Renato Ugo

Academic Activities

Renato UGO, born in Palermo on June 18, 1938, earned his degree cum laude in industrial chemistry from the University of Milan in 1961. Since March 1966 fully established as Libero Docente (awarded of the qualification prior to prescribed terms by virtue of his superior scientific merits). Entire academic activity performed at the Universitá degli Studi of Milan.

Academic background

1981 to today Full professor of Inorganic Chemistry for the graduation in Industrial Chemistry
1973/74 to 1981/82 Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry for the graduation in Chemistry
1968/69 to 1973/74 Associated Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Physics and Mathematics.
1963/64 to 1973/74 Lecturer of Analytical Chemistry for the graduation in Chemistry at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Physics and Mathematics.

1965     Post-doctoral NATO Research Fellow at Sheffield University (U.K.).

1962/63 Lecturer for laboratory practice for the graduation in Industrial Chemistry

  •    Post-doctoral fellowship of Accademia dei Lincei (Donegani fellowship)
  • He was editor of two series of international Advances: "Aspects of Homogeneous Catalysis" (7 Volumes) and "Catalysis by Metal Complexes" (18 Volumes) published by Kluwer (Holland).

    He is author and co-author of more than 200 scientific articles and reviews, mainly published on high level international journals.

    He was invited to give plenary lectures to international Conferences and Symposia on Coordination or Organometallic Chemistry and on Catalysis.

    He was the sole scientific invited to give plenary lectures to the three main international catalysis Congresses or Symposia, namely:

    • IV International Congress on Catalysis - Palm Beach (USA), 1972.
    • II International Symposium on Relations between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis - Lyon (France), 1977.
    • I International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis - Corpus Christi (USA), 1978.
    • VIII International Symposium on Relations between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis - Balatonfured (Hungary), 1995

    Professional Activities

    1965 - 1975 Technical and scientific consultant to large companies such as Montedison, Snia Viscosa, Dutch Shell in the area of petrochemicals, fibers and catalysts.
    1978 - 1980 Personal consultant to the general manager of the Industrial Products Division of Montedison for the definition of a strategic plan for innovation. Internal audits on technological and research/development resources of this Division.
    1982 - 1988 Responsible reporting to Dott. M. Schimberni - Montedison Group President - for R&D, including environmental problems, with full operating responsibility (about 3000 people and a budget of about 400 billion lire).
                          Member of the Managing Committee of the Montedison Group (5 members plus the President).
         Responsible for development of Montedison Business in Far East
         Strategic responsible at the level of the Managing Committee for the healthcare business (Erbamont listed at NYSY with turnover of 1,300 billion lire in 1988).
    1989 to Present President of ChemTech s.r.l., acting as a consultant firm, in particular for small and medium size enterprises, in technological areas, including environmental.

    Awards and Positions

    National Member of the National Academy of the Lincei since 1990; since 1984 as corresponding member

    Gold Medal from the President of the Republic of Italy for culture and science (2000)

    Degree honoris causa Clarckson University, Postdam, N.Y. (USA) in 1988

    Member of the Board of large companies listed at Milan Stock Exchange such as Mira Lanza, Farmitalia C. Erba, Recordati, Caffaro and of Erbamont, listed at the NYSE in USA. Also member of a series of committees of the National Council of Research and of the Ministry of Research for the definition of programs of applied research in fine chemicals and advanced materials, with particular relevance for the development of liaisons between universities and enterprises. He was also responsible for the operating line of New Synthesis in the National Council Research program dedicated to fine chemicals.

    Member in 1984 of the committee reporting directly to the Prime Minister for the definition of Italy's political guidelines for research, technological development and innovation.

    President of Donegani Institute in Novara, the largest Italian industrial chemistry research center, from 1983 to 1986.

    Founder and President of ISRIM (Institute for the Research of Advanced Materials) in Terni, from 1989 to 1993.

    Member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of ENI, reporting directly to the President, from 1991 to 1993.

    Since 1999, member of the advisory Scientific Committee of SNIA, reporting directly to the President, and of the Scientific Committee of Fondazione Tonchetti Provera (Pirelli).

    President of AIRI (National Association Industrial Research) since 1984.

    President of Assobiotec (Association of Italian Biotechnology Industries) from 1986 to 1993. Presently, Vice President of the same association.

    Italian member of the IRDAC (Industrial R&D Advisory Committee of the EU Commission) from 1992 to 1995.

    Member of the CAST (Advisory Scientific Committee of the Municipality of Milan) from 1994 to 1996, together with the Nobel C. Rubbia, R Dulbecco and with U. Colombo, former Minister of University, Research and Technology.

    Member of the CTS (Technical Committee for Industrial Research) at the MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research) since 1995.

    Current member of the Board of Isagro Research SpA, Isagro SpA, Isagro Biofarming s.r.l., Holdisa s.r.l. and of Saes Getters SpA, listed at the Milan Stock Exchange and Nasdaq (USA).

    Current member of the International Scientific and Technological Audit Committee (formed by five members) of ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana).