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Scientific sector CHIM/02 - PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
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Monday from 13:00 to 14:00 Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, zona quadrilatero, ufficio 215-02-142 E possibile inoltre chiedere appuntamento con il docente telefonando allo 049 8275112 oppure via e-mail a christian.durante@unipd.it
(updated on 24/07/2014 09:05)

Proposals for thesis
-Sintesi e caratterizzazione di catalizzatori low platinum o platinum free supportati su carbonio mesoporoso dopato per reazioni di riduzione di ossigeno

-Sintesi e caratterizzazione di carboni mesoporosi, dopati zolfo e azoto via soft template per applicazioni in celle a combustibile e batterie metallo aria

Curriculum Vitae
Christian Durante is Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemical Sciences (DiSC) of the University of Padova (UniPD), where he works as a member of the Electrocatalysis and Applied Electrochemistry Group. Christian Durante received his degree in Industrial Chemistry at UniPD in March 2003, carrying out a thesis on electron transfer in mono- and bimetallic Fe and Cr complexes in the research group of Prof. A. Ceccon. This research subject has been further deepened in the following years during his PhD in Chemical Sciences, which he obtained in March 2007. In these years he developed the synthesis and the electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical characterization of heteropolymetallic complexes of iron, rhodium and chromium. During his PhD he developed a whole series of spectroscopic techniques (UV-Vis, near-IR with fiber optic detector, IR ) coupled with an electrochemical cell for the fundamental investigation of intramolecular electron transfer kinetics in donor-acceptor systems at low temperatures. Immediately after PhD, he joined the group of Prof. A. Gennaro at UniPD as an assistant researcher (postdoc) and held that position until december 2010, when he became Assistant Professor in Physical Chemistry at DiSC. As assistant researcher, C. Durante has widened his research activities, in particular in molecular electrochemistry, both organic and inorganic and in environmental electrochemistry. In the latter field he has deeply investigated the reduction of halogenated VOCs at Ag and Cu electrodes and the abatement of heavy metals, Cr in particular, from industrial wastewaters. He has also studied the electrocatalytic activities of Ag and Cu towards the carboxylation reaction of several aromatic halides, investigating also the role of proton transfer and hydrogen atom abstraction as side reactions in the electrocarboxylation process.
He is currently working in the field of electrocatalysis applied to energy production and storage. He is interested in the fundamental investigation of catalytic effects associated to the size and morphology of metal NPs and alloyed NPs, loaded on nitrogen doped carbon-based electrodes. In 2011 he spent a research period in Alicante, Spain, as visiting researcher in the group of Prof. Vicente Montiel (Alicante University). He collaborates with several European leading groups in the field of surface science (Prof. Granozzi at UniPD; Prof. Wandelt at Bonn University, Germany), electrocatalysis (Prof. Kim Daasbjerg at Aarhus University, Denmark) and fuel cell (Prof. Oliver Schneider at TUM Technische Universität München, Germany), Isotta Cerri (Toyota Motor Europe).
He is a member of the Italian Chemical Society and the International Society of Electrochemistry. He is the author of 49 papers (hindex=19, Publications in the last 5 years: 31, Citations: 831, Citations in the last 5 years: 665, cumulative impact factor of the 10 best publications: 94), published in peer-reviewed international journals, and more than 70 presentations in national and international conferences. Furthermore, he is the author of an Italian patent and two book chapters.

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): BF30DC196E186C70C044687ECB0DC574.pdf

Research areas
Research interests are in the field of physical chemistry of materials and in particular on the electrochemical properties of materials to be used in electrocatalysis, in energetics and electrosynthesis:
-synthesis of carbon-based material with improved textural and chemical properties
-synthesis of electrocatalyst for PEM and AEM fuel cell
-carbon material for energy storage: supercapacitors.
-electrochemical properties of catalysts for conversion of small molecules: CO2, O2, H2, CO

1) T. Gatti, G. Girardi, N. Vicentini, R. Brandiele, M. Wirix, C. Durante, E. Menna; "Physico-chemical, electrochemical and structural insights into poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) grafted from molecularly engineered multi-walled carbon nanotube surfaces", J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol., 2018, 18, 1006-1018.
2) V. Perazzolo, R. Brandiele, C. Durante, M. Zerbetto, V. Causin, G.A. Rizzi, I. Cerri, G. Granozzi, A. Gennaro, Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Experimental Evidences of Metal–Support Interaction in Platinum Nanoparticles Supported on Nitrogen- and Sulfur-Doped Mesoporous Carbons: Synthesis, Activity, and Stability. ACS Catalysis, 2018, 8, 1122-1137, I.F. 10.614.
3) A.A. Isse, S.Arnaboldi, C. Durante, A. Gennaro, “Electrochemical reduction of organic bromides in 1-butyl-3- methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate” J. Electroanal. Chem. 2017, 804, 240–247. I.F. 3.012
4) R. Brandiele, L. Picelli, R. Pilot, V. Causin, A. Martucci, G.A. Rizzi, A.A. Isse, C. Durante,* A. Gennaro “Science inc. Nanomaterials & Polymers “Nitrogen and Sulfur Doped Mesoporous Carbons, Prepared from Templating Silica, as Interesting Material for Supercapacitors” Chemselect, 2017, 2, 24, 7082–7090.
5) G. Giordano, C. Durante,* A. Gennaro, M. Guglielmi, Electrochemical 3D-growth of amorphous silica gel, J. Electroanal. Chem. 2017, 784, 153–158. I.F. 3.012
6) R. Brandiele, C. Durante,* E. Gradzka, G.A. Rizzi, J. Zheng, D. Badocco, P. Centomo, P. Pastore, G. Granozzi, A. Gennaro, One Step forward to a Scalable Synthesis of Platinum-Yttrium alloyed Nanoparticles on Mesoporous Carbon for Oxygen Reduction Reaction, J. Mater. Chem. A. 2016, 4, 12232–12240. I.F. 8.867
7) G. Giordano, C. Durante, A. Gennaro, M. Guglielmi, Multilayer Deposition of Silica Sol–Gel Films by Electrochemical Assisted Techniques, J. Phys. Chem. C. 2016, 120, 28820–28824. I.F. 4.536
8) V. Perazzolo, C. Durante,* A. Gennaro, Nitrogen and sulfur doped mesoporous carbon cathodes for water treatment, J. Electroanal. Chem. 2016, 782, 264–269. I.F. 3.012
9) V. Perazzolo, E. Grądzka, C. Durante,* R. Pilot, N. Vicentini, G.A. Rizzi, G. Granozzi, A. Gennaro, Chemical and Electrochemical Stability of Nitrogen and Sulphur Doped Mesoporous Carbons Electrochim. Acta, 2016, 197, 251–262. I.F. 4.798
10) M. Zanatta, L. Calvillo, J. Zheng, G.A. Rizzi, C. Durante, G. Giallongo, et al., Cu2O/TiO2 heterostructures on a DVD as easy&cheap photoelectrochemical sensors, Thin Solid Films. 2016, 603, 193–201. I.F. 1.879
11) V. Tripkovic, J. Zheng, G.A. Rizzi, C. Marega, C. Durante, J. Rossmeisl, G. Granozzi, Comparison between the Oxygen Reduction Reaction Activity of Pd 5 Ce and Pt 5 Ce: The Importance of Crystal Structure, ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 6032–6040. I.F. 10.614
12) V. Perazzolo, C. Durante,* R. Pilot, A. Paduano, J. Zheng, G.A. Rizzi, A. Martucci, G. Granozzi, A. Gennaro, Nitrogen and sulfur doped mesoporous carbon as metal-free electrocatalysts for the in situ production of hydrogen peroxide, Carbon 2015, 95, 949–963. I.F. 6.337
13) A.A. Isse, L. Scarpa, C. Durante, A. Gennaro, Reductive cleavage of carbon–chlorine bonds at catalytic and non-catalytic electrodes in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17 31228–31236. I.F. 4.123
14) G. Giordano, C. Durante, A. Gennaro, M. Guglielmi, Electrochemical deposition of silica sol–gel films on stainless steel: preliminary analysis of key variables, J. Sol-Gel Sci. Technol. 2015, 76, 233–240.

Lecturer's Publications (PDF): BF30DC196E186C70C044687ECB0DC574.pdf

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2018/19
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
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8 2nd Year First
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6 2nd Year First
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