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2022 - Expedient Access to Type II Kinase Inhibitor Chemotypes by Microwave-Assisted Suzuki Coupling [Articolo su rivista]
Destro, Lorenza; Van Melsen, Ross; Gobbi, Alex; Terzi, Andrea; Genitoni, Matteo; Zambon, Alfonso

2022 - Improved fed-batch processes with Wickerhamomyces anomalus WC 1501 for the production of D-arabitol from pure glycerol [Articolo su rivista]
Raimondi, Stefano; Foca, Giorgia; Ulrici, Alessandro; Destro, Lorenza; Leonardi, Alan; Buzzi, Raissa; Candeliere, Francesco; Rossi, Maddalena; Amaretti, Alberto

D-Arabitol, a five-carbon sugar alcohol, represents a main target of microbial biorefineries aiming to valorize cheap substrates. The yeast Wickerhamomyces anomalus WC 1501 is known to produce arabitol in a glycerol-based nitrogen-limited medium and preliminary fed-batch processes with this yeast were reported to yield 18.0 g/L arabitol.

2021 - Electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution using hybrid electrodes based on single-walled carbon nanohorns and cobalt(ii) polypyridine complexes [Articolo su rivista]
Benazzi, E.; Begato, F.; Niorettini, A.; Destro, L.; Wurst, K.; Licini, G.; Agnoli, S.; Zonta, C.; Natali, M.

The generation of hydrogen from water represents an important task towards a carbon neutral economy. Within this context, the preparation of hybrid electrodes merging the versatility of solid-state porous substrates and the catalytic ability and tunability of molecular complexes represents a great challenge. In the present work, we report on the preparation of hybrid cathodes for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) through an unprecedented combination of single-walled carbon nanohorns (SWCNHs) and two novel cobalt(ii) polypyridine complexes based on the tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine (TPMA) ligand scaffold. Suitable pyrene groups are introduced in the ligand framework in different positions to provide a way for direct anchoring onto the carbonaceous substrate by exploiting non-covalent π-π interactions. The present systems behave as competent cathodes for the HER in neutral aqueous solution with overpotentials ofη∼ 0.5 V and stable current densities (within 1 h electrolysis) up to −0.50 mA cm−2, whose exact values depend on the catalyst used and are mainly related to the respective loading on the electrode surface. In both cases, hydrogen evolution is detected under continuous electrolysis for up toca.12 h leading to maximum turnover numbers (TONs) of 4700 and 9180 molH2molCo−1for the two different complexes. The progressive deactivation under electrolytic conditions is mainly ascribed to leaching of the metal centre from the polydentate ligand, likely occurring from the competent catalytic intermediates involved in the HER.