Current Members
The current staff of Prof. Di Noto’s lab includes the following people

Prof. Maurizio Vidali
- Full Professor
Dr. Giuseppe Pace
- CNR Researcher
Dr. Sandra Lavina
- Senior Technician
Dr. Enrico Negro
- Senior Research Associate
Dr. Gwen Giffin - Research Associate
Dr. Keti Vezzù - Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Matteo Piga
- Ph.D. Student
Dr. Federico Bertasi - Ph.D. Student

CV of the current group members
Dr. Giuseppe Pace
Dr. Giuseppe Pace was born in Alessandria della Rocca (AG) on August 3rd, 1955. He was awarded his high school diploma of Industrial Chief Technician by the State Industrial Technical Institute of Gela with an evaluation of 56/60. In the Academic Year 1983/1984 he was awarded a degree in chemistry by the University of Padova with an evaluation of 110/110. The thesis, having the title “Preparation and characterization of new complexes with compartimental ligands” was developed under the supervision of Prof. Ugo Croatto. The research topic dealt with the study of the complexes developed between eptadentate complexing ligands containing two different coordination sites of the type SN2O2, ON2O2, N3O2 and O2O2, and metallic ions.

He was awarded his clearance to practice the profession by the University of Padova in the first session of the year 1986.
Between 1986 and 1988, with the qualification of graduate frequenter, performed his research activity in the University of Padova, in the engineering deparment, in collaboration with Prof. Umberto Belluco.
Since June 1st, 1988 Giuseppe Pace is Researcher in the National Council for the Researches (CNR), in the centre of Chemistry and Technology of Metalorganic Compounds of Transition Elements. In this period he was involved in the synthesis and in the study of the reactivity of the coordination compounds of platinum.
From 1991 to 1994 he was a member of the Scientific Committee for the Development of University Studies - University of Padova-Engineering Department-detached branch of Vicenza, for the degree in Management Engineering.
From 1998 to 2000 he was a member of the examination committee for CHEMISTRY for the degree in Electronic Engineering, Engineering Department - University of Padova.
Since 2002 he belongs to the Institute of Molecular Science and Technology.
From 2002 o 2003 he performed his research activity at the Mass Spectrometry station where he could deepen his knowledge of the different characterization techniques involving mass spectrometry.
Since 2003 he started an intense collaboration with the research group of Prof. Vito Di Noto. The research activity is mainly focused on the synthesis and the chemical, electrochemical, dielectric characterization and test in prototype cell of new materials for applications in fuel cells of the type PEMFC and DMFC.

In particular:
Synthesis and study of new hybrid inorganic-organic proton conducting polymer electrolytes based on fluorinated and non-fluorinated ionomers together with oxocluster-based nanoparticles featuring a surface functionalization with acid groups.
Synthesis and chemical and electrochemical characterization of electrocatalysts based on mono-plurimetal carbon nitrides of transition metals of the type Pt, Pd, Co, Ni, Cu, Ru, Rh, etc… obtained through the thermal treatment of a plastic Z-IOPE-like precursor obtained through sol-gel and gel-plastic transitions.
Preparation of MEAs (Membrane Electrode Assemblies), and testing of these systems in single-cell DMFC devices.

Dr. Sandra Lavina

Dr. Enrico Negro
Dr. Enrico Negro was born in Treviso (TV) on December 18th, 1977 and lives in Treviso (TV) in via Verga, 10.

He was awarded a degree in Materials Science by the University of Padova in the Academic Year 2000/2001 with a mark of 110/110 "cum laude" after discussing an original dissertation entitled: "Studies on the passivation of (001) surface reconstruction of Indium Phosphide". The work was carried out in the laboratory of Prof. R. F. Hicks, in the "Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science" of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The work was also supervised from Italy by Prof. Antonio Drigo. Dr. Enrico Negro had spent all the A.A. 2000/2001 at UCLA in the framework of the EAP(Education Abroad Program) exchange program between the University of Padova and the University of California.

Dr. Enrico Negro was admitted to the XVII Cycle of the Doctoral School in Materials Engineering of Trento University. Since November 2001 to January 2005 he carried out his doctoral studies in the Department of Materials Engineering of the University of Trento under the supervision of Prof. Gianantonio Della Mea and Prof. Alberto Quaranta. He was awarded his doctoral degree "cum laude" on January 28th, 2005 after discussing a final dissertation entitled: "Production and characterization of materials for the preparation of optical gas sensors". During this period the research activity of Dr. Enrico Negro was focused on the study of the optical properties of polymeric materials, and how they are changed after exposure to volatile organic compounds. Dr. Enrico Negro was responsible of the preparation of the polymeric materials, which could also have been doped with dye molecules; furthermore, he has designed and assembled the system to carry out the optical measurements in the presence of controlled amounts of the desired volatile organic compound. During his doctoral studies, Dr. Enrico Negro has also worked in the National Laboratories of Legnaro (LNL). In this institution he has prepared the polymer materials to be studied, also relying on plasma-assisted deposition techniques.

Dr. Enrico Negro has been working since April 2005 in the Department of Chemical Sciences of the University of Padova under the supervision of Prof. Vito Di Noto. Since then, Dr. Enrico Negro has participated to several projects dealing with the preparation and characterization of functional materials for fuel cells, with a particular reference to proton-conducting polymer electrolytes based on Nafion and to anodic and cathodic carbon nitride-based electrocatalysts. In particular, Dr. Enrico Negro has implemented techniques for the chemical and "ex situ" electrochemical characterization of the electrocatalyst materials; he has also used the functional materials developed during the research activity in the assembly of single prototype fuel cells fed with either hydrogen or alcohols, which were later tested in operative conditions. In January 2011 Dr. Enrico Negro was awarded a two-year scholarship for a senior research associate position funded by the University of Padova, in order to carry out research on the topic: "Synthesis, characterization and single-cell testing of advanced nanostructured electrocatalysts for application in low-temperature fuel cells".

Dr. Enrico Negro is author or co-author of 44 scientific papers published on international journals, 3 book chapters, 9 national patents, 3 international patent, 7 papers on the proceedings of international conferences, 50 contributions to international conferences.

Dr. Gwen Giffin

Dr. Keti Vezzù
Dr. Keti Vezzù was born in Vicenza (Vi) on May 12th, 1977 and lives in Carbonara di Rovolon (Pd) in via Verdi, 19.

She was awarded a degree in Chemical Engineering by the University of Padova in the Academic Year 2001/2002 with a mark of 107/110 after discussing an original dissertation entitled: "Experimentations on the techniques to produce pharmaceutical shapes with supercritical CO2".

Dr. Keti Vezzù was admitted to the XVIII Cycle of the Doctoral School in Chemical Engineering of the University of Padova. She was awarded his doctoral degree in 2005 after discussing a final dissertation entitled: "Development of polymeric nanomaterials for biomedical, pharmaceutical andelectronic applications by supercritical CO2 based techniques".

Dr. Keti Vezzù is author or co-author of 17 scientific papers published on international journals.

Dr. Matteo Piga
Dr. Matteo Piga was born in Lonigo (VI) on June 27th, 1980 and lives in Lonigo (VI), Via Roma, 34. He was awarded a degree in Materials Science in 2006 by the university of Padua with a mark of 108/110 after discussing an original dissertation entitled: "Hybrid materials auto-organized in multilayers structures for second-order nonlinear optical applications." The activity for the dissertation has been done in the laboratory of Prof. D. Pedron, at the Department of Chemical Sciences.

From October 2006 to December 2008 Dr. Matteo Piga has been working in the Department of Chemical Sciences of the University of Padua under the supervision of Prof. Vito Di Noto. Since then Dr. Matteo Piga has participated to research projects concerning the preparation and the characterization of functional materials for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, with a special effort on the development of proton-conducting polymer electrolytes. In this context, Dr. Matteo Piga synthesized new hybrid inorganic-organic proton-conducting membranes based on Nafion and mixed oxides, polysulphone and SPEEK. The materials were characterized by thermal and mechanical measurements (TG, MDSC, DMA) and spectroscopic analyses (FT-IR, Raman, BDS). The membranes were also tested in single fuel cells under operative conditions.

On January 1st, 2009 Dr. Matteo Piga was admitted to the XXIV cycle of the Doctoral School in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Padua, under the supervision of the Prof. Vito Di Noto, with the following research topic: "Conventional and hybrid inorganic-organic polymer electrolytes for the conversion of chemical energy in electric energy: synthesis, characterization and conduction mechanisms."

Dr. Matteo Piga is co-author of 10 scientific papers published on international "peer-reviewed" journals", 1 book chapter, 2 national patents, 1 paper on the proceedings of international conferences, and 14 contributions to international conferences.

Dr. Federico Bertasi
Dr. Federico Bertasi was born in Bussolengo (VR) on November 4th, 1986. He was awarded a degree in Materials Science in 2010 by the university of Padua with a mark of 110/110 "cum laude". The activity for the dissertation has been done in the laboratory of Prof. V. Di Noto, at the Department of Chemical Sciences.

On January 1st, 2011 Dr. Federico Bertasi was admitted to the XXVI cycle of the Doctoral School in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Padua, under the supervision of the Prof. Vito Di Noto, with the following research topic: "Development of new electrode and electrolytic materials for the development of innovative Li- and Mg- batteries for applications in the automotive sector and in portable electronic devices."

Dr. Federico Bertasi is co-author of 1 national patent, 1 scientific paper published on international "peer-reviewed" journals", and 2 contributions to international conferences.

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Past Members (partial list)

Dr. Simone Biscazzo
- Postdoctoral Fellow (1997-2002)
Dr. Nicola Boaretto - Ph.D. Student (2009-2010)
Dr. Rocco Gliubizzi
- Postdoctoral Fellow (2005-2006)
Dr. Malathi Jeyapandian
- Postdoctoral Fellow (2007-2008)
Dr. Vera Münchow
- Postdoctoral Fellow (1999-2002)
Dr. Savitha Thayumanasundaram
- Postdoctoral Fellow (2007-2008)
Dr. Michele Vittadello
- Postdoctoral Fellow (2000-2005)
Dr. Vanni Zago
- Postdoctoral Fellow (1998-2000)
Dr. Martina Zamuner -  Postdoctoral Fellow (2011)
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Completed Theses (partial list)

2011
Andrea Bazzaco, 2nd-level degree in Industrial Chemistry. "Carbon Nitride Nano-Electrocatalysts based on Platinum and Nickel decorated on composite nanoparticled of polyketone and XC-72R for PEM fuel cells: synthesis, characterization and single fuel cell tests".

2010
Federico Bertasi, 2nd-level degree in Materials Science. "Solid-state ionic conductors based on fluorinated titania for application in high-temperature lithium batteries".

Matteo Bortolato, 2nd-level degree in Mechanical Engineering. "Development, assembly and experimental characterization of a photovoltaic Graetzel cell".

Alberto Massaro, 1st-level degree in Chemistry. "DMFC (Direct Methanol Fuel Cell): Evaluation of the performance in an operating device of innovative materials".

2009
Hovannes Roberto Rampazzo, 1st-level degree in Industrial Chemistry. "Hybrid inorganic-organic polymer electrolytes based on fluorinated titanium oxides and Nafion for PEMFCs".

2008
Marco Cagliari, 2nd-level degree in Industrial Chemistry. “New cathodic platinum-free electrocatlysts for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs): synthesis, electrochemical characterization and single-cell performance”.

Nicola Boaretto, 2nd-level degree in Chemistry. “Hybrid inorganic-organic polymer electrolytes based on Nafion and hydrophobic nanofiller: synthesis, characterization and study of the performances in single fuel cell".
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