Dr. Tiziano Montini

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

tel. +39 040 558 3981
fax. +39 040 558 3903
e-mail: tmontini@units.it


Curriculum Vitae
Tiziano Montini was born in 1977. He obtained the degree in Chemistry in 2002 at the University of Trieste discussing a thesys titled "Design of catalytic properties of materials based on ceria-zirconia". In 2006 he obtained his Ph.D. with work titled "Design of catalytic materials for fuel cells".
Nowadays, he has a post-doc position at the Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Trieste on the project "Solar Fuels".

In 2012, he earned the 4th ERES Junior Award assigned by the European Rare-Earth and Actinide Society during the ICFE-8 (held in Udine - Italy - on August 26-31, 2012) and the "Alfredo Di Braccio" Prize assigned by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.

Actual scientific interests
1. Redox properties of CeO2-based materials.
2. Design of catalysts for production of syn-gas from renewable sources.
3. Development of catalysts for H2 purification through WGSR and PROX.
4. Design of photocatalysts for H2 production.
5. Development of innovative and efficient materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

Selected publications

1. 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.
2. A. Gallo, M. Marelli, R. Psaro, V. Gombac, T. Montini, P. Fornasiero, R. Pievo and V. Dal Santo, "Bimetallic Au-Pt/TiO2 photocatalysts active under UV-A and simulated sunlight for H2 production from ethanol.", Green Chem. 14 (2012) 14, 330-333, doi:10.1039/c2gc16112e.
3. 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 and E. Tondello, " F-Doped Co3O4 Photocatalysts for Sustainable H2 Generation from Water/Ethanol.", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 (2011), 19362-19365, doi:10.1021/ja210078d.
4. M. Cargnello, N.L. Wieder, P. Canton, T. Montini, G. Giambastiani, A. Benedetti, R.J. Gorte and P. Fornasiero, "A Versatile Approach to the Synthesis of Functionalized Thiol-protected Palladium Nanoparticles.", Chem. Mater. 23 (2011), 3961-3969, doi:10.1021/cm2014658.
5. T. Montini, V. Gombac, L. Sordelli, J.J. Delgado, X. Chen, G. Adami and P. Fornasiero, "Nanostructured Cu/TiO2 photocatalysts for H2 production from ethanol and glycerol aqueous solutions.", ChemCatChem 3 (2011), 574-577, doi:10.1002/cctc.201000289.
6. M. Cargnello, N. L. Wieder, T. Montini, R. J. Gorte and P. Fornasiero, "Synthesis of dispersible Pd@CeO2 nanostructures by self-assembly.", J. Am. Chem. Soc.132 (2010), 1402-1409, doi:10.1021/ja909131k.
7. 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.”, J. Am. Chem. Soc.131 (2009), 13155-13160, doi:10.1021/ja905158p.
8. A. Hameed, T. Montini, V. Gombac and P. Fornasiero, “Surface Phases and Photocatalytic Activity Correlation of Bi2O3/Bi2O4-x Nanocomposite.”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130 (2008), 9658-9659.
9. M. Bevilacqua, T. Montini, C. Tavagnacco, E. Fonda, P. Fornasiero and M. Graziani, "Preparation, characterization and electrochemical properties of pure and composite LaNi0.6Fe0.4O3 - based cathodes for IT-SOFC.", Chem.Mater. 19 (2007) 5926-5936.
10. T. Montini, L. De Rogatis, V. Gombac, P. Fornasiero and M. Graziani, "Rh(1%)@CexZr1-xO2-Al2O3 nanocomposites: active and stable catalysts for ethanol steam reforming.", Appl. Catal. B: Environ. 71 (2007) 125-134.
11. N. Hickey, P. Arneodo Larochette, C. Gentilini, L. Sordelli, L. Olivi, S. Polizzi, T. Montini, P. Fornasiero, L. Pasquato and M. Graziani, "Monolayer protected gold nanoparticles on ceria for an efficient CO oxidation catalyst.", Chem. Mater. 19 (2007) 650-651.
12. T. Montini, A. M. Condó, N. Hickey, F. Lovey, L. De Rogatis, P. Fornasiero and M. Graziani, "Embedded Rh (1 wt %)@Al2O3: effects of high temperature and prolonged aging under methane partial oxidation conditions.", Appl. Catal. B: Environ. 73 (2007) 84-97.
13. M. Bevilacqua, T. Montini, C. Tavagnacco, G. Vicario, P. Fornasiero and M. Graziani, "Influence of synthesis route on morphology and electrical properties of LaNi0.6Fe0.4O3.", Solid State Ionics 177 (2006) 2957-2965.
14. 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.
15. T. Montini, M. A. Bañares, N. Hickey, R. Di Monte, P. Fornasiero, J. Kašpar, and M. Graziani, "Promotion of reduction in Ce0.5Zr0.5O2: the pyrochlore structure as effect rather than cause?", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 6 (2004) 1-3.

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