was born in 1960 in Perugia, Italy, received his MSc degree in 1983 from the University of Pisa and Scuola Normale Superiore and his PhD in 2012 from the Scuola Normale Superiore. Since 1984, Alessandro has been doing research at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (National Research Council, CNR), the major research institution in Italy, where he is currently Research Director at the Institute of the Chemistry of Organometallic Compounds (ICCOM). He has visited the groups of Emily Carter at the University of California at Los Angeles and Michael Ortiz at Caltech, and is Visiting Associate in Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA since 2012. His interests span a wide range of subjects in theoretical materials science: metal nanoclusters and nanoalloys (supported on oxide surfaces, ligand-protected, and in other environments); emergent phenomena in 2D nanostructures; electro-catalysis; CVD/CVI and ALD growth, amorphous carbonaceous materials, through the development of predictive methods to describe diffusion and reactive processes in realistic materials. More details can be found at www.researchgate.net/profile/Alessandro_Fortunelli/ & www.iccom.cnr.it/en/thc2-lab-2/.

Selected papers:

  1. K. von Haeften, T. Laarmann, H. Wabnitz and Th. Möller, Relaxation dynamics of 3He and 4He clusters and droplets studied by near infrared and visible fluorescence excitation spectroscopy, submitted to Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2022
  2. M. J. McNally, G. Galinis, O. Youle, M. Petr, R. Procek, L. Machala, and K. von Haeften, Silver nanoparticles by atomic vapour deposition on an alcohol micro-jet, Nanoscale Advances 2019, 1, 4041.
  3. H. Gharbi Tarchouna, N. Bonifaci, F. Aitken, L. G. Mendoza Luna and K. von Haeften, Formation of Positively Charged Liquid Helium Clusters in Supercritical Helium and their Solidification Upon Compression, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2015, 6, 3036.
  4. L. Cao, M. Šekutor, P. Y. Zavalij, K. Mlinarić-Majerski, R. Glaser, L. Isaacs, Cucurbit[7]uril•Guest Pair with an Attomolar Dissociation Constant, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 988‒993.
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