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,  Prof. Gaetano Granozzi (P.I.), Dr. Laura Calvillo, 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, 8, pp 2343–2352.
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.7b02690

Metallic Twin Boundaries Boost the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction on the Basal Plane of Molybdenum Selenotellurides, Advanced Energy Materials,14 April 2018.
DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201800031

Insights into the durability of Co-Fe spinel oxygen evolution electrocatalysts via operando studies of catalyst structure, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 7034.
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA10892C

Highly efficient MoS2/Ag2S/Ag photo-electrocatalyst obtained from a recycled DVD surface, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 27 Apr 2018.
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b00840

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. 
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.7b02166

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. 
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA06785B

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. 
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b04414

Unveiling the Mechanisms Leading to H2 Production Promoted by Water Decomposition on Epitaxial graphene at Room Temperature, ACS Nano 2016, 10, 4543−4549.
DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b00554 
 
Single- and Multi-Doping in Graphene Quantum Dots: Unraveling the Origin of Selectivity in the Oxygen Reduction Reaction, ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 129−144.  
DOI: 10.1021/cs501211h
 






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) (on going, started 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 (http://www.crescendo-fuelcell.eu/) (on going, started 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)