Anna Painelli got the Laurea Degrees in Chemistry at the University of Padova in 1982, magna cum laude, and was awarded the S.Bezzi medal as the best graduate student in Chemistry. In 1986 Painelli obtained the Ph.D degree in Chemistry (Chemical Physics curriculum) for reasearch work done in the Department of Chemical Physics of the University of Padova. In 1988-1991 Painelli worked as a researcher at the Centro di Studio sugli Stati Molecolari Radicalici ed Eccitati del CNR in Padova. In 1991 Painelli moved in Parma, as researcher at the Dipartimento di Chimica GIAF of the local University. In 2000-2005 she is Associate Professor of Chemical Physics at the same University, where, since 2005 she works as Professor of Chemical Physics. Since 1995 Painelli served as teacher at the Faculty of Science (University of Parma) for the Laurea degrees in Chemistry as well as in Material Science. She had several undergradued and PhD students. Painelli is a teacher of PhD Course in Science and Tecnology of Innovative Materials of the Parma University since 2001, and in 2007-2011 she coordinated the same Course.
Painelli was Scientific Responsible of the Research Unit of Parma in the scientific projects of the Italian Ministry of University and Research PRIN2001 ( Charge transfer in functional molecular materials as a source of non-linearity: a joined theoretical and spectroscopic study) e PRIN2004 (Supramolecular interactions in molecular functional materials), and was scientific coordinator of PRIN2006 project titled: Chromophores in organic and hybrid nanostructures: supramolecular engineering of photonic properties.
Painelli was the Italian responsible for the project Galileo2007 for a collaboration with M. Blanchard-Desce (Rennes, FR) on Nanoscopic organic structures:experimental and theoretical investigations of innovative organic and hybrid systems. She was a member of the European Network of Excellence MAGMAnet. Presently Painelli coordinates for the Italian part the Executive Program of Scientific and Technologica cooperation between the Italian Republic and the Republic of India 2008 - 2010, on the topic: Designing novel photosystems for enhanced charge transfer efficiency: a detailed theoretical modelling.
Painelli served as expert-evaluator for the Commissione Europea, project reviewer for the Italian Ministry of University and Research and several European Research Institutions. She serves as referee for many scientific journals, including Journals published by the American Physical Society, the American Physical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Elsevier, and Nature.
In 2002-2007 Painelli was member of the Editorial Board of Physical Review B.
Painelli authored more than 130 papers on peer-reviewed international journals and book-chapters. Painelli presented more than 130 contributions to national and international confererences and presented more than 25 seminars upon invitation.
The scientific activity of Painelli in the field of modern chemical physics of molecular functional materials is mainly devoted to theoretical modelization and optical spectroscopy.
Schematically, the research activity of Painelli focused on the following main themes, with strong mutual interconnections:
1.electron-vibration coupling in charge-transfer molecular crystals
2.electronic structure models for strongly correlated electrons (Hubbard models) and organic superconductors
3.electron-vibration coupling in conjugated polymers
4.the neutral-ionic phase transition in charge-transfer molecular crystals: electronic structure models and numerical calculations based on the diagrammatic valence bond technique, electron-phonon coupling, phase diagrams, multistability, polarization and polarizability, dielectric anomaly, soft-modes and diffuse X-ray scattering.
5.Theoretical models and spectroscopic characterization of functional molecular materials: pi-conjugated chromophores with electron donor and acceptor groups with polar (DA) and multibranched (DAD, DA3,...) structure. Electron-vibration coupling (also relaxing the adiabatic approximation) and solvation effects in electronic (absorption and fluorescence) spectra, in vibrational (infrared and Raman) spectra and in optical and spectroscopic linear and non-linear responses. Electroabsorption spectra. Symmetry-breaking and anomalous solvatochromism of multibranched chromophores.
6.Bottom-up models of molecular materials: electrostatic intermolecular interactions in multichromophoric assemblies and films. Analysis of several experimental systems and prediction of collective and cooperative phenomena: bistability and multielectron transfer
7.Bistability in Fc-PTM crystals.
The research work was done also thanks to several international collaborations. Among others a long lasting collaboration with Zoltàn G. Soos (PrincetonUniversity) resulted in more than 20 papers and a more recent collaboration with Jaume Veciana that resulted in 3 papers. A few other ongoing international collaborations have recently lead to joint publications: Mireille Blanchard-Desce (Rennes), M-H Lemée Cailleau (Grenoble), Martin Dressel (Stuttgart), Olga V. Przhonska (Kiev), Eric W. Van Stryland (Univ. Central Florida), Wim Wenseleers (Antwerp), D. Beljonne (Mons), S. Pati (Bangalore).