltional Chemistry Caparica Conference; 7-10 December 2015, Lisbon (Portugal).

5. Talk titled "The Fuzziness of a chromogenic Spirooxazine" presented at the 1st International Caparica Conference on Chromogenic and Emissive Materials; 8-10 September 2014, Lisbon (Portugal).

4. Interview (in Italian) at TEF Channel on the theme "The Challenges of Complexity and the contribution of Artificial Intelligence". January the ninth, 2014.

3. Seminar titled “The Challenges of Complexity and Molecular Computation”, presented at the Electrical and Information Engineering Department, University of Perugia, Perugia (PG), the 19th December 2012.

2. Seminar titled “Small steps towards a Chemical Artificial Intelligence”, presented at the Insitute of Complex Systems (CNR), Sesto Fiorentino (FI), the 18th October 2012.

1.  Seminar titled “Hydrogen production from water through solar energy”, presented at  “The Day of Renewable Energies.”. Sala dei Notari,  Perugia, the 10th October 2009.



Semerano Prize for the best PhD thesis in Physical Chemistry (2004)


Editorial Activity

  •  Member of the Editorial Board of “ISRN Physical Chemistry” (peer-reviewed open access journal of Hindawi Publishing Corporation, New York, NY, USA) since July 2011. Since the 1st July 2014, ISRN Phsyical Chemistry has become part of "International Scholarly Research Notices".
  • Member of the Editorial Board of “Physics and Materials Chemistry” (peer-reviewed open access journal of Science and Education Publishing, Newark, DE, USA) since the 1st December 2012.
  • Official Reviewer of the "Americal Journal of Physical Chemistry" (Science Publishing Group) since the 4th May 2014.
  • Member of the Editoral Board of the "Journal of Solar Energy Updates" (peer-review open acess journal of Avanti Publishers), since January 2016.

Activity as Reviewer for International Scientific Journals

  • Chemical Reviews; Journal of American Chemical Society; Journal of Physical Chemistry; Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters; ACSNano  (American Chemical Society)
  • Chemical Communications;  Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics; New Journal of Chemistry; Analyst; RSC Advances; Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences (Royal Society of Chemistry)
  • Advanced Functional Materials; Advanced Materials; ChemPhysChem (Wiley)
  • Sensors and Actuators;  Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis; Chemical Physics Letters; Journal of Molecular Structure; Chemistry and Physics of Lipids; Chemical Engineering Journal; J. Photochem. Photobiol.: A Chem.; Inorganica Chimica Acta; Dyes and Pigments; Scientia Iranica; J. Luminescence (Elsevier)
  • International Journal of Photoenergy, ISRN Physical Chemistry; Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience; Adavances in Mathematical Physics (Hindawi)
  • The Protein Journal; Molecular Biology Reports; Journal of Nanostructure in Chemistry; Journal of Fluorescence  (Springer)
  • Optics Express (The Optical Society)
  • Desalination and Water Treatment (Taylor and Francis Online)
  • Current Nanoscience; The Open Automation and Control Systems Journal (Bentham)
  • Physics and Materials Chemistry; World Journal of Chemical Education; American Journal of Applied Mathematics and Statistics; Journal of Computer Network (Science and Education Publishing)
  • Chemistry Central Journal (Chemistry Central)
  • International Journal of Unconventional Computing (Old City Publishing)
  • Life, Molecules (MDPI)
  • ISCAS 2017: IEEE International Symposium on circuits and systems


  • “Survey on Complex Systems”belonging to the “Advanced Physical Chemistry” course for the master’s degree in Chemical Sciences (since AY 2010/2011)
  • Lecture titled “Complexity: new challenges for science”: PhD course in Chemistry (June 2012)
  • “Photobiology” for the master’s degree in Applied Biomolecular Sciences (AY 2010/2011)
  • “Survey on Fast Processes” belonging to the “Physical Chemistry IV” course for the master’s degree in Chemical Sciences (AY 2009/2010)
  • “Photochemistry and Photobiology” for the master’s degree in Biomedical Molecular Sciences (AY 2008/2009 – 2009/2010)
  • Supervisor of PhD, Master and Bachelor degree thesis

  Divulgation Activity

Participation to the "European Night of the Researchers" in Perugia, the 25th of September 2015. The title of my contribution was "Effects of colours with materials".



  • Italian Chemical Society  (since 2001)
  • CIRIAF: Inter-universities Center for the Research on the Pollution by Physical Agents (since 2008)
  • INSTM: National Consortium on Science and Technology of Materials (since 2004)
  • Italian Association of Book (2014).
  • Complex Systems Society (2014).
  • Italian Photochemistry Group (from 2001 up to 2010)
  • European Photochemistry Association (from 2001 up to 2010)


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Last  update: the 14th of July 2017