Bergamini Group researchers have extensive backgrounds in inorganic and organic spectroscopy, photochemistry, electrochemistry and microscopy, with particular emphasis in the field of organic and inorganic supramolecular systems, light-emitting devices, metal nanoparticles, and light-harvesting antennas for chemical conversion of solar energy.

Giacomo Bergamini

Giacomo Bergamini

Giacomo Bergamini got his laurea (cum laude) in chemistry at the University of Bologna in 2003, defending a thesis on photophysical and electrochemical characterization of dendrimers, advisor Prof. Vincenzo Balzani. In the 2007 he got the PhD in Chemical Sciences at the University of Bologna, working under the supervision of Prof. Vincenzo Balzani in the field of design and characterization of supramolecular systems. 

He was a visiting scientist, for six months, in the laboratory “Photochemistry and Spectroscopy” of Prof. Frans De Schryver at the Katolieke Universiteit of Leuven (Belgium), financially supported by a grant from “Marco Polo” programme. 

Since April 2019 is Associate Professor at the University of Bologna, Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician”. 

He has more than 100 research papers published on international journal, 6 of which are review articles, and 4 book chapters. 

He was editor of the book “Applied Photochemistry: When Light meets Molecules”, Springer 2016

He attended more than 40 national and  international conferences some of which as an invited speaker.  

He is coordinator of the PHOTOTRAIN project (3,6 million, 2016-2020), ITN-Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions of the European H2020 programme, which seeks to implement photo-catalytic technologies for triggering stereoselective organocatalytic transformations which holds promising applications in pharmaceuticals and/or solar fuels production for sustainable energy.


Master thesis prize from Società Italiana per le Ricerche sulle Radiazioni (S.I.R.R.) in 2004

Finalist European Young Chemist Award, EuCheMS Conference 2010

International prize “Vincenzo Caglioti” for Chemistry 2013 by th Accademia dei Lincei

“Raffaello Nasini” prize by Società Chimica Italiana 2018

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Alberto Bianco

Alberto Bianco

PhD Student

Alberto Bianco studied ‘Chemistry and Materials chemistry’ at University of Bologna, where he obtained his BSc degree (cum laude) in 2018; he then studied ‘Photochemistry and molecular materials’ also at University of Bologna, where he obtained his MSc degree (cum laude) in 2020.

Both internships were carried out at the ‘Photochemical Nanoscience Laboratory’ under the supervision of Professor Paola Ceroni.

Since November 2020 he is part of Bergamini Group as a PhD student.

Francesca Mancini

Francesca Mancini

PhD Student

Francesca Mancini studied chemistry at the University of Perugia, obtaining her BCs degree (cum laude) in 2020. The thesis project, entitled 'The nature of gold-carbon bonding in gold alkynyl complexes: ligand effect by Charge Displacement Analysis', was carried out under the supervision of Prof. Paola Belanzoni. In the same year, she started to study Chemical Sciences at the University of Perugia, where she obtained her MSc degree (cum laude) in 2022, with a thesis entitled 'New perspectives for HFpEF diagnosis: a vibrational and Brillouin spectroscopic study', carried out in the Molecular Spectroscopy research group, under the supervision of Prof. Paola Sassi.  As part of the thesis internship, a four-month research period abroad was spent in Vienna at the Optical Imaging Laboratory of the Medical University, under the supervision of Dr. Kareem Elsayad, and in Brno at CEITEC-Nanobiotechnology Core Facility, under the supervision of Dr. Jan Přibyl. Since November 2022, she is part of the Bergamini Group as a PhD student.

Andrea Fermi

Andrea Fermi

Assistant Professor

Andrea graduated with a MSc in Chemistry from the University of Pavia in 2009. He then obtained a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry (2013), in co-tutorship from the University of Bologna and Aix-Marseille Université, under the supervision of Professor Paola Ceroni and Professor Marc Gingras. After post-doctoral stays at the University of Namur (Belgium) and at the Cardiff University (UK), he is now part of the Bergamini group. 

Undergraduate Students

Nicol Spallacci

Giorgia Gherardini

Vincenzo Paratore

Simone Govoni

Marco Nicaso

Federico Modesti

Simone Guazzi

Margherita Taddei

Lorenzo Mardegan 

Serena Paolelli

Michele di Lauro

Nicolo Simone Acri

Former group members

Dr. Amedeo Agosti

Dr. Ewelina Kuna

Dr. Mattia Zangoli

Dr. Enrico Leoni