The group

The group is involved in the synthesis and characterization of ionic liquids (ILs).


Experimental and theoretical investigations are systematically performed.

new ILs

Sustainability of the starting materials are parameters always considered when new ILs are designed:


The team, having multisciplinary competences, is able to investigate the possibility to apply ILs in different areas of technology.

The group logo

The logo of the website, that represent an ionic capital, is extracted by the book “Gli ordini di architetture“.

Ionic Liquids

Ionic liquids (ILs), low temperature molten salts composed exclusively by ions (generally, by an asymmetric imidazolium, ammonium, phosphonium or sulfonium cation associated to a polyatomic anion) have attracted in the last ten years the interest of a growing number of researchers and scientists for their potential in both experimental and theoretical sciences.

Surely, the fact that they are composed of ions alone and are still liquid at ambient conditions has been reason enough to evoke the initial interest among researchers.

But, the option of fine-tuning the physico-chemical properties by an appropriate choice of cation and anion is the fact that has stimulated much of the current activity on these compounds, which are consequently defined as “designer solvents”.

Really, ILs represent a unique solvation environment for organic and inorganic reactions and catalyzed processes; their structural features can affect reactivity and selectivity, can control formation of polymeric materials, shape and dimension of nanoparticles, form of crystalline compounds.


The University of Pisa, the Department of Pharmacy and PhD students of "Science of Drug and Bioactive Substances" invite all interested participants to attend the 1st International Conference on "Innovative Research in Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences".

This conference offers a well organised scientific program to the audience and includes a wide range of keynote presentations, plenary lectures, symposia, and poster presentations.

All the members of the Ionic Liquid Group in Pisa want to remember Prof. Cinzia Chiappe, who died prematurely. She was the founder of our research group and a pioneer in the world of Ionic Liquids chemistry. For us she was an example and a reference point, the compass that guided our research. Professor Chiappe was an inexhaustible source of knowledge, able to find a solution to any sort of issue we encountered. With her strength and resoluteness succeeded in keeping together our large and heterogeneous group. Tireless and determined worker, her elegance and class were so great to make the management of many international projects seem like a child's play.

Her death leaves a huge void in our group, in the University of Pisa and in everyone who had the pleasure to know her.

Thank you