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New publication in Dalton Transaction with back cover!


A turn-on phosphorescent sensor of Pb2+ in water by the formation of a coordination polymer

M. Villa, M. Roy, G. Bergamini, M. Gingras, P. CeroniDalton Trans.201948, 3815-3818.



Hexakis(phenylthio)benzene compounds carrying six carboxylic acid groups at their periphery combine aggregation-induced phosphorescence, water-solubility and metal-binding properties: the para-isomer is a selective and sensitive turn-on phosphorescent sensor of Pb2+ ions in water.

School on Design, Fabrication and Application of Devices for Energy Production 

13 - 16 May 2019 Trieste, Italy

The school will focus on sunlight conversion to energy and chemical fuels, and on the ethical and sustainable use of natural resources. It will be a forum for discussion on new science and technology integration to ensure a sustainable future for people and planet.

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First publication for 2019...and more to come!


A. Agosti, E. Kuna, G. Bergamini. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2019, DOI: 10.1002/ejic.201801263.


Exploring new materials to manipulate luminescentradiation and investigate the interaction of light and matter isone of the most compelling prospects of our century. Supra-molecular chemistry has unraveled the opportunity to synergis-tically combine the chemical and optoelectronic properties ofthe most diverse classes of compounds. Among these, ter-pyridines have acted as pivotal ligand units that enable self-assembly of multicomponent chromophoric systems. In this re-view we therefore elucidate the metal-coordinating ability of these materials, that promote a plethora of aggregation-in-duced phenomena. In particular, fluorescence tuning, reversiblestimuli-responsive phosphorescence enhancement and low-dimensional complexation have been demonstrated for carbonand sulfur based terpyridine oligomeric structures. Commonthread of such processes is the versatile application of light asa trigger for spectroscopic investigation and output for superioroptical, medical and sensing devices.

New year, new group member.  

Welcome Andrea Fermi. For all of those wondering, no he's not related to the Enrico Fermi, creator of the world's first nuclear reactor and "architect of the nuclear age"...or is he?? 

New publication!

Self-Assembly and Exfoliation of a Molecular Solid Based on Cooperative B–N and Hydrogen Bonds

Luca Fornasari† Raffaello Mazzaro‡§ Elisa Boanini† Simone d’Agostino*† Giacomo Bergamini† Fabrizia Grepioni† , and Dario Braga*† † Dipartimento di Chimica “Giacomo Ciamician”, Università; di Bologna, Via F. Selmi 2, 40126 Bologna, Italy‡ Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Luleå Tekniska Universitet, 97187 Luleå, Sweden§ CNR-IMM, Area della Ricerca di Bologna, Via P. Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy

Cryst. Growth Des., 2018, 18 (12), pp 7259–7263

DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.8b01674Publication Date (Web): November 13, 2018

PhotoTrain Mid-Term Meeting; a great success!

The meeting took place at KU Leuven in Leuven, Belgium in October 2018.

Congrats, Prof. Bergamini!

In September 2018, Prof. Bergamini for receiving the Raffello Nasini Prize by the Società Chimica Italiana