Enrico Verlato


Sede di Padova

+39 049 829 5866

  • University of Bologna Ph.D. in Chemistry supervisor: Prof. Francesco Paolucci, Co-supervisor: Dr. Marco Musiani.
  • University of Padova, M.S. in Industrial Chemistry, tutor: Prof Stefano Mammi.
  • University of Padova, B.A. in Industrial Chemistry, tutor: Prof. Armando Gennaro.
  • Government Department of Education, University and Research, qualification as Associate Professor.
  • Visiting researcher Keio University Tokyo, Japan, Prof Einaga Group.
  • National Research Council of Italy, qualification as a Researcher.
  • Research assistant (CTER) at the Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry and Technologies for Energy, National Research Council of Italy, Padova.
  • Researcher on temporary basis at the Institute For Energetics and Interphases, National Research Council of Italy, Padova.
  • Junior researcher at the Institute For Energetics and Interphases, National Research Council of Italy, Padova.

My research interests are mainly focused on preparation and characterization of materials for energy applications or environmental remediation; most of the projects were conducted with an electrochemical approach through different research fields or applications.
I extensively studied the modification of 3D porous and metal foam electrodes for several applications, from nitrate reduction to hydrogen evolution, alcohols oxidation and gas phase catalysis. In particular, I applied galvanic displacement techniques to modify non noble supporting metals with noble metal with known catalytic activity; we studied the effect of deposition parameters on kinetics and morphology for several couple of noble-non noble metals. I contributed to develop processes to prepare materials based on oxygen or hydrogen bubble template electrodeposition for both, environmental remediation and sensing. I worked on the preparation of silver nanoparticles supported on metal and carbon felts to obtain electrocatalysts for dechlorination of herbicide and their metabolites. I contributed to study mechanism of the galvanic exchange reactions between oxides that led to electrodes for oxygen evolution showing performances in terms of overpotential comparable to literature benchmark.
More recently, I prepared nanostructured materials as porous and/or thin films and I tested them toward the electrochemical conversion of CO2, we reported for first about a ceria effect on the mechanism of CO2 reduction reaction. I am interested in studying effect of interaction between support and active phase in CO2 conversion electrocatalysts, especially on metal and metal oxides nanoparticles supported on carbon materials.
Participating in different projects, I collaborated with researcher from different institution around the world: Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal of CNRS- Bordeaux, Université de Rennes, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes, Universitat Politècnica de València, Keio University – Tokyo, Università di Palermo, Università di Bologna and several CNR institutes.