A photograph of Alessandro Sorrenti working with a molecular modelling kit
Alessandro Sorrenti studied Chemistry (major in Organic Chemistry) at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, where he received his Laurea degree (cum laude) in 2005, and his PhD in Chemistry in December 2008, with a dissertation entitled ‘Transfer of chirality from molecules to complex systems’ (supervisor Dr. G. Mancini). After another year at the same university, AS joined the group of Prof. Ribó (2010-2011) at the Universitat de Barcelona, thanks to the postdoctoral fellowship: Estancias de profesores y investigadores extranjeros en centros españoles funded by the Spanish Government. In Barcelona, he also worked as postdoctoral researcher in the groups of Prof. R. M. Ortuño at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2011-2013), and of Prof. D. Amabilino at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (2013-2014). In 2014, he moved to the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires of Strasbourg (ISIS), joining the group of Dr. T. Hermans, where he won a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for the research project ASSEMZYME: ‘Continuous self-assembly using enzyme mediated supramolecular switching’. In 2017, he joined the ChemInFlow group of Dr. Puigmartí-Luis at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zürich) as Senior Researcher (Oberassistent). Whilst working on other projects, here he also started up an independent research line on dissipative self-assembly of functional materials. With the appointment of Dr. Puigmartí-Luis as an ICREA professor, in September 2020, he relocated with the entire ChemInFlow Group to UB.

In March 2021, he was appointed as Professor Lector (Assistant Professor) in the Departament de Química Inorgànica i Orgànica (Secció de Química Orgànica).

Alessandro’s research experience is at the interface between organic, supramolecular, physical-organic and colloid chemistry. His interests have ranged from the investigation of chirality in amphiphile and porphyrin assemblies, to the study of pathway complexity in supramolecular polymerization (particularly in aqueous media), and of enzyme mediated dissipative self-assembly. More recently, his research interest has focused on studying self-assembled materials under non-equilibrium conditions achieved by using, among other methods, microfluidic technologies.