About Luca

Luca Dell’Amico was born in Carrara, Italy, Tuscany. In 2010, he completed his M.Sc. in Medicinal Chemistry at the Parma University under the supervision of Prof. Giovanni Casiraghi, working on the development of novel eco-friendly vinylogous methods. In the same year he started his PhD in “Stereoselective Synthesis of Biologically Active Compounds” under the supervision of Prof. Franca Zanardi. In 2013, he spent a ten-months research period at the Center for Catalysis of Århus Univesity, Denmark, where he was introduced to the field of organocatalysis by Prof. Karl Anker Jørgensen. Luca completed his PhD with highest honours and the Doctor Europaeus mention at the Parma University in 2014. Shortly after, he moved to the ICIQ, Tarragona, Catalunya, joining the group of Prof. Paolo Melchiorre as a Marie-Curie cofund fellow. During this time he worked on the development of novel stereoselective light-driven processes. In the end of 2016, he started his independent career at the Padova University as an assistant professor (tenure track). Since 2022 is associate Professor in Organic Chemistry at the same institution. In 2022, he was awarded an ERC starting grant to investigate new mechanistic pathways in organophotoredox catalysis. His research spans from the design and study of novel organophotoredox catalysts to the investigation of stereoselective photochemical processes.


Selected awards and distinctions

2023    National scientific habilitation to full professorship

2023    Chem. Commun. themed collection: 2023 Pioneering Investigators [link]

2022    ERC-Starting Grant 2021 (European Research Cuncil) [link]

2021    Junior Scientist Program (JSP) Fellowship (Swiss Chemical Society, Bürgenstock) [link]

2020    YourJOC Talents collection of EurJOC [link]

2020    Thieme Chemistry Journals Award [link]

2019    Giacomo Ciamician Medal – From the Italian Chemical Society [link]

2018    Secretary of the European Winter School in Physical Organic Chemistry

2018    Chemical Communication Emerging investigator Issue [link]

2014    Marie-Curie cofund Fellowship – At ICIQ, Tarragona, Spain