Pulidori Prize

Fernando Pulidori Award is a prize dedicated to the memory of Prof. Fernando Pulidori from the University of Ferrara (Italy).

Prof. F. Pulidori (1928-2007) was an italian chemist, specialized in thermodynamic chemistry, solution equilibria and solute-solvent interactions of model organic compounds. He was born on June 26th, 1928 in Ferrara. In 1958, he graduated in Chemistry at the University of Ferrara, after five years in the food industry, and in 1968 he completed his PhD in Physical Chemistry.

Between 1981 and 2000 he was Full Professor of Instrumental Analytical Chemistry of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Ferrara, Head of the Chemistry Department (1988-1994) and President of the Italian Group of Thermodynamics of Complexes within the Italian Chemical Society.

He was one of the founders and former President of the Italian Gruppo di Termodinamica dei Complessi, and dedicated his scientific life to the development of chemical thermodynamics and solution equilibria research field and to the training of young researchers on that area.

His research interest focused on three main fields:

1. Solution equilibria: thermodynamic studies on formation of metal complexes with low-molecular weight ligands, stereoselective effects in ternary complex formation and their application in resolution of enantiomer mixtures.

2. Solute-solvent interactions of model organic compounds in aqueous solutions. Hydrophilic-hydrophobic interactions and solvation models.

3. Dipole moments in apolar solvents; corrosion and inhibition of iron corrosion; adsorption of organic compounds at polarized interfaces and electrical double layer structure; electroreduction mechanisms of organic compounds of environmental interest.

Since 2007, each year, in the occasion of the ISMEC Congress, the Fernando Pulidori  Awards is granted to a young researcher, preferably an expert in thermodynamics and/or kinetics of complexation phenomena in solution, author of an original paper published in the last three years or accepted for publication at the deadline of application.