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Alessandro Abbotto

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Curriculum Vitae

Born in Milan in 1963, graduated in Chemistry from the University of Milan in 1989 (with honors).
In 1990 he was awarded a prize (Dow Italy) for best student in Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of the University of Milan.
Graduate student from 1990 to 1993, receiving his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Milan (Mentor: Prof. G. A. Pagani). He worked at the University of Berkeley, CA (USA) (Mentor: Prof. Andrew Streitwieser) as a post-doctoral fellow (NSF funding) from February 1994 to September 1995 and at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen (D) (Mentor: Prof. Paul v. R. Schleyer) with a NATO fellowship from October to December 1995.
He joined the Materials Science Faculty of the University of Milan in December 1995 as Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry.
In 1998 he moved to the University of Milano-Bicocca where he got an Associate Professor position in Organic Chemistry in 2001.


He is currently involved in the following courses and teaching duties. For the Degree Course in Chemistry (first cycle 3-year degree course): Organic Chemistry II. For the Degree Course in Materials Science (first cycle 3-year degree course): Introduction to Organic Materials.
For the Degree Course in Materials Science (second cycle 2-year degree course): Chemical characterization of molecules and macromolecules; Supramolecular Chemistry II.
He is also involved in a series of seminars on characterization of organic compounds for the Organic Chemistry Laboratory courses.


Current scientific interests involve design, synthesis and characterization of organic and organometallic materials and devices for solar energy, artificila photosynthesis, photonics, and optoelectronics.

Main topics include:

  • organic and organometallic materials for photovoltaic cells (dye-sensitized DSC cells, polymeric-molecular solar cells, tandem DSC-CIGS solar cells)
  • fabrication and characterization of photovoltaic cells and modules
  • artificial photosynthesis: solar induced water splitting, CO2 reduction, solar fuels
  • semiconducting polymers
  • molecular and polymeric optical sensors for water contaminants and explosives


He is currently collaborating with many national and international research groups including: University of Milano-Bicocca (R. Ruffo, M. Acciarri, S. Binetti, C. Riccardi, R. Simonutti), University of Milano (R. Ugo, M. Pizzotti, D. Roberto), IIT-Polimi (F. Di Fonzo), University of Padova (C. Ferrante), CNR-Perugia (F. De Angelis), University of Parma (A. Painelli), University of Genova (D. Comoretto), University of Pavia (F. Marabelli), CNR-Bologna (M. Muccini), University of Ferrara (C. Bignozzi), University of Firenze (A. Mordini, P. Foggi), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology-Lausanne (M. K. Nazeeruddin, M. Grätzel).
At the present he is involved as P.I., local P.I. or participant in a number of research projects from national and international government agencies (MIUR-FIRB, MIUR-PRIN, CNR, EU-FP7) and private companies and foundations (Cariplo Foundation, ENI, Pirelli Corimav).

Main Publications

Lobello, M. G.; Fantacci, S.; Manfredi, N.; Coluccini, C.; Abbotto, A.; Nazeeruddin, Md. K.; De Angelis, F.
Design of Ru(II) sensitizers endowed by three anchoring units for adsorption mode and light harvesting optimization
Thin Solid Films 2013, ;

Collini, E.; Bolzonello, L.; Zerbetto, M.; Ferrante, C.; Manfredi, N.; Abbotto, A.
Lifetime shortening and fast energy transfer processes upon dimerization of a A-π-D-π-A molecule
ChemPhysChem 2013, ;

Calderon, E.; Dangate, M.; Manfredi, N.; Abbotto, A.; Salamone, M.; Ruffo, R.; Mari, C.
Electrochemical and Spectroelectrochemical Properties of a New Donor-Acceptor Polymer Containing 3,4-Dialkoxythiophene and 2,1,3-Benzothiadiazole Units
Polymers 2013, 5, 1068-1080.

Leandri, V.; Ruffo, R.; Trifiletti, V.; Abbotto, A.
Asymmetric Tribranched Dyes: an Intramolecular Co-Sensitization Approach for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2013, 6793-6801. (COVER ARTICLE)

Trifiletti, V.; Ruffo, R.; Turrini, C.; Tassetti, D.; Brescia, R.; Di Fonzo, F.; Riccardi, C.; Abbotto, A.
Dye-sensitized solar cells containing plasma jet deposited hierarchical nanostructured TiO2 thin photoanodes
J. Mater. Chem. A 2013, 1, 11665-11673.

Dragonetti, C.; Valore, A.; Colombo, A.; Magni, M.; Mussini, P.; Roberto, D.; Ugo, R.; Valsecchi, A.; Trifiletti, V.; Manfredi, N.; Abbotto, A.
Ruthenium Oxyquinolate Complexes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Inorganica Chimica Acta 2013, 405, 98-104.

Di Carlo, G.; Orbelli Biroli, A.; Pizzotti, M.; Tessore, F.; Trifiletti, V.; Ruffo, R.; Abbotto, A.; Amat, A.; De Angelis, F.; Mussini, P. R.
Tetraaryl Zn(II) Porphyrinates Substituted at ?-Pyrrolic Positions as Sensitizers in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: A Comparison with meso-Disubstituted Push-Pull Zn(II) Porphyrinates“,
Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 10723-10740.

Le Donne, A.; Scaccabarozzi, A.; Tombolato, S.; Binetti, S.; Acciarri, M.; Abbotto, A.
Solar Photovoltaics: A Review
Rev. Adv. Sci. Eng. 2013, 2, 170-178.

Coluccini, C.; Manfredi, N.; Salamone, M. M.; Ruffo, R.; Lobello, M. G.; De Angelis, F.; Abbotto, A.
Quaterpyridine ligands for panchromatic Ru(II) dye sensitizers
J. Org. Chem. 2012; 77, 7945-7956.

Abbotto, A.; Coluccini, C.; Dell’Orto, E.; Manfredi, N.; Trifiletti, V.; Salamone, M. M.; Ruffo, R.; Acciarri, M.; Colombo, A.; Dragonetti, C.; Ordanini, S.; Roberto, D.; Valore, A.
Thiocyanate-free cyclometalated ruthenium sensitizers for solar cells based on heteroaromatic-substituted 2-arylpyridines
Dalton Trans., 2012, 41, 11731-11738.

Dell’Orto, E.; Raimondo, L.; Sassella, A.; Abbotto, A.
Dye-sensitized solar cells: spectroscopic evaluation of dye loading on TiO2
J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 11364 – 11369

Dragonetti, C.; Valore, A.; Colombo, A.; Roberto, D.; Trifiletti, V.; Manfredi, N.; Salamone, M. M.; Ruffo, R.; Abbotto, A.
A new thiocyanate-free cyclometallated ruthenium complex for dye-sensitized solar cells: beneficial effects of substitution on the cyclometallated ligand
J. Organomet. Chem. 2012, 714, 88-93

Abbotto, A.; Seri, M.; Dangate, M. S.; De Angelis, F.; Manfredi, N.; Mosconi, E.; Bolognesi, M.; Ruffo, R., Salamone, M. M.; Muccini, M.
A Vinylene-Linked Benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene-2,1,3-Benzothiadiazole Low-Bandgap Polymer
J. Polym. Sci. Part A 2012, 50, 2829-2840 (COVER ARTICLE)

Abbotto, A.; Leandri, V.; Manfredi, N.; De Angelis, F.; Pastore, M.; Yum, J.-H.; Nazeeruddin, M. K.; Grätzel, M.
Bis-Donor-Bis-Acceptor Tribranched Organic Sensitizers for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2011, 6195

Coluccini, C.; Manfredi, N.; Herrera Calderon, E.; Salamone, M. M.; Ruffo, R.; Roberto, D.; Lobello, M. G.; De Angelis, F.; Abbotto, A.
Photophysical and Electrochemical Properties of Thiophene-Based 2-Arylpyridines
Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2011, 5587-5595

Abbotto, A.; Manfredi N.
Electron-rich heteroaromatic conjugated polypyridine ruthenium sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells (review)
Dalton Trans., 2011, (COVER ARTICLE)

Mosquera Vázquez, S.; Abbotto, A.; De Angelis, F.; Foggi, P.; Lapini, A.; Lima, M.; Lobello, M.; Marcelli, A.; Tourón Touceda, P.
Transient absorption spectroscopy of a heteroaromatic donor-acceptor-pi-conjugated 2,2′-bipyridine dye
J. Mol. Struct. 2011, 993, 464-469.

Abbotto, A.; Herrera Calderon, E.; Manfredi, N.; Mari, C. M.; Marinzi, C.; Ruffo, R.
Vinylene-Linked Pyridine-Pyrrole Donor-Acceptor Conjugated Polymers
Synth. Metals 2011, 161, 763-769.

Abbotto, A.; Sauvage, F.; Barolo, C.; De Angelis, F.; Fantacci, S.; Graetzel, M.; Manfredi, N.; Marinzi, C.; Nazeeruddin, M. K.
Panchromatic ruthenium sensitizer based on electron-rich heteroarylvinylene p-conjugated quaterpyridine for dye-sensitized solar cells
Dalton Trans. 2011, 40, 234-242.

Abbotto, A.; Herrera Calderon, E.; Dangate, M. S.; De Angelis, F.; Manfredi, N.; Mari, C. M.; Marinzi, C.; Mosconi, E.; Muccini, M.; Ruffo, R.; Seri, M.
Pyridine-EDOT Heteroarylene-Vinylene Donor-Acceptor Polymers
Macromolecules 2010, 43, 9698-9713.

Projects & Contracts

2013-2015: MIUR – PRIN 2010 (local P.I.)
DSSC X – Next Generation Dye Solar Devices: Nanoengineered Conductors and Sensitizers

2012-2014: MIUR – Regione Lombardia (local P.I.)
TIFAIN – Tessere integrate di vetro fotovoltaico per applicazioni architettoniche innovative.

2010-2013: Research Contract (P.I.)
DSC organic phosensitizers.

2010-2012: MIUR – PRIN 2008 (local P.I.)
Design and development of new components for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

2010-2012: FONDAZIONE CARIPLO (local P.I.)
Photonic enhancement in chemical sensors: nanomaterials for optics (PHOENICS).

2009-2011: FONDAZIONE CARIPLO (local P.I.)
Progettazione e utilizzo di nuovi materiali organometallici o di coordinazione per celle solari organiche di terza generazione.

Modulazione delle proprietà elettroniche e optoelettroniche di nuovi semiconduttori polimerici: progettazione da unità donatrici-accettrici, sintesi e caratterizzazione.


Abbotto, A.; Simonutti, R.; Manfredi, N.; Bianchi, A.
“Block copolymer-based solid electrolytes for dye photovoltaic cells, and cells thus obtained”
PCT Int. Appl. 2012, WO 2012/153300.

Maiorana, S.; Licandro, E.; Longhi, E.; Cauteruccio, S.; Abbotto, A.; Baldoli, C.; De Angelis, F.
“Metal-free photosensitizers”
PCT Int. Appl. 2012; WO 2012/107488.

Abbotto, A.; Comoretto, D.; Gagliardi, F.; Marabelli, F.
“Nuovi composti otticamente sensibili ai composti elettron-poveri”,
Ital. Patent. Appl. 2012, MI2012A000636

Abbotto, A.; Manfredi, N.; Comoretto, D.; Gagliardi, F.; Marabelli, F.
“Nuovi polimeri otticamente sensibili ai composti elettron-poveri”,
Ital. Patent. Appl. 2012, MI2012A000637

Abbotto, A.; Manfredi, N.; Coluccini, C.; Roberto, D.; Ugo, R.; Dragonetti, C.; Valore, A.; Colombo, A.
“New Cyclometalated Complexes for Solar Cells”
PCT Int. Appl. 2012, WO 2012013719 A1 20120202.

Abbotto, A.; Simonutti, R.; Manfredi, N.; Bianchi, A.
“Celle fotovoltaiche a colorante con elettroliti solidi a base di copolimeri a blocchi”
italian patent application, 2011

Abbotto, A.; De Angelis, F.; Nazeeruddin, M. D.; Graetzel, M.; Marinzi, C.; Manfredi, N.
Novel Ligands for Sensitizing Dyes of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
PCT Int. Appl. (2011), WO 2011039715 A1 20110407, 2009, date of publication: 7 April 2011.

Abbotto, A.; Manfredi, N.; Coluccini, C.; Roberto, D.; Ugo, R.; Dragonetti, C.; Valore, A.; Colombo, A.
“Nuovi complessi ciclometallati per celle solari”
italian patent application, 2010