Giovanni Bottari, PhD

Associate Professor at the Organic Chemistry Department
Faculty of Science, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 91 497 2777; Fax: +34 91 497 3966

Associate Scientist at IMDEA Nanociencia                       
Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 91 299 8858

Associate Scientist at the Institute for Advanced Research in Chemical Sciences (IAdChem)
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain

ORCID: 0000-0001-6141-7027
Research ID: A-8957-2013

Giovanni Bottari graduated in Chemistry (cum laude) at the Universita' degli Studi di Messina (Italy) under the supervision of Prof. Raffaello Romeo. During his degree's studies he took part to the Erasmus programme spending six months in the group of Prof. Duncan Bruce at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom) working on the synthesis of novel Pd-based liquid crystals. In 2000, he started a PhD under the supervision of Prof. David A. Leigh working on the design, synthesis and study of interlocked molecular architectures, namely rotaxanes and catenanes. In 2003, he obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) with a thesis titled "Influencing rotational and translational motion in stimuli-responsive hydrogen-bonded [2]rotaxanes". Upon completing his PhD, he started a postdoctoral stay at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) in the group of Prof. Tomás Torres. In 2004, he was the recipient of a two-year Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship and in 2006 of a “Ramón y Cajal” fellowship. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry at UAM, and Associate Scientist both at “IMDEA Nanoscience” and at the “Institute for Advanced Research in Chemical Sciences (IAdChem)”.
Dr. Bottari has published more than 55 publications (see publications list below) and had delivered more than 20 invited talks and oral presentations at several national or international conferences and meetings. Dr. Bottari is also the editor, together with Prof. Tomás Torres, of the Wiley book titled "Organic Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Characterization and Device Applications" published in 2013. He has participated in more than 20 research projects both nationally and internationally. In 2016, he received the "John Shelnutt Young Investigator Award”, an international prize given by the “Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (SPP)” which recognizes the extraordinary contribution of young investigators in the field of porphyrins and phthalocyanines.
His current research interests include, among others, the synthesis and study of covalent and supramolecular phthalocyanine- and subphthalocyanine-based systems and their self-organization both in solution and on surfaces.

List of publications
Long-range orientational self-assembly, spatially-controlled deprotonation and off-centered metalation of an expanded porphyrin
B. Cirera, O. Trukhina, J. Björk, G. Bottari, J. Rodríguez-Fernández, A. Martín-Jiménez, M. K. Islyaikin, R. Otero, J. M. Gallego, R. Miranda, T. Torres, D. Ecija
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 14129-14136
Additional notes: Selected as “Supplementary cover”
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b06406


Chemical functionalization and characterization of graphene-based materials
G. Bottari, M. A. Herranz, L. Wibmer, M. Volland, L. Rodríguez-Pérez, D. M. Guldi, A. Hirsch, N. Martín, F. D’Souza, T. Torres
Chem. Soc. Rev. 2017, 46, 4464-4500
Additional notes: Selected as “Inside back cover”
DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00229G


A new dimension for low-dimensional carbon nanostructures
G. Bottari, T. Torres
Chem 2017, 3, 21-24
DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2017.06.012


Subphthalocyanines axially substituted with a tetracyanobuta-1,3-diene-aniline moiety: Synthesis, structure, and physicochemical properties
K. A. Winterfeld, G. Lavarda, J. Guilleme, M. Sekita, D. M. Guldi, T. Torres, G. Bottari
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 5520-5529
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b01460


Pyridyl- and picolinic acid-substituted Zn(II)phthalocyanines for dye-sensitized solar cells
J. Suanzes Pita, M. Urbani, G. Bottari, M. Ince, S. A. Kumar, A. K. Chandiran, J.-H. Yum, M. Grätzel, M. K. Nazeeruddin, T. Torres
ChemPlusChem 2017, 82, 1057-1061
DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201700048


Phthalocyanines and subphthalocyanines: Perfect partners for fullerenes and carbon nanotubes in molecular photovoltaics
G. de la Torre, G. Bottari, T. Torres
Adv. Energy Mater. 2017, 7, 1601700(1-21)
DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201601700


Evidence of charge-remote fragmentation in protonated [60]fulleropyrrolidine multi-adducts
C. Dammann, G. Bottari, T. Torres, T. Drewello
Int. J. Mass. Spectrom. 2017, 413, 69-74
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijms.2016.06.009


Regio-, stereo- and atropselective synthesis of C60 fullerene bisadducts by supramolecular-directed functionalization
G. Bottari, O. Trukhina, A. Kahnt, M. Frunzi, Y. Murata, A. Rodríguez-Fortea, J. M. Poblet, D. M. Guldi, T. Torres
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 11020-11025
Additional notes: Selected as “Frontispiece” and featured as “Research Highlight” in Nature Nanotechnology
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201602713


Tomás Torres’ research in a nutshell
G. Bottari, A. de la Escosura, D. González-Rodríguez, G. de la Torre
J. Porphyrins Phthalocyanines 2016, 20, 966-986
DOI: 10.1142/S1088424616300123


Intense ground-state charge-transfer interactions in low-bandgap, panchromatic phthalocyanine-tetracyanobuta-1,3-diene conjugates
M. Sekita, B. Ballesteros, F. Diederich, D. M. Guldi, G. Bottari, T. Torres
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 5560-5564
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201601258


A fluorescent molecular rotor showing vapochromism, aggregation-induced emission, and environmental sensing in living cells
M. Koenig, D. M. Guldi, R. Bizzarri, B. Storti, G. Brancato, G. Bottari
J. Mat. Chem. C 2016, 4, 3018-3027
Additional notes: Invited contribution for the “Shape-Responsive Fluorophores” special issue
DOI: 10.1039/C5TC03541D


Making the invisible visible: improved electrospray ion formation of metalloporphyrins/-phthalocyanines by attachment of the formate anion (HCOO−)
J. Felix Hitzenberger, C. Damman, N. Lang, D. Lungerich, G. Bottari, T. Torres, N. Jux, T. Drewello
Analyst 2016, 141, 1347-1355
DOI: 10.1039/C5AN02148K


Vapochromic behaviour of polycarbonate films doped with a luminescent molecular rotor
P. Minei, M. Ahmad, V. Barone, G. Brancato, E. Passaglia, G. Bottari, A. Pucci
Polym. Adv. Technol. 2016, 27, 429-435
DOI: 10.1002/pat.3688


Bidirectional electron transfer capability in phthalocyanine–Sc3N@Ih-C80 complexes
O. Trukhina, M. Rudolf, G. Bottari, T. Akasaka, L. Echegoyen, T. Torres, D. M. Guldi
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 12914-12922
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b06454


Phthalocyanine-nanocarbon ensembles: From discrete molecular and supramolecular systems to hybrid nanomaterials
G. Bottari, G. de la Torre, T. Torres
Acc. Chem. Res. 2015, 48, 900-910
DOI: 10.1021/ar5004384


Reversible vapochromic response of polymer films doped with a highly-emissive molecular rotor
P. Minei, M. Koenig, A. Battisti, M. Ahmad, V. Barone, T. Torres, D. M. Guldi, G. Brancato, G. Bottari, A. Pucci
J. Mat. Chem. C 2014, 2, 9224-9232
DOI: 10.1039/C4TC01737D


Ultrasound-induced transformation of fluorescent organic nanoparticles from a molecular rotor into rhomboidal nanocrystals with enhanced emission
M. Koenig, T. Torres, V. Barone, G. Brancato, D. M. Guldi, G. Bottari,
Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 12955-12958
Additional notes: Highlighted by ACS as a "Noteworthy Chemistry" item,
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC05531D


Encapsulation of phthalocyanine-C60 fullerene conjugates into metallosupramolecular subphthalocyanine capsules: A turn of the screw
I. Sánchez-Molina, M. Ince, G. Bottari, C. G. Claessens, M. V. Martinez-Diaz, T. Torres
Turkish J. Chem. 2014, 38, 1006-1012 
DOI: 10.3906/kim-1406-18


Protonation-induced changes in the photophysical properties of a phthalocyanine and a covalently-linked, phthalocyanine-C60 fullerene dyad
G. Bottari, A. Kahnt, D. M. Guldi, T. Torres
ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology 2013, 2, M3145-M3150
DOI: 10.1149/2.016310jss


Light-harvesting with panchromatically absorbing BODIPY-porphyrazine conjugates to power electron transfer in supramolecular donor-acceptor ensembles
V. Engelhardt, S. Kuhri, J. Fleischhauer, M. García-Iglesias, D. González-Rodríguez, G. Bottari, T. Torres, D. M. Guldi, R. Faust
Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 3888-3893
DOI: 10.1039/c3sc51622a


Covalent, donor-acceptor ensembles based on phthalocyanines and carbon nanostructures
G. Bottari, M. Urbani, T. Torres
Pages 163-186, “Organic Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Characterization, and Device Applications”, Editors: Tomás Torres and Giovanni Bottari, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-118-01601-5 

A voyage into the synthesis and photophysics of homo- and heterobinuclear ensembles of phthalocyanines and porphyrins
G. de la Torre, G. Bottari, M. Sekita, A. Hausmann, D. M. Guldi, T. Torres
Chem. Soc. Rev. 2013, 42, 8049-8105
DOI: 10.1039/c3cs60140d


Laser-induced azomethine ylide formation and its covalent entrapment by fulleropyrrolidine derivatives during MALDI analysis
G. Bottari, C. Dammann, T. Torres, T. Drewello
J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 2013, 24, 1413-1419
DOI: 10.1007/s13361-013-0680-3


Unraveling the peculiar modus operandi of a new class of solvatochromic fluorescent molecular rotors by spectroscopic and quantum mechanical methods
M. Koenig, G. Bottari, G. Brancato, V. Barone, D. M. Guldi, T. Torres
Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 2502-2511
DOI: 10.1039/c3sc50290b


Towards artificial photosynthesis: Supramolecular, donor-acceptor, porphyrin- and phthalocyanine/carbon nanostructure ensembles
G. Bottari, O. Trukhina, M. Ince, T. Torres
Coord. Chem. Rev. 2012, 256, 2453-2477
DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2012.03.011


Phthalocyanine-porphyrin heteroarrays: A perfect marriage between two unique macrocycles
G. Bottari, G. de la Torre, D. M Guldi, T. Torres
Multiporphyrin Arrays: Fundamentals and Applications, Dongho Kim Ed., Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd., pg 149-216, 2012
ISBN: 9789814316606 


Phthalocyanine-carbon nanostructure materials assembled through supramolecular interactions
G. Bottari, J. A. Suanzes, O. Trukhina, T. Torres
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2011, 2, 905-913
Additional notes: Perspective video posted on the ACS webpage
DOI: 10.1021/jz200241k


Covalent and non-covalent phthalocyanine-carbon nanostructure systems: Synthesis, photoinduced electron transfer, and application to molecular photovoltaics
G. Bottari, G. de la Torre, D. M. Guldi, T. Torres
Chem. Rev. 2010, 110, 6768-6816
DOI: 10.1021/cr900254z


Ordering phthalocyanine-C60 fullerene conjugates on individual carbon nanotubes
G. Bottari, D. Olea, V. López, C. Gomez-Navarro, F. Zamora, J. Gómez-Herrero, T. Torres
Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 4692-4694
DOI: 10.1039/c0cc00037j


Towards collective physical properties in supramolecular organized phthalocyanine-C60 fullerene conjugates
G. Bottari, T. Torres
Macroheterocycles, 2010, 3, 16-18


Functional phthalocyanines: Synthesis, nanostructuration, and electro-optical applications
G. de la Torre, G. Bottari, U. Hahn, T. Torres
Struct. Bond. 2010, 135, 1-44
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-04752-7_1


Phthalocyanines, subphthalocyanines and porphyrins for energy and electron transfer applications
D. González-Rodríguez, G. Bottari
J. Porphyrins Phthalocyanines 2009, 13, 624-636
DOI: 10.1142/S1088424609000802


Supramolecular organization of phthalocyanines: From solution to surface
M. V. Martínez-Díaz, G. Bottari
J. Porphyrins Phthalocyanines 2009, 13, 471-480
DOI: 10.1142/S1088424609000747


Photoinduced charge transfer and electrochemical properties of triphenylamine Ih-Sc3N@C80 donor-acceptor conjugate
J. R. Pinzón, D. C. Gasca, S. G. Sankaranarayanan, G. Bottari, T. Torres, D. M. Guldi, L. Echegoyen
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 7727-7734
DOI: 10.1021/ja900612g


Metal nitride cluster fullerene M3N@C80 (M=Y, Sc) based dyads: Synthesis, and electrochemical, theoretical and photophysical studies
J. R. Pinzón, C. M. Cardona, M. A. Herranz, M. E. Plonska-Brzezinska, A. Palkar, A. J. Athans, N. Martín, A. Rodríguez-Fortea, J. M. Poblet, G. Bottari, T. Torres, S. S. Gayathri, D. M. Guldi, L. Echegoyen
Chem. Eur. J. 2009, 15, 864-877
Additional notes: Selected as “Cover”
DOI: 10.1002/chem.200801559


Highly conductive supramolecular nanostructures of a covalently-linked phthalocyanine-C60 fullerene conjugate
G. Bottari, D. Olea, C. Gómez-Navarro, F. Zamora, J. Gómez-Herrero, T. Torres
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 2026-2031
Additional notes: Selected as “Hot Paper” and “Frontispiece”
DOI: 10.1002/anie.200705260


The effect of solvent upon molecularly thin rotaxane film formation
A. A. Farrell, E. R. Kay, G. Bottari, D. A. Leigh, S. P. Jarvis
Appl. Surf. Sci. 2007, 253, 6090-6095
DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2007.01.006


Amide-based molecular shuttles (2001-2006)
J. Berná, G. Bottari, D. A. Leigh, E. M. Pérez
Pure Appl. Chem. 2007, 79, 39-54
DOI: 0.1351/pac200779010039


Alkynyl-substituted phthalocyanines: Versatile building blocks for molecular materials synthesis
G. Bottari, D. D. Díaz, T. Torres
J. Porphyrins Phthalocyanines 2006, 10, 1083-1100
DOI: 10.1142/S1088424606000442


Self-organization of nano-lines and dots triggered by a local mechanical stimulus
F. Biscarini, M. Cavallini, R. Kshirsagar, G. Bottari, D. A. Leigh, S. León, F. Zerbetto
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2006, 103, 17650-17654
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0605192103


Unusual mesomorphic behaviour of an ethynyl-substituted phthalocyanine
E. M. García-Frutos, G. Bottari, P. Vázquez, J. Barberá, T. Torres
Chem. Commun. 2006, 3107-3109
DOI: 10.1021/jp0561468


Surface enhanced second harmonic generation from macrocycle, catenane, and rotaxane thin films: Experiments and theory
I. Arfaoui, V. Bermudez, G. Bottari, C. De Nadai, J.-P. Jalkanen, F. Kajzar, D. A. Leigh,  M. Lubomska, S. M. Mendoza, J. Niziol, P. Rudolf, F. Zerbetto
J. Phys. Chem. B. 2006, 110, 7648-7652
DOI: 10.1021/jp0561468

Self-organization of rotaxane thin films into spatially correlated nanostructures: Morphological and structural aspects
J.-F. Moulin, J. C. Kengne, R. Kshirsagar, M. Cavallini, F. Biscarini, S. León, F. Zerbetto, G. Bottari, D. A. Leigh
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 526-532
DOI: 10.1021/ja054886o


Conservative and dissipative force imaging of switchable rotaxanes with frequency-modulation atomic force microscopy
A. A. Farrell, T. Fukuma, T. Uchihashi, E. R. Kay, G. Bottari, D. A. Leigh, H. Yamada, S. P. Jarvis
Phys. Rev. B 2005, 72, 125430 (1-6)
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.72.125430


Synthesis and characterization of a benzene-centered, phthalocyanine hexamer
G. Bottari, T. Torres
Chem. Commun. 2004, 2668-2669
Additional notes: Top-ten most accessed Chem. Comm. article for December 2004
DOI: 10.1039/b411960f


Recent advances in phthalocyanine-fullerene molecular systems
G. Bottari, D. González-Rodríguez, T. Torres
Eds.The Electrochemical Society Proceedings; Electrochemical Society, Vol. XIV, 282-297, ECS, Pennington, NJ (2004)
ISBN: 1-56677-451-9     


Optical and low frequency electric field testing of the mobility of mobile parts in catenanes and rotaxanes
K. Nowicka, P. A. Chollet, F. Kajzar, G. Bottari, F. G. Gatti, D. A. Leigh, A. Miniewicz
Nonlinear Optics, Quantum Optics 2004, 32 (1-3), 175-186


Entropy-driven translational isomerism: A tristable molecular shuttle
G. Bottari, F. Dehez, D. A. Leigh, P. J. Nash, E. M. Pérez, J. K. Y. Wong, F. Zerbetto
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2003, 42, 5886-5889
DOI: 10.1002/anie.200352176


Chiroptical switching in a bistable molecular shuttle
G. Bottari, D. A. Leigh, E. M. Pérez
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 13360-13361
DOI: 10.1021/ja036665t


Ligand exchange and substitution at platinum(II) complexes: Evidence for a dissociative mechanism
R. Romeo, L. Monsu’ Scolaro, M. R. Plutino, F. Fabrizi de Biani, G. Bottari, A. Romeo
Inorg. Chim. Acta 2003, 350, 143-151
DOI: 10.1016/S0020-1693(02)01505-0


Remarkable positional discrimination in bistable, light- and heat-switchable, hydrogen-bonded molecular shuttles
A. Altieri, G. Bottari, F. Dehez, D. A. Leigh, J. K. Y. Wong, F. Zerbetto
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2003, 42, 2296-2300
Additional notes: Selected as “Hot Paper”
DOI: 10.1002/anie.200250745


Information storage using supramolecular surface patterns
M. Cavallini, F. Biscarini, S. León, F. Zerbetto, G. Bottari, D. A. Leigh
Science 2003, 299, 531
DOI: 10.1126/science.1078012


Photoisomerization of a rotaxane hydrogen bonding template: Light-induced acceleration of a large amplitude rotational motion
F. G. Gatti, S. León, J. K. Y. Wong, G. Bottari, A. Altieri, M. A. Farran Morales, S. J. Teat, C. Frochot, D. A. Leigh, A. M. Brouwer, F. Zerbetto
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2003, 100, 10-14
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0134757100


Solid-state fingerprints of molecular threading detected by inelastic neutron scattering
G. Bottari, R. Caciuffo, M. Fanti, D. A. Leigh, S. F. Parker, F. Zerbetto
ChemPhysChem 2002, 3, 1038-1041
DOI: 10.1002/cphc.200290007


Light Induced changes in NO2-substituted rotaxanes: Switching behavior in a mechanically interlocked architecture
V. Bermúdez, P. A. Chollet, F. Kajzar, A. Lorin, G. Bottari, F. G. Gatti, D. A. Leigh
Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 2002, 374, 343-356
DOI: 10.1080/10587250210455


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