Dr. Fabrizio Santoro

B1: Institute for the Chemistry of OrganoMetellic Compounds (ICOM, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy)


Dr. Fabrizio Santoro is a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for the Chemistry of OrganoMetallic Compounds at CNR. He is an expert in computational electronic spectroscopy, quantum dynamics of photoexcited processes and DNA photophysics. He has published about over 120 peer-reviewed journals and supervised 13 Early Stage Researchers.

His research interests include

  • Development of models and methods for applications in the field of linear and non-linear computational electronic spectroscopy
  • Quantum dynamics of ultrafast photoinduced processes in biology and nanosystems.


Role in LightDyNAmics

Coordinator, Supervisor of ESR3, Lead WP6

Selected Publications

  1. R. Improta, F. Santoro, L.Blancafort, L. “Quantum Mechanical Studies on the Photophysics and the Photochemistry of Nucleic Acids and Nucleobases.” Chemical Reviews, 2016, 116 (6), 3540-3593.
  2. M. Sholokh, R. Improta,M. Mori, R. Sharma, C. Kenfack, D. Shin, K. Voltz, Y. Tor, Y. Mély. “Tautomers of a Fluorescent G Surrogate and Their Distinct Photophysics Provide Additional Information Channels.” Angewandte Chemie, 2016, 128(28)8106-8110.
  3. Y. Zhang, K. de La Harpe, A. A. Beckstead, R. Improta, B. Kohler. “UV-induced proton transfer between DNA strands. ” Journal of American Chemical Society, 2015, 137 (22), 7059-7062.
  4. L. Esposito, A. Banyasz, T. Douki, M. Perron, D. Markovitsi, R. Improta. “Effect of C5-Methylation of Cytosine on the Photoreactivity of DNA: A Joint Experimental and Computational Study of TCG Trinucleotides.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136 (31), 10838-10841.
  5. R. Improta, V. Santoro, V. Batone. “Ab Initio Calculations of Absorption Spectra of Large Molecules in Solution: Coumarin C153.” Angewandte Chemie, 2007, 46(3), 405-408.