Dr. Ventura is researcher at the Institute of Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (ISOF) of the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy. She got the MS degree in chemistry from the University of Bologna in 1997, working on photoinduced molecular motion, under the supervision of Prof. V. Balzani. She then got the PhD in biochemistry from the same university in 2002, with a thesis on the mitochondrial regulation of electron transport, working under the supervision of Prof. C. Bovina. During the doctoral course she spent a research period at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the Stockholm University. Since 2002 she has carried out research at ISOF in the fields of photochemistry, photophysics and photobiology, from 2010 as a permanent researcher. In 2010 she was awarded of a CNR Short Term Mobility Program, working at the University of Rennes 1 on two-photon absorption. She is currently participating to several national and European projects.
Her research activity deals with i) light energy collection and conversion in photoactive host-guest assemblies and supramolecular systems and ii) study of luminescent materials for optoelectronics, energy conveying systems, electroluminescent devices, biomedical and sensing applications. Her expertise covers steady-state and time resolved absorption and emission spectroscopy and laser based techniques, such as laser flash-photolysis, pump-and-probe transient absorption and streak camera luminescence detection, for the characterization of the optical properties of materials in solution and in the solid state.