Prof. Piero Macchi

Education

Ms.Sc. (1994): laurea summa cum laude, University of Milan with a thesis on applications of Extended Huckel calculations for predicting site preferences in metal carbonyl clusters
PhD (1999): University of Milan with a thesis on Electron Density Studies and Low Temperature Crystallography of Organometallic Compounds (supervisor: Prof. A. Sironi)
Habilitation (2009): Venia docendi in Chemical Crystallography, University of Bern, defending a thesis on Structural Investigations on soft Bonds


Professional career

1998-1999: Technical Assistant at Structural Chemistry Department, University of Milan.
1999-2000: Adjunkt (temporary position) at University of Aarhus (Department of Chemistry), member of prof. F. K. Larsen’s research group.
2002-2008: Researcher and Aggregate professor (permanent position) at Structural Chemistry Department, University of Milan.
2009-2019: Associate Professor (permanent position) and Group leader of the Chemical Crystallography Research Group at Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Bern
2012: selected for associate professorship in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Rome, declined.
2018-: Associate Professor (permanent position) of Principles of Chemistry for Technologies, Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano.
2020-:Associated researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology, Center for Nano Science and technology, CNST@polimi


Research Areas:

Quantum crystallography
High pressure crystallography
Quantum chemical simulations of crystalline organic and metallorganic materials


Roles in Scientific Societies

2009-2014: Board member and Treasurer (2009-2011) of the Italian Crystallographic Association
2011-2018: Treasurer (2011-2015), Vice-President (2012-2015) and President (2015-2018) of the Swiss Crystallographic Association
2011-2014: Chair of the Charge Spin and momentum density special interest group (SIG2), the European Crystallographic Association (ECA)
2011-2017: Member and chair (2014-2017) of the Commission for Charge Spin and Momentum Density (now quantum crystallography), the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)
2017-: co-editor of Acta Crystallographica B


Publication records

more than 150 papers and book chapters (including 1 Nature Comm.; 10 JACS, 7 Angew. Chem.; 8 Chem Comm.; 5 Chemistry; 1 PRL);
Editor of Modern Charge Density Analysis (2012)
Author of Quantum crystallography (in publication)
more than 70 lectures at conferences, schools and workshops
more than 10 conferences and schools organized (including two Gordon Conferences on Electron Distribution and Chemical Bonding; one Erice School of Crystallography; one European Crystallographic Meeting; two “Advanced X-ray diffraction methods” workshops; one Swiss Crystallographic Meeting; Two Spring meetings of the Swiss Computational Chemistry Society; The first “R. F. Stewart Charge Density School”, one European Charge Density Meeting)


Awards

1990 and 1992: Student Grant from Istituto Donegani (Montedison)
1991: Student Grant from Enichem
1993: Student Grant from Nobile Istituto Caccia (Novara)
2002: Italian Crystallographic Association prize for young researchers
2007: Elected chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Electron distribution and Chemical bonding
2020: Included in the World’s Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University


Fundraising

2009-2020: 8 projects as principal investigator and 1 as project-partner, Swiss National Science Foundation ( > 1’800’000 CHF): http://p3.snf.ch/person-554185-Macchi-Piero
2010-2012: 1 project as principal investigator, Swiss Conference of Rectors ( 110’000 CHF)
2018-2020: 1 project as co-applicant and project leader of the Swiss National Center for Competence in Research MARVEL: Materials’ Revolution: Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials (overall funding of the center > 18’000’000 CHF) http://p3.snf.ch/Project-182892
2009-2012: 1 project as co-investigator, Paul Scherrer Institute (105’000 CHF)
2017-2020: 1 project as project partner, Swiss National Science Foundation http://p3.snf.ch/Project-172532
2000-2008: 6 projects as investigator, Italian Ministry of Research (3 FIRBs, 3 PRIN)


Software author:

XD – A Computer program package for multipole refinement and Topological Analysis of charge densities from diffraction data
PolaBer A program to compute distributed atomic polarizabilities


Alumni:

Marco Nobile (2000, Ms. Sc. Chemistry, University of Milano, IT)
Nicola Casati (2003-2006, PhD Chemistry and 2002, Master Student Chemistry, University of Milano, IT; currently beamline manager at PSI, CH)
Nikolina Janjic (2008, PhD Chemistry, University of Milano, IT)
Elena Marelli (2014-2015, PDRA University of Bern, CH; 2009, Ms. Sc. Chemistry and 2007 B. Sc. Chemistry, University of Milano, IT; currently PDRA at PSI, CH)
Petra Simoncic (2010-2011, PDRA, Univeristy of Bern, CH; currently research scientist at Heptagon Advanced Micro Optics, Zurich, CH)
Anna Krawczuk (2010-2012, PDRA, University of Bern, CH; currently Junior Professor at University of Göttingen, D)
Davide Tiana (2010, visiting PhD, University of Bern, CH; 2007, Ms. Sc. Chemistry, University of Milano, IT; currently lecturer at University College Cork, Cork, IE)
Shaun Evans (2011-2013; PDRA, University of Bern, CH)
Abita Chimpri (2009-2013; PhD student, University of Bern, CH; currently materials engineer at Airbus, Hamburg, D)
Maria Clara Ramahlo Freitas (2013-2014, visiting PhD student at University of Bern, CH, from the UFF Rio de Janeiro, BR; currently Prof. at UFRRJ, Rio de Janeiro, BR)
Martin Fisch (2013-2015, PDRA, University of Bern, CH; currently officer at department for environment protection, canton of Bern, CH)
Leonardo Humberto Rezende dos Santos (2012-2016, PhD student, University of Bern, CH; currently professor at the University of Minas Gerais, BR)
Luzia Germann (2014, Master Student, University of Bern; currently PDRA at McGill University, Montreal, CAN)
Yannick Guntern (2016, Master Student, University of Bern; currently PhD student at EPFL, CH)
Arianna Lanza (2013-2017, PhD student, University of Bern, CH; currently post doc at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Pisa, IT)
Stefano Racioppi (2016-2018, visiting PhD student at University of Bern, CH, from University of Milan, IT; currently post doc at the Chalmers University, SE)
Fabio Montisci (2015-2019, PhD student, University of Bern, currently post doc at IMT, Lucca, IT)
Rebecca Scatena (2015-2019, PhD student, University of Bern, CH; currently PDRA at University of Oxford, UK)
Michelle Ernst (2016-2020, PhD student at University of Bern, currently PDRA at University of Heidelberg, D)
Tomasz Poreba (2016-2020, PhD student at the University of Bern, Currently PDRA at ESRF, Grenoble, F)
Michal Andrzejewski (2017-2019, PDRA, University of Bern; currently researcher at University of Bern, CH)
Juan Ignacio González Pérez (2019, visiting PhD at Politecnico di Milano, from University Alcalà Madrid, ES)