Mario Pagliaro

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Mario Pagliaro is a chemistry and energy scholar based at Italy's Research Council 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.

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 180 frequently cited research papers and several book chapters. He ranks amongst Italy's most cited scientists in nanotechnology and materials chemistry. In 2016 he was selected 1st among the top five highly prolific authors of Organic Process Research and Development.
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). He presented orally the outcomes of the work, widely published, at  "Gluportwo" in Porto, Portugal, in late 1997.

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. Frequently cited for his excellence in teaching, in 2001 he gave an oral presentation at 6th FIGIPS Meeting in Inorganic Chemistry, and in 2005 he was appointed “Maître de conférences associé” at Montpellier’s Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie. In 2008 he gave the "John van Geuns" Lecture at the University of Amsterdam. In 2010 he was invited to give a keynote lecture at the 8th Eurofedlipid Congress in Munich. In 2012 he gave an invited lecture at the 22nd Canadian Symposium on Catalysis, and an invited seminar on solar hydrogen at Zurich’s ETH.

He regularly organizes conferences and gives courses and seminars on the topics of his research. He co-chairs the “SuNEC Sun New Energy Energy Conference” as well as the “FineCat Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals” - two important meetings held annually in Sicily since 2011. In 2009 he chaired the 10th FIGIPAS Meeting in Inorganic Chemistry held in Palermo on July 2009 («A smashing success»). Since 2004 he organizes the prestigious Seminar "Marcello Carapezza" whose 2011 edition was hosted by Italy’s Parliament.

Co-author of 20 books, 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 (along with Graham Hutchings). Currently, he is co-editing the "Supported Molecular Catalysts" thematic issue of ChemCatChem (with Bert Sels) due for publication in early 2018, and the "Catalysis and Biocatalysis" issue of Chimica Oggi/Chemistry Today due for publication in late 2017.

Reviewer for most major journals in chemistry, energy and materials science, as scientific expert Dr Pagliaro regularly evaluates proposals for leading research agencies, including French Research Agency, Royal Society, Israel Science Foundation, 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 sits frequently on international PhD evaluation committees, with appointments so far from KU Leuven, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Lille University (Université Lille 1 Sciences et Technologie).

He 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 Silicon, Coatings and Letters in Organic Chemistry. Along with Vania Zuin, he co-edits the Green and Sustainable Chemistry section of Chemistry Central Journal

In Flexible Solar Cells (2008) he introduced the term "Helionomics". 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.