Armaroli Nicola

Research Director
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Nicola Armaroli is a CNR Research Director and a member of the Italian National Academy of Sciences (dei XL). His research is focussed on two main topics (i) the photochemistry and photophysics of molecules and materials for solar energy conversion and lighting; (ii) the study of the energy transition to more sustainable models and technologies, also in relation to resource scarcity and climate change. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), associate editor of Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences (RSC), and member of the Editorial Board of Chemistry-A European Journal (Wiley-VCH) and Polyhedron (Elsevier Science). He is elected member of the Executive Board of the European Chemical Society (EuChemS) and serves as director of Sapere, the first Italian science periodical, established in 1935. Among several recognitions, he was awarded the Gold Medal Enzo Tiezzi of the Italian Chemical Society in 2017 and the Ravani Pellati Prize for Chemistry of the Torino Acamemy of Sciences in 2019.

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Papers 2015-2021

  • N. Armaroli, A. Barbieri
    "The hydrogen dilemma in Italy’s energy transition"

    Nature Italy

    Nature Italy 2021, 10.1038/d43978-021-00109-3

  • M. Marchini, A. Luisa, G. Bergamini, N. Armaroli, B. Ventura, M. Baroncini, N. Demitri. E. Iengo, P. Ceroni
    "Giant shape-persistent tetrahedral porphyrin system: light-induced charge separation"

    Giant Porf

    Chem. Eur. J. 2021, 27, DOI: 10.1002/chem.202102135

  • S. Gao, Y. Gisbert, G. Erbland, S. Abid, C. Kammerer, A. Venturini, G. Rapenne, B. Ventura, N. Armaroli
    "Photophysical properties of 1,2,3,4,5-pentaarylcyclopentadienyl hydrotris(indazolyl)borate ruthenium(II) complexes"

    Ru PCCP

    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2021, 23, 17049-17056

  • F. Monti, A. Baschieri, L. Sambri, N. Armaroli
    "Excited-State Engineering in Heteroleptic Ionic Iridium(III) Complexes"

    Acc Chem Res Ir

    Acc. Chem. Res. 2021, 59, 1492-1505

  • A. Baschieri, L. Sambri, A. Mazzanti, A. Carlone, F. Monti, N. Armaroli
    "Iridium(III) Complexes with Fluorinated Phenyl-tetrazoles as Cyclometalating Ligands: Enhanced Excited-State Energy and Blue Emission"

    IC Ir Fluo

    Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59, 16238–16250

  • S. Gao, B. Balan, K. Yoosaf, F. Monti, E. Bandini, A. Barbieri, N. Armaroli
    "Highly efficient luminescent solar concentrators based on benzoheterodiazole dyes with large Stokes’ shifts"

    Cover CEJ

    Chem. Eur. J. 2020, 26, 11013-11023 - Hot paper on the Special Issue for the 8th EuChemS Conference

  • F. Monti, A. Barbieri, N. Armaroli
    "Battery Electric Vehicles: Perspectives and Challenges"

    Electric car

    Substantia 2019, 3(2) Suppl. 2 , 75-89 – Special Issue: An Energy Transition To Save The Planet

  • E. Matteucci, A. Baschieri, L. Sambri, F. Monti, E. Pavoni, E. Bandini, N. Armaroli
    "Carbazole‐Terpyridine Donor‐Acceptor Dyads with Rigid π‐Conjugated Bridges"


    ChemPlusChem 2019, 84, 1353-1365

  • J.-F. Nierengarten, I. Nierengarten, M. Holler, A. Sournia-Saquet, B. Delavaux-Nicot, E. Leoni, F. Monti, N. Armaroli
    "Dinuclear Copper(I) Complexes Combining Bis(diphenylphosphanyl)acetylene with 1,10‐Phenanthroline Ligands"

    Cu Dinuclear

    Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2019, 2665-2673 - COVER PAGE ARTICLE

  • N. Armaroli
    "In my element: Iridium"


    Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 25, 5104

  • A. Baschieri, F. Monti, N. Armaroli, G. Mazzotti, L. Giorgini, L. Sambri, T. Benelli
    "Luminescent methacrylic copolymers with side-chain cyclometalated iridium(III) complexes"

    D&P Ir Polymer

    Dyes and Pigments 2019, 160, 188-197

  • E. Leoni, J. Mohanraj, M. Holler, M. Mohankumar, I. Nierengarten, F. Monti, A. Sournia-Saquet, B. Delavaux-Nicot, J.-F. Nierengarten, N. Armaroli
    "Heteroleptic Cu(I) Complexes Prepared from Phenanthroline and Bis-Phosphine Ligands: Rationalization of the Photophysical and Electrochemical Properties"

    IC Summa

    Inorg. Chem. 2018, 57, 15537-15549

  • Y. Troyez, A. D. Finke, F. Silvestri, F. Monti, B. Ventura, C. Boudon, J.-P. Gisselbrecht, W. B. Schweizer, J.-P. Sauvage, N. Armaroli, F. Diederich
    "Unconventional Synthesis of a Cu(I) Rotaxane with a Superacceptor Stopper: Ultrafast Excited-State Dynamics and Near-Infrared Luminescence"

    Cu & Superacceptor

    Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 10422-10433

  • M. Mohankumar, M. Holler, E. Meichsner, J.-F. Nierengarten, F. Niess, J.-P. Sauvage, B. Delavaux-Nicot, E. Leoni, F. Monti, J. M. Malicka, M. Cocchi, E. Bandini, N. Armaroli
    "Heteroleptic Copper(I) Pseudorotaxanes Incorporating Macrocyclic Phenanthroline Ligands of Different Sizes"

    JACS Cu PRot

    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 2336-2347

  • P.-H. Lanoe, J. Chan, A. Groue, G. Gontard, A. Jutand, M.-N. Rager, N. Armaroli, F. Monti, A. Barbieri, H. Amouri
    "DCyclometalated N-heterocyclic carbene iridium(III) complexes with naphthalimide chromophores: a novel class of phosphorescent heteroleptic compounds"

    Dalton Ir

    Dalton Trans. 2018, 47, 3440-3451

  • E. Matteucci, A. Baschieri, A. Mazzanti, L. Sambri, J. Avila, A. Pertegas, H. J. Bolink, F. Monti, E. Leoni, N. Armaroli
    "Anionic Cyclometalated Iridium(III) Complexes with a Bis-Tetrazolate Ancillary Ligand for Light-Emitting Electrochemical Cells"

    IC anionic

    Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 10584–10595

  • J. Mohanraj, A. Barbieri, N. Armaroli, M. Vizuete, F. Langa, B. Delavaux-Nicot, M. Vartanian, J. Iehl, U. Hahn, J.-F. Nierengarten
    "Efficient Photoinduced Energy- and Electron-transfer in ZnII-Porphyrin / Fullerene Dyads with Interchromophoric Distance up to 2.6 nm and no Wire-like Connectivity"

    C60-Porf 2.6 nm

    Chem. Eur. J. 2017, 23, 14200-14212 – COVER PAGE ARTICLE

  • A. Gualandi, D. Mazzarella, A. Ortega Martinez, L. Mengozzi, F. Calcinelli, E. Matteucci, F. Monti, N. Armaroli, L. Sambri, P. G. Cozzi
    "Photocatalytic Radical Alkylation of Electrophilic Olefins by Benzylic and Alkylic Zinc-Sulfinates"

    Ir Photoredox 2

    ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 5357-5362

  • A. Nano, M. P. Gullo, B. Ventura, A. Barbieri, N. Armaroli, R. Ziessel
    "Color-Tunable Heterodinuclear Pt(II)/B(III) and Pt(II)/Ir(III) Arrays with N^O-julolidine Ligands"

    IC tunable jjulolidine

    Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 4807-4817

  • A. Gualandi, E. Matteucci, F. Monti, A. Baschieri, N. Armaroli, L. Sambri, P. G. Cozzi
    "Photoredox Radical Conjugate Addition of Dithiane-2-carboxylate Promoted by an Iridium(III)phenyltetrazole Complex: A Formal Radical Methylation of Michael Acceptors"

    Ir Photoredox

    Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 1613-1620

  • T. Miletić, E. Pavoni, V. Trifiletti, A. Rizzo, A. Listorti, S. Colella, N. Armaroli, D. Bonifazi
    "Covalently Functionalized SWCNTs as Tailored p-type Dopants for Perovskite Solar Cells"

    ACS Ami Perovs

    ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8, 27966-27973

  • N. Armaroli, V. Balzani
    "Solar Electricity and Solar Fuels: Status and Perspectives in the Context of the Energy Transition"

    CEJ Rev En

    Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 32-57
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  • A. Baschieri, F. Monti, E. Matteucci, A. Mazzanti , A. Barbieri, N. Armaroli, L. Sambri
    "A Mesoionic Carbene as Neutral Ligand for Phosphorescent Cationic Ir(III) Complexes"

    IC mesoionic carbene

    Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 7912-7919

  • A. Barbieri, E. Bandini, F. Monti, V. K. Praveen, N. Armaroli
    "The Rise of Near Infrared Emitters: Organic Dyes, Porphyrinoids and Transition Metal Complexes"


    Top. Curr. Chem. 2016, 374, 47

  • P.-H. Lanoë, J. Chan, G. Gontard, F. Monti, N. Armaroli, A. Barbieri, H. Amouri
    "Deep-Red Phosphorescent Iridium(III) Complexes with Chromophoric N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands: Design, Photophysical Properties, and DFT Calculations"

    EJIC Ir

    Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2016, 1631-1634

  • N. Armaroli, H. J. Bolink
    "Luminescence: The Never-Ending Story"


    Top. Curr. Chem. 2016, 374, 44

  • L. Ðordevic, T. Marangoni, F. De Leo, I. Papagiannouli, P. Aloukos, S. Couris, E. Pavoni, F. Monti, N. Armaroli, M. Prato, D. Bonifazi
    "[60]Fullerene–porphyrin [n]-pseudorotaxanes: self-assembly, photophysics and third-order NLO responses"

    CEJ Rev En

    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2016, 18, 11858-11868

  • F. Monti, A. Venturini, A. Nenov, F. Tancini, A. D. Finke, F. Diederich, N. Armaroli
    "Anilino-Substituted Multicyanobuta-1,3-diene Electron Acceptors: TICT Molecules with Accessible Conical Intersections"


    J. Phys. Chem. A 2015, 119, 10677-10683

  • A. Kremer, C. Aurisicchio, F. De Leo, B. Ventura, J. Wouters, N. Armaroli, A. Barbieri, D. Bonifazi
    "Walking down the chalcogenic group of the periodic table: from singlet to triplet organic emitters"

    CEJ Cu

    Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 15377-15387

  • F. Monti, A. Baschieri, E. Matteucci, A. Mazzanti, L. Sambri, A. Barbieri, N. Armaroli
    "A chelating diisocyanide ligand for cyclometalated Ir(III) complexes with strong and tunable luminescence"

    JACS Naphtols

    Faraday Discuss. 2015, 185, 233-248

  • L. Đorđević, T. Marangoni, T. Miletić, J. Rubio-Magnieto, J. Mohanraj, H. Amenitsch, D. Pasini, N. Liaros, S. Couris, N. Armaroli, M. Surin, D. Bonifazi
    "Solvent Molding of Organic Morphologies Made of Supramolecular Chiral Polymers"

    JACS Naphtols

    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 8150-8160

  • F. Monti, M. G. I. La Placa, N. Armaroli, R. Scopelliti, M. Grätzel, Md. K. Nazeeruddin, F. Kessler
    "Cationic Iridium(III) Complexes with Two Carbene-Based Cyclometalating Ligands: Cis Versus Trans Isomers"

    IC Ir Cis Trans

    Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 3031-3042

  • A. Nano, M. P. Gullo, B. Ventura, N. Armaroli, A. Barbieri, R. Ziessel
    "Panchromatic luminescence from julolidine dyes exhibiting excited state intramolecular proton transfer"


    Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 3351-3354

  • A. Kremer, E. Bietlot, A. Zanelli, J. M. Malicka, N. Armaroli, D. Bonifazi
    "Versatile Bisethynyl[60]fulleropyrrolidine Scaffolds for Mimicking Artificial Light-Harvesting Photoreaction Centers"

    CEJ Cu

    Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 1108-1117