Foto EnricoProf. Enrico Dalcanale

Dipartimento di Chimica Organica e Industriale

Università di Parma – Viale Usberti 17/A – 43124 Parma

Phone: +39-0521-905463

Fax: +39-0521-905472



Born January 5, 1957 in Trento, Italy

Education and Professional Experience

November 1976 – July1981          Doctoral degree in Industrial Chemistry (summa cum laude), University of Bologna

December 1982 – April 1990       Scientist at the Donegani Research Institute in Novara Italy, the Central Research Institute of Montedison. Fields of activity: homogeneus catalysis, macrocyclic liquid crystals, host-guest chemistry. From 1987 onward head of the supramolecular chemistry group in Donegani

February 1985 – May 1986         Postdoctoral fellow in the group of D.J. Cram at UCLA

May 1990 – February 2001       Assistant professor of Industrial Chemistry at the Department of Organic and Industrial Chemistry of Parma University

March 2001 – present                  Associate professor of Industrial Chemistry at the Departmentof Organic and Industrial Chemistry of Parma University

August/September 2004           Visiting professor at the Naval Research Laboratory (Washington DC, USA)

July 2005-to date                         Scientific Director of INSTM Functional Materials Section (

January 2011-to date                  Director of the PhD school on Materials Science, University of Parma



Recipient of the 1997 Federchimica Award for the achievements in the field of supramolecular chemistry.
Federchimica is the Italian Association of Chemical Industries. This is the most prestigious award delivered by Federchimica.


Recipient of the 2009 Società Chimica Italiana research prize for outstanding accomplishments in the field of molecular interactions.

Other affiliations

1995 – present Member of the Italian Consortium for Materials Science (INSTM From 2005 Scientific Director of Section 4 (Functional Materials) and Director of the Intellectual Property Commission of INSTM.

Entrepreneurial activity

2003 – present Founder of SOATEC (, a University spin-off company active in the field of environmental and food sensors. The company is a spin-off of Parma University

Principal research interests
The SSMG team interests are focused on the design and preparation of functional materials, using the self-assembly approach. Over the years the major themes have been: macrocyclic liquid crystals, self-assembled monolayers and LB films, metal-directed self-assembly of coordination cages, supramolecular sensors and adaptive polymers. The ability to master and orchestrate weak interactions like H-bonding, metal-ligand, charge-dipole and CH-π interactions is the first fundamental skill present in ED’s group, necessary to implement molecular recognition properties into functional materials. This skill is integrated by the expertise in self-assembly and surface functionalization, pivotal to achieve the macroscopic expression of the molecular interactions, and by experience in the major techniques of signal transduction for the high-fidelity readout of materials responses to external stimuli. The synthetic background – required to transform an idea into a molecular reality – nicely complements the above mentioned skills.

Invited lectures

Since 1987 Dalcanale has given over 50 university/industrial lectures and 50 invited/plenary lectures at professional meetings


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