Sustainable Synthesis and Catalysis

we solve synthetic challenges in a sustainable manner
Asymmetric Organocatalysis

Asymmetric Organocatalysis

Small chiral organic molecules can be used to catalyse innovative synthetic transformations. We can use covalent or H-bonding enantioselective catalysis to access new chiral bioactive ingredients

Carbon Dioxide Fixation

Carbon Dioxide Fixation

We use specific catalysts and photocatalysts to engage CO2 in novel stereoselective synthetic transformations. We create useful molecules from waste materials in a sustainable manner



Photocatalysis allows unique reactivity pathways, often unaccesible under polar chemistry. We use light to develop unprecedented reactivity and new molecular scaffolds


Alberto Vega Peñaloza

Post Doctoral Associate

I am interested in the development of novel organo- and photo-catalytic systems to provide sustainable synthetic methods. Currently I am focused on development of new COFs.

Javier Mateos

PHD student

My PhD project focuses on the development and mechanistic understanding of light-driven processes to the construction of complex molecular targets

Tommaso Bortolato


I am currently working on the development of novel organo-photocatalysts to employ them in novel synthetic methods.

Pietro Franceschi

PHD student (co-supervisor Prof. Andrea Sartorel)

I am working on a collaborartive project that focuses on the fixation of CO2 by means of photoredox and electrophotocatalysis

Deepak Singh


I am working on implementing novel visible light-driven reactions. Currently, I am trying to trap carbon dioxide into biorelevant scaffolds.

Gianluca Simionato


I am studying new heterocyclic organo-photocatalysts for applications into synthetic photoredox catalysis.

Angelo Scopano


I am working on synthesis of reactive substrates to trap carbon dioxide using new photocatalytic systems.

University of Padova

We are part of the NanoMolCat group

Department of Chemical Sciences

Via Marzolo 1, Padova - 35131, Italy