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Sabrina Antonello obtained her Laurea Degree in Chemistry in 1996, from the University of Padova. She obtained the PhD in Chemical Sciences in 2000, from the same University. From February 2000 to January 2004 she was Post-doc at the Department of Physical Chemistry of the University of Padova. From 2006 she is assistant professor at the Chemical Science Department of the University of Padova.
Advanced Schools attended: 1) “Recent Electrochemical Methodologies”, 2) “Scanning Probe Microscopy”, 3) “ Mass Spectra Interpretation”, 4) Probe Microscopy: from theory to biological applications, 5) “Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy”.
Grants and Awards: 1) ERASMUS grant carried out at the Chemistry Department of Newcastle upon Tyne University in 1994. 2) “Mario Lazzari” 2001 award for the best PhD thesis in electrochemistry, sponsored by the Electrochemistry Division of the Italian Chemical Society. 3) “Dr. Comm. Alceste Mion” 2005 award for the relevance of the research in the field of chemistry. 4) Grant for Young Researcher in 2003, funded by the University of Padova, for a project dealing with electronic communication through peptide bridges and peptide monolayer-protected clusters. 5) PRAT Grant in 2010, funded by the University of Padova.
Since 1995, she is involved in research activity in the Electrochemistry Group of the Department of Physical Chemistry of the University of Padova. Such an activity has dealt with different aspects of molecular electrochemistry and organic physical chemistry, with special attention to the study of kinetic and mechanistic aspects of heterogeneous, homogeneous and intramolecular dissociative electron transfers reactions. More recently, her scientific interest was devoted to the study of electron transfer reaction in systems of biological relevance such as peptide bridges, to the applications of microscopy techniques (SECM, EC-STM and AFM), electrochemical biosensors for the detection of cancer biomarkers and, mostly, to the investigation of the properties of molecule-like monolayer-protected gold nanoclusters.
Her research work has led to publish 48 scientific papers in high-impact-factor international journals (h-index=21). Other papers have been published in specific books of the Electrochemical Society. She is Co-author of about eighty communications to national and international meetings. Invited keynote speaker al Joint Meeting of the Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry Divisions of the Italian Chemical Society (Ferrara 2002) and at the Electrochemistry Division Meeting (Genova 2008, Gragnano 2016). Invited speaker at some Meeting of The Electrochemical Society (San Francisco 2001, Paris 2003, Phoenix 2008). She co-organized the Giornate dell’Elettrochimica Italiana (September 2004) and the 1st ECHEMS Meeting – Electrochemistry in Nanosciences (June 2005). She is member of the Italian Chemical Society and of the International Society of Electrochemistry. Referee for: Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Journal of Electrochemical Society,
Electrochimica Acta, Electrochemistry Communications, Chemical Communications, Journal of Materials
Chemistry, Langmuir.


Orari di ricevimento

  • Il Martedi' dalle 15:00 alle 17:00
    presso Presso lo studio nel Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, via Marzolo 1
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Kaplan, J. M.; Shang, J.; Gobbo, P.; Antonello, S.; Armelao, L. Chatare, V.; Ratner, D. M.; Andrade, R. B.; Maran, F.: Conformationally Constrained Functional Peptide Monolayers for the Controlled Display of Bioactive Carbohydrate Ligands. Langmuir 2013, 29, 8187.

Garbuio, L.; Antonello, S.; Guryanov, I.; Li, Y.; Ruzzi, M.; Turro, N. J.; Maran, F.: Effect of Orientation of the Peptide-Bridge Dipole Moment on the Properties of Fullerene-Peptide-Radical Systems. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 10628.

Antonello, S.; Hesari, M.; Polo, F.; Maran, F.: Electron Transfer Catalysis with Monolayer Protected Au25 Clusters. Nanoscale 2012, 4, 5333.

Venzo, A.; Antonello, S.; Gascón, J. A.; Guryanov, I.; Leapman, R. D.; Perera, N. V.; Sousa, A.; Zamuner, M.; Zanella, A.; Maran, F.: Effect of the Charge State (z = -1, 0, +1) on the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance of Monodisperse Au25[S(CH2)2Ph]18z Clusters. Anal. Chem. 2011, 83, 6355.

Antonello, S.; Venzo, A.; Maran, F.: Dependence of nonadiabatic intramolecular dissociative electron transfers on stereochemistry and driving force. J. Electroan. Chem. 2011, 660, 234.

Seri, M.; Rossi, E.; Carofiglio, T.; Antonello, S.; Ruani, G.; Maggini, M.; Muccini, M.: Efficient as-cast bulk-heterojunction solar cells based on a tert-butyl substituted methanofullerene acceptor. J. Mat. Chem. 2011, 21, 18308.

Azzena, U.; Pisano, L.; Antonello, S.; Maran, F.: Tuning the Reducing Properties of 1,2-Diaryl-1,2-Disodiumethanes. J. Org. Chem. 2009, 74, 8064-8070.

Antonello, S.; Holm, A. H.; Instuli, E.; Maran, F.: Molecular Electron-Transfer Properties of Au38 Clusters. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 9836.

Meneses, A. B.; Antonello, S.; Arévalo, M. C.; González, C. C.; Sharma, J.; Wallette, A. N.; Workentin, M. S.; Maran, F.: Electron Transfer to Sulfides and Disulfides: Intrinsic Barriers and Relationship between Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Electron-Transfer Kinetics. Chem. Eur. J. 2007, 13, 7983.

Meneses, A. B.; Antonello, S.; Arévalo, M. C.; Maran, F: Double-Layer Correction for Electron-Transfer Kinetics at Glassy Carbon and Mercury Electrodes in N,N-Dimethylformamide. Electroanalysis 2006, 18, 363.

Fabris, L.; Antonello, S.; Armelao, L.; Donkers, R. L.; Polo, F.; Toniolo, C.; Maran, F.: Gold Nanoclusters Protected by Conformationally Constrained Peptides. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 326.

Antonello, S.; Maran, F.: Intramolecular Dissociative Electron Transfer. Chemical Society Review 2005, 34, 418.

Polo, F.; Antonello, S.; Formaggio, F.; Toniolo, C.; Maran, F.: Evidence against the Hopping Mechanism as an Important Electron Transfer Pathway for Constrained Oligopetides. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 492.

Barone, V.; Antonello, S.; Formaggio, F.; Improta, R.; Maran, F.: Understanding Electron Transfer Across Negatively-Charged Aib Oligo-Peptides. J. Phys. Chem. B 2005, 109, 1023.

Meneses; A. B.; Antonello, S.; Arévalo; M.-C.; Maran, F.: Electron Transfer to Sulfides: Heterogeneous Kinetics, C-S Bond Cleavage and Self-Protonation. Electrochimica Acta 2005, 50, 1207.

Antonello, S.; Daasbjerg, K.; Jensen, H.; Taddei, F.; Maran, F.: Formation and Cleavage of Aromatic Disulfide Radical Anions. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 14905.

Antonello, S.; Formaggio, F.; Moretto, A.; Toniolo, C.; Maran, F.: Anomalous Distance Dependence of Electron Transfer Across Peptide Bridges. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 2874.

Area di ricerca

Research Group: Molecular Electrochemistry and Nanosystems.
The research activity focuses on molecular aspects of electrochemical reactions and nanosystems from both fundamental and applied (nanomedicine, redox catalysis) viewpoints. Specific research topics include:
• Electron Transfer through Molecular Bridges and Interfaces;
• Dissociative Electron Transfer;
• Molecule-like and Quantized Monolayer-Protected Gold Clusters: Properties, Redox Catalysis, Drug Delivery Systems;
• Electrochemical Sensors for Cancer Biomarkers;
• Self-Assembled Monolayers of Conformationally Constrained Peptides;
• Biomimetic Membranes.
The group is equipped with state-of-the-art electrochemical instrumentations, including electrogenerated chemiluminescence and scanning electrochemical microscopy, STM and AFM, PM-IRRAS and UV-visible spectrometries, HPLC, mass spectrometry, etc.