Antonio Monopoli received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Bari, Bari, Italy, in 2001 with a thesis on organic and organometallic reactions in ionic liquids. In 2001, he spent a short period in Ottawa, ON, Canada, studying the reactivity of rhodium catalysts under the guidance of Professor H. Alper. Very briefly, his research interests are focused on the use of ionic liquids as green solventsand as alternative reaction media in catalysis. During his research, Monopoli studied the effects exerted by different ionic liquids on catalyst stability, reaction rates and regio- and stereo-selectivity in carbon–carbon coupling reactions pointing out the superiority of the quaternary ammonium halides over pyridinium- and imidazolium-derived ionic liquids. Following his interest in the discovery of new ecofriendly protocols, Monopoli recently used glucose as reducing agent in the synthesis of biphenyl not only in ionic liquid but also in water, the most desirable green solvent. In addition, he found that also Suzuki and Heck couplings were possible in an aqueous medium. Moreover, he dedicated some efforts to the development of green protocols without the use of metals, for example, he studied the incorporation of carbon dioxide into small organic molecules such as epoxides or hydroxylamines obtaining carbonates or carbamates, under mild conditions. Now Monopoli is deeply studying the reactivity of gold nanoparticles and is trying to develop the synthesis of new matrices very useful in MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. From several years, Monopoli has been a contract Professor in the University of Bari.
Biography Updated on 2 May 2012