Prof. Silvia Gross

Prof. Silvia Gross
Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche
Università degli Studi di Padova
Via Francesco Marzolo, 1
35131 - Padova (PD)
Room: 00215 01079
Phone: +39 049 827 5736

Curriculum vitae

Silvia Gross is currently Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry (SSD CHIM/03) at the University of Padova.
Since 2021 she is a DFG Mercator Fellow at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie within the DFG-funded SFB "Track-Act" project.Since 2016 she is also a DFG Mercator Fellow at the Justus-Liebig Universität Gießen, where she is regularly visiting professor since 2013.
She also has a position as Project Technical Advisor (PTA) of the European Cluster on Catalysis for the European Commission (since 2014)and since 2008 she regularly acts as evaluator for several research funding schemes of the European Commission, from FP6 to Horizon2020 (ERC Consolidator Grant, FET-RIA, FET-OPEN, MSCA IF, NMBP, CSA)
Her current research activity, documented by about 160 scientific publications in ISI journals (12 reviews, essays, feature articles), 5 books chapters, 25 further papers in conference proceedings and technical reports (h-index is 32, Scopus, 2020) is mainly focused on the:
  • synthesis and characterisation of organically modified transition metal oxoclusters and oxothioclusters and complexes (M=Zr, Hf, Ta, Ti-Hf, Hf-Ti-Zr, Ba-Ti, Cu, Zn) and of functional inorganic-organic hybrid materials prepared by covalent embedding of the mentioned functionalised oxoclusters into polymers by co-polymerisation reactions with suitable monomers;
  • green synthesis of crystalline metal oxide, sulphide and halogenide colloids by wet chemistry and colloidal routes, mainly miniemulsions and solvo/hydrothermal synthesis at low or room temperature
  • investigation of crystallization mechanisms of inorganic materials under not standard conditions (e.g., confined space)
This synthesis activity is complemented by the time- and temperature- in situ and ex situ investigation of nucleation and growth mechanisms of inorganic colloids by different spectroscopic (XPS, XAS, Raman, FT-IR) and diffraction/scattering (SAXS, XRD) methods, as well as by through characterisation of the synthetised inorganic and hybrid materials.
This work has been carried out in the framework of tight scientific cooperations with several groups in Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, France, Switzerland, UK. She is/has been coordinator of more than 40 research projects carried out at the DESY, ESRF, ANKA, Elettra, PSI, Soleil, Diamond synchrotron facilities.
She is Italian delegate in ESUO and member of the board (Giunta) of the Italian Synchrotron Light Society (SILS) for the terms 2014-2020. 46 invited lectures have been given at universities and research centres, as well as 22 invited talks at international conferences and symposia.
Born in Padova in 1971, Silvia Gross studied Chemistry at the University of Padova, where she got her master degree (1996; mark: 110/110 cum laude). In 2000 she was awarded the Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences at the University of Padova. In 2001 she got a Lise Meitner Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF) and spent 18 months at the Institut für Materialchemie at the Technische Universität Wien (AK Prof. Ulrich Schubert).
In 2002 she was appointed Research Scientist of the Institute of Molecular Science and Technology of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and from 2010 to 2017 she has been Senior Researcher (Primo Ricercatore) at the Institute ICMATE-CNR.
She spent several periods abroad as visiting scientist (TU Wien, 1999; University of Stuttgart, 2004 and 2005; University of Versailles 2007, 2008) and as visiting professor in Gießen (two months every year in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) and Salzburg (2013, 2014).
Teaching activity is mainly carried at University of Padova, with regard to the course of Chemistry of Nanosystems (2004-2008), Inorganic Chemistry for students of Materials Sciences (2009), General Chemistry for Biotechnologists (2010-2012), Inorganic Chemistry III (since 2012) for Chemistry Master students, Environmental Toxicology for Industrial Biotechnology Master Students (2014-2018), Colloid Chemistry (since 2016), Biomaterials for Industrial Biotechnology Master Students (since 2020). Since 2006, advanced PhD courses on hybrid materials and colloid science are held in the framework of the PhD School in Molecular Sciences and Materials Sciences and Engineering in Padova. Advanced courses for PhD and Master students have been given at the Universities of Versailles (France 2007), Trento (2006), Nova Gorica (Slovenia, 2007, 2008, 2016), Salzburg (2013, 2014), Gießen (every year 2013-2020).
She is referee for several scientific journals (Nature Comm., Angew. Chemie, Inorg. Chem., Adv. Funct. Mater, Adv. Mater, Adv. Mater. Interf., Nanoscale, Chem. Mater., J. Mater. Chem, Chem. Comm., PCCP, Nanoletters, Dalton Trans., J. Phys. Chem. etc.) and evaluator of proposals for European Commission (FP7, H2020), COST, Suiss National Science Foundation (SNF), Austrian Science Foundation (FWF), Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), Polish Research Agency, Czech Science Foundation, Research Grant Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, Ministero dell'Istruzione (MIUR), Flander Research Foundation (FWO).
She is member of the Editorial Boards of "Materials" and "Coatings" ( and of the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics: Condensed Matter: Surfaces and Interfaces Section.
She has organized more than 10 scientific meetings and several training events for Ph.D. students.

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12 most relevant publications

  • I. Bretos, S. Diodati, , R. Jimenenz, F. Tajoli, J. Ricote, G. Bragaggia, M. Franca, M. L. Calzada and S. Gross
    Low-temperature solution crystallization of nanostructured oxides and thin films (invited review)
    Chemistry - A European Journal, 2020
  • P. Dolcet, S. Diodati, F. Zorzi, P. Voepel, C. Seitz, B. Smarsly, S. Mascotto, F. Nestola and S. Gross
    Very fast crystallisation of MFe2O4 spinel ferrites (M=Co, Mn, Ni, Zn) under low temperature hydrothermal conditions: a time-resolved structural investigation
    Green Chemistry, 2018, 20, 2257-2268
  • S. Diodati, P. Dolcet, M. Casarin and S. Gross
    Pursuing the Crystallization of Mono- and Polymetallic Nanosized Crystalline Inorganic Compounds by Low-Temperature Wet-Chemistry and Colloidal Routes
    Chemical Reviews, 2015, 115, 11449–11502
  • M. Vigolo, S. Borsacchi, A. Sorarù, M. Geppi, B. Smarsly, P. Dolcet, S. Rizzato, M. Carraro and S. Gross
    Engineering of oxoclusters-reinforced polymeric materials with application as heterogeneous oxydesulfurization catalysts
    Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2016, 182, 636-644
  • M. Carraro and S. Gross
    Hybrid Materials Based on the Embedding of Organically Modified Transition Metal Oxoclusters or Polyoxometalates into Polymers for Functional Applications: A Review (Invited review)
    Materials, 2014, 7, 3956-3989
  • S. Diodati, L. Pandolfo, S. Gialanella, A. Caneschi and S. Gross
    Green and low temperature synthesis of nanocrystalline transition metal ferrites by simple wet chemistry routes
    Nano Research, 2014, 7, 1027-1042
  • R. Muñoz-Espí, Y. Mastai, S. Gross and K. Landfester
    Colloidal systems for crystallization processes from liquid phase (Invited highlight)
    CrystEngComm, 2013, 15, 2175-2191
  • V. Guillerm, F. Ragon, M. Dan-Hardi, T. Devic, M. Vishnuvarthan, B. Campo, A. Vimont, G. Clet, Q. Yang, G. Maurin, G. Ferey, A. Vittadini, S. Gross and C. Serre
    A Series of Isoreticular, Highly Stable, Porous Zirconium Oxide Based Metal-Organic Frameworks
    Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 2012, 51, 9267-9271
  • S. Gross
    Oxocluster-reinforced organic-inorganic hybrid materials: effect of transition metal oxoclusters on structural and functional properties (Invited highlight)
    Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2011, 21, 15853-15861
  • S. Gross and M. Bauer
    EXAFS as Powerful Analytical Tool for the Investigation of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials (Invited feature article)
    Advanced Functional Materials, 2010, 20, 4026-4047
  • V. Guillerm, S. Gross, C. Serre, T. Devic, M. Bauer and G. Ferey
    A zirconium methacrylate oxocluster as precursor for the low-temperature synthesis of porous zirconium(IV) dicarboxylates
    Chemical Communications, 2010, 46, 767-769
  • V. Di Noto, A. B. Boeer, S. Lavina, C. A. Muryn, M. Bauer, G. A. Timco, E. Negro, M. Rancan, R. E. P. Winpenny and S. Gross
    Functional Chromium Wheel-Based Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials for Dielectric Applications
    Advanced Functional Materials, 2009, 19, 3226-3236