Pietro Cotugno graduated in Chemistry at the University of Bari in 2007 and received his PhD in Chemical and Molecular Sciences in 2011 focusing attention on Nanostructured Metal Catalysts for Green Synthesis. During the PhD course, he spent a four-month period at the University of Valencia, working on the synthesis of new fluorinated ligands for transition metal-catalyzed carbene insertion reactions. Since 2011 to 2015, he held a postdoctoral position at the Chemistry Department of the University of Bari working on the new methodologies for nanostructured palladium catalyzed cross coupling reactions. Since 2015 to 2021, he has been a researcher (RTDa) at the Biology Department of the University of Bari, coordinating the activities in the laboratory of Environmental Chemistry of the Scientific and Technological Pole (PST) Magna Graecia placed in Taranto. His research is focused on green methods for extraction of bioactive organic compounds from marine sponges and chemical strategies of valorization of industrial waste products. Since November 2021, he holds a position as associate professor (RTDb) at the Chemistry Department of the same University.