Mario Pagliaro

Mario Pagliaro lecturing in Moscow at Russia Academy of the Sciences in 2017
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Mario Pagliaro is a chemistry and energy scholar based in Palermo, Italy, where he leads a research Group focusing on nanochemistry, sustainability and the bioeconomy. In recognition of his "significant contributions to the chemical sciences" in 2014 he was designed Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He ranks amongst Italy's most cited scientists in nanotechnology and materials chemistry.

The achievements of his Group’s research developed in co-operation with leading researchers based in 20 countries, including Israel, Canada, China, Portugal and the US, include numerous important advances reported in over 200 frequently cited research papers, 24 of which featuring on the cover of journals such as ChemSusChem, Nanoscale, Catalysis Science & Technology and ChemCatChem. He is authored or co-authored 21 books.
Mario received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Palermo in 1998, following work carried out with David Avnir at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Arjan de Nooy at the TNO Food Research Institute in Zeist (the Netherlands). In late 2000 he joined the ranks of Italy’s Research Council at the Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Natural Products founded by Professor Giulio Deganello.

He regularly organizes conferences and gives courses and seminars on the topics of his research. Invited by Russia Academy of the Sciences, in June 2017 he gave in Moscow two lectures on nanochemistry-derived sol-gel catalysts and the bioeconomy. In May 2012 he held in Quebéc one of the invited key lectures at the 22nd Canadian Symposium on Catalysis. The subsequent October he was invited by Zurich's ETH to give a lecture on solar hydrogen.

In 2008 the University of Amsterdam invited him to give the "John van Geuns Lecture". In 2010 he was invited to give a keynote lecture at the 8th Eurofedlipid Congress in Munich. In 2005 he was appointed “Maître de conférences associé” at Montpellier’s Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie.

He has co-chaired the “SuNEC - Sun New Energy Energy Conference” held yearly in Sicily between 2011 and 2016, as well as of the “FineCat - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals” held between 2012 and 2017. In 2009 he chaired the 10th FIGIPAS Meeting in Inorganic Chemistry held in Palermo («A smashing success»).

Since 2004 he organizes the prestigious Seminar "Marcello Carapezza" whose 2011 edition was hosted by Italy’s Parliament.

Currently, he is co-editing with Bert Sels the "Supported Molecular Catalysts" thematic issue of ChemCatChem due for publication in early 2018. He has edited the 2017 "Catalysis and Biocatalysis" thematic issue of Chimica Oggi-Chemistry Today. In 2015 he co-edited (with Paolo Fornasiero) the "Pd Catalysis" thematic issue of ChemCatChem, following the 2014 "Hybrid Materials" Nanoscale themed issue guest-edited with Jean-Marie Nedelec, and the 2011 "Heterogeneous Catalysis for Fine Chemicals" issue of Catalysis Science & Technology edited along with Graham Hutchings.

In 2017, he was recognized as one of the most highly prolific authors for ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering in the past 4 years. In 2016 he was selected first among the top five highly prolific authors of Organic Process Research and Development. In March 2016 he was found in the top 10% of highly cited authors in the General Chemistry portfolio of RSC journals.

Reviewer for most major journals in chemistry, energy and materials science, he regularly evaluates research projects for leading research agencies, including the France's Agence Nationale de la Recherche, the Royal Society, Israel Science Foundation, Fonds de recherche du Québec, São Paulo Research Foundation, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Pazi Foundation, US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, Research Foundation - Flanders, Estonian Research Council, Poland National Science Centre, German Academic Exchange Service and ACS Petroleum Research Fund.

He has been appointed in several evaluation international committees of Professor and PhD candidates, with appointments so far from the Shamoon College of Engineering, KU Leuven, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Lille University (Université Lille 1 Sciences et Technologie).

Dr Pagliaro is a member of the Advisory Board of Chemical Society Reviews, Energy Science & Engineering, ChemistryOpen, Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy and Chimica Oggi/Chemistry Today as well as of the Editorial Board of ChemistrySelect, Silicon, Chemistry Central Journal, Coatings and Letters in Organic Chemistry. In 2016, along with Vania Zuin, he was appointed co-Editor of the new "Green and Sustainable Chemistry" section of Chemistry Central Journal. Starting in 2017, he writes the “Biomaterials & Nanomaterials” column of Chimica Oggi - Chemistry Today.

In 2008, in his book Flexible Solar Cells, he introduced the term "Helionomics" to identify the forthcoming solar economy when most scholars and analysts did not believe that solar energy could ever play any significant role as energy source. Between September and December 2015 he was president of Palermo's energy utility AMG Energia.

In 2014 he was awarded one of the Cerisdi Awards. In 2013, Silicon published Mario Pagliaro's achievements in science and in education.