Several eminent scientists have visited the group of Prof. Vito Di Noto at University of Padova, Department of Chemical Sciences.

Sabbatical Positions
· September 2008 - September 2009 Prof. J.J Fontanella and Prof. M. C. Wintersgill, Physics Department, U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis, MD, U.S.A.

Visits and Seminars

· October 28th Prof. J.J Fontanella and Prof. M. C. Wintersgill, Physics Department, U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis, MD, U.S.A. “The glass transition in bulk and confined materials”.

· November 20th Dr. D.W.M. Hofmann, CRS4, Pula, Italy "Derivation of a reactive force field for water and its application to fuel cell proton conducting membranes".
· October 4th Prof. K. D. Kreuer, Chemistry Department, Max Planck Institute for Solid-State Research, Stuttgart, Germany “Exploring the limits of sulfonic acid based ionomers: from fundamental considerations to new membrane materials for PEM fuel cells”.
· July 6th Prof. T. Furukawa, Department of Chemistry, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan, “Polymer composites: studies by dielectric and conductive spectroscopy”.
· June 20th Dr. Radoslav Atanasoski, 3M Corporate R&D, St. Paul, U.S.A. "Can platinum be replaced in PEM fuel cells? And When?".
· June 18th Prof. H. Ohno, Department of Biotechnology, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan “Structural design of ionic liquids for lithium ion batteries and non-aqueous fuel cells”.
· May 28th Prof. T. Zawodzinski, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, U.S.A. "The interplay between system requirements and materials for fuel cells".
· May 23rd Dr. R. Baskaran, Physics Department, University of Bharathiar, India "Various Characterizations of Polymer electrolytes and its applications".

· September 11th Prof. B. D'Aguanno, CRS4, Pula, Italy "Simulations of molecular dynamics of hydrated Nafion membranes for PEMFCs and DMFCs".
· July 11th Prof. G. Alberti, Department of Chemistry, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy "Fuel cells for automotive applications: relations between swelling, conformational memory, mechanical properties and instability of the proton conductivity of pure and composite Nafion-based membranes".

· November 11th Prof. M. Popall, Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research di Würzburg, Germany "Inorganic-organic hybrid polymers (ORMOCERs): nanoscaled materials for optical electrical and/or interconnection technology".
· July 27th Prof. S. Kobayashi, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan "Beyond the Total Synthesis of Biologically Active Natural Products".

· June 16th Prof. S. Greenbaum, Physics Department, Hunter College of CUNY, NY, USA “Solid-state NMR and and synchrotron X-ray absorption studies of lithium ion battery materials”.

· September 3rd Dr. Y. Tominaga, Tokyo Institute of technology, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science, Graduate School of Science and Engineering "Effect of supercritical CO2 on ionic association and conduction in solid polymer electrolytes".
· July 8th Prof. J.J Fontanella, Physics Department, U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis, MD, U.S.A. “Physical properties of ion-conducting polymers”.

· July 8th Prof. Luisa Torsi, Department of Chemistry, Excellency Centre T.I.R.E.S. University of Bari "Sensors based on organic transistors: an open challenge in analytical chemistry".