Elena Cariati

Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at DC UNIMI

Expertise:  inorganic synthesis, spectroscopy, photophysics

Elena Cariati was born in Tradate, Italy, in 1968. She completed her Ph.D. degree in 1995 at the University of Milano. Her doctoral research, performed under the supervision of Professor Renato Ugo, was concerned with the use of silica as a reaction medium for the high-yield synthesis of various metal carbonyl compounds. In 1997 she spent one year as a Fullbright Fellow with Professor Peter C. Ford’s group at the University of California, Santa Barbara. During this year she studied the nonlinear optical (NLO) and luminescence properties of different Cu(I) complexes. From 1998 to 2005 she worked as researcher at the University of Milano studying the photophysical and NLO properties of organometallic and coordination compounds and the surface chemistry of carbonyl clusters and complexes. In 2001 she won the “Dott. Giuseppe Borgia” prize  from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. Since 2005 she is Associate Professor For General and Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Milano.

Her research interests are in the following areas:

(1) Surface organometallic chemistry.

(2) Synthesis and characterization of hybrid inorganic-organic compounds with second order non-linear optical (NLO) properties.

(3) Synthesis and characterization of hybrid inorganic-organic compounds with luminescent properties.

She is author of 65 publications on highly qualified international journals.



1). E. Cariati, D. Roberto, R. Ugo, P. Ford, S. Galli, A. Sironi New Structural Motifs, Unusual Quenching of the Emission, and Second Harmonic Generation of Copper(I) Iodide Polymeric or Oligomeric Adducts with Para-Substituted Pyridines or trans-Stilbazoles, Inorganic Chemistry 44 (2005) 4077.

2). H. Kang, A. Facchetti, H. Jiang, E. Cariati, S. Righetto, R. Ugo, C. Zuccaccia, A. Macchioni, C. L. Stern, Z. Liu, S.T. Ho, E.C. Brown, M.A. Ratner, T.J. Marks Ultralarge Hyperpolarizability Twisted p-Electron System Electro-Optic Chromophores: Synthesis, Solid-State and Solution-Phase Structural Characteristics, Electronic Structures, Linear and Nonlinear Optical Properties, and Computational Studies, J. Am. Chem. Soc.  129 (2007) 3267.

3). E. Cariati, A. Forni, S. Biella, P. Metrangolo, F. Meyer, G. Resnati, S. Righetto, E. Tordin, R. Ugo Tuning second-order NLO responses through halogen bonding, Chem. Commun. (2007) 2590.

4). E. Cariati, R. Macchi, D. Roberto, R. Ugo, S. Galli, N. Casati, P. Macchi, A. Sironi, L. Bogani, A. Caneschi, D. Gatteschi Polyfunctional Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Materials: An Unusual Kind of NLO Active Layered Mixed Metal Oxalates with Tunable Magnetic Properties and Very Large SecondHarmonic Generation, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 129 (2007) 9410.

5). Y. Wang, D. L. Frattarelli, A. Facchetti, E. Cariati,E. Tordin, R. Ugo, C. Zuccaccia, A. Macchioni, S. L. Wegener, C. L. Stern, M. A. Ratner, T. J. Marks Twisted π–Electron System Electro-Optic Chromophores. Structural and Electronic Consequences of Relaxing Twist-Inducing Non-Bonded Repulsions, J. Phys. Chem. C 112 (2008) 8005.

6). E. Cariati, R. Macchi, E. Tordin, R. Ugo, L. Bogani,  A. Caneschi, P. Macchi, N. Casati, A. Sironi Tuning the magnetic properties of a new family of hybrid mixed metal oxalates having 1D magnetic chains and layers of J aggregates of [DAMS+] producing superior SHG Inorganica Chimica Acta 361 (2008) 4004.

7). R. Macchi, E. Cariati, D. Marinotto, D. Roberto, E. Tordin, R. Ugo, R. Bozio, M. Cozzuol, D. Pedron, G. Mattei Stable SHG from in situ grown oriented nanocrystals of [(E)-N,N-dimethylamino-N’-methylstilbazolium][ptoluenesulfonate] in a PMMA film,  Journal of Materials Chemistry 20 (2010) 1885.

8). E. Cariati, G. Cavallo, A. Forni, G. Leem, P. Metrangolo, F. Meyer, T.  Pilati, G. Resnati, S. Righetto, G. Terraneo, E. Tordin Self-Complementary Nonlinear Optical-Phores Targeted to Halogen Bond-Driven Self-Assembly of Electro-Optic Materials, Cryst. Growth Des. 11 (2011) 5642.

9). E. Cariati, V. Lanzeni, E. Tordin, R. Ugo, C. Botta, A. Giacometti Schieroni, A. Sironi, D. Pasini Efficient crystallization induced emissive materials based on a simple push–pull molecular structure, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13 (2011) 18005.

10). E. Lucenti, C. Botta, E. Cariati, S. Righetto, M. Scarpellini, E. Tordin, R.Ugo New organic-inorganic hybrid materials based on perylene diimide-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane dyes with reduced quenching of the emission in the solid state, Dyes and Pigments (2013) 748.