60th Birthday: Roberta Sessoli

60th Birthday: Roberta Sessoli

Author: ChemistryViews

Roberta Sessoli, Professor at University of Florence, Italy, celebrates her 60th birthday on June 23, 2023. Renowned as a pioneer in the field of magnetic bistability and quantum effects in mesoscopic materials, her research centers around investigating the magnetic properties of molecular clusters and chains, with a keen focus on designing and characterizing molecular magnetic materials.

Her current research is focused on the control of quantum effects on the dynamics of the magnetization through chemical design as well as through the interaction with conducting and magnetic substrates. Organization of molecules, magnetic molecules for quantum information science, and the interplay between spin and chirality are her current interests. She uses a range of characterization techniques such as magnetometry, electron paramagnetic resonance, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray absorption.


Roberta Sessoli, born in Florence, Italy, on June 23, 1963, graduated in chemistry from the University of Florence in 1987. She obtained her Ph.D. from the same university in 1992, conducting part of her studies at the Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale – Université Paris-Sud, France. In 2000, she became associate professor of chemistry at the University of Florence, and since 2012, she is a full Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry “Ugo Schiff” at the same institution.

She has been invited professor at Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris, in 2001, and at Otago University, New Zealand, in 2017. From 2018 to 2019, she was awarded a visiting professorship at Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

Among numerous other awards, Roberta Sessoli was awarded the Centenary Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in 2019, the Distinguished Woman in Chemistry award from IUPAC and the Lecoq de Boisbaudran award from the European Rare Earths Society in 2015, the Agilent Technologies Europhysics Prize for developing the field of quantum dynamics of nanomagnets in 2002, and the Medaglia Nasini Award from the Italian Chemical Society for the best young inorganic chemist of the year 2000.

Furthermore, she holds the title of ChemPubSoc Europe Fellow Class 2016/2017 and is a member of prestigious scientific organizations such as the European Academy of Science, Academiae Europaeae, the Italian Accademia dei Lincei, and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

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