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:

* 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.                                               

* 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.

* 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, E. Dalcanale: Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 8639-8646.

* 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.
F. Portone, M. Amorini, M. Montanari, R. Pinalli, A. Pedrini, R. Verucchi, R. Brighenti, E. Dalcanale. Molecular Auxetic Polymer of Intrinsic Microporosity via Conformational Switching of a Cavitand Crosslinker.  Adv. Funct. Mater. 2023, 2307605.

* 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.

* 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.

* Porous materials for gas adsorption/separation and wastewater treatment


Recent papers: 

M. Amorini, N. Riboni, L. Pesenti, V. Dini, A. Pedrini, C. Massera, C. Gualandi, F. Bianchi, R. Pinalli, E. Dalcanale: Reusable cavitand-based electrospun membranes for the removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from water. Small 2022, 18, 2104946.

D. Marchetti, F. Portone, F. Mezzadri, E. Dalcanale, M. Gemmi, A. Pedrini, C. Massera. Selective and Reversible Solvent Uptake in Tetra-4-(4-pyridyl)phenylmethane-based Supramolecular Organic Frameworks. Chem. Eur. J. 2022, 28, e202202977.

A. Pedrini, D. Marchetti, R. Pinalli, C. Massera. Stimuli-Responsive, Dynamic Supramolecular Organic Frameworks. ChemPlusChem 2023, e202300.


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