Young researchers

Post-doctoral associates, visiting fellows

Jessica Groppi

Jessica Groppi

Post-doctoral fellow

Jessica received her Masters degree in Chemistry in 2010 at Università degli Studi di Parma. In 2016, she completed her PhD at Queen Mary University of London (UK), working on the controlled modification of electrode surfaces through solid phase synthesis, for the development of glucose biosensors. Jessica joined the Clan laboratory as a post-doctoral fellow at Università di Bologna in 2016 and later as a post-doctoral associate at the ISOF-CNR Institute. Her research currently involves the synthesis and characterization of supramolecular systems.

Stefano Corrà

Stefano Corrà

Post-doctoral fellow

Stefano received his MSc in Industrial Chemistry (cum laude) in 2012 from the University of Padova. He then joined the group of Prof. Helma Wennemers (ETH Zürich) for his doctoral studies on the use of peptides for controlling the formation of supramolecular nanostructures. He was awarded the title of doctor in 2017. Stefano joined the Clan team in October 2017 and his work is focused on the synthesis and characterization of dissipative supramolecular systems.

Marina Tranfić Bakić

Marina Tranfić Bakić

Post-doctoral fellow

Marina received her PhD degree in Chemistry at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 2015. Her thesis was focused on syntheses of fluorescent calix[4]arene derivatives and studies of their complexation with alkali-metal cations for their potential use as fluorescent sensors. In 2018, she joined the group of Prof. Placido Neri at University of Salerno, where she worked on synthesis of conformationally stable calix[6]arenes and study of their threading with secondary ammonium salts. Marina joined the Clan laboratory as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Bologna in the framework of the ERC Leaps project in May 2019. Her work focuses on the kinetic and thermodynamic studies of supramolecular systems.

 

Massimiliano Curcio

Massimiliano Curcio

Post-doctoral fellow

Max received his MSc degree at the University of Naples “Federico II” in 2013, working on sugar-derived ligands for asymmetric catalysis under the guidance of Prof. Francesco Ruffo. In 2014, he joined Italy's National Research Council (CNR-IPCB) where he investigated self-healing epoxy polymers and later that year he moved to the University of Edinburgh to work with Prof. Jason Love for his doctoral studies. In Edinburgh, Max developed redox-active ligands able to act as mediators for electron transfer reactions, with a focus on carbon dioxide electroreduction. Max was awarded his doctoral degree in October 2018. Upon the award of a ScotCHEM PECRE grant, in late 2018 Max undertook an internship at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Working with Dr Alexander Pöthig at TUM, he studied transition-metal complexes of polycarbene macrocycles for supramolecular host-guest chemistry. Max joined the Clan team at the University of Bologna as a post-doctoral research associate in January 2019. His work focuses on the development of light-driven molecular pumps to provide a directional flow through bilayer membranes. Outside chemistry, Max enjoys reading adventure books, travelling to new places and playing tennis and table tennis.