Institution name and department

Università di Torino

Position held


Assistant Professor



Via Pietro Giuria 9, 10125 Torino (ITALY)



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Key words 


·         Heterogeneous catalysis

·         Solvent-free


·         Cyclodextrin

·         Mechanochemistry


·         Ultrasound




Areas of Research/Expertise (please provide a short write up to 250 words)

Katia Martina research activity is centered on innovative synthetic procedures carried out under non- conventional techniques (power ultrasound, microwaves and ball milling), in benign solvent or in solvent free condition, preparation of new solid supported organometallic catalyst and derivatizzazion of carbon based nanomaterial. Recently the search of new sustainable solvent free organic protocol by mechanochemical activation is object of her research. Part of her scientific interest is also focused on regio-or stereoselective derivatization of cyclodextrin for application in organocatalysis and drug delivery under non-conventional condition: the impact of mechanochemistry on oligosaccharides decoration has been also studied.

5 Most representative publications related to mechanochemistry 

1.    Martina, K.; Baricco, F.; Tagliapietra, S.; Moran, M.J.; Cravotto, G.; Cintas, P. Highly efficient nitrobenzene and alkyl/aryl azide reduction in stainless steel jars without catalyst addition. New Journal of Chemistry 2018, 42, 18881-18888, doi:10.1039/C8NJ04240C.

2.    Martina, K.; Rotolo, L.; Porcheddu, A.; Delogu, F.; Bysouth, S.R.; Cravotto, G.; Colacino, E. High throughput mechanochemistry: Application to parallel synthesis of benzoxazines. Chemical Communications 2018, 54, 551-554, doi:10.1039/c7cc07758k.

3.    Jicsinszky, L.; Caporaso, M.; Tuza, K.; Martina, K.; Calcio Gaudino, E.; Cravotto, G. Nucleophilic Substitutions of 6I-O-Monotosyl-β-cyclodextrin in a Planetary Ball Mill. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering 2016, 4, 919-929, doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b01006.

4.    Rinaldi, L.; Martina, K.; Baricco, F.; Rotolo, L.; Cravotto, G. Solvent-free copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition under mechanochemical activation. Molecules 2015, 20, 2837-2849, doi:10.3390/molecules20022837.

5.    Martina, K.; Baricco, F.; Berlier, G.; Caporaso, M.; Cravotto, G. Efficient green protocols for preparation of highly functionalized β-cyclodextrin-grafted silica. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering 2014, 2, 2595-2603, doi:10.1021/sc500546e.



5 Most representative publications non-related to Mechanochemistry 

1.      Moran Plata, M.J.; Martina, K.; Baricco, F.; Tagliapietra, S.; Manzoli, M.; Cravotto, G. Tuneable copper catalysed transfer hydrogenation of nitrobenzenes to aniline or azo derivatives. Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis 2020, n/a, doi:10.1002/adsc.202000127.

2.      Barge, A.; Caporaso, M.; Cravotto, G.; Martina, K.; Tosco, P.; Aime, S.; Carrera, C.; Gianolio, E.; Pariani, G.; Corpillo, D. Design and synthesis of a γ1β8- cyclodextrin oligomer: A new platform with potential application as a dendrimeric multicarrier. Chemistry - A European Journal 2013, 19, 12086-12092,    doi:10.1002/chem.201301215.

3.      Martina, K.; Baricco, F.; Caporaso, M.; Berlier, G.; Cravotto, G. Cyclodextrin-Grafted Silica- Supported Pd Nanoparticles: An Efficient and Versatile Catalyst for Ligand-Free C-C Coupling and Hydrogenation. ChemCatChem 2016, 8, 1176-1184, doi:10.1002/cctc.201501225.

4.      Martina, K.; Leonhardt, S.E.S.; Ondruschka, B.; Curini, M.; Binello, A.; Cravotto, G. In situ cross- linked chitosan Cu(I) or Pd(II) complexes as a versatile, eco-friendly recyclable solid catalyst. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical 2011, 334, 60-64, doi:10.1016/j.molcata.2010.10.024.

5.  Calcio Gaudino, E.; Carnaroglio, D.; Martina, K.; Palmisano, G.; Penoni, A.; Cravotto, G. Highly efficient microwave-assisted CO aminocarbonylation with a recyclable Pd(II)/TPP-β-cyclodextrin cross-linked catalyst. Organic Process Research and Development 2015, 19, 499-505, doi:10.1021/op5003374.

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Primary focus in mechanochemical research (enter as bullet points)

Organic synthesis

Orgamometallic catalyzed organic synthesis Solvent free organic synthesis

Cyclodextrin derivatization

Copper catalyzed synthetic methodologies


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