Dr. Paola Gilli, born in Ferrara 7/10/1964, Degree in Chemistry cum laude (22/3/1990) and PhD in Chemical Sciences - Physical Chemistry (29/6/1994) at the University of Ferrara. Researcher of Physical Chemistry (CHIM/02) at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, since 1/9/1997.

Author of 60 scientific papers in qualified international journals, six book chapters and a full book and about a hundred congress communications including 20 invited lectures in the general fields of physical chemistry of molecular interactions (general theory of the hydrogen bond, interaction patterns in molecular crystals, receptor binding thermodynamics and enthalpy-entropy relationships in biological systems), structural chemistry (applications of structural correlations and crystallographic databases, X-ray crystallography) and computational chemistry (quantum-mechanical modeling of proton transfer in tautomeric H-bonded systems). Present research concerns the relationships between structural and extrathermodynamic aspects of the molecules, with particular regard to those between H-bond strength and acid base parameters (PA, pKa) of the H-bond donor and acceptor and to the systematics of nonbonded intermolecular forces in terms of charge-transfer phenomena (CT or EDA interactions). Published research has globally received some 3500 citations (out of which 350 in 2011) with H-index of 25.

Co-author of the book “The Nature of the Hydrogen Bond. Outline of a Comprehensive Hydrogen Bond Theory”, G. Gilli and P. Gilli, Oxford University Press, 2009 and of the treatises “Fundamentals of Crystallography”, C. Giacovazzo Ed., 3rd ed., Oxford University Press, 2011 [Chapter: Molecules and molecular crystals; G. Gilli, P. Gilli] and “Supramolecular Chemistry: from Molecules to Nanomaterials”, J.W. Steed and P.A. Gale Eds., John Wiley & Sons, 2012 [Chapter: Noncovalent interactions in crystals; P. Gilli, G. Gilli].

During her carrier she has collaborated with several research institutions, with research stages at: Department of Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (Prof. Lidia Vallarino, 1990); Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, UK (Prof. Olga Kennard, 1993; doctoral fellow); Laboratoire de Cristallochimie, ICSN-CNRS, Gif sur Yvette, France (Prof. Claudine Pascard, 1995-1997; postdoctoral fellow); LCM3B, University Henri Poincaré Nancy I (Prof. Claude Lecomte, 2003, 2007; visiting professor). She has taken part in several national research projects (PRIN) and in the European Projects “Systematic Studies on Molecular Recognition Phenomena..” (EC 'Scientific Networks' project, 1994-1996) and “The strength of Wood Fibers: Association between Hemicellulose and Cellulose at the Molecular Level” (EC FAIR project, 1997-1999).

She has acted as referee to a variety of scientific journals, including J. Am. Chem. Soc., J. Phys. Chem., J. Chem. Phys., J. Phys. Org. Chem., J. Org. Chem., Cryst. Growth Des., Acta Crystallographica, Sect. B, C and E, J. Mol. Struct., New J. Chem., Chemistry Eur. J., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed..
She has been reviewer for international funding agencies, among which the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF).

Since 2003 she is secretary of MIRSIG (Special Interest Group on Molecular Interaction and Recognition of the European Crystallographic Association) taking care of the organization of plenary lectures and microsymposia at the European Crystallographic Meeting (ECM). She has collaborated to the organization of several national and international meetings and chaired six microsymposia on molecular interactions in international meetings and workshops.

Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Ferrara, she has lectured the courses of Physical Chemistry I, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Thermodynamics of Biological Systems. Presently lecturer of Physical Organic Chemistry. Member of the teaching board of the PhD School in Chemical Sciences of the University of Ferrara.