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 designated Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

He ranks amongst Italy's most cited scientists in nanotechnology and materials chemistry. 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.

Developed in co-operation with leading researchers based in 20 countries, his Group's research is reported in over 220 frequently cited research papers, 24 of which featuring on the cover of journals such as ChemSusChem, Nanoscale, Catalysis Science & Technology and ChemCatChem.
His work has been widely highlighted by national and international press, including by MIT Technology Review, Advanced Science News, Italy’s national television, newspapers and magazines.

Frequently cited for his excellence in teaching, Dr Pagliaro has authored or co-authored 22 books some of which have become the reference in their field.

He has mentored several M.Sci. and Ph.D. students some of whom today work in relevant positions at prestigious universities, publishers and innovative companies. Currently he co-mentors M.Sci. and Ph.D. students at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences in Iran, Ariel University in Israel and ITMO University in Russia.

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, Université Lille 1 Sciences et Technologie and Khalifa University of Science and Technology.

Reviewer for Nature, Science and 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 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. He is invited to give a plenary lecture at XX International Sol-Gel Conference, St Petersburg,August 25-30, 2019, and at the  International Conference "Catalysis and Organic Synthesis" (ICCOS-2019),  Moscow, September 15-20, 2019.

University Seeking Top Professor? In June 2017, following the invitation of by the Russian Academy of the Sciences he gave two invited lectures in Moscow. 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 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.

In 2009 he chaired the 10th FIGIPAS Meeting in Inorganic Chemistry held in Palermo with over 300 scientists originating from more than 50 different countries  («A smashing success»).

Between 2011 and 2017 he co-chaired the “SuNEC - Sun New Energy Energy Conference” and the “FineCat - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals”, both held yearly in Sicily. The meetings saw the lectures of scientists of the standing of Gideon Grader, Stephen Hashmi, Valentine Ananikov, Bert Sels, Manfred Reetz, Irina Beletskaya, Oliver Kappe, David Cole-Hamilton, Paolo Fornasiero, Serge Kaliaguine, Claudio Banchini, Tyler McQuade, Graham Hutchings, Gadi Rothenberg at FineCat, and Philipp Rudolf von Rohr, Ralph Nuzzo, Vincenzo Balzani, Bernard Kippelen, Aldo Di Carlo, Aldo Steinfeld, Thomas Brown, Keith Barnham, Ruud Schropp, Bao-Lian Su and Kisuk Kang at SuNEC.

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

In 2018 he co-edited with Bert Sels the "Supported Molecular Catalysts" thematic issue of ChemCatChem following the 2017 "Catalysis and Biocatalysis" theme issue of Chimica Oggi-Chemistry Today. In 2015 he guest-edited with Paolo Fornasiero the "Pd Catalysis" issue of ChemCatChem, following the 2014 "Hybrid Materials" Nanoscale themed issue with Jean-Marie Nedelec. In 2011 he co-edited with with Graham Hutchings the "Heterogeneous Catalysis for Fine Chemicals" issue of Catalysis Science & Technology which later on led to the inauguration of the FineCat symposia in Sicily.

Dr Pagliaro is a member of the Advisory Board of Chemical Society Reviews, Journal of Physics: Energy, Energy Science & Engineering, ChemistryOpen, Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy and Chimica Oggi/Chemistry Today. He is a member of the Editorial Board of ChemistrySelect, 4Open, Silicon, Chemistry Central Journal, Coatings, General Chemistry and Letters in Organic Chemistry. He sits on the steering committee of FrenXiv, a French server for preprints.

In 2016, along with Vania Zuin, he was appointed co-Editor of the new "Green and Sustainable Chemistry" section of Chemistry Central Journal. Since 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. Silicon published an account of his achievements in science and in education in 2013. In early 2019, ChemistryOpen dedicated to him its first Meet the Board editorial


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