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 

The Head of Group is Prof. Gaetano Granozzi
Tel.: +39 049 827 5158| Fax.: +39 049 827 5161

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 (fuel cells, batteries 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; 
• Nanosystems and nanocomposites for sensing and photocatalysis;
• Oxide-on-oxides and metal-on-oxides catalysts for sustainable development.
A selection of some recent publications (see Publications for a complete list): 

-A. Politano, M. Cattelan, D.W. Boukhvalov, D. Campi, A. Cupolillo, S. Agnoli, N.G. Apostol, P. Lacovig, S. Lizzit, D. Farías, G. Chiarello, G. Granozzi and R. Larciprete  
Unveiling the Mechanisms Leading to H2 Production Promoted by Water Decomposition on Epitaxial graphene at Room Temperature, ACS Nano 2016, 10, 4543−4549

-M. Favaro, L. Ferrighi, G. Fazio, L. Colazzo, C. Di Valentin, C. Durante, F. Sedona, A. Gennaro, S. Agnoli and G. Granozzi, Single- and Multi-Doping in Graphene Quantum Dots: Unraveling the Origin of Selectivity in the Oxygen Reduction Reaction, ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 129−144 

-L. Artiglia, S. Agnoli, G. Granozzi 
Vanadiumoxide nanostructures on another oxide: the viewpoint from model catalysts studies, Coordination Chemistry Reviews 301–302 (2015) 106–122  

-M. Cattelan , G. W. Peng , E. Cavaliere , L. Artiglia , A. Barinov , L. T. Roling , M. Favaro , I. Pišd, , S. Nappini, E. Magnano , F. Bondino , L. Gavioli , S. Agnoli, M. Mavrikakis and G. Granozzi, The nature of the Fe-graphene interface at the nanometer levelNanoscale, 2015, 7, 2450 – 2460 

-F. Carraro, L. Calvillo, M. Cattelan, M. Favaro, M. Righetto, S. Nappini, I. Pís V. Celorrio, D. J. Fermín, A. Martucci, S. Agnoli and G. Granozzi, Fast One-Pot Synthesis of MoS2/Crumpled Graphene p−n Nanonjunctions for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen ProductionACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2015, 7, 25685−25692 

The entire group is currently involved in four European Projects in the field of fuel cells and catalysis:
• 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 (
• 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 (
• NMP.2011.2.2-4: Local coordination (A. Glisenti) of NEXTGENCAT: Development of NEXT GENeration cost efficient automotive CATalysts   (

• H2020-NMP-23-2015-: Local coordination (A. Glisenti)  of PARTIAL-PGMs: Development of novel, high Performance hybrid TWV/GPF Automotive afteR treatment systems by raTIonAL design: substitution of PGMs and Rare earth materials