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. Wang, Z.; Pan, X.; Li, L.; Fantin, M.; Yan, J.; Wang, Z.; Wang, Z.; Xia, H.; Matyjaszewski, K. Enhancing Mechanically Induced ATRP by Promoting Interfacial Electron Transfer from Piezoelectric Nanoparticles to Cu Catalysts. Macromolecules 2017, 50, 7940-7948, 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01597.
  2. Wang, Y.; Lorandi, F.; Fantin, M.; Chmielarz, P.; Isse, A. A.; Gennaro, A.; Matyjaszewski, K. Miniemulsion ARGET ATRP via Interfacial and Ion-Pair Catalysis: From ppm to ppb of Residual Copper. Macromolecules 2017, 50, 8417-8425, 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01730.
  3. Wang, Y.; Fantin, M.; Park, S.; Gottlieb, E.; Fu, L.; Matyjaszewski, K. Electrochemically Mediated Reversible Addition–Fragmentation Chain-Transfer Polymerization. Macromolecules 2017, 50, 7872-7879, 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b02005.
  4. Ribelli, T. G.; Augustine, K. F.; Fantin, M.; Krys, P.; Poli, R.; Matyjaszewski, K. Disproportionation or Combination? The Termination of Acrylate Radicals in ATRP. Macromolecules 2017, 50, 7920-7929, 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01552.
  5. Lorandi, F.; De Bon, F.; Fantin, M.; Isse, A. A.; Gennaro, A. Electrochemical characterization of common catalysts and initiators for atom transfer radical polymerization in [BMIm][OTf]. Electrochem. Commun. 2017, 77, 116-119,
  6. Lee, H.-C.; Fantin, M.; Antonietti, M.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Schmidt, B. V. K. J. Synergic Effect between Nucleophilic Monomers and Cu(II) Metal–Organic Framework for Visible-Light-Triggered Controlled Photopolymerization. Chem. Mater. 2017, 29, 9445-9455, 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b03541.
  7. Lanzalaco, S.; Fantin, M.; Scialdone, O.; Galia, A.; Isse, A. A.; Gennaro, A.; Matyjaszewski, K. Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization with Different Halides (F, Cl, Br, and I): Is the Process “Living” in the Presence of Fluorinated Initiators? Macromolecules 2017, 50, 192-202, 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b02286.
  8. Krys, P.; Fantin, M.; Mendonca, P. V.; Abreu, C. M. R.; Guliashvili, T.; Rosa, J.; Santos, L. O.; Serra, A. C.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Coelho, J. F. J. Mechanism of supplemental activator and reducing agent atom transfer radical polymerization mediated by inorganic sulfites: experimental measurements and kinetic simulations. Polymer Chemistry 2017, 8, 6506-6519, 10.1039/C7PY01319A.
  9. Fantin, M.; Lorandi, F.; Gennaro, A.; Isse, A. A.; Matyjaszewski, K. Electron Transfer Reactions in Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization. Synthesis 2017, 49, 3311-3322, 10.1055/s-0036-1588873.
  10. Fantin, M.; Isse, A. A.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Gennaro, A. ATRP in Water: Kinetic Analysis of Active and Super-Active Catalysts for Enhanced Polymerization Control. Macromolecules 2017, 50, 2696-2705, 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b00246.
  11. Fantin, M.; Chmielarz, P.; Wang, Y.; Lorandi, F.; Isse, A. A.; Gennaro, A.; Matyjaszewski, K. Harnessing the Interaction between Surfactant and Hydrophilic Catalyst To Control eATRP in Miniemulsion. Macromolecules 2017, 50, 3726-3732, 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b00530.
  12. Chmielarz, P.; Fantin, M.; Park, S.; Isse, A. A.; Gennaro, A.; Magenau, A. J. D.; Sobkowiak, A.; Matyjaszewski, K. Electrochemically mediated atom transfer radical polymerization (eATRP). Prog. Polym. Sci. 2017, 69, 47-78,
  13. Augustine, K. F.; Ribelli, T. G.; Fantin, M.; Krys, P.; Cong, Y.; Matyjaszewski, K. Activation of alkyl halides at the Cu0 surface in SARA ATRP: An assessment of reaction order and surface mechanisms. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2017, 55, 3048-3057, 10.1002/pola.28585.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Fantin, M.; Lorandi, F.; Isse, A. A.; Gennaro, A. Sustainable Electrochemically-Mediated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization with Inexpensive Non-Platinum Electrodes. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2016, 37, 1318-1322, 10.1002/marc.201600237.
  18. Fantin, M.; Isse, A. A.; Venzo, A.; Gennaro, A.; Matyjaszewski, K. Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization of Methacrylic Acid: A Won Challenge. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 7216-7219, 10.1021/jacs.6b01935.
  19. Fantin, M.; Isse, A. A.; Bortolamei, N.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Gennaro, A. Electrochemical approaches to the determination of rate constants for the activation step in atom transfer radical polymerization. Electrochim. Acta 2016, 222, 393-401,
  20. 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 2015, 72, 238-245,
  21. Fantin, M.; Isse, A. A.; Gennaro, A.; Matyjaszewski, K. Understanding the Fundamentals of Aqueous ATRP and Defining Conditions for Better Control. Macromolecules 2015, 48, 6862-6875, 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b01454.
  22. Konkolewicz, D.; Krys, P.; Góis, J. R.; Mendonça, P. V.; Zhong, M.; Wang, Y.; Gennaro, A.; Isse, A. A.; Fantin, M.; Matyjaszewski, K. 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

  • 08.2017 – 09.2017 Surface Science and Technology Laboratories, ETH, Zurich
    Visiting researcher with Dr. E. M. Benetti and Prof. N. Spencer

  • 02.2015 – 07.2016 Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, US.
    Visiting Student with supervisor prof. K. Matyjaszewski, Center for Macromolecular Engineering

  • 10.2012 – 01.2016 University of Padova, Padova, Italy.
    M.Sc. and Ph.D. student with prof. A. A. Isse and A. Gennaro, Chemistry department

  • 05.2010 – 10.2015 University of Padova, Padova, Italy.
    B.Sc. research with prof. A. Polimeno, Chemistry department


  • Italian chemical society (SCI) meeting, Paestum, Sept. 2017
  • 254th ACS National Meeting – Washington, DC, April 2017
  • 253rd ACS National Meeting – San Francisco, Aug. 2017
  • Italian Electrochemical Society meeting, Bertinoro, Sept. 2015.
  • Italian Chemical Society (SCI) meeting, Cosenza, Sept. 2014.
  • International Electrochemical Society (ISE) meeting, Lousanne, Aug. 2014.
  • Italian Electrochemical Society meeting, Pavia, Aug 2013.


  • 2017; De Nora Foundation – Ph.D. thesis prize, received at SCI 2017
  • 2015; Springer Ed. – Poster prize, received at GEI 2015
  • 2014; Aldo Gini Foundation – Grant for International Research
  • 2014; Italian Chemical society – Best Master Thesis in Electrochemistry


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