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Department: Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, dell'Energia, dell'Ambiente e dei Materiali
Location and Contacts: c/o Dipartimento DICEAM
Via Graziella, Loc. Feo di Vito
89122 Reggio Calabria
Area (mq): 150
Rooms: 3
Director: Andrea Donato
Mail: Mail
Technical Responsible: Giuseppe Panzera
Equipment: - Assorbimento Atomico;
- Muffola;
- FT-IR;
- Spettrofotometro UV-Vis;
- Fluorimetro;
- TGA – DSC;
- Autoclave;
- Gas Cromatografo (3)
- Impianto per area superficiale e tpr
- HPLC;
- Impianto per misure resistive sensori MOS;
- ICP ottico.
Full Professors: Andrea Donato (CHIM/07)
Associate Professors: Maria Grazia Musolino (CHIM/07)
Researchers: Francesco Mauriello (CHIM/07)
PhD students: Dott.ssa Emilia Paone

Principal aims


For over a decade, the research group of the Laboratory of Chemistry is active in the study of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis aimed at the transformation of molecules of industrial interest. Over the last few years, the development of new catalytic materials has allowed the realization of "Fine Chemical" processes for the valorization of waste molecules obtained from lignocellulosic biomasses (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin) in building blocks and compounds intermediates for the chemical industry.

Based on a broad base background, the laboratory has developed a multidisciplinary and multiscale approach in order to develop new sustainable chemical processes (Green Chemistry) from the laboratory scale to the real and low environmental impact.

Recently, among the various research activities, the foundations have been laid for the development of technologies and knowledge for the realization of new resistive chemical sensors based on semiconductor metal oxides for industrial applications, in the automotive field, in food applications and in the biomedical field in order to obtain a low-cost diagnostic instrumentation based on nano-structured oxides.


Research activities


The research group has developed a great capacity in the preparation and characterization of new heterogeneous catalytic systems; in the evaluation of their properties in the reaction reactions of model molecules of second generation lignocellulosic biomass (consisting of waste from the agri-food sector or from dedicated crops cultivated on marginal land) in energy and bulk chemicals with high added value.

With regards to the study of new nano-structured sensors, the research activity is focused on the development of new, more sensitive and specific materials for the concentrations of the species of interest and on the realization of a suitable support electronics that manages the operation of the device as a whole, the acquisition of data as well as the verification of the results and the validation of the system.

A part of the research activity is also focused on the synthesis of innovative nanocomposites based on transition metal oxides and graphene oxide to be applied as electrode materials for the accumulation of electrochemical energy, as they increase the storage capacity and improve the performance of battery charging cycles.

THESIS DEVELOPMENT:
• Synthesis and characterization of sensors for environmental monitoring.
• Biodiesel production starting from exhausted oils and environmental and economic impact analysis on the city of Messina.
• Production of chemicals and clean energy from Biodiesel production waste
• Valorization of ligno-cellulose waste deriving from residual biomass of viticulture through innovative transfer-hydrogenolysis reactions
• Valorization of Ligno-Cellulose waste produced by the production and consumption of coffee, in chemical substances with high added value.
• Monitoring of essential and heavy metals in the public water system of the city of Reggio Calabria
• Enhancement and reuse of coffee waste in metal removal

ALTERNATIVE WORK / SCHOOL:
School year 2017/2018 «Development of active materials for sensor implementation for environmental monitoring activities» Class 4U L. Da Vinci scientific high school.


International relationships

Over the years, the laboratory has carried out research activities in scientific collaborations with the following national and international university institutions: Turin Polytechnic, University of Messina, University of Bologna, Polytechnic of Bari, CNR-ITAE Messina, University of Cordoba (Spain) ), University of Aachen (Germany), University of Sapporo (Japan), Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Academic of Polish Sciences (Poland).


Smart Specialisation Strategy Calabria (S3 Calabria)

Ambiente e rischi naturali

Research fields

Responsible Keywords ERC Domain
Andrea Donato Sensors, Metal Oxides Semiconductors, Hexanal PE5_9 - Materials for sensors
PE5_13 - Environment chemistry
Maria Grazia Musolino Selective hydrogenation, Graphene, Nanocomposites PE5_10 - Nanomaterials : nanoparticles, nanotubes
PE5_13 - Environment chemistry
PE5_18 - Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis
Francesco Mauriello Selective hydrogenation, unsaturated and aromatic alcohols, Palladium based catalysts Valorisation of glycerol, hydrogenolysis, green chemistry PE5_18 - Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis
PE5_13 - Environment chemistry

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