Paolo Melchiorre was born in Camerino, Italy. He studied chemistry at the University of Bologna (Alma Mater Studiorum, Italy), where he received his PhD in 2003, working in asymmetric catalysis under the direction of Achille Umani-Ronchi and the supervision of Pier Giorgio Cozzi. In 2002, Paolo worked with Karl Anker Jørgensen at the Center for Catalysis, Århus University, Denmark. From 2003, he worked as a postdoctoral associate with Giuseppe Bartoli at the Industrial Chemistry Faculty at the University of. In October 2007, he was promoted to Assistant Professor.
In September 2009, Paolo joined the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Tarragona (Spain) as an ICREA (Catalan Institution of Research and Advanced Studies) Professor and ICIQ Group Leader.
Paolo’s scientific interests are the discovery and mechanistic elucidation of new asymmetric organocatalytic and photochemical processes. He aims to develop environmentally friendly catalytic methods for making chiral molecules sustainably. He has authored more than 125 publications and delivered around 200 lectures and seminars nationally and internationally.
His awards include the Italian Chemical Society’s 2007 G Ciamician Medal, a JSPS Fellowship under the FY2013 Program for Research in Japan, the 2016 Prize for Scientific Excellence from the Royal Spanish Chemical Society, and the Italian Chemical Society’s 2019 G Modena Medal. He was also nominated Liebig Lecturer by the German Chemical Society in 2008. He was awarded an ERC Starting Grant in 2011 and an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2016.
Paolo is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). In 2019, he became an Associate Editor of Chemical Science.