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Davide M Proserpio (DMP) is a scientist in the field of topological crystal chemistry, crystal engineering and crystallography.


DMP is the co-author of 170 publications on international journals with referee (all indexed in the Web of Science) and 3 book chapters. The complete list of publication with the updated citation could be examined at : Web of Science, Google Scholar and Scopus.

ORCID : 0000-0001-6597-9406;

H-index (first publication in 1989)

  • 62 (Google Scholar, 14395 citations)
  • 59 (Web of Science for 13446)
  • 58 (Scopus 12655 citations) 55 (Scopus 11513 without self-citations)


DMP graduated in Chemistry at the University of Pavia in 1986 and accepted a permanent position at the Department of Structural Chemistry of the Universtà degli Studi di Milano in 1992 after postdoctoral work at the CNR in Florence with Dr. Carlo Mealli (1987-1989) working on applied theoretical chemistry with semiempirical calculation, developing a software for PC (see below) and 1990-1991 in the group of the Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University NY (USA) on Applied Theoretical Chemistry using Extended Hückel calculations. DMP became associate professor of general and inorganic chemistry in 2003.

Scientific history

Davide M. Proserpio in 1981 entered the "Almo Collegio Borromeo" (the oldest university college in Italy) in Pavia where started being interested in Borromean links and got the "Laurea" in Chemistry in 1986.

In the next five years he was active in the field of applied theoretical chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Carlo Mealli (CNR Florence, Italy) and spent two years with Prof. Roald Hoffmann (Nobel Laurate 1981, Cornell University, USA), developing a package for semiempirical quantum chemical calculation with the Extended Hückel approximation, called CACAO [Computer Aided Composition of Atomic Orbitals, ref [1]. The program has been quoted in the literature more than 800 times ranking the second most cited paper of the Journal of Chemical Education since 1961 (source Web of Science). The program is still used for teaching and research.

In 1991 he moved to the University of Milan as assistant professor, becoming associate professor in 2003. Since his arrival at the University of Milan DMP developed a special interest on the study of the topology of crystal structures, in particular Coordination Polymers & Metal- Organic Frameworks (MOFs) [2-4] (based on covalent and coordinative bonding) and supramolecular networks [5,6](based on weak/secondary interaction and H-bonds).

The full characterization and classification of periodic structures with their nets and topological relations (entanglement, knot, interpenetration, catenation, voids) is a field of renewed interest also thanks to his contribution [7-12]. Papers [2-3] have been highly cited and are considered seminal on the study of entanglement of complex structures in particular MOFs and supramolecular architectures. Paper [2, 1592 citations] ranks 3rd as the most cited paper of Coordination Chemistry Review (source Web of Science). Four papers [3,4,9,10] are among the 15 most cited papers of CrystEngComm, ranking respectively 9th, 4th, 7th and 14th in the list (source Web of Science).

The field of “topological crystal chemistry” was developed also thank to the intense collaboration with Prof. Vladislav Blatov from Samara State University (Samara, Russia) since 2004 with the development of the software platform ToposPro used by a thousand of research around the world. The article [11] illustrating the latest development of the program has been cited already 236 times since May 2014, ranking 13th among the most cited paper of Crystal Growth & Design (1st if we select papers published from 2010).

The result of such collaboration produced since 2005 ten international schools to introduce the "topological crystal chemistry" to young scientist and researcher from all over the world (with a total of about 300 students) and five meetings/microsymposia/conferences DMP as been invited to give more than 50 seminars/lectures in university and conferences in 10 different country.


DMP contribution has been recognized with the award of the Raffaello Nasini Prize from the Inorganic Chemistry Division of the Italian Society of Chemistry in 2002 with the motivation: “For the outstanding results achieved in the field of Inorganic Chemistry using many different experimental an theoretical approaches that lead Dr. Proserpio to develop innovative studies on the structural chemistry of coordination polymers”. In 2013 won a Russian Megagrant, the most prestigious competition of the Russian Governement designed to provide support to research projects implemented under the supervision of a world’s leading scientist at Russian Institution of higher learning. Together with Prof. V. A. Blatov, DMP funded the Samara Center of Theoretical Material Science ( where he is now the scientific director. The Megagrant lasted 3 years and has been renewed for two more until end of 2017.


(with citation November 2015):

  • [1] C. Mealli, D.M. Proserpio “MO theory made visible” J. Chem. Edu. 1990, 67, 399-402 (824 cit)
  • [2] L. Carlucci, G. Ciani, D.M. Proserpio "Polycatenation, polythreading and polyknotting in coordination network chemistry." Coord. Chem. Rev., 2003, 246, 247-289 (1592 cit).
  • [3] L. Carlucci, G. Ciani, D.M.Proserpio "Borromean links and other non-conventional links in 'polycatenated' coordination polymers" CrystEngComm, 2003, 5, 269-279 (318 cit).
  • [4] V. A. Blatov, L. Carlucci, G. Ciani, D.M. Proserpio "Interpenetrating Metal–Organic and Inorganic 3D Networks: a Computer-Aided Systematic Investigation. Part I. Analysis of the Cambridge Structural Database." CrystEngComm, 2004, 6, 377-395 (549 cit)
  • [5] I.A. Baburin, V. A. Blatov, L. Carlucci, G. Ciani, D.M. Proserpio "Interpenetrated Three-Dimensional Networks of Hydrogen- Bonded Organic Species: A Systematic Analysis of the Cambridge Structural Database." Cryst. Growth Des. 2008, 8, 519. (164 cit)
  • [6] I.A. Baburin, V. A. Blatov, L. Carlucci, G. Ciani, D.M. Proserpio "Interpenetrated three-dimensional hydrogen-bonded networks from metal–organic molecular and one- or two-dimensional polymeric motifs." CrystEngComm, 2008, 10, 1822-1838 (111 cit)
  • [7] O. Delgado-Friedrichs, M. O'Keeffe, D.M. Proserpio, M. M. J. Treacy & O. M. Yaghi. "What do we know about three-periodic nets?" J. Solid State Chem. 2005, 178, 2533-2554 (132 cit)
  • [8] D. M. Proserpio “TOPOLOGICAL CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY: Polycatenation weaves a 3D web” Nature Chemistry (2010), 2(6), 435-436. (41 cit.)
  • [9] V.A. Blatov, M. O'Keeffe and D. M. Proserpio "Vertex-, face-, point-, Schläfli-, and Delaney-symbols in nets, polyhedra and tilings: recommended terminology" CrystEngComm, 2010, 12, 44-48 (337 cit)
  • [10] E. V. Alexandrov, V. A. Blatov, A. V. Kochetkov and D. M. Proserpio “Underlying nets in three-periodic coordination polymers: topology,taxonomy and prediction from a computer-aided analysis of the Cambridge Structural Database” CrystEngComm, 2011, 13, 3947-3958 (265 cit.)
  • [11] V.A. Blatov, A.P. Shevchenko, D.M. Proserpio “Applied Topological Analysis of Crystal Structures with the Program Package ToposPro” Cryst. Growth Des. 2014, 14, 3576-3586 (227 cit.)
  • [12] L. Carlucci, G. Ciani, D. M. Proserpio, T.G. Mitina, V.A. Blatov “Entangled Two-Dimensional Coordination Networks: A General Survey” Chem. Rev. 2014, 114 (15), pp 7557–7580 (28 cit.)