I graduated in Organic Chemistry in Italy in 2004 and then moved to Cardiff University to obtain a PhD in Organic Material Chemistry in 2008, with a project based on the synthesis and characterisation of novel Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIMs) under the supervision of Prof Neil B. McKeown. 

After the PhD I worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Cardiff University (2008-2013) and the University of Edinburgh (2014-2017). In October 2017, I have been appointed Lecturer in Chemistry at Swansea University.

In 2017 I have successfully finished the Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice (PgCAP) at the University of Edinburgh for which I have become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

I am also a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and a STEM Ambassador.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Material Chemistry
  • Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIMs)
  • Gas Separation
  • Mixed Matrix Membranes (MMMs)
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis


  1. Comesaña-Gándara, B., Chen, J., Bezzu, C., Carta, M., Rose, I., Ferrari, M., Esposito, E., Fuoco, A., Jansen, J., McKeown, N. Redefining the Robeson upper bounds for CO2/CH4 and CO2/N2 separations using a series of ultrapermeable benzotriptycene-based polymers of intrinsic microporosity Energy & Environmental Science 12 9 2733 2740
  2. Fuoco, A., Rizzuto, C., Tocci, E., Monteleone, M., Esposito, E., Budd, P., Carta, M., Comesaña-Gándara, B., McKeown, N., Jansen, J. The origin of size-selective gas transport through polymers of intrinsic microporosity Journal of Materials Chemistry A 7 35 20121 20126
  3. Yin, H., Yang, B., Chua, Y., Szymoniak, P., Carta, M., Malpass-Evans, R., McKeown, N., Harrison, W., Budd, P., Schick, C., Böhning, M., Schönhals, A. Effect of Backbone Rigidity on the Glass Transition of Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity Probed by Fast Scanning Calorimetry ACS Macro Letters 8 8 1022 1028
  4. Lau, C., Lu, T., Sun, S., Chen, X., Carta, M., Dawson, D. Continuous flow knitting of a triptycene hypercrosslinked polymer Chemical Communications 55 59 8571 8574
  5. Jansen, J., Esposito, E., Fuoco, A., Carta, M. Microporous Organic Polymers: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications Polymers 11 5 844

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  • CH-126 Chemical Reactions 2

    This module will continue the discussion of the fundamentals of the physical aspects of chemical reactions, both thermodynamic and kinetic. These and other previously-understood concepts will then be applied to the study of substitution and elimination and an introduction to redox reactions, both organic and inorganic. This module will build on existing understanding and will employ mathematics taught in other modules (CH-122) to conceptualise some of the material taught in this module. The module will have a variety of formative assessment opportunities and summative assessments that include writing of technical reports, a presentation, homework, workshops, and an exam.

  • CH-127 Chemical Practice

    This module will introduce students to the three broad employment areas for chemistry: research, teaching or industrial positions. The lecture portion will cover fundamental aspects of being a professional chemist including safety, report writing, project management, and teaching skills. Students will then spend 60 hours with research faculty, on an industrial field trip or serving as a teacher's aide. Assessment will be by coursework and a written report.

  • CH-238 Further Organic Chemistry

    This module will build on material taught across the entire first year, and develops knowledge and understanding in the area of organic chemistry. Students will gain deeper knowledge of stereochemistry and conformation in organic chemistry, and of reactivity and reaction mechanisms in areas such as carbonyl, carbanion, carbocation, radical, aromatic and heterocyclic chemistry. They will also be introduced to key concepts and strategies in synthetic organic chemistry and physical organic chemistry. By the end of the module students will be equipped with the core tools to design synthetic routes, and to predict and/or determine reaction mechanisms. The module will have a variety of formative assessment opportunities and summative assessments that include writing of technical reports, a presentation, homework, workshops, and an exam.

  • CH-300 Advanced Topics in Organic, Biological and Medicinal Chemistry

    This module will give students a high-level understanding of organic and medicinal (pharmaceutical) chemistry. Students will gain deeper appreciation of mechanistic considerations in organic chemistry, and will broaden their knowledge of synthetic methods, particularly those involving main group elements and transition metals. Key contemporary methods in organic chemistry will be studied. The module will build on the organic chemistry knowledge acquired in the previous year. By the end of the module, students will have a comprehensive grounding in organic and medicinal chemistry, and will be able to design or predict complicated synthetic routes, evaluate the outcomes and predict/analyse structures using a variety of spectroscopic methods.

  • CH-344 Chemistry Project

    3rd year projects are the opportunity to bring all you've learnt during your degree together and apply that knowledge to solve a problem. In Swansea these projects can be embedded in active research groups across the colleges of science, engineering or medicine, allowing you to build a network and experience in your chosen specialism within the chemical sciences. These projects are your opportunity to demonstrate to employers that you have a full understanding of your course and are able to direct your own studies, manage an independent research project and effectively communicate your findings. This selection suggests an interest in a project embedded within a research group in engineering, focusing on materials chemistry or chemical engineering


  • Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity for Heterogeneous Catalysis (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Juan Mareque-Rivas
    Other supervisor: Dr Mariolino Carta
  • Chemical and nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems for cancer immunotherapy (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Mariolino Carta
    Other supervisor: Prof Juan Mareque-Rivas
  • Photocatalyst design for solar-driven valorisation of waste (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Dr Mariolino Carta
    Other supervisor: Dr Moritz Kuehnel

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
2017 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) University of Edinburgh
2009 PhD Cardiff University
2003 MSc Universita' degli studi di Sassari

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
October 2017 Present Lecturer Swansea University
January 2014 September 2017 PDRA The University of Edinburgh
July 2009 December 2013 PDRA Cardiff University