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, Dr. Laura Calvillo, Prof. Gaetano Granozzi (P.I.), Prof. Antonella Glisenti and Prof. Stefano Agnoli 
Contacts

The Head of Group is Prof. Gaetano Granozzi
Tel.: +39 049 827 5158| Fax.: +39 049 827 5161
e-mail: gaetano.granozzi@unipd.it

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): 

Enhancing the oxygen electroreduction activity through electron tunnelling: CoOx ultrathin films on Pd(100), ACS Catal., 2018, Just Accepted Manuscript 

Cobalt Spinel Nanocubes on Nitrogen Doped Graphene: a Synergistic Hybrid Electrocatalyst for Highly Selective Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Formic Acid, ACS Catal., 2017, 7, 7695–7703 

In operando XAS investigation of reduction and oxidation processes in cobalt and iron mixed spinels during the chemical loop reforming of ethanol, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017,5, 20808-20817 

Combined photoemission spectroscopy and electrochemical study of a mixture of (oxy)carbides as potential innovative supports and electrocatalysts, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8 , 19418–19427 

Unveiling the Mechanisms Leading to H2 Production Promoted by Water Decomposition on Epitaxial graphene at Room Temperature, ACS Nano 2016, 10, 4543−4549 
 
Single- and Multi-Doping in Graphene Quantum Dots: Unraveling the Origin of Selectivity in the Oxygen Reduction Reaction, ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 129−144  
 
Vanadiumoxide nanostructures on another oxide: the viewpoint from model catalysts studies, Coordination Chemistry Reviews 301–302 (2015) 106–122  
 
Fast One-Pot Synthesis of MoS2/Crumpled Graphene p−n Nanonjunctions for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2015, 7, 25685−25692  





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) (starting 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 (starting 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 (http://decore.eucoord.com/) (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 (http://cathcat.eu/index.php/home) (ended on 31th December 2015)