Carnegie Mellon University

Marco Fantin

Marco Fantin

Postdoctoral Associate

Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Mellon Institute
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Doctor of Philosophy, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Padova, Italy, 2015

M.S. in Industrial Chemistry (specialty: Molecular Electrochemistry), University of Padova, Italy, 2012

B.S. in Industrial Chemistry, University of Padova, Italy, 2010


Molecular Electrochemistry, Polymer Science, Polymerization in Dispersed Media, Redox Catalysis


  1. S. Lanzalaco‡, M. Fantin‡, O. Scialdone, A. Galia, A. A. Isse, A. Gennaro, K. Matyjaszewski, Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization with Different Halides (F, Cl, Br, and I): Is the Process “Living” in the Presence of Fluorinated Initiators?, Macromolecules, Article ASAP, 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b02286.

  2. M. Fantin, A. A. Isse, A. Venzo, A. Gennaro, K. Matyjeaszewski, Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of Methacrylic Acid: A Won Challenge. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 7216-7219, 10.1021/jacs.6b01935.

  3. M. Fantin, A. A. Isse, N. Bortolamei, K. Matyjaszewski, A. Gennaro, Electrochemical approaches to the determination of rate constants for the activation step in atom transfer radical polymerization. Electrohim. Acta, 2016, 222, 393-401, 10.1016/j.electacta.2016.10.191.

  4. Lorandi, F.; Fantin, M.; Isse, A. A.; Gennaro, A. Electrochemically Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of N-Butyl Acrylate on Non-Platinum Cathodes. Polymer Chemistry 2016, 7, 5357-5365, 10.1039/C6PY01032F.

  5. Fantin, M.; Lorandi, F.; Isse, A. A.; Gennaro, A. Sustainable Electrochemically-Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization with Inexpensive Non-Platinum Electrodes. Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2016, 37, 1318-1322, 10.1002/marc.201600237.

  6. Fantin, M.; Park, S.; Wang, Y.; Matyjaszewski, K. Electrochemical Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization in Miniemulsion with a Dual Catalytic System. Macromolecules 2016, 49, 8838-8847, 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b02037.

  7. Pan, X.; Fang, C.; Fantin, M.; Malhotra, N.; So, W. Y.; Peteanu, L. A.; Isse, A. A.; Gennaro, A.; Liu, P.; Matyjaszewski, K. Mechanism of Photoinduced Metal-Free Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization: Experimental and Computational Studies. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 2411-2425; 10.1021/jacs.5b13455.

  8. Fantin, M.; Isse, A. A.; Gennaro, A.; Matyjaszewski, K. Understanding the Fundamentals of Aqueous ATRP and Defining Conditions for Better Control Macromolecules 201548, 6862–6875; 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b01454.

  9. Lorandi, F.; Fantin, M.; Isse, A. A.; Gennaro, A. RDRP in the presence of Cu0: The fate of Cu(I) proves the inconsistency of SET-LRP mechanism Polymer 201572, 238–245; 10.1016/j.polymer.2015.04.007.

  10. D. Konkolewicz, P. Krys, J. R. Góis, P. V. Mendonça, M. Zhong, Y. Wang, A. Gennaro, A. A. Isse, M. Fantin, K. Matyjaszewski, Aqueous RDRP in the Presence of Cu0: The Exceptional Activity of CuI Confirms the SARA ATRP Mechanism Macromolecules, 2014, 47, 560-570; 10.1021/ma4022983.

Research Experience

  • 10.2012 – 01.2016 University of Padova, Padova, Italy.
    Ph.D. student with prof. A. A. Isse and A. Gennaro, Chemistry department
    • Electrochemical methods for ATRP
  • 02.2015 – 07.2016 Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, US.
    Visiting Student with supervisor prof. K. Matyjaszewski, Center for Macromolecular Engeneering
    • ATRP of acid monomers and metal-free ATRP
  • 05.2010 – 10.2015 University of Padova, Padova, Italy.
    Research assistant with prof. A. Polimeno, Chemistry department
    • Molecular dynamics of aqueous nanofuids


  • Oral communication at Italian Electrochemical Society meeting, Bertinoro, Sept. 2015.
  • Oral communication at Italian Chemical Society (SCI) meeting, Cosenza, Sept. 2014.
  • Oral communication at International Electrochemical Society (ISE) meeting, Lousanne, Aug. 2014.
  • Oral communication at Italian Electrochemical Society meeting, Pavia, Aug 2013.


  • 12.2014; Aldo Gini Foundation - Grant for International Research
  • 07.2014; Italian Chemical society - Best Master Thesis in Electrochemistry
  • 09.2015; Springer Ed. – Poster prize, received at GEI 2015


  • American Chemical Society
  • International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE)
  • Italian Chemical Society