Chemistry degree at the University of Milan with an experimental thesis on homogeneous catalysis.
- Since June 1985 he has held a permanent position as Researcher at CNR, in the first years at the Center “S.S.C.M.T.B.S.O.” directed by Prof. S. Cenini.
- In 1986 he is Visiting Researcher in the group of Prof. B. R. James at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada).
- Up to 1992 his scientific interests are organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis; later on he moves to Trieste where he works in the staff which builds the VUV Beam-Line at Elettra Synchrotron.
- Since January 2003 he is part of the Trieste Unit of CNR “Istituto Struttura della Materia”.
- Since March 2003 to September 2006 he is Technical Responsible of the VUV Beam-Line. During that time, besides the experiments carried out at the VUV Beam-Line, he has investigated the properties of transition metal coordination compounds by photoemission spectroscopy with Synchrotron Radiation.
At present, his scientific interests are organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis, with particular awareness towards environmental issues. Thus, the main goal is the study of reactions and technologies aimed at the synthesis of new materials, taking into account the 12 principles of “Green Chemistry”. Examples of such reactions are hydrogen transfer reduction, post-polymerization processes and activation of carbon dioxide. Last applications are towards the valorization of glycerol with the goal to make biofuels production more feasible.
He is author of more than 60 publications among papers on international journals, reviews and books chapters; he has presented tens oral contributions at National and Internationals Conferences as well as lectures at Chemistry Departments.
Example of publication in his present research field:
- “Alternative intermediates for glycerol valorization: iridium-catalyzed formation of acetals and ketals”
Crotti C., Farnetti E., Guidolin N., GREEN CHEMISTRY 12 (2010) 2225
- “Dehydrogenation of glycerol to dihydroxyacetone catalyzed by iridium complexes with P-N ligands”
Crotti C., Kaspar J., Farnetti E., GREEN CHEMISTRY 12 (2010) 1295
- “Iridium-catalyzed N-alkylation of diamines with glycerol”
Crotti C., Farnetti E., Licen S., Barbieri P., Pitacco G., J. MOL. CAT. A, 382 (2014) 64