Maurizio Fagnoni

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UNLABELLED Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) is a radiotherapy treatment based on the accumulation in the tumor of a (10)B-containing drug and subsequent irradiation with low energy neutrons, which bring about the decay of (10)B to (7)Li and an α particle, causing the death of the neoplastic cell. The effectiveness of BNCT is limited by the low delivery(More)
The geometry and the energy of a number of substituted phenyl cations have been calculated for both spin states at the UB3LYP/6-31G(d) level (o-, m-, p-Me, OMe, NH(2), CN, NO(2)) or at the UB3LYP/6-311++G(2d,p) level (o-, m-, p-SiMe(3), SMe). The geometric differences were assessed by means of a self-organizing neural network. The triplets maintain a(More)
Dimethyl 2,6-dimethyl-1,4-dihydropyridine-3,5-dicarboxylates (Hantzsch DHPs) fluoresce weakly in fluid solution. However, these compounds exhibit an efficient fluorescence both in a viscous medium (glycerin) at room temperature and in a glassy matrix at 77 K (but no phosphorescence, since ISC is negligible). DHPs bearing an aryl group in position 4 have(More)
4-Phenyl-1,4-dihydropyridine-3,5-dicarboxylates contain two pi chromophores separated by an sp3 carbon. The lowest singlet is localized on the dihydropyridine moiety (1PyH2-Ph) and emits a blue fluorescence (with close to unitary efficiency in glass at 77 K). In 3-nitrophenyl derivatives (PyH2-PhNO2, some of which are photolabile drugs) the fluorescence is(More)
The effect of surfactants (cationic, anionic, and nonionic) on the direct photochemistry of selected chlorophenol antimicrobials in aqueous solution has been investigated. The inclusion of the starting aromatics into micelles markedly directs the reaction towards a cleaner process (mainly photoreduction), contrasting with the variety of processes observed(More)
Photo(sensitized) cleavage of benzenediazonium salts as well as, when an electron-donating substituent is present, of aryl chlorides, fluorides, mesylates, triflates, and phosphates leads to the corresponding phenyl cations in the triplet state. These otherwise unavailable intermediates add selectively to alkenes, alkynes, and (hetero)arenes, giving(More)
A mild and general method for the synthesis of potentially bioactive 2-substituted-1,3-benzodioxoles is presented. This is based on the photocatalyzed activation of methylene hydrogen atoms in the presence of tetrabutylammonium decatungstate (TBADT). The method gave yields ranging from 46-77 % with no interference by benzene ring substituents, such as OR,(More)
A chemically modified gold electrode has been conveniently prepared by binding multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) to which thiol functions have been tethered. The electrode has been characterized by atomic force microscopy and oxidative desorption experiments and gives excellent results for trace determination of As(III) and Bi(III) in natural and(More)