Roberta Sessoli obtained the PhD in Chemistry in 1992 at the University of Florence working on low dimensional molecular magnetic materials with Prof. Dante Gatteschi and performing part of her studies at the Institut d'Electronique Fondamentale - Université Paris-Sud with Dr. Jean-Pierre Renard. She developed her career at the University of Florence as an associate professor since 2000 and full professor since 2012. She is a member of the European Academy of Science, of the Academiae Europaeae, of the Italian Accademia dei Lincei, of the German Leopoldina Akademie, and a research associate of CNR-ICCOM.
She is an associate editor of Inorganic Chemistry journal of ACS
As an experimentalist and a pioneer in the field of Single Molecule Magnets she has collaborated with many chemists and physicists to develop novel materials and novel investigation methodologies.
Her interests include the investigation of magnetic molecules and hybrid materials of interest for quantum information and the interplay between chirality and magnetism. She has been invited professor at Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris (2001), at the Otago University, New Zealand (2017), and she has been awarded a visiting professorship at the Gutenberg University in Mainz (2018-2019).
For her scientific achievements, she has been selected as a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Council of the President of the European Commission (2013-2014) and she received prestigious prizes such as the Centenary Prize of the Royal Society of Chemsitry (2019), the Distinguished Woman in Chemistry award from IUPAC (2015), the Lecoq de Boisbaudran award from the European Rare Earths Society (2015), and the Agilent Technologies Europhysics prize (2002). In 2010 she has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant. Since 2023 she is the corresponding PI of an ERC Synergy project.