Group

CATMAT group is actually composed of a Full Professor in Industrial Chemistry, an Associate Professor in Industrial Chemistry, a researcher financed by PON, one research fellowship, six PhD students and a lab technician.

Group members

Michela Signoretto 
Full Professor of Industrial Chemistry

Her research focuses on nanomaterials synthesis for energy and environmental applications. More specifically, she works 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. She is also involved in the formulation of new sustainable materials for pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications. She has co-authored 12 book chapters and over 140 scientific publications on international journals in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and material sciences.
She is the Delegate of the Rectress for The Scientific Research.
She is the Coordinator of GIC (Interdivisional group of Catalysis of the Italian Chemical Society).
She is the CEO of the innovative start up Ve Nice srl.

Tania Fantinel
Lab technician

She is technical assistant at the Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems Departement of Ca’ Foscari University since 1989.
Her activity is focused on the organization and support of research activities in the lab (management of lab equipment and lab logistic ensuring strictly safety procedures and safety checks) taking care of student during their degree training. Her skills mainly concerns materials' characterization using gas absorption in static and dynamic way (T.P.R., T.P.O., T.P.D., selective gas chemisorption), ionic and liquid chromatography, atomic adsorption.

Federica Menegazzo
Associate Professor of Industrial Chemistry

Her principal scientific interests are in the field of heterogeneous catalysis with a focus on the development of innovative nanostructured catalysts and their use in industrial and sustainable chemistry. In particular, she is working on the synthesis of metal nanoparticles supported on oxides materials and active carbon, their characterization and application for the production of fuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic biomasses. Most recently, her work was focused on hydrogen production from renewable sources. Recently she is also investigating the formulation of multifunctional materials for applications in Cultural Heritage.   She has presented her works in several national and international congresses. She has co-authored 6 book chapters and over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals

Elena Ghedini
Researcher of Industrial Chemistry

Her research is focused in solid-state chemistry covering aspect of synthesis characterization and reactivity of metal oxides and hybrid materials. Her activity has regarded mainly the investigation of nanoporous materials with controlled structure and morphology for catalytic applications and for bio-applications. More recently the research has been addressed to the optimization of sustainable and innovative synthetic approaches for the formulations of smart materials for the cosmetic market. 

PhD students

Giulia Forghieri
PhD in Chemistry financed by a Company

Marco Pizzolato
PhD in Chemistry financed by a Company

Seyedeh Somayeh Taghavi
Thesis title: Valorization of biomass to chemicals using promising catalysts
PhD in Chemistry

Lilia Longo
Thesis title: Sustainable technologies for the valorization of wastes
PhD in Chemistry

Raffaella Lamuraglia
Thesis title: Caratterizzazione e protezione di elementi decorativi e opere d'arte eterogenee.
PhD in Chemistry in collaboration with CCHT of IIT

Andrea Campostrini
Thesis title: New green and multifunctional materials for the protection of Cultural Heritage
PhD in Bio and Nanomaterials (financed by PON action Green)

Our graduates

Margherita Riello
Thesis title: Da scarto a risorsa: dai gusci di nocciola a nuovi catalizzatori per le reazioni di idrogenazione
Master degree in Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies A.Y. 2021/2022

Elisa Andreatta
Thesis title: Formulazioni di solari high tech sviluppati attraverso approcci sostenibili
Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies A.Y. 2021/2022

Giorgia Ferraro
Thesis title: Dalla biomassa al calcestruzzo: nuove formulazioni per la bioedilizia
Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies A.Y. 2020/2021

Enrica Bonotto
Thesis title: Da scarto a risorsa: dai gusci di nocciola a nuovi ingredienti per la nutraceutica
Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies A.Y. 2021/2022

Aurora Costantini
Thesis title: Sviluppo di un formulato antimicrobico a base di nanoparticelle d'argento per applicazioni in ambito cosmetico
Master's degree in Science and Technologies of Bio and Nanomaterials A.Y. 2020/2021

Rachele Braido
Thesis title: Gusci di nocciole: da scarto a risorsa in cosmesi
Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies A.Y. 2020/2021

Francesca Langiano
Thesis title: Sintesi di catalizzatori eterogenei per la reazione di dry reforming del metano 
Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies A.Y. 2020/2021

Previous academic years

  • Andrea Campostrini is the winner of the ABC Division Award for the best Master Degree thesis in Science for Cultural Heritage (edition 2022).
    The award ceremony will take place during the ABC congress in Turin on june, 23th (2022).
    Thesis title: “Investigating coating applications for protection of Roman frescoes” 
  • Giulia Forghieri is the winner of the Industrial Chemistry Division Award for the best Master Degree thesis in Industrial Chemistry (edition 2020).
    The award ceremony took place online on march, 5th (2021).
    Thesis title: Nanostructured Materials for the photo-driven conversion of CO2. An investigation on the strategies for improved Photo-catalysis by Metal Oxide Semiconductors
  • Cristina Pizzolitto is the winner of the Industrial Chemistry Division Award for the Best Master Degree thesis in Industrial Chemistry (edition 2017) .
    The award ceremony took place during the XXVI Congress of SCI in Paestum.
    Title of the thesis: “Sviluppo di catalizzatori nanostrutturati a base di  Nickel per la produzione di idrogeno”
  • Valentina Nichele is the winner of the GIC 2010 award for the Best Master Degree thesis for “the originality of the research developed in the field of catalysis and the brilliant elaborate dissertation”.
    The award ceremony took place during the X School of Catalysis GIC2010 in Palermo (15-18/09/2010).
    Title of the thesis: “Incapsulamento della galattosidasi in una matrice di silice preparata via sol-gel”.

Visiting students and interns

Jennifer Theissen
Université de Namur
Valorization of wastes by pyrolysis and activation in order to obtain different biochars that can be used as catalytic support
fellow, a.y. 2021/2022 (3 months)

Andrea Campostrini
University of Bologna and CCHT-IIT
Investigating coating applications for protection of Roman frescoes
fellow, a.y. 2020/2021 (9 months)

Daniela Pricop
Chemistry of materials, Sorbonne University, Paris, France  Master's degree visiting student, a.y. 2020-2021 (3 months)

Anna Grazia Gallone
University of Ferrara
Cosmesi zerowaste per l'hair care
fellow, a.y. 2020/2021 (9 months)

Elena D'Iseppi
University of Ferrara
Degree in Biotechnologies
Dalla biomassa al prodotto cosmetico. Valorizzazione degli scarti ortofrutticoli per la realizzazione di uno smart gel
fellow, a.y. 2019/2020 (9 months)

Lea Caseaux
University of Lyon 1, France
Formulation of dermocosmetic products
fellow but online due to pandemia, a.y. 2019/2020 (2 months)

Previous academic years

Collaborations with universities

  • Turin University, Prof. G. Cerrato
  • Turin University, Dr. M. Manzoli
  • Turin University, Dr. S. Tabasso
  • Milan University, Prof. C. Bianchi
  • Milan University, Prof. I. Rossetti
  • Genova University, Prof. G. Ramis
  • Ferrara University, Prof. G. Cruciani
  • Perugia University, Prof. L. Barelli and Dr. A. Di Michele
  • Bologna University, Prof. F. Cavani
  • Bologna University, Prof.  A. Vaccari
  • Roma University, Prof. D. Gazzoli and Dr. Daniela Pietrogiacomi
  • Heriot Watt University UK, Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer
  • Heriot Watt University UK, Dr. Aimaro Sanna
  • Institute of Catalysis and Petroleumchemistry  Spain, Dr. Vicente Corberan
  • Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Bulgaria, Prof. T. Tabakova
  • Process Chemistry Center (PCC) Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry and reaction Engineering Finland, Prof. T. Salmi and Prof. D. Murzin.
  • Department of Chemistry, Semnan University, Semnan, Iran, Prof. A. Tavasoli

Memberships

American Chemical Society - Chemistry for Life
Federchimica Confindustria
Gruppo Interdivisionale di Catalisi (GIC)
Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali
Società Chimica Italiana
Società Chimica Italiana Divisione di Chimica Industriale