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Professoressa Associata (L.240)
Dipartimento Scienza Applicata e Tecnologia (DISAT)

  • Componente Centro Interdipartimentale PolitoBIOMed Lab - Biomedical Engineering Lab


Interessi di ricerca

Chemical synthesis
Heterogeneous catalysis
Surface properties
Thin films
Zeolite precursor


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Linee di ricerca

  • The research activity is spread on various topics in the field of materials chemistry but particularly devoted to the synthesis of functional materials by sol-gel process. Member of the group Surf-Chem at the DISAT Department where her role is the coordination and the development of the activities regarding the definition of (Sol-Gel) synthesis strategies to prepare new nanostructured materials with tailored physico-chemical features. These materials find different applications spanning from heterogeneous (photo)-catalysis, energy storage & production, environmental remediation and biomedical applications. The nanomaterials are characterized by means of several techniques, including thermal analysis, room temperature and high temperature X-ray powder diffraction, SEM and TEM microscopy, UV-visible-FTIR spectroscopy, N2 adsorption/desorption, TPR-TPO-TPD techniques. She is a member of the international Sol-Gel society. As testified by the authorship of the publications, she has many national and international collaborations The main research topics are • Sol-gel syntheses of ruthenium based catalysts for biomass valorisation. • Synthesis of (photo)catalysts for H2 production • Preparation of metal (Fe, Ni, Fe-Co) ceramic nanocomposites for biological separation, water remediation and Moon dust simulant. • (Photo) catalytic processes for CO2 valorization. • Supramolecular templating approach for the preparation of (photo)catalysts for the abatement of organic (and inorganic) water pollutants. • Supported transition metal-oxide catalysts for NH3-SCR of NOx


Settori ERC

PE4_18 - Environment chemistry
PE4_10 - Heterogeneous catalysis
PE5_6 - New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles
PE5_1 - Structural properties of materials
PE5_3 - Surface modification
PE4_4 - Surface science and nanostructures
PE5_4 - Thin films


Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Goal 13: Climate action

Partecipazioni scientifiche

Comitati editoriali

  • FRONTIERS IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (2020-), Associate Editor di rivista o collana editoriale
  • MOLECULES (2020-), Membro del Comitato Editoriale
  • MATERIALS (2019-), Membro del Comitato Editoriale
  • SURFACES AND INTERFACES (2017-), Membro del Comitato Editoriale


  • Advanced and Emerging Materials, Program commitee (membro del comitato scientifico)
  • 9th International Symposium on Nano & Supramolecular Chemistry, Program commitee (membro del comitato scientifico)
  • VII workshop italiano Sol-Gel (17/6/2010-18/6/2010), Program chair (presidente/responsabile del comitato scientifico)
  • Restauro e Conservazione Dei Beni Culturali: materiali e tecniche, Partecipazione al comitato organizzativo

Incarichi di valutatore o esperto

  • ERC starting grant. 2021
  • VQR. 2010
  • Prin. 2002


Collegi di Dottorato

  • SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI, 2022/2023 (39. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI, 2021/2022 (38. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI, 2020/2021 (37. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI, 2019/2020 (36. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • SCIENZA E TECNOLOGIA DEI MATERIALI, 2018/2019 (35. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
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