CATMAT group is actually composed of a Professor in Industrial Chemistry, a Researcher in Industrial Chemistry, a post-doc researcher, two research fellowships, two PhD students and a lab technician.

Group members

Michela Signoretto 
Associate 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 8 book chapters and over 120 scientific publications on international journals in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and material sciences.

Federica Menegazzo
Researcher on 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 on several national and international congresses. She has co-authored 3 book chapters and over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals

Tania Fantinel
Technical administrative employee

She is technical assistant at the Molecular Science and Nanosystem Departement of Ca’ Foscari University from 1989.
Her activity is focused in the organization and support of research activities in the lab (management of lab equipment and lab logistic ensuring strict safety procedures and safety checks) taking care of student during their degree training. Her skills mainly concern material 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.

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. 

Enrica Tanduo
Researcher fellow

Her current scientific interest is in the field of cosmetic and beauty, with a focus on the synthesis and characterization of inorganic (SiO2, TiO2) and hybrid matrices (by using several organic polymers) for the formulation of drug delivery systems for cosmetic application.

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).

PhD students

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

Danny Zanardo
Thesis title: Photocatalytic process for pollution remediation and fuel production

Cristina Pizzolitto
Thesis title: From biomass to energy

Our graduates

Margherita Riello
Thesis title: Formulazione di cosmetici innovativi da estratti naturali derivati da biomassa
Bachelor's degree, a.y. 2018/2019

Marco Lattenero
Thesis title: Stabilizzazione della vitamina C all'interno di un formulato cosmetico
Bachelor's degree, a.y. 2018/2019

Eva Pupulin Thesis title: Sviluppo di catalizzatori eterogenei supportati per la produzione di idrogeno
Master's degree, a.y. 2018/2019

Lorenzo Manzato
Thesis title: Sviluppo di materiali fotocatalitici a base di ZnO per l'abbattimento di VOC
Bachelor's degree, a.y. 2017/2018

Andrea Campostrini
Thesis title: Sviluppo di materiali multifunzionali per la formulazione di marmorini tradizionali veneziani
Bachelor's degree, a.y. 2017/2018

Gea Bortolomiol
Thesis title: Development of heterogeneous catalysts for levulinic acid production
Master's degree, a.y. 2017/2018

Sara Zancanaro Thesis title: "Sinergia DDS e nano: nuove tecnologie per nuovi formulati"
Master's degree a.y.2017/2018

Alberto Palazzi
Thesis title: Verso la fotosintesi artificiale: materiali innovative per la produzione di solar fuels
Bachelor's degree, a.y. 2017/2018

Previous academic years

Best thesis awards

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”
Tutor: Prof. Michela Signoretto
Co-tutor: Dr. Federica Menegazzo

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

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

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

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