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Christian Durante

Ricercatore universitario confermato


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Christian Durante is Assistant Professor in Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemical Sciences (DiSC) of the University of Padova (UPD), where he works as a member of the Electrocatalysis and Applied Electrochemistry Group (EAEG) headed by Prof. Armando Gennaro. EAEG is one of the worldwide leading groups in the field of electrocarboxylation, electrocatalytic activation of carbon-halogen bonds and dissociative electron transfer mechanism.
Christian Durante received his degree in Industrial Chemistry at UPD in March 2003, carrying out a thesis on electron transfer in mono- and bimetallic Fe and Cr complexes in the research group of Prof. A. Ceccon. This research subject has been further deepened in the following years during his PhD in Chemical Sciences, which he obtained in March 2007. In these years he developed the synthesis and the electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical characterization of heteropolymetallic complexes of iron, rhodium and chromium. During his PhD he developed a whole series of spectroscopic techniques (UV-Vis, near-IR with fiber optic detector, IR ) coupled with an electrochemical cell for the fundamental investigation of intramolecular electron transfer kinetics in donor-acceptor systems at low temperatures. The interest for these complexes falls in a more wide project that aims at finding new raw materials for molecular devices and new catalysts for homogeneous organic reactions of alkynes (cyclotrimerization). Immediately after PhD, he joined the group of Prof. A. Gennaro at UPD as an assistant researcher (postdoc) and held that position until december 2010, when he became Assistant Professor in Physical Chemistry at DiSC. As assistant researcher, C. Durante has improved his electrochemical skills and has widened his research activities, in particular in molecular electrochemistry, both organic and inorganic and in environmental electrochemistry. In the latter field he has deeply investigated the reduction of halogenated VOCs at Ag and Cu electrodes and the abatement of heavy metals, Cr in particular, from industrial wastewaters. He has also studied the electrocatalytic activities of Ag and Cu towards the carboxylation reaction of several aromatic halides, investigating also the role of proton transfer and hydrogen atom abstraction as side reactions in the electrocarboxylation process. Within the group of Prof. Gennaro, he is currently developing a new research line in the field of electrocatalysis applied to energy production and storage. He is interested in the fundamental investigation of catalytic effects associated to the size and morphology of metal NPs and alloyed NPs, loaded on nitrogen doped carbon-based electrodes. In 2011 he spent a research period in Alicante, Spain, as visiting researcher in the group of Prof. Vicente Montiel (Alicante University), where he adopted SECM (scanning electrochemical microscopy) as fast screening technique of metal alloy electrocatalyst for the reduction of carbon-Halogen bond.
He is the author of 46 papers (hindex=18), published in peer-reviewed international journals, and more than 70 presentations in national and international conferences. Furthermore, he is the author of an Italian patent and a book chapter.

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[1] Perazzolo V, Durante C, Pilot R, Paduano A, Zheng J, Rizzi GA, et al. Nitrogen and sulfur doped mesoporous carbon as metal-free electrocatalysts for the in situ production of hydrogen peroxide. Carbon 2015;95:949–63. doi:10.1016/j.carbon.2015.09.002.

[2] Tripkovic V, Zheng J, Rizzi GA, Marega C, Durante C, Rossmeisl J, et al. Comparison between the Oxygen Reduction Reaction Activity of Pd 5 Ce and Pt 5 Ce: The Importance of Crystal Structure. ACS Catal 2015;5:6032–40. doi:10.1021/acscatal.5b01254.

[3] Favaro M, Carraro F, Cattelan M, Colazzo L, Durante C, Sambi M, et al. Multiple doping of graphene oxide foams and quantum dots: new switchable systems for oxygen reduction and water remediation. J Mater Chem A 2015;3:14334–47. doi:10.1039/C5TA01561H.

[4] Ju W, Brülle T, Favaro M, Perini L, Durante C, Schneider O, et al. Palladium Nanoparticles Supported on Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite: Preparation, Reactivity and Stability. ChemElectroChem 2015;2:547–58. doi:10.1002/celc.201402379.

[5] Giordano G, Durante C, Gennaro A, Guglielmi M. Electrochemical deposition of silica sol–gel films on stainless steel: preliminary analysis of key variables. J Sol-Gel Sci Technol 2015;76:233–40. doi:10.1007/s10971-015-3770-9.

[6] Favaro M, Ferrighi L, Fazio G, Colazzo L, Di Valentin C, Durante C, et al. Single and Multiple Doping in Graphene Quantum Dots: Unraveling the Origin of Selectivity in the Oxygen Reduction Reaction. ACS Catal 2015;5:129–44. doi:10.1021/cs501211h.

[7] Ju W, Favaro M, Durante C, Perini L, Agnoli S, Schneider O, et al. Pd Nanoparticles deposited on nitrogen-doped HOPG: New Insights into the Pd-catalyzed Oxygen Reduction Reaction. Electrochim Acta 2014;141:89–101. doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2014.06.141.

[8] Perini L, Durante C, Favaro M, Perazzolo V, Agnoli S, Schneider O, et al. Metal-support interaction in platinum and palladium nanoparticles loaded on nitrogen-doped mesoporous carbon for oxygen reduction reaction. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces 2015;7:1170–9. doi:10.1021/am506916y.

[9] Durante C, Perazzolo V, Isse AA, Favaro M, Granozzi G, Gennaro A. Electrochemical Activation of Carbon-Halogen Bonds: Electrocatalysis at Palladium-Copper Nanoparticles. ChemElectroChem 2014;1:1370–81. doi:10.1002/celc.201402032.

[10] Favaro M, Agnoli S, Cattelan M, Moretto A, Durante C, Leonardi S, et al. Shaping graphene oxide by electrochemistry: From foams to self-assembled molecular materials. Carbon 2014;77:405–15. doi:10.1016/j.carbon.2014.05.044.

[11] Perini L, Durante C, Favaro M, Agnoli S, Granozzi G, Gennaro A. Electrocatalysis at palladium nanoparticles: Effect of the support nitrogen doping on the catalytic activation of carbonhalogen bond. Appl Catal B Environ 2014;144:300–7. doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2013.07.023.

[12] Durante C, Perazzolo V, Perini L, Favaro M, Granozzi G, Gennaro A. Electrochemical activation of carbon–halogen bonds: Electrocatalysis at silver/copper nanoparticles. Appl Catal B Environ 2014;158-159:286–95. doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2014.04.023.

[13] Durante C, Isse AA, Todesco F, Gennaro A. Electrocatalytic Activation of Aromatic Carbon-Bromine Bonds toward Carboxylation at Silver and Copper Cathodes. J Electrochem Soc 2013;160:G3073–9. doi:10.1149/2.008307jes.

[14] Huang B, Durante C, Isse AA, Gennaro A. Highly selective electrochemical hydrogenation of acetylene to ethylene at Ag and Cu cathodes. Electrochem Commun 2013;34:90–3. doi:10.1016/j.elecom.2013.05.036.

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CD is currently developing a new research line in the field of electrocatalysis applied to energy production and storage. He is interested in the fundamental investigation of catalytic effects associated to the size and morphology of metal NPs and alloyed NPs, loaded on nitrogen doped carbon-based electrodes. He collaborates with several European leading groups in the field of surface science (Prof. Granozzi at UPD; Prof. Wandelt at Bonn University, Germany) and fuel cell (Prof. Oliver Schneider and Prof. Julia Kunze at TUM Technische Universität München, Germany). He is presently involved in two European Project CathCat and Decore dealing with the development of novel electrodic material for applications in fuel cell and batteries.
His actual research activities can be summarized as follows:
• Doped carbon material as innovative support for electrocatalyst if fuel cell and batteries;
• electrocatalytic activation of halogenated organic probes at catalytic electrodes (Ag, Cu, Pd) and dissociative electron transfer mechanisms;
• Catalytic properties of nanostructured electrodic materials;
• Doped carbon material to be employed in drug delivery and electrochemical sensors
• carbon dioxide activation in electrocarboxylation reactions for an environmentally friendly electrosynthesis of important chemical intermediates and drugs;
• advanced oxidation processes (ozonization and electrochemical oxidation on BDD and DSE electrodes) for the remediation of water pollution;

-Sintesi e caratterizzazione di catalizzatori low platinum o platinum free supportati su carbonio mesoporoso dopato per reazioni di riduzione di ossigeno

-Sintesi e caratterizzazione di carboni mesoporosi, dopati zolfo e azoto via soft template per applicazioni in celle a combustibile e batterie metallo aria

-Studio via EC-STM della stabilità elettrochimica di NPs di Pt depositate su Grafene

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