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Dr. Dario Campisi

Postdoctoral Researcher
Term of Engagement: 2021 ->

Research Areas

Actinides, Catalysis, Electronic Structure, Machine Learning, Metal Organic Frameworks


  • BSc University of Palermo Italy, 2015
  • MSc University of Palermo, Italy, 2017
  • PhD Leiden University, the Netherlands, 2021

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Research, Leiden University, August 28, 2021 – September 27, 2021
  • Early Stage Research (Marie Curie Fellow) within H2020-ITN EuroPAH August 28, 2017 – August 27, 2021

Dario Campisi is a postdoctoral researcher in the Gagliardi group at the University of Chicago. His research interests are the application of electronic structure methods and machine learning to actinide chemistry, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), catalysis, astrochemistry/cosmochemistry, and the origin of life. Dario was a Marie Curie fellow within the Ph.D. program/network, funded by the European Union, called EuroPAH[1] and he contributed to opening up the field of interstellar catalysis, studying how Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) can catalyze molecular hydrogen in space[2,3]. In his pioneer studies, he identified the theoretical methods to model the reactivity of large aromatic molecules on a silicate mineral surface[4] and how to activate catalytically the aromatic C-H bond.[5]
Dario also contributed to studying the olefinic activation on boron nitride catalysts.[6]

In his spare time, Dario is a pop singer and songwriter. He plays several instruments such as piano, guitars and he is due to learning ukulele (gift received for his Ph.D.).


[2] D. Campisi and A. Candian, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2020,22, 6738-6748

[3] D. Campisi et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2020,22, 1557-1565

[4] D. Campisi et al., J. Phys. Chem. A 2021, 125, 13, 2770–27814

[5] D. Campisi, Interstellar Catalysts and the PAH Universe, ISBN 9789464192957,

[6] R. Cortese, D. Campisi et al., Mol. Cat., 2020, 110891

Awards and Academic Achievements

  • Marie Curie Fellowship (H2020-ITN EuroPAH) 2017 – 2020
  • Seal of Excellence, HORIZON-MSCA-2021-PF-01-01 — MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021