Prof. Dr. Paolo Fornasiero

Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Trieste
via L. Giorgieri 1
34127 Trieste (ITALY)

tel. +39 040 558 3973
fax. +39 040 558 3903

Curriculum Vitae

Paolo Fornasiero was born in 1968 in Ruti (Switzerland). In 1992 he obtained the degree in Chemistry (cum laude) and in 1997 the PhD in heterogeneous catalysis both at the University of Trieste (Italy). After one year as post-doctoral fellow at the Catalysis Research Center of the University of Reading (U.K.), in 1998 he was appointed Assistant Professor and in 2006 associate professor in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Trieste.
Professor Fornasiero is Associate Researcher of the National Council of Research (CNR) and from 2008 he is the scientific responsible of the CNR Research Unit associated with the Institute of Chemistry of OrganoMetallic Compounds (ICCOM) of Florence and located at the University of Trieste - Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Since December 2013 until July 2014 he was visiting Professor at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.
Professor Fornasiero is a member of the Italian Chemical Society, of the American Chemical Society, of the European Rare-Earth and Actinide Society - ERES, as well as of the INSTM Consortium.

Scientific activity
The scientific interests of Professor Fornasiero are in the field of material chemistry, with attention to the design and development of multi-functional metal-oxide nanosystems for their advanced applications in energy related material science and environmental heterogeneous catalysis.

Awards and Memberships

Winner of the Chiusoli Medal awarded to an Italian researcher under 45 years by the Italian Chemical Society, for his contribution to research in the field of Catalysis.

Winner of the Nasini Gold Medal awarded to a young Italian Chemist by the Italian Chemical Society, for his contribution to research in the field of Inorganic Chemistry.

Second position in the Start-Up Trieste 2005 competition.

Winner of the National "Giuseppe Stampacchia 1994" award for his first pubblication on an International Journal.

Winner of the "Prof. A. Risaliti - 1995/1996" Award for his Master Degree thesis in Chemistry.

He was the supervisor of PhD and Post docs that received the following awards:

ENI Award - Debut of Research (Dr .M. Cargnello, 2013)

Best PhD thesis in catalysis - European Federation of Catalysis Societies (Dr. M. Cargnello)

Alfredo di Braccio Award - Accademia dei Lincei (Dr. T. Montini)

4th ERES Junior Award (Dr. T. Montini)

Best PhD thesis in Inorganic chemistry - Italian Chemical Society (Dr. M. Cargnello)

ENI Award 2009 Debut of Research (Dr .L. De Rogatis)

Visiting researchers: Abdul Hameed (2008), Rakesh Singh (2008), Rajabathar Jothiramalingam (2009), Nicolas M. Bertero (2009), Alejandra Carbajal Ramos (2010) and (2013).
Post docs: Michele Melchionna (2013-2015), Tiziano Montini (2006-2014), Valentina Gombac (2012-2014), Barbara Lorenzut (2010-2012), Manuela Bevilacqua (2008), Tullio Quaia (2007)
PhDs: Matteo Monai (2014-2016), Alessandro Beltram (2014-2016), Ismael Romero Ocaña (2013-2015), Liaquin Wang (2012-2014), Yan-Xin Chen (2010-2012), Matteo Cargnello (2009-2011), Barbara Lorenzut (2007-2009), Valentina Gombac (2009-2011), Gianpaolo Vicario (2007-2009), Loredana de Rogatis (2005-2007)

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Published items per year

Citations per year

Sum of the times cited: 10427
Average citations per item: 58.91

h-index: 52

Source: ISI Web of Science, January 2016

Selected publications

1. M. Cargnello, V. Doan-Nguyen, T.R. Gordon, R.E. Diaz, E.A. Stach, R.J. Gorte, P. Fornasiero, C.B. Murray, "Control of Metal Nanocrystal Size Reveals Metal-Support Interface Role for Ceria Catalysts.", Science 341 (2013), 771-773, doi:10.1126/science.1240148.

2. M. Cargnello, J.J. Delgado Jaén, J.C. Hernández Garrido, K. Bakhmutsky, T. Montini, J.J. Calvino Gámez, R.J. Gorte, P. Fornasiero, "Exceptional Activity for Methane Combustion over Modular Pd@CeO2 Subunits on Functionalized Al2O3.", Science 337 (2012), 713-717, doi:10.1126/science.1222887.

3. T.R. Gordon, M. Cargnello, T. Paik, F. Mangolini, R.T. Weber, P. Fornasiero, C.B. Murray, "Nonaqueous Synthesis of TiO2 nanocrystals Using TiF4 to Engineer Morphology, Oxygen Vacancy Concentration, and Photocatalytic Activity.", Journal of the American Chemical Society 134 (2012), 6751-6761, doi:10.1021/ja300823a.

4. A. Gasparotto, D. Barreca, D. Bekermann, A. Devi, R.A.; Fischer, P. Fornasiero, V. Gombac, O.I. Lebedev, C. Maccato, T. Montini, G. Van Tendeloo, E. Tondello, " F-Doped Co3O4 Photocatalysts for Sustainable H2 Generation from Water/Ethanol.", Journal of the American Chemical Society 133 (2011), 19362-19365, doi:10.1021/ja210078d.

5. M. Cargnello, N. L. Wieder, T. Montini, R. J. Gorte and P. Fornasiero, "Synthesis of dispersible Pd@CeO2 nanostructures by self-assembly.", Journal of the American Chemical Society 132 (2010), 1402-1409, doi:10.1021/ja909131k.

6. T. Montini, A. Speghini, L. De Rogatis, B. Lorenzut, M. Bettinelli, M. Graziani and P. Fornasiero, “The identification of the structural phases of CexZr1-xO2 by Eu(III) luminescence studies.”, Journal of the American Chemical Society 131 (2009), 13155-13160, doi:10.1021/ja905158p.

7. A. Hameed, T. Montini, V. Gombac and P. Fornasiero, “Surface Phases and Photocatalytic Activity Correlation of Bi2O3/Bi2O4-x Nanocomposite.”, Journal of the American Chemical Society 130 (2008), 9658-9659.

8. F. Esch, S. Fabris, L. Zhou, T. Montini, C. Africh, P. Fornasiero, G. Comelli and R. Rosei, "Electron localization determines defect formation on ceria substrates.", Science 309 (2005) 752-755.


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