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Primo Levi Award

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The Board of SCI Giovani launches the new edition of the Primo Levi Award, to be assigned to a young SCI member author of a research performed in Italy, original and of wide interest in the Chemical Sciences, published on an international scientific journal in its final version in the timespan January 1 ‒ December 31, 2019.

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The SCI Giovani Board has granted 10 candidates access to the second evaluation step of the Primo Levi Award, which is being performed by a commission appointed on purpose with SCI members and Italian scientists working abroad.
Each finalist has produced a short video to show their work in a concise and original fashion.
Here the 10 finalists of the Primo Levi Award 2019! Good luck to all of you!

Thiahelicene-based inherently chiral films for enantioselective electroanalysis
Chem. Sci. 10 (2019) 1539-1548
Video (ITA)  |  Article

Carlo BRAVIN (Univ. Cambridge)
A diastereodynamic probe transducing molecular length into chiroptical readout
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141 (2019) 11963-11969
Video (ITA, subENG)  |  Article

Rosaria BRUNO (UniCAL)
Multivariate Metal–Organic Frameworks for the simultaneous capture of organic and inorganic contaminants from water
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141 (2019) 13601-13609
Video (ITA)  |  Article

Visible light uranyl photocatalysis: direct C–H to C–C bond conversion
ACS Catal. 9 (2019) 3054-3058
Video (ITA)  |  Article

Stefano CORRÀ (UniBO)
Chemical on/off switching of mechanically planar chirality and chiral anion recognition in a [2]rotaxane molecular shuttle
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141 (2019) 9129-9133
Video (ITA)  |  Article

Giuseppe DILAURO (UniBA)
Water and sodium chloride: Essential ingredients for robust and fast Pd‐catalysed cross‐coupling reactions between organolithium reagents and (hetero)aryl halides
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 58 (2019) 1799-1802
Video (ITA)  |  Article

Matteo LANZI (UniPR)
Visible‐light‐promoted polycyclizations of dienynes
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 58 (2019) 6703-6707
Video (ITA)  |  Article

María Del Carmen MARÍN-PÉREZ (UniSI)
Fluorescence enhancement of a microbial rhodopsin via electronic reprogramming
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141 (2019) 262-271
Video (ITA)  |  Article

Orthogonal regulation of DNA nanostructure self-assembly and disassembly using antibodies
Nat. Commun. 10 (2019) art. no. 5509
Video (ITA)  |  Article

Vincenzo RUSSO (UniNA)
Self-activating catalyst for glucose hydrogenation in the aqueous phase under mild conditions
ACS Catal. 9 (2019) 3426-3436
Video (ITA)  |  Article


► Primo Levi Award 2018


Luka Đorđević (UniTS, Chemistry of Biological Chemistry)
Design principles of chiral carbon nanodots help convey chirality from molecular to nanoscale level
Nat. Comm. 9 (2018) art. no 3442
Video  |  Article
Eleonora Macchia (UniBA, Analitical Chemistry)
Single-molecule detection with a millimetre-sized transistor
Nat. Comm. 9 (2018) art. no. 3223
Video  |  Article

Honorable mentions:

Serena Bertoni (UniBO, Pharmaceutical Technology)
pH and reactive oxygen species-sequential responsive nano-in-micro composite for targeted therapy of inflammatory bowel disease
Adv. Func. Mater. 28 (2018) art no. 1806175
Video  |  Article
Stefano Crespi (UniPV, Organic Chemistry)
Tuning the thermal isomerization of phenylazoindole photoswitches from days to nanoseconds
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140 (2018) 2940-2946
Video  |  Article
"The Most Popular Video" Carla Rizzo (UniPA, Organic Chemistry)
Nitrogen-doped carbon nanodots-ionogels: Preparation, characterization, and radical scavenging activity
ACS Nano 12 (2018) 1296-1305
Video  |  Article

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Primo Levi Award 2017


Claudia Bonfio (UniTN, Chemistry of Biological Systems)
UV-light-driven prebiotic synthesis of iron-sulfur clusters
Nat. Chem. 9 (2017) 1229-1234
Video  |  Article
Daniele Martella (UniFI, Industrial Chemistry)
Photonic microhand with autonomous action
Adv. Mater. 29 (2017) art. no. 1704047
Video  |  Article

Honorable mentions:

Riccardo Rigo (UniPV, Medicinal Chemistry)
Conformational profiling of a G-rich sequence within the c-KIT promoter
Nucleic Acids Res. 45 (2017) 13056-13067
Video  |  Article
Sergio Rossi (UniMI, Organic Chemistry)
Stereoselective catalytic synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients in homemade 3D-printed mesoreactors
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 56 (2017) 4290-4294
Video  |  Article
"The Most Popular Video" Francesco Tavanti (UniMORE, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry)
Site-selective surface-enhanced Raman detection of proteins
ACS Nano 11 (2017) 918-926
Video  |  Article

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Primo Levi Award 2016


Alessia Amodio (UniROMA2, Analitical Chemistry)
pH-controlled assembly of DNA tiles
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138 (2016) 12735-12738

Video  |  Article
Giovanni Valenti (UniBO, Electrochemistry)
Coaxial heterostructures integrating palladium/titanium dioxide with carbon nanotubes for efficient electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution
Nat. Commun. 7 (2016) 13549

Video  |  Article

Honorable mentions:

Francesca Arcudi (UniTS, Chemistry of Biological Systems)
Synthesis, separation, and characterization of small and highly fluorescent nitrogen-doped carbon nanodots
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 55 (2016) 2107-2112

Video  |  Article
Matteo Atzori (UniFI, Inorganic Chemistry)
Quantum coherence times enhancement in vanadium(IV)-based potential molecular qubits: the key role of the vanadyl moiety
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138 (2016) 11234-11244

Video  |  Article
"The Most Popular Video" Anna Laura Capriotti (UniROMA1, Analitical Chemistry)
New magnetic graphitized carbon black TiO2 composite for phosphopeptide selective enrichment in shotgun phosphoproteomics
Anal. Chem. 88 (2016) 12043-12050
Video  |  Article

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Primo Levi Award 2015


Cristian Pezzato (UniPD e CNR-ISTM, Organic Chemistry)
Transient signal generation in a self-assembled nanosystem fueled by ATP
Nat. Commun. 6 (2015) 7790
Video  |  Article
Letizia Monico (UniPG, Chemistry of the Environment and of Cultural Heritage)
Evidence for degradation of the chrome yellows in Van Gogh’s sunflowers: a study using noninvasive in situ methods and synchrotron-radiation-based X-ray techniques
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 54 (2015) 13923
Video  |  Article

Honorable mentions:

Giulio Ragazzon (UniBO, Inorganic Chemistry)
Light-powered autonomous and directional molecular motion of a dissipative self-assembling system
Nat. Nanotechnol. 10 (2015) 70
Video  |  Article
Chiara Samorì (CIRI EA e UniBO, Organic Chemistry)
Dimethyl carbonate and switchable anionic surfactants: two effective tools for the extraction of polyhydroxyalkanoates from microbial biomass
Green Chem. 17 (2015) 1047
Video  |  Article
"The Most Popular Video" Luca Catalano (PoliMI, Physical Chemistry)
Dynamic characterization of crystalline supramolecular rotors assembled through halogen bonding
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137 (2015) 15386
Video  |  Article

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Primo Levi Award 2014


Alessandra Campana (CNR-ISMN, Physical Chemistry)
Electrocardiographic recording with conformable organic electrochemical transistor fabricated on resorbable bioscaffold
Adv. Mater. 26 (2014) 3874
Alessandro Minguzzi (UniMI e INSTM, Electrochemistry)
Observing the oxidation state turnover in heterogeneous iridium-based water oxidation catalysts
Chem. Sci. 5 (2014) 3591

Honorable mentions:

Andrea Idili (UniROMA2, Analitical Chemistry)
Programmable pH-triggered DNA nanoswitches
J. Am. Chem. Soc.
136 (2014) 5836
Alberto Ceccon (UniVR, Organic Chemistry)
Dynamics of a globular protein adsorbed to liposomal nanoparticles
J. Am. Chem. Soc.
136 (2014) 13158

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Primo Levi Award 2013


Francesco Pineider (UniFI e CNR-ISTN, Inorganic Chemistry)
Circular magnetoplasmonic modes in gold nanoparticles
Nano Lett.
13 (2013) 4785-4789
Alessandro Porchetta (UniROMA2 e INBB, Analitical Chemistry)
Allosterically tunable, DNA-based switches triggered by heavy metals
J. Am. Chem. Soc.
135 (2013) 13238-13241

Honorable mentions:

Denis Gentili (CNR-ISMN)
Logic-gate device based on printed polymer semiconducting nanostripes
Nano Lett.
13 (2013) 3643-3647
Ivan Carnimeo (SNS e INFN)
Computational spectroscopy of large system in solution: the DFTB/PCM and TD-DFTB/PCM approach
J. Chem. Theor. Comput.
9 (2013) 2052-2071

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Primo Levi Award 2012


Matteo Cargnello (CNR-ICCOM)
Exceptional activity for methane combustion over modular Pd@CeO2 subunits on fuctionalized Al2O3
337 (2012) 713-717

Honorable mentions:

Tommaso Avellini (UniBO)
Davide Ravelli (UniPV)
Alessandro Porchetta (UniROMA2)

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Primo Levi Award 2010


Elisabetta Collini (UniPD, Physical Chemistry)
Coherently wired light-harvesting in photosynthetic marine algae at ambient temperature
463 (2010) 644-647

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