Enzo Menna is Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry since 2010, at the University of Padova, Padova, Italy, where he received his Laurea degree in chemistry in 1995, cum laude. From 1996 through 1998 he was a Ph.D. student at the same university with a project concerning the study on hydrogen bond formation by NMR measurements and quantum chemical calculations. His present activity concerns the synthesis of organic materials. In 1999, he started working, as Assistant Professor, on the functionalization of fullerenes. Since then he developed a branch concerning the chemistry of single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT), an almost unexplored topic at that time. The main goal of his research has been the realization of soluble and functional SWNT derivatives. The products that were obtained have allowed the study of physicochemical properties of SWNT in solution and the incorporation in thin polymer films. He is the local coordinator of a transnational project funded in the frame of European NanoSciERA, concerning the encapsulation of photoactive molecules inside SWNT, and the scientific coordinator of a collaborative project with VenetoNanotech ScpA (An Hi-Tech Cluster of Nanotechnology applied to materials) for the evaluation of the impact of carbon nanotubes on human health. He participates in an EU FP7 project "Nanocomposite and Nanostructured Polymeric Membranes for Gas and Vapour Separations", where he is in charge of the synthesis of SWNT derivatives to be incorporated in polymeric membranes. Menna is Research Unit Leader of the project "Bulk Heterojunctions of Nanostructured Molecular Thin Films for High Efficiency Flexible Photovoltaic Cells" funded by Italian Ministry of Research (FIRB-FiR). He is Member of the Italian Chemical Society, the American Chemical Society, and Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali - INSTM. He teaches organic chemistry and chemistry of organic materials.
Biography Updated on 13 February 2011