Giuseppe ARENA

Professor of [CHIM/01]
Office: Cittadella Universitaria, V.le A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania. Edificio 1 Corpo B piano 1 Stanza 6 (B1/6)
Email: garena@unict.it
Phone: +39 095 738 5071
Fax: +39 095 337678
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Current Position: Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry

Teaching assignementsAnalytical Chemistry 1 and Laboratory at the B.D. course of Chemistry

Main research interests:

  1. -Thermodynamic and Spectroscopic Studies of bio-functional ligand metal complexes
  2. - Speciation in aqueous solution
  3. - Optimization of calorimetric systems
  4. - Use of new carriers for the removal/determination of species  of interest
  5. - Supramolecular Chemistry

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3874-7076

Researchgate web address: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Giuseppe_Arena2

Born in Enna, Italy, March 19, 1949. Laurea magna cum laude, Industrial Chemistry (1973), University of Catania.

Academic positions. Research assistant (1974). Post-doctoral fellow, Chemistry Dept., University of St. Andrews, Scotland (1976). Lecturer, University of Catania (1977-1982). Associate Professor (1982-1985). Analytical Chemistry Chair (University of Messina, 1985). Analytical Chemistry Chair, University of Catania (1990- ). NATO Senior Scientist, Thermochemical Institute (1984), Lecturer, Chemistry Dept.(1984), NATO Senior Scientist (1989) and Visiting Professor (1998), Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, Utah, USA.

Awards. Sunner Memorial Award, The Calorimetry Conference (U.S.A.), Oak Ridge, Tennessee (USA,1989).
Canneri Award, Italian Chemical Society-Division of Analytical Chemistry, (Italy, 2013).

Publications/Bibliometric parameters. 118 peer-reviewed papers in international Journals, four Reviews (Corresponding author of 2), six book chapters. Total No. of Citations=~3700; Citations/paper= 31; H-index=34

Lectures/Seminars. Main invitations over the last five years

  • Invited Speaker - XXXVII Biennial Meeting, Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) San Sebastian (Spain), May 26th - 30th, 2019.
  • Invited Speaker – Bilateral Agreement, Ivanovo State University of Science and Technology, Ivanovo, Russia, April 26th 2019.
  • Invited Speaker – Department of Chemistry, Ivanovo State University of Science and Technology, Ivanovo, Russia, April 25th 2019.
  • Plenary Lecturer - CEEC-TAC IV, Chisinau, Moldova, August 28-31, 2017
  • Invited Speaker - JTACC IV Meeting, Budapest, Hungary, June 5-9, 2017
  • Plenary Lecturer - Calabria-Sicily Joint Meeting, Italian Chemical Society, Messina, February 9-10, 2017
  • Invited Speaker - XXVI National Meeting of the Division of Analytical Chemistry, Italian Chemical Society, Giardini Naxos, Italy, September 18-22, 2016.
  • Plenary Lecturer - Italian Embassy (Moscow), Russia-Italy Round Table, Susdal,
  • Russia, October 18-20, 2016 Plenary Lecturer - Ivanovo, Russia June 29-July 3, 2015.

Funding/Collaborations. Projects directed/coordinated by the PI and funded over the last twenty years:

  • Funding Institution/Agency: Vigoni Program (1997). Type of Project: Vigoni-DAAD. Position: Italian. Responsible. Foreign Partner: Professor Hans-Jörg Schneider,Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany.
  • Funding Institution/Agency: BYU (1998). Type of Project: Bilateral Agreement. Position: Italian Responsible. Foreign Partners: Professors Reed M. Izatt/ John L. Oscarson, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry/Chemical Engineering Dept., BYU, Provo, Utah, U.S.A..
  • Funding Institution/Agency: Nagoya University Program for Academic Exchange (1998). Position: Italian Responsible. Type of project: Bilateral agreement. Foreign Partner: Professor Osamu Yamauchi, Chemistry Dept., University of Nagoya, Japan.
  • Funding Institution/Agency: MIUR. Type of Project: PRIN 2000, 2002, 2008. Position: Local Responsible.
  • Funding Institution/Agency MIUR. Type of Project: Act 297/99, 2001, 2006 and 2009. Position: Local Responsible. Contractor: Meridionale Impianti, Milan.
  • Funding Institution/Agency UCB & University of Catania (2007). Type of Project: Bilateral agreement. Position: Italian Responsible. Foreign Partner: Professor Kenneth N. Raymond, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.
  • Funding Institution/Agency: Kansai University (2012). Type of Project: Bilateral Agreement. Position: Italian Responsible. Foreign Partner: Professor Tatsuo Yajima, Department of Chemistry, Materials and Bioengineering, Kansai University, Japan.
  • Funding Institution/Agency: Ministry for Foreign Affairs (partially) and Ivanovo State University of Chemistry and Technology (partially) (2015). Type of Project: Bilateral Agreement. Position: Italian Responsible. Foreign Partner: Professor Valentin Sharnin, Ivanovo State University of Chemistry and Technology, Ivanovo, Russia.
  • Funding Institution/Agency MIUR. Type of Project: PRIN2015. Position: NationalResponsible.

Positions in National and International Bodies

  • Member elected of the Board of Directors of the Calorimetry Conference (1990). - Member of the Editorial Board of Thermochim. Acta (1992-2001)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Supramolecular Chemistry (up to 2000).
  • Member of the Editorial Board of J. of Inclusion Phenomena and Molecular Recognition (up to date)
  • Regional Editor of Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (up to 2009).
  • Deputy-Chairman of the Division of Analytical Chemistry, Italian Chemical Society
  • (SCI) for two terms (1997-2000 and 2000-2003)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Association of Calorimetry and
  • Thermal Analysis and President of the Italian Group of Calorimetry and Thermal
  • Analysis
  • Coordinator of the PhD Chemistry Program, University of Catania, (1997-2003).
  • Member of the Scientific Board of the CNR-Thalassographic Institute (Messina).
  • Manager of a Socrates project with Warsaw Technical University.
  • Chairman of the Division of Analytical Chemistry-SCI (2010-2012) and member of the Board of Directors of the same Institution (2013-2015).
  • Member of the International Committee for the selection of Full Professors, Aristotle
  • University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2013).
  • Chairman elected of the Italian Association of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis (2014-up to date).

Link full CV

Academic Year  

Thermodynamic and Spectroscopic Studies of bio-functional ligand metal complexes and Speciation in aqueous solution

The analysis of the distribution of species shows the implications of a correct speciation on data interpretation and experiment planning More? (dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ccr.2011.07.012 +  dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ccr.2012.03.038 + dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201101364 + dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201100313)

Optimization of calorimetric systems

It is shown that the first point anomaly (circle) of an ITC titration is for the vast majority due to a backlash effect in the drive screw mechanism of the syringe. More? Link to dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00216-012-6565-7

A new software has been developed that allows for the simultaneous determination, from data obtained by isothermal titration calorimetry, of both standard enthalpy of reaction and binding constant values; the program can deal with multiple titrations. More? Link to  dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00216-016-9759-6

Use of new carriers for the removal or detection of undesired species 

A PIM transport system with a substituted calix[4]arene carrier 1 has been established that provides selective Hg(II) transfer from an aqueous source phase containing Cd(II), Hg(II) and Pb(II) into an aqueous receiving phase. More? dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2008.07.004 + dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00216-012-6378-8dx.doi.org/10.1039/C3RA43988G 

Chimica Supramolecolare

Data obtained independently by NMR, UV-vis, and isothermal titration calorimetry measure different components of the internal and external guest binding to the host and provide a complete picture of the solution thermodynamics only when analyzed together. More? Link dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja9056739 + dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201703202

 

NMR, MS and ITC data demonstrate that a simple calixarene-based host forms a homodimeric capsule-like compartments in neutral aqueous solution. More? Link to dx.doi.org/10.1039/c0cc02394a + dx.doi.org/10.1039/c1cc11211b + dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4ra09353d. Also gadolinium-based metallacrowns form supramolecular capsule-like compartments with both aromatic and aliphatic dicarboxylates in aqueous solution at neutral pH. More? Link to dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b03043

Positions covered

President of the Italian Association of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis (up to date)

President of the Division of Analytical Chemistry, Italian Chemical Society

Board of Directors of the Italian Association of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis

Chairman of the Interdivisional Group of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis, Italian Chemical Society

Board of Directors of the Interdivisional Group of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis, Italian Chemical Society

Vice-President of the Division of Analytical Chemistry, Italian Chemical Society

Coordinator of the PhD in Chemistry, Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Catania

Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Italian Group of Supramolecular Chemistry (up to date)

Technical and Scientific Board of the Thalassographic Institute, CNR, Messina, Italy

Board of Directors, The Calorimetry Conference, USA

 

Scientific/Editorial Boards: Editorial Boards (Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Molecular Recognition, Journal Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Termochimica Acta, Supramolecular Chemistry) and Regional Editor of the Journal Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

 

Assignments

Member of the:

International Committee for the selection of Full Professors, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Committee for the selection of Associate (University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, University of Eastern Piedmont, University of Pisa, University of Turin, University of Magna Graecia- Catanzaro, University of Naples, University of Catania) and Assistant ((University of Pisa, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, University of Venice) and Full (University of Turin, University of Foggia) Professors.

Committee for the selection of CNR Research personnel

National Committee for the selection of Full Professors of Analytical Chemistry

Evaluation of Research projects: MIUR, PRIN, Italy, several PhD Theses- University of  Cape Town and  University of  Joannesburg, South Africa.

Collaboration with National Companies: Meridionale Impianti, Italy