Andrea Penoni studied chemistry at the Università Statale in Milano, Italy, and gained his graduation (Laurea degree) in 1996 under the supervision of Professor Sergio Cenini with a thesis on “Amination reactions of olefins catalyzed by transition metal complexes.” He obtained a Ph.D. position in 1996 in Cenini's Group and worked on a project on organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis directed toward organic synthesis. In 2000, after the doctoral degree with a dissertation on “Catalytic amination reactions of unsaturated hydrocarbons,” he did postdoctoral studies in Milan on “Transition metal carbene and nitrene complexes as intermediate in the organic synthesis” (supervisor Professor S. Cenini). In 2000-2001, he joined the research group of Professor Kenneth M. Nicholas at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla, USA, where he studied a novel catalytic reductive annulation of nitro- and nitrosoaromatics with alkynes discovering a new synthetic route to get indole compounds. In 2002, he spent another year in Cenini's group. Since 2003, he has been an Assistant Professor in organic chemistry at the Università dell’Insubria in Como where he joined the Professor Giovanni Palmisano‘s research group. His research is particularly directed to the synthesis of nitrogen containing heterocycles and new C-N bond formation mediated by metals and/or metal complexes. At the end of 2003, he spent three months in Nicholas‘ group at the University of Oklahoma studying synthesis of azaindoles and N-methoxyindoles. Recently, he studied multicomponent reactions mediated by transition and main group metals and metathesis reaction for the preparation of nitrogen- and oxygen-containing heterocycles. In 2006, he spent other three months at the University of Oklahoma studying the reaction mechanism of the annulation of nitrosoarenes with alkynes. He currently develops the nitrosoarene-alkyne cycloaddition reaction to afford natural indole products.
Biography Updated on 22 March 2012