Born November 1948. Graduated (M.
Sc) in Chemistry,
During several periods from 1981 to 1997, adding up to about three years, Guest Researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
1972-1974: Numerical exercises and problems of General Chemistry and Stoichiometry.
1975-1998: General & Inorganic Chemistry (basic undergraduate courses).
1999-2013: Inorganic Chemistry (middle level undergraduate courses).
2006-2017: Inorganic Chemistry & Coordination Chemistry (advanced master level courses).
Organometallic chemistry, mainly about olefin and allyl complexes of platinum and palladium and their applications to catalytic reactions. Relevant results were obtained in the study of five-coordinate platinum(II) complexes and of the factors affecting their stability, and in the study of the stereochemistry and reactivity of allyl complexes, intermediates in the catalytic allylic alkylation reactions. During the decade 2000-2010, other relevant results concerned the reactivity of olefins coordinated to highly electrophilic sites, i.e. to dicationic platinum(II) and palladium(II) complexes. In the same decade, a long lasting interest in Astronomy was exploited by the creation the software Solex, used by both amateurs and professionals for modelling the motion of solar system bodies. Asteroid (5368) Vitagliano has been named in recognition of this work.
About 70 papers co-authored, most of them on high impact international magazines.
- Voluntary retirement since November 2017.
Current personal interests.
- For the hearth: three grandchildren.
- For the brain: computational astronomy and the Solex software.
- For the soul: my mountain place and its landscape and nature. 1. 2. 3. 4.
- For the body: mountain walking. 5.