The Surface Science and Catalysis Group (SSCG) of the University of Padova was established in 1987 by Prof. Granozzi. At that time, it represented the natural development of inorganic chemistry topics based on the Cluster-Surface Analogy.
Since then the scope and the consistency of the group enlarged quite a lot, and currently, the SSCG  is formed by a permanent staff of 4 professors and several PhDs and post-docs, and is equipped with four experimental chambers in ultra-high-vacuum, CVD reactors, SEM and Raman equipments, wet chemistry laboratories.
One section of the group is coordinated by Prof. A. Glisenti and is mainly focused toward heterogeneous catalysis focusing on the use of perovskites in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and electrolyzers and in TWC technology (see link). 
Permanent Staff
Prof. Gian Andrea Rizzi,  Prof. Gaetano Granozzi (P.I.), Dr. Laura Calvillo, and Prof. Stefano Agnoli 

The Head of Group is Prof. Gaetano Granozzi
Tel.: +39 049 827 5158| Fax.: +39 049 827 5161

For inquiries about available positions and theses, please contact directly Prof. Granozzi

General inquiries and questions about the research work of the group, please contact the corresponding author.

See also the list of people in the group for individual emails and phone numbers.

The group's postal address is:   Via Marzolo 1, 35131, Padova
Main Current Topics 

• Structure and activity of model catalysts studied by Surface Science tools;  
• Atomic Scale design of electrocatalysts for advanced electrodes for fuel cells, electrolysers and solar fuels;  
• Growth and functional characterization of chemically modified 2D and 3D graphene and other 2D nanosheets (h-BN, MoS2) systems for energetics and catalysis;  
• Oxide based nanosystems for sensing and photo- and photoelectrocatalysis; 
• Ultrathin Films of metallorganic frameworks (MOFs) for tandem catalysis. 

A selection of some recent publications (see Publications for a complete list): 

Operando visualization of the hydrogen evolution reaction with atomic-scale precision at different metal–graphene interfaces, Nat Catal. 2021, 

Hybridization of Molecular and Graphene Materials for CO2 Photocatalytic Reduction with Selectivity Control, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 22, 8414–8425

Copper single-atoms embedded in 2D graphitic carbon nitride for the CO2 reduction, npj 2D Materials and Applications, 2021, 5, 63
DOI: 10.1038/s41699-021-00243-y

Metallic Twin Boundaries Boost the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction on the Basal Plane of Molybdenum Selenotellurides,
Advanced Energy Materials, 2018, 8, 1800031
DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201800031

Stable, Active and Methanol Tolerant PGM-free Surface in Acidic Medium: Electron Tunneling at Play in Pt/FeNC Hybrid Catalysts for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell CathodeACS Catal. 2020, 10, 7475–7485
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c01288 
Tuning on and off chemical- and photo-activity of exfoliated MoSe2 nanosheets through morphologically selective “soft” covalent functionalization with porphyrins, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2020,8, 11019-11030
DOI: 10.1039/D0TA03302B

Establishing Reactivity Descriptors for Platinum Group Metal (PGM)-free Fe-NC Catalysts for PEM Fuel Cells, Energy Environ. Sci., 2020,13, 2480—2500
DOI: 10.1039/D0EE01013H 


The entire group is /has been involved in several International and Italian Projects in the field of fuel cells, 2D materials and catalysis:
• NSFC (National Science Foundation of China) -MAECI (Ministero Affari Esteri e Cooperazione Internazionale) Bilateral Project GINSENG on: Graphene related INnovative 2D materials for Sustainable ENerGetIcs and catalysis, coordination (G. Granozzi) (on going, started on 1th January 2018) 
• H2020-JTI-FCH-2017-779366: University of Padova local coordination (G. Granozzi) of CRESCENDO: Critical Raw material ElectrocatalystS replacement ENabling Designed pOst-2020 PEMFC ( (on going, started on 1th January 2018) 
• National Projects of Relevance (PRIN2015) University of Padova local coordination (G. Granozzi) of SMARTNESS: Solar driven chemistry: new materials for photo- and electro-catalysis, (on going, started on November 2016) 
• NMP.2012.1.1: European Coordination (G. Granozzi) of DECORE: Direct ElectroChemical Oxidation Reaction of Ethanol: optimization of the catalyst/support assembly for high temperature operation ( (ended on 31th December 2016) 
• FCH-JU-2011-1: University of Padova local coordination (G. Granozzi) of CATHCAT: Novel catalyst materials for the cathode side of MEAs suitable for transportation applications ( (ended on 31th December 2015)