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  English.dicp.cas.cn    Posted:2016-08-05
Design of catalysts and photo-catalysts: Fascinating strategies playing with structures at the nanoscale

Time:2016.8.5(Friday)9:00-11:00 am

Location:Conference Room at the 1st floor, No. 1 Energy Building

Prof. Paolo Fornasiero

University of Trieste, Italy


Heterogeneous transition metal catalysts are generally based on nanoparticles, which nowadays can be synthesize with uniform size and shape. The extraordinary advances in material science support a new vision for nanoscale-inspired design and synthesis of industrially important catalysts. This precise structural and morphological control, coupled with the possibility to modulate the metal-support interactions, allowed us to have a step change increase in the activity, selectivity and stability of many industrially and environmentally important catalysts. In this context, renewable energy conversion, pollution prevention and control are the real challenge of the 21st century and the focus of the present talk.


Education and Experience:

Professor, University of Trieste, Italy (2012–present)

Associate Professor, University of Trieste, Italy (2006-2012)

Assistent Professor, University of Trieste, Italy (1998-2006)

Post-doc, University of Reading, U.K. (1996-1997)

Ph. D., University of Trieste, Italy (1993-1996)

Achievements and Rewards:

Heinz Heinemann Award, International Association of Catalysis Societies (2016)

Chiusoli Gold Medal, Italian Chemical Society (2013)

Nasini Gold Medal, Italian Chemical Society (2005)

Research Interests and Achievements:

 the development of innovative materials for catalytic converters

 the development of catalysts for the reduction of nitrogen oxides under oxidizing conditions

 the development of new catalysts for the production and purification of hydrogen

 the development of materials to be used in solid oxides fuel cells

 the development of photo-catalyst for solar fuel production and water depollution

 the development of catalyst for catalytic methane combustion

 the development of electro-catalysts for CO2 valorization

Contact: DNL0603 Xiaochen Zhang (9798)




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