Federico Palazzetti

Address Dipartimento di Chimica, Biologia e Biotecnologie -Università di Perugia  

via Elce di Sotto, 8 - 06123 Perugia - Italy

Phone +39 075 5855521

Fax +39 075 5855606

Email federico.palazzetti@unipg.it

Web Page http://orxid2015.wixsite.com/home


Personal details

Federico Palazzetti, born in Umbertide - Perugia (Italy) on 29 April 1975.



  • Università degli Studi di Perugia – Dipartimento di Chimica, Biologia e Biotecnologie, via Elce di Sotto, 8 – 06123 Perugia, Italy.
  • Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa – Piazza de’ Cavalieri, 7 – 56126 Pisa, Italy.

Researcher unique identifier

ORCID: 0000-0002-1361-0524,

Research ID: M-8170-2015


Current positions

  • Assistant Professor at Department of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology of the Università degli Studi di Perugia. From Oct 2015.
  • Research fellow at Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Italy. From Sep 2014.



  • Laurea in Chemistry at the Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy (2005) Indicators of isomerizations and phase-transition in the classical dynamics of nanoaggregates. (Supervisor: Vincenzo Aquilanti).
  • Ph. D. in Chemistry at the Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy (2009) Hyperspherical View of Potential Energy Profiles for Atomic and Molecular Systems and Related Chiral Effects. (Supervisor: Vincenzo Aquilanti).


Student exchange programs

  • Winner of an ERASMUS scholarship at the "Departamento de Quìmica-Universidade de Coimbra", Coimbra (Portugal).  (February-July 2002)



Working experiences

  • Fellowship with the Department of Chemistry of the Università degli Studi di Perugia (2006) Phase transition of nanoaggregates.   (Supervisor: Vincenzo Aquilanti)
  • PhD Scholarship at Department of Chemistry – Università degli Studi di Perugia (2006-2009) Supervisor: Vincenzo Aquilanti.
  • Post-doc position at the Department of Chemistry of the Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy. Dynamics of nanoaggregates, experiments and simulations(Jul 2010 – Jul 2012) Supervisors: Vincenzo Aquilanti and Simonetta Cavalli. 
  • Post-doc position at the National Research Council of Italy - Institute of Inorganic Methodologies and Plasmas” CNR – IMIP Bari. Oct 2012 – Sep 2013. Fellowship within the project Planetary Entry Integrated Models. (Supervisor: Mario Capitelli). 
  • Post-doc position at the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of the Università degli Studi di Pisa (and collaboration with Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), Italy. (Jan 2014 – Apr 2014). Spectroscopic models in the conservation of cultural heritage. (Supervisors: Vincenzo Barone).


Visiting Fellowships

  • Visiting Ph. D student at the "Departament de Quìmica Fìsica- Universitat de Barcelona", Barcelona (Spain). (Sep – Oct 2007). Simulation of elastic collisions of simple chiral molecules.  Host professor: Antonio Aguilar. 
  • Research Ph. D. Student at the Department of Chemistry of the Osaka University (Japan) Winner of a FrontierLab@Osaka-u scholarship Sep 2008 - Jan 2009. Hexapolar state-selection and orientation of chiral molecular beams: experiment and theory. Supervisor: Toshio Kasai. 
  • Research Ph. D. Student at the Department of Chemistry of the Osaka University (Japan) Winner of a GCOE - Global Centre Of Excellence scholarship(May - Aug 2009). Preparation of oriented chiral molecular beams: experiment and theory. Supervisor: Toshio Kasai. 
  • Visiting Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Chemistry of the Osaka University (Japan). (2010) Host professors: Toshio Kasai and Dock-Chil Che.
  • Visiting Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Chemistry – National Taiwan University, Taipei – Taiwan. (Aug – Nov 2011, Nov 2012 – Feb 2013, Nov 2015 and Nov 2016). Host professors: King-Chuen Lin and Toshio Kasai. 
  • Visiting Professor at the Universidade Federal da Bahia - Instituto de Fisica (Salvador, Brazil) and Universidade de Brasilia - Instituto de Fisica (September 2016) Host professors: Frederico Prudente and Ricardo Gargano.
  • Visiting Professor at the National Chang Hsing University - Department of Chemistry, Taichung, Taiwan (November 2016). Host professor: Po-Yu Tsai.


  • King-Chuen Lin – National Taiwan University-Department of Chemistry and Institute of Academic and Molecular Sciences-Academia Sinica – Taipei (Taiwan).

  • Toshio Kasai – National Taiwan University-Department of Chemistry. Taipei (Taiwan).

  • Po-Yu Tsai – National Chung Hsing University –Taichung (Taiwan).

  • Dock-Chil Che – Osaka University-Graduate School of Science-Department of Chemistry – Osaka (Japan).

  • Mario Capitelli - NANOTEC Istituto di Nanotecnologia, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Bari.

  • Patrìcia R. P. Barreto – Laboratòrio Associado de Plasma-Instituto de Pesquisa Espaciais (National Institute of Spatial Researches) INPE – Sao José dos Campos-Sao Paulo (Brazil).

  • Alessandra F. Albernaz – Instituto de Fìsica-Universidade de Brasìlia. Brasìlia (Brazil).

  • Demetrio da Silva Neto - Instituto de Fisica - Universidade de Brasilia, Brasilia (Brazil).

  • Valter Henrique Carvalho Silva - Universidade Estatual de Goias, Anapolis (Brazil).




  • 2015-2019. SIR (Scientific Independence of young Researchers) 2014. Project title: “ORCHID is an integrated search of stereodynamical mechanisms on the ORigin of CHIral Discrimination by oriented molecular beams, synchrotron radiation, molecular dynamics and computational modeling.” Financial support: 400,000 EUR. Principal Investigator. (RBSI14U3VF)

  • 2014-2018. FIRB (Futuro in Ricerca di Base) 2013. Project title: "Advanced nanostructured materials for eco-sustainable cements: investigation of the structural properties and innovative strategies for their improvement”. Financial support: 230,000 EUR. Local Coordinator 

  • 2016-2018. Fondo per la Ricerca di Base. Participant.

  • 2013-2016. PRIN (Programmi di Ricerca Scientifica di Rilevante Interesse Nazionale) 2010-2011. Project title: “Studi di frontiera in spettroscopia e dinamica molecolare: da sistemi molecolari semplici ad aggregati supramolecolari e materiali avanzati.” Participant (2010ERFKXL_002).

  • 2008-2010. PRIN 2007. Project title:”Dinamica di reazioni elementari e di interazioni intermolecolari in sistemi gassosi e dinamica molecolare in soluzioni acquose: esperimenti mediante tecniche a fasci molecolari e spettroscopia laser ed approcci quantistici ed approssimati.” Participant (2007H9S8SW_004).


-   Premio annuale dedicato ai giovani studiosi per la migliore pubblicazione 2016. (Annual Award dedicated to Young Scientists for the Best Publication of the Università degli Studi di Perugia).

Invited speaker

12° International Conference of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering (ICCMSE), Athens 17-20 March 2016.

Workshop on “Mirror Images in Molecules: High Resolution Spectroscopy Features”. May 27 - 28, 2016

VI Seedmol Simposio de Estrutura Eletronica e Dinamica Molecular, Alto Paraiso (Goias –
Brazil) 19-23 September 2016.
Plenary lecture at II Symposium on Theoretical and Structural Chemistry SQTEA, Anapolis (Goias – Brazil) 16-18 May 2017.

Invited lecture at 61st Course of Hypersonic Meteoroid Entry Physics of the International School on Quantum Electronics, Ettore Majorana Foundation and Center for Scientific Culture, Erice. 3-8 October 2017.


Editor. Guest Editor of a Special Section in Rendiconti Lincei (2017).

Organized congresses


Teaching activities.

  • Teacher of Computational Chemistry (2016 - present).
  • Teacher of Laboratory of General Inorganic Chemistry (2015 – present).
  • Teaching and laboratory assistant of General and Inorganic Chemistry (2012 – 2014).
  • Tutoring for bachelor and master degree thesis.



  • Published papers: 51.
  • Contribution to congress, oral presentations and posters: 52.
  • H-index: 16 (from Scopus).
  • Reviewer for international scientific journals: Physical  Chemistry Chemical Physics, Journal of Molecular Modeling, Rendiconti Lincei, Theoretical Chemistry Accounts.


Academic experiences.

  • Member of the Council of the Department of Chemistry as representative of the PhD students (2007-2009).
  • Member of the Council of Department of Chemistry as representative of the Post-doctoral Researchers (2012).


High school achievements.

  • 1991. 6th position in the regional ranking (Umbria – Italy) at “Giochi della Chimica”, preliminary to the Chemistry Olympiads.
  • 1994. Formative stage in the thermoelectric power station (ENEL) in Perugia (Italy).
  • 1994. High School diploma at Technological Institute – Chemical Industry “Alessandro Volta” Perugia.



Spoken languages: Italian, English, Portuguese, Spanish and French. Knowledge of German, Japanese and Chinese.

Program languages: Fortran77, Basic, Pascal e HTML.

Operative systems: Windows and Linux.

Scientific programs: Mathematica, MATLAB and Gaussian.


Other working activities

  • 1994 – 2006. Private teacher on chemistry, physics, mathematics and English.
  • 1994 – 2005. Working in my family business: industrial electrical systems.
  • December 1997- October 1998. Compulsory civilian service in a health structure.



Esperanto and Chinese calligraphy.

Classical guitar and alto saxophone player.

Played sports: running, basketball, cycling and boxing.