Settore ERC

PE5_8 - Intelligent materials - self assembled materials
PE5_16 - Polymer chemistry
PE5_17 - Supramolecular chemistry


The SMD group at the Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability has a long experience in the field of supramolecular sensors, self-assembly and self-organization of stimuli responsive materials.


The current research topics of the SMD group are:


* Stimuli responsive polymers


Recent papers: 

J. Tellers, S. Canossa, R. Pinalli, M. Soliman, J. Vachon and E. Dalcanale: Dynamic Cross-Linking of Polyethylene via Sextuple Hydrogen Bonding Array. Macromolecules 2018, 7680-7691.

A. Zych, A. Verdelli, M. Soliman, R. Pinalli, A. Pedrini, J. Vachon and E. Dalcanale: Strain-reporting pyrene-grafted polyethylene. European Polymer Journal, 2019, 111, 69–73.


* Functionalized sorption membranes for wastewater treatment



* Supramolecular sensors for health and environment



Recent reviews:

R. Pinalli, A. Pedrini and E. Dalcanale: Biochemical Sensing with cavitands. Chem. Soc. Rev., 2018, 47,7006-7026.

R. Pinalli, A. Pedrini and E. Dalcanale: Environmental gas sensing with cavitands. Chem Eur. J. 2018, 24, 1010-1019.


* Self-diagnostic composites


Recent papers: 

A. E. Früh, F. Artoni, R. Brighenti and E. Dalcanale: Strain Field Self-Diagnostic Poly(dimethylsiloxane) Elastomers. Chem. Mater., 2017, 29, 7450-7457.


* Molecular recognition at interfaces


Recent papers:

R. Pinalli, G. Brancatelli, A. Pedrini, D. Menozzi, D. Hernández, P. Ballester, S. Geremia and E. Dalcanale: The origin of selectivity in the complexation of N-methyl amino acids by tetraphosphonate cavitands. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 8569-8580.

M. Giannetto, A. Pedrini, S. Fortunati, D. Brando, S. Milano, C. Massera, R. Tatti, R. Verucchi, M. Careri, E. Dalcanale and Roberta Pinalli: Sensing of halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons in water with a cavitand coated piezoelectric device, Sens. Actuators B Chem. 2018, 276, 340-348.


* Auxetic materials


Recent papers:

M. Torelli, I. Domenichelli, A. Pedrini, F. Guagnini, R. Pinalli, F. Terenziani, F. Artoni, R. Brighenti and E. Dalcanale: pH-Driven conformational switching of quinoxaline cavitands in polymer matrices. Synlett, 2018, 29, 2503-2508.

R. Brighenti, F. Artoni, F. Vernerey, M. Torelli, A. Pedrini, I. Domenichelli and E. Dalcanale: Mechanics of responsive polymers via conformationally switchable molecules. J. Mech. Phys. Sol., 2018, 113, 65–81.
* Protein recognition


Recent papers:

F. Guagnini, P. M. Antonik, M. L. Rennie, P. O'Byrne, A. R. Khan, R. Pinalli, E. Dalcanale and P. B. Crowley: Cucurbit[7]uril–Dimethyllysine Recognition in a Model Protein. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 7126-7130.

N. Bontempi, E. Biavardi, D. Bordiga, G. Candiani, I. Alessandri, P. Bergese and E. Dalcanale: Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 8639-8646.


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