Our research focuses on the combination of custom-designed photoresponsive molecules with nanomaterials to develop  photoactivatable nanoconstructs for biomedical applications. Discover more by exploring the website.

News from the Lab !

  • January 2020 – Sara Payamifar (Iran) joined the group as visiting PhD student. Welcome Sara!
  • March 2020 – Prof. Sortino was funded an application for Visiting Professorship at the Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil
  • May 2020 – Our papers just published in Chem. Commun., Chem. Eur. J. and ChemPhotoChem (see below)
  • May 2020 – Prof. Sortino has been invited to be a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Society for Photobiology
  • June 2020 – Federica Sodano joined the group as Post-Doc in the frame of the AIRC- IG 2017 project. Welcome Federica!
  • July 2020 – Applications for Individual Marie Curie Post Doc positions. Send an email to: ssortino@unict.it

Latest Publications

NO Release Regulated by Doxorubicin as Green Light-Harvesting Antenna

A. Fraix, C. Parisi, M. Failla, K. Chegaev, F. Spyrakis, L. Lazzarato. R. Fruttero, A. Gasco and S. Sortino
Chem.Commun. 2020, 56, 6335-6335.


DNA-Targeted NO Release Photoregulated by Green Light

C. Parisi, A. Fraix, S. Guglielmo, F. Spyrakis, B. Rolando, L. Lazzarato. R. Fruttero, A. Gasco and S. Sortino
Chem. Eur. J. 2020, in press


A High-Performing Metal-Free Photoactivatable NO Donor with a Green Fluorescent Reporter 

C. Parisi, M. Seggio, A. Fraix and S. Sortino
ChemPhotoChem 2020, DOI: 10.1002/cptc.202000100R2


Enhancing Doxorubicin Anticancer Activity with a Novel Polymeric Platform Photoreleasing Nitric Oxide

F. Sodano, R. J. Cavanagh, A. K. Pearce, L. Lazzarato, B. Rolando, A. Fraix, T. F. Abelha, C. E. Vasey, C. Alexander, V. Taresco and S. Sortino
Biomater. Sci. 2020, 8, 1329–1344