Research Interests

Provide a computational support to the development of new catalysts:

  • Develop new steric descriptors for the quantification of steric and electronic effects in transition metal based catalysts with the aim to rationalize the disorganized and chaotic catalytic space, to orientate experimental efforts towards possibly well performing catalysts, and away from the ineffective ones.

  • Rationalize new catalysts in strict collaboration with experimental groups through detailed mechanistic studies.

  • Use the computational techniques to screen novel catalyst architectures more rapidly, and to obtain insights that could help in the design andn experimental synthesis of novel and improved catalysts.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Salerno, ITALY, 2014

Professional Profile

  • ​July 2014- July 2015: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST (SABIC), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​ACS


  • ​SABIC postdoctoral fellowship award 2014

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST catalysis Center (KCC)

  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)