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Luigi Garlaschelli

Researcher in Organic Chemistry for the Department of Organic Chemistry at the University of Pavia.
Here, as a member of a team, he has been busy for many years with natural organic compounds, particularly with the extraction, purification an synthesis of terpenic compounds extracted from mushrooms (Basidiomycetes).
Since 1992 he teaches a course of Chemistry of Natural Organic Compounds.
His recent interests are now in the synthesis of fullerene derivatives and supramolecular chemistry, in cooperation with the Department of Organic Chemistry at the University of Padua where he spent several months in 1997 and 1998. He authored or co-authored about 45 papers and patents.
Besides his official duty, Garlaschelli is since several years interested in paranormal phenomena, scientific anomalies, pseudoscience and  mysteries. Since 1991 he is fellow of CICAP (Comitato Italiano per il Controllo delle Affermazioni sul Paranormale,  Italian Committee for the Investigations of the Claims of the Paranormal), where he is in charge of the experimental works.
The results of some of his investigations were printed on international journals dealing with parapsychology and the paranormal, as well as on chemistry journals.
He is now co-relator of two graduation works at the Department of General Psychology at the University of Padua:  one on the perceptive illusion of the "Spook Hills", the other on the near-death experiences.
Consistently with the aims of CICAP, he is concerned with the popularization of science and of the scientific and rational method.  He appeared contless times in national and foreign TV services, and gives very often lectures on these topics in high schools and Universities - sometimes requested by the Società Chimica Italiana (Italian Chemical Society).
He writes on a regular basis for CICAP's magazine, Scienza & Paranormale, and published several articles on other magazines as well.
He keeps now a page, entitled Chimica e misteri (Chemistry and mysteries)  on La Chimica e l'Industria, the magazine of the Società Chimica Italiana
As an amateur magician he gave a few lectures for the local groups of Circolo Magico Italiano (Italian Magic Club), on "chemical magic" and "fakirs performances".
He authored two books, both for Avverbi Publisher:  Processo alla Sindone (The Shroud on Trial) and I segreti dei fachiri   (Secrets of the Fakirs)  (with Massimo Polidoro) and "Investigatori dell'occulto" ( Investigators of the occult") (with Massimo Polidoro).

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