YERUN RMA 2019 – Meet Federica Sabuzi


My visit to Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona allowed me to join the group of Prof. Xavier Sala in the Chemistry Department for 2 weeks. Thanks to the YRMA I got the possibility to implement my research activity. In particular, I worked with other researchers who are expert in the field of water oxidation, so I was able to extend my knowledge in that area.

Moreover, due to the promising preliminary results obtained, we are currently collaborating to further improve our system. So, I can state that I have been really satisfied with the YRMA program and I am glad to have applied for the award.

Top row in the picture from left to right: Bing Jiang, Sergi Campos, Xavier Sala, Federica Sabuzi, Rebekka Lang, Nacho Álvarez-Prada, Marc Alique.
Bottom row, left to right: Laia Gil, Nuria Romero, Míriam Marín, Jordi García-Antón.

Dr. Federica Sabuzi was born in Rome, the 1st of June 1988. She got her Bachelor and Master degree in Chemistry at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Afterwards, she spent 3 months as “visiting student” at the Technical University of Delft (The Netherlands) in Prof. Frank Hollmann’s research group, where she worked in the catalytic and biocatalytic oxidative bromination of thymol. In 2017 she got her PhD at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, under the supervision of Prof. Valeria Conte and Dr. Pierluca Galloni, and she defended a thesis entitled: “Catalytic and photocatalytic processes for sustainable small molecule activation”. Currently, she is a post-doc fellow in the same research group. During her post-doctoral activity, she worked for 6 months (November 2017-May 2018) as “guest post-doc” in the “Organic Chemistry and Catalysis group” at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands), under the supervision of Prof. dr. R. J. M. Klein Gebbink. She worked on a research project related to the synthesis and characterisation of novel quinone-metal complexes. She is author of 12 publications in peer-reviewed journals, an Italian and an International patent, and more than 10 oral communications in national and international congresses. Starting from May 2017 she is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of BT-InnoVaChem srl, a spin-off of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, working in the field of antimicrobial chemicals. She is responsible for coordinating and executing new experiments, for supplying raw materials and delivering of the product. She is responsible also for coordinating new biological experiments and to keep contacts with partners operating in the biological sector.

Click here to access Federica’s ORCID.

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