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Full Professor of Organic Chemistry

Rector Delegate for Research and Innovation

Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro

Bari, Italy


President of Società Chimica Italiana (2023-2025)


President of the Organic Chemistry Division

of EuChemS - European Society of Chemistry (2018-2021)


Chemistry Europe Fellow


Adjunct Professor

Dept. of Biomedical Engineering

Tufts University, Boston, USA


Gianluca Farinola is a synthetic organic chemist who sets up new methods to produce photo- and electro- active molecules, supramolecular structures and materials  for applications ranging from organic photonics and electronics to biology. 

In the last ten years his research has opened intriguing directions by exploiting photosynthetic microorganisms (e.g. algae and bacteria) and biological polymers (e.g. melanin) as a source of green materials for future optoelectronics and biomedicine. His work has shown how it is possible to use silica microstructures extracted from algae to obtain nanomaterials for photonics, biomedicine and smart nanodevices for environmental recovery. Similarly, bacteria can be incorporated into electronic devices, envisaging a new generation of electronics based on living microorganisms.

Some links to his most interesting results in this field can be found here:

His profile as researcher and president of Scientific Societies is reported in this interview on a very popular magazine of Chemistry Europe:


He is author of about 180 publications and 110 invited lectures in national and international conferences and schools, in Universities and Research Institutes.

He is coordinator and PI of many national, international and industrial projects.

Some most recent research project as PI of research units: 

  • ITN Project BEEP (Bio-inspired and bionic materials for enhanced photosynthesis) — H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019 Starting from 1/1/2020

  • HyPhOE (Hybrid Electronics based on Photosynthetic Organisms) — H2020 FETOPEN-2016-2017 (Total cost Starting from 1/9/2018

  • XF-ACTOR (Xylella Fastidiosa Active Containment Through a multidisciplinary-Oriented Research Strategy) (Project ID 727987) - H2020-SFS-2016-3 

He also collaborated with Philips Research and with ENI in research projects focused on the development of a new generation of photo-active materials for future optoelectronics. 

Dipartimento di Chimica 

Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”

via Orabona 4, I-70126 Bari, Italy

Phone 0039 080 5442073

Mobile 0039 3332176021

Fax 0039 080 5442129


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