Chiara Falcini // PhD 05

Title of thesis: Novel hydrogen-bond based DESs as catalysts in reaction cascades

Affiliation: University of Seville, Spain
Seconments: Leibniz University Hannover, Germany and AstraZeneca, United Kingdom

I hold a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of Florence (Italy). The project on I worked regarded renewable carbon (biochar) production using slow pyrolysis of organic residual feedstocks.

I’ve chosen to continue my studies for the master’s degree about sustainable chemistry at University of Perugia (Italy). In my master thesis I worked on the synthesis of pyrazoline azido and triazole functionalized in green solvents. After my master’s degree I did an Erasmus traineeship for five months at Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain) where I worked on the synthesis of benzimidazoles by reductive coupling of dinitroarenes with aldehydes.

I love do hiking in the nature, collect herbs to make natural teas, and discover the world.

 What is the most useless talent you have?
I can make origami with receipts.

Where is the worst smelling place you have been?
The scientific campus of university of Florence that is close to a landfill, to airport, highway and it was the field where sheep graze, so every day a different “good smell” or worst a mixture of them. 

What ridiculous thing has someone tricked you into doing or believing?
Once in a restaurant my friend had convinced me to try a raw oyster telling me that was dead and I believed it, then after I ate it, he told me that it wasn’t, then I “screamed” and the people around me turned to look at me.

About which topics could you talk for hours?
Medicinal herbs, food, and the crazy summer’s hot in south of Spain. 

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