- Energy transition
- Electric mobility
- Climate change in relation to the use / abuse of fossil fuels
- Critical material resources
Nicola Armaroli got the MS degree in chemistry in 1990 (Laurea) and the PhD in chemical sciences in 1994 from the University of Bologna. He was a post-doc at the Center for Photochemical Sciences at Bowling Green State University (Ohio, USA) and at the Italian National Research Council (CNR). In 1997 he started his own research projects at CNR, establishing several international collaborations.
He became Senior Research Scientist in 2002 and Research Director in 2007. He is member of the Italian National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).
His scientific activity is concerned with photochemistry and photophysics, in particular luminescent materials and systems for the conversion of light into electricity and fuels. Over his career he has carried out influential work in the fields of photochemistry of complex systems (catenanes, knots, rotaxanes, dendrimers), light-induced molecular motions, Cu(I) and Ir(III) complexes, multicomponent assemblies containing fullerenes, luminescent coordination compounds and supramolecular photoactive nanomaterials. He also studies the transition of the global energy system towards more sustainable models, also in relation to climate change and availability of natural resources. To date he has published 8 books and over 250 papers. With an h-index of 69, he is listed among the most cited scientists worldwide across all disciplines. Since 2018 he has been elected member of the Executive Board of the European Chemical Society (EuChemS), where he served as chairman of the Working Party on Chemistry and Energy (2011-2017). He is Associate Editor of Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences (Springer Nature), member of the Editorial Board of Chemistry-A European Journal (Wiley-VCH) and Polyhedron (Elsevier). He has given tens of invited lectures at international conferences, universities and research centers worldwide, serves as referee for the most important scientific editors and as consultant for national and international agencies, companies and foundations. He has run European projects as CNR principal investigator or coordinator in the frame of COST, FP5, FP6, FP7 and H2020 programmes, funded by the European Commission. Nicola Armaroli is also a science communicator for the general public on the issues of energy, natural resources and environment, also through interviews and contributions on mass media and social networks. He serves as director of Sapere, the first Italian science periodical, established in 1935, for which he has written tens of editorials. He was awarded the Grammaticakis-Neumann International Prize in Photochemistry, the Premio Letterario Galileo for science dissemination, the Gold Metal Enzo Tiezzi of the Italian Chemical Society, the Premio Madesimo, the Ravani-Pellati Chemistry Prize of the Turin Academy of Science.
- “Emergenza Energia – Non abbiamo più tempo”, Nicola Armaroli, Edizioni Dedalo, 2020
- “Photoluminescent Materials and Electroluminescent Devices”, Nicola Armaroli, Henk J. Bolink (Eds.) , Springer, 2017
- “Energia per l’Astronave Terra Terza Edizione: L’Era delle Rinnovabili”, Nicola Armaroli, Vincenzo Balzani, Zanichelli Editore, 2017
- “Powering Planet Earth Energy Solutions for the Future”, Nicola Armaroli, Vincenzo Balzani and Nick Serpone, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany, 2013.
- “Energy for a Sustainable World From the Oil Age to a Sun Powered Future”, Nicola Armaroli and Vincenzo Balzani, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany, 2011 (tradotto anche in cinese).
- “Energia per l’Astronave Terra. Seconda Edizione Aggiornata e Ampliata”, Nicola Armaroli e Vincenzo Balzani, Zanichelli Editore 2011
- “Energia per l’Astronave Terra”, Nicola Armaroli e Vincenzo Balzani, Zanichelli Editore 2008
- “Energia Oggi e Domani. Prospettive, Sfide, Speranze.”, Nicola Armaroli e Vincenzo Balzani, Bononia University Press, Bologna, Italia, 2004