Dr Alessandro Pellis

Email: ale.pellis@york.ac.uk

Orcid: 0000-0003-3711-3087

Research Interests

Green Chemistry, bio-based polymers, enzymatic synthesis, polymer applied biotechnology, polymer characterization and biodegradation, chemo-enzymatic functionalizations


Enzymatic Circle for the Synthesis, Functionalization, Modification, and Hydrolysis of Bio-Based Polyesters. (Figure from: Pellis et al. 2016, Trends Biotechnol., 34, 316-328)

Dr Alessandro Pellis joined the Clean Synthesis Technology Platform in the University of York’s Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) in October 2017 where he started a 2-years post-doctoral FWF Erwin Schrödinger fellowship (grant agreement J 4014-N34).

His current project focuses on the chemo-enzymatic synthesis of bio-based polymers and their post-polymerization functionalization.

Ale’s major research interests are:
• Enzymatic synthesis, degradation and surface functionalization of polymers
• Biocatalyst immobilization, optimization and characterization
• Chemo-enzymatic post-polymerization functionalization techniques

Recent publications
• Enzymatic production of clickable and PEGylated recombinant polyhydroxyalkanoates
Marco Vastano, Alessandro Pellis, Barbara Immirzi, Giovanni Dal Poggetto, Mario Malinconico, Giovanni SANNIA, Georg Guebitz, Cinzia Pezzella
Green Chem., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C7GC01872J

• Enzymatic Functionalization of HMLS-Polyethylene Terephthalate Fabrics Improves the Adhesion to Rubber
Sara Vecchiato, Jennifer Ahrens, Alessandro Pellis, Denis Scaini, Bernhard Mueller, Enrique Herrero Acero, Georg M Guebitz
ACS Sus. Chem. Eng., 2017, 5, 6456-6465

• Fully renewable polyesters via polycondensation catalyzed by Thermobifida cellulosilytica cutinase 1: an integrated approach
Alessandro Pellis, Valerio Ferrario, Marco Cespugli, Livia Corici, Alice Guarneri, Barbara Zartl, Enrique Herrero Acero, Cynthia Ebert, Georg M Guebitz, Lucia Gardossi
Green Chem., 2017, 19, 490-502

• Renewable building blocks for sustainable polyesters: new biotechnological routes for greener plastics
Alessandro Pellis, Enrique Herrero Acero, Lucia Gardossi, Valerio Ferrario, Georg M. Guebitz
Polym. Int., 2016, 65, 861-871

• The closure of the cycle: enzymatic synthesis and functionalization of bio-based polyesters
Alessandro Pellis, Enrique Herrero Acero, Valerio Ferrario, Doris Ribitsch, Georg M. Guebitz, Lucia Gardossi
Trends Biotechnol., 2016, 34, 316-328