Giovanni Giacometti

Professore Emerito

Indirizzo: Via F. Marzolo, 1 - Padova

Telefono: 049 827 5108


Curriculum vitae & studiorum 
Born in Genova in 1929. Graduated in Chemistry at the University of Padova in 1951 and received a “Libera Docenza” (Ph.D.) in Physical Chemistry in 1955 after working with Linus Pauling in Pasadena and Robert Mulliken in Chicago. He did post-doc work at the National Research Council in Canada and was a visiting scholar in Chicago, Stockholm and Glasgow. Since 1960 he has been professor of Theoretical and Physical Chemistry at the University of Padova, where he is now Emeritus. He directed the Laboratory for the Study of Molecular Excited and Radical States of the Italian CNR from 1970 to 2000.Has served on the Editorial or Advisory board of several scientific journals and participated in a number of interrnational Workshops and Symposia. Was granted the Bologna Prize in 1963, the italian gold medal for Science and Culture in 1970 and the “G.B.Bonino” gold medal from the Italian Chemical Society in 2001. He is a member of the “Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei”, of the “Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti” and a foreign member of the “Societé Royale des Sciences” de Liège. In 2006 has been nominated “Onorary Professor” at the University of Sichuan, Chengdu, China.

Research activities 
Research interests of dr. Giacometti started from Theoretical Chemistry and developed with its applications to Electron Magnetic Resonance in the characterization of organic radicals and triplet states. During tha last twenty years he moved to the study of Photosynthesis. His main interest is the molecular mechanism of the primary reactions of the photosymthetic process, as it occurs in living organisms, both plants and bacteria. He specialized in using optical and magnetic spectroscopies to investigate the fundamental features, structural and dynamic, of the energy and charge transfer processes which take place in the pigment-protein complexes contained in the photosynthetic membranes. He studies Reaction Centers of algae and bacteria, antenna systems such LHCII and “Peridinin- Chlorophyll- Proteins” of Dinoflagellates, and also bio-mimetic systems with the aim of characterizing their functional properties in relation to their structure. Dr Giacometti is author and coauthor of more than 200 peer reviewed articles and reviews and co-editor of two books.