• PERSONAL INFORMATION
Date of birth: January 19th, 1962
Scopus Author ID: 7003911417
Orcid ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-1396-4031
• CURRENT POSITION
2003 – Full Professor of Industrial Chemistry, Dipartimento Politecnico, Università di Udine, Udine, Italy
• PREVIOUS POSITIONS
1999-2003 Associate Professor of Industrial Chemistry, Department of Chemical Science and Technology, Università di Udine, Udine, Italy
1998-1999 Associate Professor of Industrial Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
1988-1998 Assistant Professor of Industrial Chemistry, Department of Chemical Science and Technology, Università di Udine, Udine, Italy
1993 Research Associate, Dept. Chem. Eng., Colorado State University, Ft. Collins CO, (USA)
1992-1993 Research Associate, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Oregon, Eugene OR, (USA)
1991 Research Associate, Dept. of Solid State Chem. and Catalysis, University of Szeged (HU)
2015 University research program award: Ford Motor Company 120000 US$
• SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS
During over 25 years of academic career I have directly supervised several Master’s students, 17 PhD students and 11 Post Doctoral researchers in industrial chemistry and catalysis.
• TEACHING ACTIVITIES
Lectures at undergraduate levels: Industrial Chemistry for the Environmental engineering program
Lectures at master level: Technology for air pollution control for the Environmental engineering program, Chemical reaction Engineering for the Environmental engineering program
Member of the jury for the selection of candidates for attending the PhD school of Chemical and Energy Technology of the University of Udine. Member of the jury for the award of PhD degree from several Italian and foreign universities.
• ORGANISATION AND BOARDS OF SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS
2018: Member of the Conference Scientific Committee of the 3rd Conference on Fundamentals and applications of cerium dioxide in catalysis Barcelona- Spain.
2018: Member of the International Advisory Committee of ICFE 10 (10th International Conference on f elements- Lauanne Switzerland)
2017: Member of the National Scientific Committee of Europacat 2017- Florence Italy
2016: Member of International Advisory Board of International Conference on Rare Earths Development and Application 2016 Lanzhou, China;
2014: Chairman of the workshop Fundamentals and applications of cerium dioxide in catalysis, Udine, Italy (100 participants)
2013: Member of International Advisory Board of International Conference on Rare Earths 2013 Ganzhou, China
2012: Chairman of 8th International Conference on f-Elements, Udine, Italy (350 participants)
2005: Member of Scientific Board of VI and VII International Workshop on Catalytic Combustion (IWCC)
• MAJOR INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
2020-present Coordinator, Bachelor course of Industrial Engineering for Environmental Sustainability, University of Udine
2016-present Coordinator of Doctorate course in Environmental and Energy Engineering Science
2019-2020 Coordinator, Master course of Environment and Energy Engineering, University of Udine
2013-2015 Head, Department of Chemistry, Physics and Environment
2010-2013 Coordinator, Master course of Environment and Energy Engineering, University of Udine
2006-2010 Coordinator, Master course of Environmental Engineering, University of Udine
2007-present Founder and member of LOD s.r.l. Spin off company of University of Udine
2008-2013 Pro rector for Internationalization, University of Udine
2006-2009 Head, Department of Chemical Science and Technology, University of Udine
2005-2011 Member of Administrative Board of Sincrotrone Trieste, S.c.p.a.
2003-2006 Member of the Patent Committee, University of Udine
2003-2007 Member of the Spin-off Committee, University of Udine
2002-2008 Vice President and member of Administrative Board of Science & Tech. Park of Udine
• EDITOR/EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERSHIP
2016- Guest Editor, Applied Cataysis B: Environmental, Forty years of catalysis by ceria: a success story
2015- Guest Editor, Catalysis Today, vol. 253, Fundamentals and applications of cerium dioxide in catalysis
2003- Guest Editor, Catalysis Today, vol. 77, 6th Italian Seminar on Catalysis: Fundamentals and applications to environmental problems
1999- Guest Editor, Catalysis Today, vol. 50(2), Recent Progress in catalysis by Ceria and Related Systems,
2012 – present Member of Editorial Board of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (Elsevier)
2007 – present Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Rare Earths (Elsevier)
Expert reviewer for top interdisciplinary journals (Science, Nature, Nature Communications, Angewandte Chemie, Journal of American Chemical Society….), leading catalysis journal (e.g. ACS Catalysis, Applied Catalysis B, Journal of Catalysis, ….) ~ 40 papers/year, and for major catalysis conferences (e.g. Europacat, NAM-NACS, ICC).
Evaluator of several research proposal for Ministry and national and international agencies and /or Universities. Participant to PhD committees in France, Spain, Netherland and Switzerland. He has been nominated in 2018 evaluator for the PNR project on Energy by the Ministry of Instruction, University and Scientific Research.
• RESEARCH INTERESTS
Overall: Development of materials for catalysis. Industrial Catalytic processes.
Specific: Ceria-based catalysts; Redox catalysis; Environmental catalysis.
• SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS
Author or coauthor of ca. 180 scientific publications in top international journals or books (Scopus H-index=54, n. of citations > 15000; ISI H-index=53, n. of citations ca. 14300; Google Scholar H-index=62, n. of citations ca. 20000; ref. Dec. 2020). 6 international patents. Editor of 2 books published by Imperial College Press/World Scientific. Guest Editor of 4 special issues in international catalysis journals.
Author/coauthor of several highly cited/top cited papers:
Entire career; Catal. Rev. Sci. Eng. 38, 439, 1996 (2770 cit.); J. Catal. 168, 151, 1995 (875 cit.); Catal. Tod. 50, 353, 1999 (787 cit.); J. Catal. 169, 490, 1997 (384 cit.). More recent: ACS Catalysis 4, 172, 2014, (266 cit.); ACS Catalysis 7, 4716, 2017 (234 cit.). Source ISI Jan. 2020.
• FUNDING ID AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH PROJECTS
PI of several national and international industrial grants from 2000 to 2020 (total ca. 2.2 M€) by leading international Companies and institutions.