GIORGIO CARRARO, ALBERTO GASPAROTTO, CHIARA MACCATO
DIPARTIMENTO DI SCIENZE CHIMICHE, UNIVERSITÀ DI PADOVA
The research group of Dr. Barreca has an internationally recognized know-how in the fabrication and modification of nanoarchitectures with variable dimensionality by chemical vapor deposition (CVD), either thermal- or plasma-enhanced (PE-CVD), Radio Frequency (RF)-Sputtering and their original combinations. In this regard, attention is also devoted to the synthesis of molecular precursors, endowed with high volatility, stability to air/moisture and clean decomposition patterns under both CVD and PE-CVD conditions.
The developed systems, subjected to an advanced thorough characterization, are investigated as multi-functional platforms for sustainable end-uses, ranging from the molecular detection of flammable/toxic gases, encompassing photo-activated applications (H2 production, environmental remediation, self-cleaning and anti-fogging systems).
The group is, or has been, recently involved in various national and international projects in the field of inorganic nanomaterial design, characterization and functional investigation, among which:
- NMP4-SL-2012-310333: “Water Oxidation Nanocatalysts for Sustainable Solar Hydrogen Production through Visible-Light Activity” (SOLAROGENIX) (http://www.solarogenix.eu/)
- FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008-238409 “European Research Training Network of New Materials: Innovative Concepts for their Fabrication, Integration and Characterisation” (ENHANCE) (http://www.enhance-itn.eu/)
- INSTM- Regione Lombardia project “Solar activation of nanocomposites based on metals and oxides for the sustainable hydrogen production and wastewater purification” (ATLANTE).
Despite being composed by only 4 young scientists, the group has a first-class track record, corresponding to 101 publications on ISI International Journals, 20 other publications, 3 national and international patents and 110 conference communications (of which 17 invited lectures/seminars), only in the period 2010-2015.
D. Bekermann, D. Barreca, A. Gasparotto, C. Maccato
Multi-component oxide nanosystems by Chemical Vapor Deposition and related routes: challenges and perspectives
CrystEngComm, 2012, 14, 6347. (codice ISSN: 1466-8033; impact factor = 4.034)
Invited Paper; published as Hot Article.
Selected for the Cover Page (CrystEngComm, 2012, 14, 6315-7076).
Reviewed by ChemInform, 2013, Vol. 44, Issue 14.
G. Carraro, C. Maccato, A. Gasparotto, T. Montini, S. Turner, O.I. Lebedev, V. Gombac, G. Adami, G. Van Tendeloo, D. Barreca, P. Fornasiero
Enhanced hydrogen production by photoreforming of renewable oxygenates through nanostructured Fe2O3 polymorphs
Advanced Functional Materials, 2014, 24, 372.
D. Peeters, D. Barreca, G. Carraro, E. Comini, A. Gasparotto, C. Maccato, C. Sada, G. Sberveglieri
Au/ε-Fe2O3 Nanocomposites as Selective NO2 Gas Sensors
Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2014, 118, 11813.
G. Carraro, A. Gasparotto, C. Maccato, V. Gombac, F. Rossi, T. Montini, D. Peeters, E. Bontempi, C. Sada, D. Barreca, P. Fornasiero
Solar H2 generation via ethanol photoreforming on ε-Fe2O3 nanorod arrays activated by Ag and Au nanoparticles
RSC Advances, 2014, 4, 32174.
D. Barreca, G. Carraro, A. Gasparotto, C. Maccato, M.E.A. Warwick, K. Kaunisto, C. Sada, S. Turner, Y. Gönüllü, T.-P. Ruoko, L. Borgese, E. Bontempi, G. Van Tendeloo, H. Lemmetyinen, S. Mathur
Fe2O3-TiO2 nano-heretostructure photoanodes for highly efficient solar water oxidation
Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2015, in press, DOI: 10.1002/admi.201500313.
- D. Bekermann, D. Barreca, A. Gasparotto, C. Maccato