Francesco Sansone, born in 1968, graduated in Organic Chemistry (summa cum laude) in 1993. In 1998 he received his PhD in Supramolecular Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Rocco Ungaro and since 1999 he is Researcher at the Organic and Industrial Chemistry Department of Parma University (Italy). He spent a period of research in the laboratories of Prof. David Reinhoudt at Twente University (NL), involved in the first steps of the project dedicated to the synthesis of molecules designed as building block for non covalently self-assembled architectures, and a period by Prof. Dondoni at Ferrara University (IT) addressed to the learning of carbohydrate chemistry. Since the beginning, he developed his research in the context of Supramolecular Chemistry exploiting, in particular, calixarenes both as hosts and, more recently, as multivalent ligands. His studies on the use of these macrocycles for the interaction with biologically relevant species, going from small organic molecules to biomacromolecules, such as proteins and nucleic acids, contributed to shift the interest of the “Calixarene community” towards more biologically and medically oriented issues. Peptidocalixarenes as biomimetic receptors and ligands, glycocalixarenes for lectin inhibition, guanidino-calixarenes for gene delivery are some of the most relevant examples coming from his work in this field.
Biography Updated on 1 December 2010