CATMAT group is actually composed of a Full Professor in Industrial Chemistry, an Associate Professor in Industrial Chemistry, a post-doc researcher, three research fellowships, three 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 130 scientific publications on international journals in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and material sciences.

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.

Sebastiano Tieuli 
Research Fellow

He achieved the Bachelor Degree in Technologies for Conservation and Restoration in October 2014 and the Master Degree in Sustainable Chemistry and Technologies (curriculum: Industrial Chemistry) in March 2017 (cum laudae), both at Ca‘ Foscari University of Venice. Currently he's working at the Department of Molecular Science and Nanosystems, University Ca‘ Foscari Venice as Research Fellow. He is a member of SCI and INSTM Consortium. His work is mainly focused on synthesis of high surface area solid acid catalysts promoted by non-noble metal (e.g. Ni or/and Co) to upgrade real lignocellulosic biomass from local vineries. In particular, he is working on the conversion of lignin to fuel or fuel additives by hydrogenolysis reactions. In this context part of his work takes place at Åbo Akademi University (Turku, Finland).

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
Post-doc Researcher

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
Funded by a Company

Marco Pizzolato 
Funded by a Company

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

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

Raffaella Lamuraglia
Thesis title: Caratterizzazione e protezione di elementi decorativi e opere d'arte eterogenee.

In collaboration with CCHT of IIT

Our graduates

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

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

Martina Tretti
Thesis title: Studio del biochar come nuovo supporto catalitico per la sintesi del gamma valerio lattone
Master's degree in Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies, a.y. 2019/2020

Chiara Cestari
Thesis title: "Approcci sostenibili per la valorizzazione del carciofo in cosmetica"
Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies, a.y. 2019/2020

Arianna De Luca
Thesis title: "Studio dei test di invecchiamento accelerato su materiali lapidei"
Bachelor's degree in Science and Technologies for Cultural Heritage, a.y. 2019/2020

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

Alberto Palazzi
Thesis title: Development and study of powder catalysts for ammonia production
Master's degree in Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies in collaboration with Casale SA, a.y. 2019/2020

Muhammad Taimur 

Thesis title: "Drug delivery systems for treatment of burn injuries" Master's degree  in Science and Technologies of Bio and Nanomaterials, a.y. 2019/2020

Elisa Guglielmo
Thesis title: "Alghe: possibili agenti disinfettanti?"
Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies, a.y. 2019/2020

Federica Brunello
Thesis title: "Studio delle proprietà di self-cleaning di nuove formulazioni per il marmorino veneziano"
Bachelor's degree in Science and Technologies for Cultural Heritage, a.y. 2019/2020

Previous academic years


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”
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”.

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”.

Visiting students and interns

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)

Dhia Cherni
Catalysis and Materials for Environment and Processes, University of Gabes, Tunisia
PhD visiting student, a.y. 2016/2017 (6 months)

Anna Grazia Gallone
University of Ferrara

Cosmesi zerowaste per l'hair care
fellow, a.y. 2020/2021 (9 months)

Warren Thompson School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK PhD visiting student, a.y. 2018 (2 weeks) 

Cas Buysschaert
Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Leuven, Belgium
Master's degree visiting student, a.y. 2015/2016 (9 months)

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


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