Address: Donostia International Physics Center

Manuel Lardizabal Ibilbidea, 4, 20018 Donostia, Spain

Phone: +34 943 018957

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Research Career









DIPC/UPV-EHU (Spain), Ikerbasque Professor

CIC biomaGUNE (Spain), Ramón y Cajal Fellow

University of Warwick (UK), Marie Curie-IEF / Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Turin (Italy), Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Montana (USA), Visiting scholar

Novi-Elah-Dufour (Italy), Research and Development (Industry)

University of Montana (USA), Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Turin (Italy), PhD in Chemistry

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2112-9095

Researcher ID: M-7300-2014

Scopus Author ID: 6507469245


Research interests

Photoactivatable anticancer metal complexes

Bioinorganic chemistry

Photochemistry, experimental and computational

Upconverting nanomaterials


Selected recent publications

Ruggiero, E.; Alonso-de Castro, S.; Habtemariam, A.; Salassa, L.; “Upconverting Nanoparticles For The Near Infrared Photoactivation Of Transition Metal Complexes: New Opportunities And Challenges In Medicinal Inorganic Photochemistry”, Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 13012-13020.

Ruggiero, E.; Hernández-Gil, J.; Mareque-Rivas, J. C.; Salassa, L.; “Near Infrared Activation of an Anticancer PtIV Complex by Tm-Doped Upconverting Nanoparticles”, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 2091-2094.

 Laskay, Ü. A.; Garino, C.; Tsybin, Y. O.; Salassa, L.; Casini, A.; “Gold fingers motives formation studied via high-resolution mass spectrometry and in-silico methods”, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 1612-1615.

 Infante, I.; Azpiroz, J. M.; Gomez Blanco, N.; Ugalde, J. M.; Mareque-Rivas, J. C.; Salassa, L.; “Quantum Dot Photoactivation of Pt(IV) Anticancer Agents: Evidence of an Electron Transfer Mechanism Driven by Electronic Coupling”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 8712-8721.

Borfecchia, E.; Garino, C.; Salassa, L.; Ruiu,T.; Gianolio, D.; Zhang, X.; Attenkofer, K.; Chen L. X.;Gobetto, R.; Sadler, P. J.; Lamberti, C. “Picosecond Photoinduced Ligand Dissociation from cis-[Ru(bpy)2(py)2]2+: X-Ray Transient Absorption Structural Characterization of a Triplet Excited State”, Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 6564-6571.