Loredana Valenzano

Loredana Valenzano
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
—"Walden" - H.D. Thoreau


  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  • PhD, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, 2003
  • MSc, University of Torino, Italy, 2000

Work History

  • Assistant Professor, Michigan Tech, USA, 2012-present
  • Assistant Research Scientist, Michigan Tech, USA, 2010-2012
  • Postdoctoral Associate, University of Torino, Italy, 2005-2010
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Leiden, The Netherlands, 2003-2005

Links of Interest

Reviewer for:

  • ACS: JACS, J Phys Chem Lett, J Phys Chem A/C, Inor Chem
  • RSC: J Mat Chem A/B/C, Dalton Trans, CrystEngComm, PCCP, New J Chem
  • Elsevier: Chem Phys Lett, J Solid State Chem, Appl Surf Science, Comp Mat Science, Physica B: Cond Matt
  • Springer: J Porous Mat
  • AIP: J Chem Phys
  • MDPI: Materials

Research Interests

  • Computational characterization of molecules and materials: energetic materials, nanoporous materials, cementing materials, active pharmaceutical ingredients, crystal growth, nucleation, surfaces, effect of defects on the structures and properties of materials, effect of water/solvents on material evolution and degradation, biomolecules

Recent Publications

  • J. Huang, L. Valenzano, T.V. Singh, R. Pandey, G.N. Sant, The Influence of (Mg, Al, Fe) Impurities on Triclinic Ca3SiO5: Interpretations from First Principles Calculations, Crystal Growth and Design, in press (2014)
  • S. Chavan, F. Bonino, L. Valenzano, B. Civalleri, C. Lamberti, N. Acerbi, J. Cavka, M. Leistner, S. Bordiga, Fundamental Aspects of H2S Adsorption on CPO-27-Ni, J. Chem. Phys. C, 117, 15615-15622 (2013)
  • D. Gianolio, J.G. Vitillo, B. Civalleri, S. Bordiga, U. Olsbye, K.P. Lillerud, L. Valenzano, C. Lamberti, Combined Study of Structural Properties on Metal-Organic Frameworks with Same Topology but Different Linkers or Metal, 15th International Conference on X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS15), Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 430, 012134 (2013)
  • S. Zhu, J. Bi, G. Vegesna, J. Zhang, F.-T. Luo, L. Valenzano*, H. Liu, Functionalization of BODIPY Dyes at 2,6-Positions through Formyl Groups, RSC Advances, 3, 4793-4800 (2013)
  • J. Zhang, S. Zhu, L. Valenzano, F.-T. Luo, H. Liu, BODIPY-based Ratiometric Fluorescent Probes for Sensitive and Selective Sensing of Cyanide Ion, RSC Advances 3, 68-74 (2013)
  • A.J. Kennedy, L. Valenzano*, Computational Prediction of the Behavior of MOF-74 under Hydrated Conditions, Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Fuel Chem., 57 (1), 913-916 (2012)
  • L. Valenzano*, W. J. Slough, W. F. Perger, Accurate Prediction of Second-Order Elastic Constants from First Principles: PETN and TATB, AIP Conf. Proc. 1426, 1191 (2012) Read More
  • W. J. Slough, L. Valenzano, W. F. Perger, The terahertz infrared spectrum of cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine: targeting anharmonic modes for the fingerprinting and detection of RDX, AIP Conf. Proc. 1426, 1219 (2012) Read More
  • J. Criswell, W. F. Perger, K. M. Flurchick, L. Valenzano, W. J. Slough, The effect of a simulated volumetric expansion: Calculated vibrational properties and elastic constants of pentaerythritol, AIP Conf. Proc. 1426, 1179 (2012) Read More
  • K. M. Flurchick, W. F. Perger, W. J. Slough, L. Valenzano, Gamma phase RDX: Initial study of geometry, spectrum and EOS, AIP Conf. Proc. 1426, 567 (2012)Read More
  • W. F. Perger, W. J. Slough, L. Valenzano, K. M. Flurchick, Calculation of the vibrational spectra of α-rdx using the Grimme DFT potential, AIP Conf. Proc. 1426, 571 (2012) Read More
  • L. Valenzano, J. G. Vitillo, S. Chavan, B. Civalleri, F. Bonino, S. Bordiga, C. Lamberti, Structure-activity relationships of simple molecules adsorbed on CPO-27-Ni Metal-Organic Framework: in situ experiments vs. theory, Catal. Today 182, 67 (2012) Read More
  • J. C. Tan, B. Civalleri, C.-C. Lin, L. Valenzano, R. Galvelis, P.-F. Chen, T.-D. Bennet, C. Mellot-Draznieks, C. M. Zicovich-Wilson, A. K. Cheetham, Elasticity of Sodalite ZIF-8: a Porous Metal-Organic Framework Material with an Exceptionally Low Shear Modulus, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 095502, (2012) Read More
  • S. Chavan, J. G. Vitillo, D. Gianoglio, O. Zavorotynska, B. Civalleri, S. Jakobsen, M.H. Nilsen, L. Valenzano, C. Lamberti, K. P. Lillerud, S. Bordiga, H2 storage in isostructural UiO-67 and UiO-66 MOFs, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 14, 1614 (2012) Read More
  • L. Valenzano, B. Civalleri, K. Sillar, J. Sauer, Heat of adsorption of CO and CO2 in metalorganic frameworks: Quantum mechanical study of CPO-27-M (M = Mg, Ni, Zn), J. Phys. Chem. C 115, 21777 (2011) Read More
  • L. Valenzano, B. Civalleri, S. Chavan, S. Bordiga, M. Nilsen, S. Jakobsen, K.P. Lillerud, C. Lamberti, Disclosing the complex structure of UiO-66: a synergic combination of experiment and theory, Chem. Mater. 23, 1700 (2011) Read More
  • F. Bardelli, M. Benvenuti, P. Costagliola, F. Di Benedetto, P. Lattanzi, C. Meneghini, M. Romanelli, L. Valenzano, Arsenic uptake by natural calcite: an XAS study, Geo. Cosmo. Acta, 75, 3011 (2011) Read More
  • L. Valenzano, B. Civalleri, S. Chavan, G.T. Palomino, C.O. Arean, S. Bordiga, Computational and experimental studies on the adsorption of CO, N2 and CO2 on Mg-MOF-74, J. Phys. Chem. C, 114, 11185 (2010) Read More

Recent Funding

  • Start-up Package - Michigan Tech
  • UCLA
  • Pruett Scholarship


  • Invited Seminar, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, UCLA, October 2013
  • Oral Presentation, APS March Meeting, Baltimore (MD), 2013
  • Oral Presentation, ACS Spring Meeting, New Orleans (LA), April 2013
  • Invited Seminar, Aberdeen Proving Ground (MD), DOD, March 2013
  • Invited Seminar, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, UCLA, March 2013
  • Invited Seminar, Department of Chemistry, Michigan Tech, Houghton (MI), Spring 2011
  • Oral Presentation, APS March Meeting, Dallas (TX), 2011
  • Oral Presentation, MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco (CA), March 2011
  • Oral Presentations (2), SCCM – Shock and Compression Condensed Matter, Chicago (IL), March 2011
  • Invited Seminar, MTU Physics Colloquium, Department of Physics, Michigan Tech, Houghton (MI), Fall 2010

Recent Projects

  • Physico-Chemical Properties, Polymorphism, Surfaces, Behavior under Pressure of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
  • Metal-Organic Frameworks for Catalytic Applications and Petroleum Refining Processes
  • Physico-Chemical Properties of Energetic Materials and Co-Crystal(s)
  • Structure(s) and Properties of E. Coli's Peptidoglycan Cell Wall
  • Action of a Broad Spectrum Antiviral Medication against Human Herpes, DNA Intercalated Drugs
  • Encapsulation of Molecules into Fullerene Cages
  • Acetylcholinestarase Inhibition by Aricept Analogs in Decrease Memory Loss in Alzheimer's Patients

Teaching Experience

  • CH3510 Online (Physical Chemistry I) - Summer 2014
  • CH3510 (Physical Chemistry I) - Spring 2014
  • CH4560-CH5560 (Computational Chemistry) - Fall 2013
  • CH3510 (Physical Chemistry I) - Spring 2013
  • CH3510 (Physical Chemistry I) - Fall 2012
  • CH3510 (Physical Chemistry I) - Summer 2012
  • CH3510 (Physical Chemistry I) - Spring 2012
  • CH3510 (Physical Chemistry I) - Fall 2011
  • PH4999 (Modeling of Materials and Electronic Structure Methods) - Spring 2011
  • PH4510 (Solid State Physics) - Fall 2010