Electrocatalysis and Applied Electrochemistry Group

Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Padova, Via Marzolo, 1 I-35131, Padova

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Welcome to the homepage of the Electrocatalysis and Applied Electrochemistry Group at the Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Padova. The research group applies electrochemical methods to study chemical problems in various fields such as electrochemical surface treatment, (electro)catalysis, and environmental electrochemistry. The research activity is centered in molecular electrochemistry with particular attention to the study of mechanisms of electrochemical processes, the development of eco-friendly electrosynthesis and electrocatalytic materials and/or electrocatalytic processes.

Congratulations to Alessandro Facchin - winner of the ISE TRAVEL Award 2022 (https://www.ise-online.org/), This award is intended to incentivize young researchers to participate in the Meetings that the International Society of Electrochemistry organizes annually for the specific purpose of giving opportunities to meet, visibility and prospects for collaboration to young people who are particularly promising for research activities in the field of electrochemistry.
In the case of Alessandro Facchin, the prize was awarded for studies he has carried out through scanning tunnelling effect microscopy in an electrochemical environment of metal complexes, especially with porphyrin ligands, as model systems for the study of the oxygen reduction reaction.



A selection of some recent publications

Giornate dell’elettrochimica italiana - GEI 2022, 11 - 15 September 2022, Casa del Capitano del Popolo, Orvieto, Italy.

[1]       Y. Zhang, G. Daniel, S. Lanzalaco, A.A. Isse, A. Facchin, A. Wang, E. Brillas, C. Durante, I. Sirés, H2O2 production at gas-diffusion cathodes made from agarose-derived carbons with different textural properties for acebutolol degradation in chloride media, J. Hazard. Mater. 423 (2022) 127005. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.127005.

[2]       C. Durante, An electrochemical way to pure ethylene, Nat. Catal. 4 (2021) 537–538. doi:10.1038/s41929-021-00657-3.

[3]       G. Daniel, M. Mazzucato, R. Brandiele, L. De Lazzari, D. Badocco, P. Pastore, T. Kosmala, G. Granozzi, C. Durante, Sulfur Doping versus Hierarchical Pore Structure: The Dominating Effect on the Fe–N–C Site Density, Activity, and Selectivity in Oxygen Reduction Reaction Electrocatalysis, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 13 (2021) 42693–42705. doi:10.1021/acsami.1c09659.

[4]       M. Mazzucato, C. Durante, How determinant is the iron precursor ligand in Fe-N-C single-site formation and activity for oxygen reduction reaction?, Electrochim. Acta. 394 (2021) 139105. doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2021.139105.

[5]       J. Luo, C. Durante, A. Gennaro, A.A. Isse, Electrochemical study of the effect of Al3+ on the stability and performance of Cu-based ATRP catalysts in organic media, Electrochim. Acta. 388 (2021) 138589. doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2021.138589.

[6]       A. Facchin, M. Zerbetto, A. Gennaro, A. Vittadini, D. Forrer, C. Durante, Oxygen Reduction Reaction at Single‐Site Catalysts: A Combined Electrochemical Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy and DFT Investigation on Iron Octaethylporphyrin Chloride on HOPG**, ChemElectroChem. 8 (2021) 2825–2835. doi:10.1002/celc.202100543.

[7]       G. Daniel, T. Kosmala, F. Brombin, M. Mazzucato, A. Facchin, M.C. Dalconi, D. Badocco, P. Pastore, G. Granozzi, C. Durante, Highly Graphitized Fe-N-C Electrocatalysts Prepared from Chitosan Hydrogel Frameworks, Catalysts. 11 (2021) 390. doi:10.3390/catal11030390.

[8]       M. Mazzucato, G. Daniel, A. Mehmood, T. Kosmala, G. Granozzi, A. Kucernak, C. Durante, Effects of the induced micro- and meso-porosity on the single site density and turn over frequency of Fe-N-C carbon electrodes for the oxygen reduction reaction, Appl. Catal. B Environ. 291 (2021) 120068. doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2021.120068.

[9]       V. Perazzolo, G. Daniel, R. Brandiele, L. Picelli, G.A. Rizzi, A.A. Isse, C. Durante, PEO‐b‐PS Block Copolymer Templated Mesoporous Carbons: A Comparative Study of Nitrogen and Sulfur Doping in the Oxygen Reduction Reaction to Hydrogen Peroxide, Chem. – A Eur. J. 27 (2021) 1002–1014. doi:10.1002/chem.202003355.

70th Annual Meeting of The international Society of Electrochemistry Durban (SA)