New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 14

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Andrea Ienco

Institution: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Chimica dei Composti OrganoMetallici (CNR-ICCOM)

Country: Italy

Education and Research Interests:
He received the Master’s Degree in Chemistry at the University of Florence. During almost two years visit in the group of Roald Hoffmann (1981 Nobel Laureate) at Cornell University, he was educated at looking for correlations between structure and properties. Using crystallography and applied theoretical chemistry, he explores the chemistry of small molecules on metal centers, the role of weak interactions in determining the structure, the reactivity and the transformations in organic compounds, metal complexes compounds, coordination polymers and 2D materials. He also studied the solid state behavior of organic molecules such as drugs and dyes in non-ambient conditions and against paper bio-deteriogens. In the last few years, he has dedicated himself to exploring different forms of dissemination of chemistry using traditional approaches such as seminars and laboratory but also through tools such as comics and serious games. Bibliometric parameters: 147 articles, 2 book chapters, 1 patent; h-Index 34, g-Index 60, 4898 citations (Scopus database). Orcid: 0000-0002-2586-4943

Selected Research and Educational Projects and Activities
- (2022-2024) LEDIS: LEGGI DI SCIENZA (Role Participant, Regional Project in collaboration with Civica Library di Calenzano e VIS-Virtual Immersion in Science). The project aims to encourage the diffusion of scientific culture and at the same time promote reading, placing the library at the center as a place of discovery and aggregation.
- (2022-2024) “Change the Game: giocare per prepararsi alle sfide di una società sostenibile” CHANGEGAME (Role Participant, @CNR project) The project intends to create serious games that can be used by teachers for distance and non-distance learning, with the aim of promoting knowledge among young people on the topics of frontier research linked to the Green Deal and the objectives of the UN Agenda 2030.
- (2018-2023) Raw Matter Ambassadors at Schools (Role Participant, Financed by European Institute for Innovation and Technology e Knowledege Innovation Community Raw Materials (EIT/EIT RawMaterials) - RM@Schools is a Wider Society Learning project project focused on an innovative program to make science education and careers in raw materials attractive for youngster.
- (2020-2022) “ADESSO: From essentials to solids: Immobilization of terpenes in solid state for the control and inhibition of weeds on paper” (PI, Regional Project in collaboration with National Central Library of Florence).
- (2019-2022) Raw Materials at Schools for ESEE-RM@Schools-ESEE (Role Participant, Project N. 19069/2020/EIT/EIT Raw Materials)
- Member of the outreach commission of CNR Area di Firenze;
- August 2021: Chair of the session “MS-8: Social media and new frontiers for spreading crystallographic” at the XXV Congress of the International Union of Crystallography (Prague).
- May 2020: presentation “Isomerism” on the TV show “Zettel Maturità – Scienze” aired by the national public television channel “Rai Cultura”.
- April 2019 – March 2020: Andrea Ienco was the catalyst for The periodic issue of “Comics&Science”, a comics series edited by CNR-Edizioni (ISBN 978-88-8080-353-9) ( The story was written by Giovanni Eccher and drawn by Sergio Ponchione. Andrea Ienco presented the volume in Genova (the Festival della Scienza 2019), Lucca (Lucca Comics&Games 2019, the most famous Italian comic convention), Florence, Milan (workshop on periodic table), Rome (“Più Liberi – Più Libri” fair 2019), on line on CNR Comunicazione youtube channel.

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