Carola TortoraCarola TORTORA

ESR9: Organocatalysts and Enzymes for Racemization

Host institution:  Friedrich - Alexander  University  Erlangen - Nürnberg, Germany (FAU)
Supervisor:  Prof Svetlana TSOGOEVA
Industrial toolbox research group: WP4 Hybrid Resolution
Individual project research objective: To find new general racemization methods for chiral pharmaceutical compounds.
Committee membership: Supervisory Board
Visits/Secondments: RUN, UM, MERCK


She obtained both her Bachelor and Master Degree at the University of Rome La Sapienza, respectively in 2013 and 2015.  For the Bachelor Degree in Chemistry she focused on organocatalytic methods to perform Friedel-Crafts reaction, while for the Master Degree in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry she studied new uses for Liposomes employed in organic reactions. She is now working at Friedrich Alexander Universität (FAU) in Erlangen, under the supervision of Prof. Svetlana Tsogoeva, studying racemization methods for continuous resolution.

Research Interests

She is interested in organic synthesis, in particular organocatalysis, asymmetric synthesis and racemization methods. 

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Tortora, Carola , G. Belletti, I. Mellema, P. Tinnemans, H. Meekes, F. Rutjes, S. Tsogoeva, E. Vlieg (2019)
Photoracemization‐based Viedma ripening of a BINOL derivative
Chemistry: A European Journal Publication Date (Web): 30 October 2019

Journal cover profiles

Tortora, Carola , Belletti, Giuseppe (2019)
Photoracemization‐Based Viedma Ripening of a BINOL Derivative
Chemistry: A European Journal



Tortora, Carola , Christina Mai, Svetlana B. Tsogoeva (2018)
Speeding up Conglomerate Deracemization through Faster Racemization
[Poster and flash presentation] 1st Women Symposium in the Friedrich-Alexander Universität of Erlangen, Germany, 9-11 December 2018

Tortora, Carola , Svetlana B. Tsogoeva (2018)
Speeding up conglomerate deracemization through faster racemization
25th International Workshop on Industrial Crystallization (BIWIC), 6-7 September 2018, University of Rouen, France

Public engagement

Tortora, Carola , Shashank Bhandari, Giuseppe Belletti, Francesca Cascella, Lina Harfouche, Aliou Mbodji, Ghufran ur Rehman, Giulio Valenti, Raghunath Venkatramanan (2018)
CORE Crystal Growth Competition with Local High Schools
CORE Crystal Growth competition with local high schools (2018) France, Germany, The Netherlands, UK



Tortora, Carola , Jan-Joris Devogelaer (2017)
A taste of industry: interacting with the network’s partners
CORE Blog post, 12 December 2017