Chemistry
Giovanni  Meloni

Giovanni Meloni

Associate Professor and Von Soosten Chair

Prior to joining the University of San Francisco, Dr. Meloni carried out post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley and at Sandia National Laboratories. In his research, he employed state-of-the-art experimental and computational techniques, to study semiconductor clusters, van der Waals species, and hydrocarbon radicals. Dr. Meloni's interests range from high-temperature physical chemistry to spectroscopic characterization of reaction intermediates. More recently, his research group performs experiments at the Advanced Light Source of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory using a multiplex photoionization mass spectrometer to investigate biofuel molecules combustion and atmospheric reactions.

Education

Ph.D., Universita' di Roma, La Sapienza

Publications
(Recent Publications)
- "Absolute photoionization cross section of the methyl radical," Craig A. Taatjes, David L. Osborn, Talitha M. Selby, Giovanni Meloni, Haiyan Fan, and Stephen T. Pratt, J. Phys. Chem. A, 112, 9336 (2008).

- "Direct observation of the gas-phase Criegee intermediate (CH2OO) in dimethyl sulphoxide oxidation," Craig A. Taatjes, Giovanni Meloni, Talitha M. Selby, Adam J. Trevitt, David L. Osborn, Carl J. Percival, and Dudley E. Shallcross, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130, 11883 (2008).

- "Synchrotron photoionization mass spectrometry measurements of kinetics and product formation in the allyl radical (H2CCHCH2) self-reaction," Talitha M. Selby, Giovanni Meloni, Fabien Goulay, Stephen R. Leone, Askar Fahr, Craig A. Taatjes, and David L. Osborn, J. Phys. Chem. A, 112, 9366 (2008).

- "Enol formation and ring-opening in OH-initiated oxidation of cycloalkenes," Giovanni Meloni, Talitha M. Selby, David L. Osborn, and Craig A. Taatjes, J. Phys. Chem. A, 112, 13444 (2008).

- "The reaction of hydroxyethyl radicals with O2: a theoretical analysis and experimental product study," Judit Zador, Ravi X. Fernandes, Yuri Georgievskii, Giovanni Meloni, Craig A. Taatjes, and James A. Miller, Proc. Comb. Inst., 32, 271 (2009).

- "Cyclic versus linear isomers produced by reaction of the methylidyne radical (CH) with small unsaturated hydrocarbons," Fabien Goulay, Adam J. Trevitt, Giovanni Meloni, Talitha M. Selby, David L. Osborn, Craig A. Taatjes, and Stephen R. Leone, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131, 993 (2009).

- "Isomer-specific product detection of CN radical reactions with ethene and propene by tunable VUV photoionization mass spectrometry," Adam J. Trevitt, Fabien Goulay, Giovanni Meloni, David L. Osborn, Craig A. Taatjes, and Stephen R. Leone, Int. J. Mass. Spectr., 280, 113 (2009).

- "Temperature-Dependent Kinetics of the Vinyl Radical (C2H3) Self-Reaction," Huzeifa Ismail, Paul R. Abel, William H. Green, Askar Fahr, Leonard E. Jusinski, Adam M. Knepp, Judit Zador, Giovanni Meloni, Talitha M. Selby, David L. Osborn, and Craig A. Taatjes, J. Phys. Chem. A, 113, 1278 (2009).

- "The Si-Sn Chemical Bond: An Integrated Thermochemical and Quantum Mechanical Study of the SiSn Diatomic Molecule and Small Si-Sn Clusters," Andrea Ciccioli, Guido Gigli, and Giovanni Meloni, Chem. Eur. J., 37, 9543 (2009).

- "Isomer-Selective Study of the OH Initiated Oxidation of Isoprene in the Presence of O2 and NO. I. The Minor Inner OH-Addition Channel," Erin E. Greenwald, Buddhadeb Gosh, Katie C. Anderson, Kristin S. Dooley, Peng Zou, Talitha Selby, David L. Osborn, Giovanni Meloni, Craig A. Taatjes, Fabien Goulay, and Simon W. North, J. Phys. Chem. A, 114, 904 (2010).

- "Products of the Benzene + O (3P) Reaction," Craig A. Taatjes, David L. Osborn, Talitha M. Selby, Giovanni Meloni, Adam J. Trevitt, Evgeny Epifanovsky, Anna I. Krylov, Baptiste Sirjean, Enoch Dames, and Hai Wang, J. Phys. Chem. A, 114, 3355 (2010).

- "Low-Temperature Combustion Chemistry of Biofuels: Pathways in the Initial Low-Temperature (550 K - 750 K) Oxidation Chemistry of Isopentanol," Oliver Welz, Judit Zador, John D. Savee, Martin Y. Ng (graduate student), Giovanni Meloni, Ravi X. Fernandes, Leonid Sheps, Blake A. Simmons, David L. Osborn, and Craig A. Taatjes, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.14, 3112 (2012).

- "Synchrotron Photoionization Measurements of OH-Initiated Cyclohexene Oxidation: Ring-Preserving Products in OH + Cyclohexene and Hydroxycyclohexyl + O2 Reactions," Amelia W. Ray (graduate student), Craig A. Taatjes, Oliver Welz, David L. Osborn, and Giovanni Meloni, J. Phys. Chem. A 116, 6720 (2012).
 
- “Absolute Photoionization Cross-Sections of Selected Furanic and Lactonic Potential Biofuels,” Joseph Czekner (graduate student), David L. Osborn, Craig A. Taatjes, and Giovanni Meloni,* Int. J. Mass Spec. 348, 39-46 (2013).

- “Synchrotron Photoionization Study of Mesitylene Oxidation Initiated by Reaction with Cl (2P) or O (3P) Radicals,” Martin Y. Ng (graduate student), Jordan Nelson (undergraduate student), Craig A. Taatjes, David L. Osborn, and Giovanni Meloni,* J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 3735-3748 (2014).

- “Hypervalence in Monoxides and Dioxides of Superalkali Clusters,” Elizabeth Cochran (undergraduate student) and Giovanni Meloni,* J. Chem. Phys. 140, 204319/1-204319/13 (2014).