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Present academic position:                         Associate Professor of Industrial Chemistry

Affiliation:                                                          Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems

                                                                           Ca’ Foscari University Venezia

                                                                          Via Torino,155

                                                                           I-30172 Mestre (VE) (Italy)

                                                                           Tel: (41) 2348650; Fax: (41) 2348517;   e-mail: miky

Spoken languages:                                           English, French



Michela Signoretto earned her Laurea degree with full grade in Industrial Chemistry in 1989 at University Ca' Foscari of Venice. During the period 1990-1991, she got a fellowship funded by the company Ausimont in the Department of Chemistry of the University Ca' Foscari. In the 1993 September-1994 April, Michela Signoretto was visiting researcher at the Laboratoire des Matériaux et Procédés Catalytiques directed by Prof. Pajonk of the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France), where she studied the synthesis of sol-gel catalytic materials (xerogels as well as aerogels of zirconia and zirconia-tungsten oxides). In 1994 she got her PhD degree in Chemistry at the Ferrara-Venice University Consortium. 

In March 1996, she was appointed Researcher (Assistant Professor) and joined the Department of Chemistry Faculty of Science of the University of Venice, in the field of Industrial Chemistry. 

In the 2013, she was appointed Associate Professor of Industrial Chemistry at the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems, University of Venice, where she is currently working. 

In 2013 Michela Signoretto obtained the National Academic Qualification as Full Professor of Industrial Chemistry (03/C2)  and in 2014 in Inorganic Chemistry (03/B1).

Prof. Signoretto is member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI)- (Industrial Chemistry), of the Group of Catalysis (GIC) and of the Interuniversity Consortium of Materials Science and Technology (INSTM).

 In the period 2006-2011, Michela Signoretto was member of the board of the Interdivisional Group of Catalysis (GIC).

Since December 2016 she is Member of the Board of Industrial Chemystry Group. 

Since 2011 she is member of the board of the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems at University Ca' Foscari of Venice and from 2014 Executive Officer of the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems for Guidance, from 2015 member of the board of INSTM. 

She is Referee for journals published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Chemical Society, Elsevier, and Springer.

 She is reviewer for funding agencies in Italy (MIUR-FIRB..) and abroad.

Major research interests of Professor Signoretto are in the field of Industrial Chemistry, more specifically, in the development of heterogeneous catalysts to be used in various fields of industrial chemistry for the production of fuels and fine chemicals and for environment protection. The main objective of her research is the design of solid catalysts. In particular, the research has been oriented on synthesis, characterization and catalytic performances of three classes of materials: 

a) metallic nanoparticles supported on inorganic oxides surfaces or active carbons;

 b) metallic nanostructures entrapped in mesoporous structures and in ordered materials such as MCM-41 and SBA-15; 

c) hybrid organic-inorganic systems. During the last few years Prof. Signoretto addressed the problems of the synthesis of such nanoparticles through different approaches, mainly via sol-gel, by sol immobilization, by template and by precipitation-deposition methods. 

Her research lines are:
1. Heterogeneous catalysis with a focus on the synthesis of new nanostructured metal catalysts and their use in industrial chemistry. In this field, Prof. Signoretto has a solid experience based on years of research: several processes of isomerization, oxidation, acylation, hydrogenation, esterification... have been studied, and innovative synthesis and reaction techniques have been set up under both continuous-flow and batch conditions.
2. Upgrade of biomass derivatives. This research activity has been primarily focused on the conversion of furfural and 5-hydroxymethil furfural (HMF) in high-added value compounds (2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), that is a monomer for the synthesis of polymers alternative to those obtained from terephtalic acid, through green methods using safe catalysts without use of bases. In particular she is working on gold nanoparticles supported on oxidic materials (ZrO2, TiO2,...), their characterizations and their catalytic performances for the production of fine chemicals and fuels from biomass. 
3. Heterogeneous catalysis for hydrogen production from renewable sources. In particular she is working on the synthesis of nickel supported on various metal oxides, their characterization and catalytic performances in the steam reforming of ethanol and glycerol. In over 5 years, an extended know-how has been acquired in the fine tuning of the experimental setup for synthesis, characterization and study of the catalytic activity, of the catalysts. At the same time, also the knowledge on the effect of the tunable properties of Ni based catalyst on the rates and selectivity of the investigated processes, has been greatly improved.
4. Photocatalysis for environmental application. In particular she focused her attention in synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic tests of nanostructure titania for NOx and VOCs abatement. Recently she’s working on doped-titania to improve the activity in mild condition for NOx removal and she’s developing some modified titania systems for CO2 photoreduction. 
5. Solid-state chemistry covering aspects of synthesis, characterization and reactivity of metal oxides and bio-materials. Her activity has regarded mainly the investigation of nanoporous materials with controlled structure and morphology for catalytic applications and more recently for the development of new drug delivery systems (DDS). This research activity has been recently honored by Wiley who identified as Hot paper work "Structure-Directing Agents for the Synthesis of TiO2-based Drug-Delivery Systems” Chem. Eur. J. 18 (2012) 10653-10660.

On the topics described above, Prof. Signoretto has been active as scientific referent within several projects with both National and International Academic and Industrial Institutions. Among them:
1. different (a) PRIN 2008 (Research Projects of National Interest) project on “ Synthesis of alkyl-furoates by selective oxidation with molecular oxygen to Furfur-aldehyde with nano-structured gold based catalysts”; (b) PRIN 2006 project on “Preparation, characterization and reactivity of catalysts based on palladium for the synthesis of hydrogen peroxide from hydrogen and oxygen”; (c) PRIN 2003 project on “Reactivity of recyclable catalysts based on palladium and platinum for selective oxidation reactions with hydrogen peroxide”; (d) PRIN 2000 project on “New solid catalysts for the activation of hydrogen peroxide in organic reactions of oxidation”; (e) PRIN 1998 project on “Development of new catalysts based on Pt and Pd for selective oxidation reactions with hydrogen peroxide”
2. Projects for research/formation activities funded by ESF (European Social Fund) through the Regione Veneto 2012. These projects were aimed to the development of Innovative technologies and materials for sustainable construction industrial in Veneto, and they were carried out along with an industrial local partner.
3. Projects for research/formation activities funded by Regione Lombardia 2009. These projects were based on the development of innovative materials for the production of hydrogen from renewable sources carried out along with the University partners and INSTM.

4. Projects for research/formation activities funded by ESF (European Social Fund) through the Regione Veneto 2015. These projects were aimed to the development of Innovative technologies and materials for sustainable construction industrial in Veneto, and they were carried out along with an industrial local partner "Materiali e Tecnologie Sostenibili ed Innovative per la bioedilizia in Veneto" cod. 2120-10-2121-2015.

Prof. Michela Signoretto has managed relations with scientific national and international working groups, and she has been responsible in the years for the organization of the activities in the research lab, taking care of several students during their degree and PhD study. She was invited to write five contributions in the last two years. She was invited to present her work on many workshops and congresses
Prof. Michela Signoretto is author of 5 book chapters and about 100 scientific publications on international journals, with high impact factor in the field of heterogenous catalysis, material chemistry and biomaterials. Her research activity has also produced more than 80 communications at international and national scientific meetings in the last ten years. At present, the H-index of Prof. Signoretto is 29 (Scopus - July 2016,

Teaching activities in post-graduate education (M.S. and Ph.D.)
- Professor of the Graduate School in Chemical Sciences, University Ca' Foscari Venezia.
For the years 06/07, 07/08, 08/09, 11/12;
-Professor at 'International Master in Nanotechnologies ‘ CIVEN (Veneto Interuniversity Coordination for Nanotechnology) for the years 05/06, 06/07, 07/08, 08/09.
-Professor at National Schools for post graduate students.