Stefano Agnoli graduated in Materials Science in 2002 at the University of Padova, with the thesis “Oxide-on-oxide nanostructured ultrathin films: a local probe approach", carried out at the KF University of Graz. He was awarded a European PhD in Materials Science in 2006 under the syupervisionof Prof. G. Granozzi, working on the study of ultrathin oxide films supported on metal single crystals, using electron based spectroscopies combined with scanning tunneling microscopy. After working as a post-doc researcher at the University of Padova, in 2009 he moved to Brookhaven National Lab (US), where he joined the catalysis group led by Dr J.A. Rodriguez and studied real and model systems based on ceria and their application in the catalytic production of hydrogen and conversion of alcohols. In 2010 he obtained the position of assistant professor, in 2015 of associate professor and finally in 2021 of Full Professor at the Department of Chemical Sciences of the University of Padova. Here, he continued the study of model and real systems for catalytic applications expanding his research interests toward complex mixed oxide systems, 2D materials and electrocatalytic processes. He was local coordinator of the FIRB GIOVANI project “Beyond graphene: tailored carbon layers for catalysis and sustainable chemistry”, focusing on the study of novel 2D materials and their exploitation in electrocatalysis, and work package leader of the EU project DECORE, which tackled the development of electrocatalytic materials for direct ethanol fuel cells. In 2015 prof. Agnoli was awarded the Nasini medal from the Italian Chemical Society and in 2017 a Fulbright fellowship by the Italy-USA Fulbright Commission for working at the university of California Berkeley. He has published more than 170 papers on peer review journals with more than 6900 citations and an h-index of 40 (Scopus 2022)
Francesca Arcudi obtained her PhD degree (Doctor Europaeus) in Chemistry at the University of Trieste (Italy) in 2017, under the supervision of Prof. Maurizio Prato. In her PhD research work she demonstrated new bottom-up methods to access nanomaterials with fine-tuned optical properties that can be exploited for prominent applications in biological- and energy-related fields. During her PhD, she won an Erasmus traineeship exchange fellowship, and she spent a research period at the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (France) working on luminescent hybrid materials in the group of Prof. Luisa De Cola. As a result of these works, she received the Early Career Award “Organic Chemistry for Environment, Energy and Nanoscience” 2018 and the medal for the Primo Levi Award 2016 from the Italian Chemical Society, and the Reaxys Young Researcher Award 2018. In September 2018, Francesca moved to Northwestern University (USA) thanks to postdoc fellowships funded by the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Energy, and worked in the group of Prof. Emily A. Weiss and in the Center for Bioinspired Energy Sciences. Her new line of research provided a blueprint for designing quantum dots and opened new design pathways for efficient photocatalytic systems. She also took an interest in industrial relevant reactions, and she demonstrated the first photocatalytic acetylene to ethylene conversion to produce polymer-grade ethylene. In the USA she was awarded the “Outstanding Researcher Award” 2021 by the International Institute for Nanotechnology for her contributions to research in the range of nanotechnology solutions and applications. While working in the USA, Francesca was awarded the “Rita Levi Montalcini Program for young researchers” to start a research program in an Italian university. Francesca is a Rita Levi Montalcini Tenure-Track Assistant Professor (RTDB) at the University of Padua (Italy) since December 2022. Her current interest is to provide a design framework to develop novel photocatalytic reactions for the production of commodity chemicals and to exploit modular nanoenvironments to enhance reactivity and selectivity of the sustainable, solar powered CO2 reduction reaction.
Seyyed Abbas Noorian Najafabadi
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellow (MSCA-PF)
"Hierarchical metal-organic framework@covalent organic framework (MOF@COF) on carbon nanofibers for electrocatalytic CO2 conversion"
Master student at FIAMM
"Degradation study of lead batteries"
Master student at DiSC/HYTER
"Anode materials for alkaline electrolysers"
Master student at Institute for Energy Technology (IEF)
"Catalysts for gas processing reactions"
""2D catalysts for green chemistry"
""Photocatalytic conversion of acetylene into ethylene"
"Nanostructured systems for light-driven hydrogenations"
Gian Carlo Milotti
"Catalysis in UHV"
"Dual-atom catalysts for energy conversion"