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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.

Her research work has led to publish 57 scientific papers in high-impact-factor international journals (h-index=27, average IF >10). 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) and at the 2018 International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) Meeting in Durban, South Africa. 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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Dainese, T., Agrachev, M., Antonello, S., Badocco, D., Black, D. M., Fortunelli, A., Gascón, J. A., Stener, M., Venzo, A., Whetten, R. L., Maran F.: Atomically precise Au144(SR)60 nanoclusters (R = Et, Pr) are capped by 12 distinct ligand types of 5-fold equivalence and display gigantic diastereotopic effects. Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 8796–8805

Dainese, T., Antonello, S., Boggialli, S., Wenwen, F., Venzo, A., Maran F.: Gold Fusion: From Au25(SR)18 to Au38(SR)24, the Most Unexpected Transformation of a Very Stable Nanocluster. ACS Nano. 2018, 12, 7057.

Agrachev, M., Antonello, S., Dainese, T., Ruzzi, M., Zolea, A., Edoardo, A., Govind, N., Fortunelli, Sementa, L., Maran F.: Magnetic Ordering in Gold Nanoclusters. ACS Omega 2017, 2, 2607.

Antonello, S., Dainese, T., Pan, F., Rissanen, K., Maran F.: Electrocrystallization of Monolayer Protected Gold Clusters: Opening the Door to Quality, Quantity and New Structures. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 4168.

Rizzo, F., Polo, F., Bottaro, G., Fantacci, S., Antonello, S., Armelao, L., Quici, S., Maran, F.: From Blue to Green: Fine-Tuning of Photoluminescence and Electrochemiluminescence in Bifunctional Organic Dyes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 2060.

Antonello, S.; Maran, F.: Molecular Electrochemistry of Monolayer-Protected Clusters. Curr. Opinion Electrochem. 2017, 2, 18.

Agrachev, M., Antonello, S., Dainese, T., Gascón, J. A., Pan, F., Rissanen, K., Ruzzi, M., Venzo, A., Zoleo, A.; Maran F.: A Magnetic Look into the Protecting layer of Au25 Clusters. Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 6910.

Antonello, S.; Dainese, T.; De Nardi, M.; Perotti, L.; Maran, F.: Insights into the Interface between the Electrolitic Solution and the Gold Core in Molecular Au25 Clusters. ChemElectroChem, 2016, 3, 1237.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.