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Gianluigi Albano received his Master’s Degree cum laude in Chemistry at the University of Pisa in February 2015. In March 2019 he obtained his PhD cum laude in Chemistry and Materials Science at the same university, working under the supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Di Bari and Dr. Laura Antonella Aronica. In November 2019 he joined the group of Prof. Gianluca Maria Farinola at the University of Bari “Aldo Moro” as Post-Doctoral Researcher, with the financial support of the European Commission through H2020-FET-Open project 800926 – HyPhOE (Hybrid Electronics based on Photosynthetic Organisms). His research activity is focused on different topics related to Organic Chemistry: development of new protocols for the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds via transition metals-promoted reactions; preparation of organic fluorophores for colorless luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) devices; synthesis and chiroptical characterization of chiral π-conjugated oligomers for innovative optoelectronic applications. He also spent short periods as visiting scientist in the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires of University of Strasbourg (supervisor Prof. Paolo Samorì), the London Centre for Nanotechnology of University College of London (supervisor Prof. Franco Cacialli) and the Diamond Light Source synchrotron beamline (supervisor Prof. Giuliano Siligardi). He was awarded by the Organic Chemistry Division of Società Chimica Italiana (SCI) with the PhD Thesis Prize “Organic Chemistry for Environment, Energy and Nanoscience” 2019 and by Elsevier in partnership with the Young Group of SCI with the 1st prize of Reaxys SCI Early Career Researcher Awards 2019. He was also selected by the National NAO-CNR Commission for IUPAC as one of the Italian IUPAC Young Observers at the 51st IUPAC General Assembly. Currently, he is working with the financial support of the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR) through PRIN2017 project “CHIRALAB” (Prot. 20172M3K5N) on the development of green and sustainable strategies in Palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions for the synthesis of chiral π-conjugated dyes with outstanding chiroptical features.

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