Dr. Michele Melchionna

Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Trieste
via L. Giorgieri 1
34127 Trieste (ITALY)

tel. +39 040 5583980
fax. +39 040 5583903
e-mail: melchionnam@units.it

Curriculum Vitae
Michele Melchionna was born in 1977. He obtained his degree in chemistry in 2002 at the University of Salerno and his PhD at the Edinburgh University in 2006. After the PhD he gained experience outside academia: Higher Scientific Officer at Food Standard Agency (London, UK) and Senior R&D Organic Chemist at Advanced Molecular Technologies (Melbourne, Australia). He was also recipient of post-doctoral fellowships in organic chemistry at the University of Helsinki (Finland) and at the Palacky University (Olomouc, Czech Republic). He moved back to Italy in 2012, where is a post-doc at the Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Trieste on the project "Self-Assembly in Confined Space".

Scientific Interests
- Assembly of carbon nanostructured-based materials
- Energy-related catalytic processes such as reforming and water gas-shift
- Photo-assisted H2 formation
- Heterogeneous catalysis for organic synthesis

Selected publications

Book chapters:
- M. Melchionna, M. Prato "Functionalization of carbon nanotubes" Chapter 3 in Nanocarbon-Inorganic hybrids. Next generation composite for sustainable energy applications, Dominik Eder and Robert Schlögl Editors, DeGruyter Publishers, 2014.

- M. Melchionna, P. Fornasiero "The role of ceria-based nanostructured materials in energy applications" Mat. Today 2014, 17, 349-357
- M. Melchionna, M. Bonchio, F. Paolucci, M. Prato, and P. Fornasiero, "Catalysis-material crosstalk at tailored nano-carbon interfaces structures" Top. Curr. Chem. 2014, 348, 139-180.
- M. Melchionna, M. Prato "Functionalizing carbon nanotubes: an indispensible step towards applications" ECS J. Solid State Sci. Technol. 2013, 2, M3040-M3045

Original papers
- T. Wirtanen, M. Muuronen, M. Melchionna, M. Patzschke, Juho Helaja "Gold(III) catalyzed enynamine - cyclopentadiene cycloisomerization with chirality transfer: An experimental and theoretical study indicating involvement of dual Au(III) push-pull assisted cis-trans isomerism" J. Org. Chem. (accepted)
- A.Harrison, M. Melchionna, P. Franco, and J. Hlavac, "Solid-phase synthesis and analytics of 3,6-dihydro-2H-1,2-oxazines in their stereo and regioisomers mixture" New J. Chem. 2014 (in press). DOI: 10.1039/C4NJ00974F
- J. E. Perea-Buceta, T. Wirtanen, O.-V. Laukkanen, M. K. Mäkelä, M. Nieger, M. Melchionna, N. Huittinen, J. A. Lopez-Sanchez, and J. Helaja, "Carbon supported gold nanoparticle catalysed cycloisomerization of 2-alkynylanilines to indoles and subsequent homocoupling to 3,3'-biindoles with evident carbocatalytic factor" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 11835.
- M. Melchionna, M. Nieger, J. Helaja, "Isolation of a zwitterionic dienegold complex intermediate in the direct enyne-amine to cyclopentadiene conversion" Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 28, 8262.
- P. J. Bailey, M. Melchionna, S. Parsons "Ambidentate character of the 6-aminofulvene-2-aldiminate ligand containing both diimine and cyclopentadienyl donors" Organometallics 2007, 26, 128-135.


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