Education, Experience and Awards

Education and Professional Experience

  • 2008- present           Professor of Chemistry, Rutgers University
  • 2003-2008                Associate Professor of Chemistry, Rutgers University
  • 1996-2003                Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Rutgers University
  • Spring 2006      Visiting Professor Center of Molecular Devices, Chemistry Department, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden; one week visits to  Lund University (2012 and 2008), and Hahn-Meitner Institut in Berlin (2005)
  • 1994-1996                Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin               Advisor: Marye Anne Fox                                                                                  Project: Design and synthesis of dichromophoric a-helical peptides; First experimental proof of the effect of the electric field generated by the helix dipole on photoinduced intramolecular electron transfer.
  • Fall 2005           Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin, Sophomore Organic Chemistry Course
  • 1994                         Ph.D., The University of Chicago                                              Advisor: Philip E. Eaton                                                                                        Thesis: Alkynylcubanes and Rigid-rod Molecules 
  • 1989                         Laurea in Chimica, Università degli Studi di Pisa, Italy         Advisor: Rita Menicagli                                                                                         Thesis: Synthesis of Butenolides from 2-Nitrofuran

Awards and memberships

  • Langmuir, Editorial Advisory Board, January 2006-2011
  • Kavli Frontiers of Sciences Alumna (National Academy of Sciences)
  • Distinguished Service Award, New York Italian Consulate
  • Alan Berman Research Publications Award, Naval Research Laboratory
  • Borsa di Studio (Fellowship) from CNR, Italy, Alkynylcubanes
  • Borsa di Studio (Fellowship) from CNR, Italy, Polysubstituted Cubanes
  • Member, current or past: American Chemical Society; New York Academy of Sciences; Inter-American Photochemical Society; Electrochemical Society; Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanins