Professor Franceso (Franco) Gianturco
After graduating from University of Bologna he gained his PhD (D.Phil) from the University
of Oxford. After holding a lectureship at the University of Pisa and a Professorship at yjr
University of Bari he was appointed the first Chair of ‘Quantum Chemistry’ in the Department
of Chemistry in La Sapienza University of Rome from 1979 to 2013. Since 2014 he is a Senior
Research Professor in the Institute of Ion Physics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
He has held many distinguished posts being appointed a visiting Professor at 6 leading research
universities, he has been Chair of many Editorial Boards and conferences and has been elected a
Fellow of 8 National Societies as well as recipient of several major international prizes.
He is, therefore, an internationally leading researcher whose studies of theoretical
atomic and molecular physics have led to more than 600 refereed publications as well as 5 books.
Current research includes:
- Theory of elementary processes in molecular gases, neutral and ionized. Computational modelling of the dynamics of energy transfers due to discharges in molecular gases.
- Electronic structure calculations and construction of potential energy surfaces for the dynamics of protonation, ionization and excitation of small gaseous molecules.
- Molecular processes at ultralow energies relevant for astrophysical processes and for the study of possible molecular Bose-Einstein condensates. Chemical reactions in cold and ultracold traps. Reaction rates and quenching processes at the nanokelvin regimes.
- Chemical processes at ultralow temperatures involving cold and ultracold molecular ions. Reactions in Magneto-optical traps and charge exchange in Coulomb crystals and analysis of Resonances and virtual states at the nanokelvin regimes.
- Quantum Dynamics of molecular anions in the Interstellar Medium,Circumstellar Envelopes and Planetary Atmospheres. Gas-phase routes to polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs) formation and dynamical models for Linear carbon Anions ( LCAs) growth in planetary atmospheres.