University of Messina
Messina, Italy

Tentative title
Electrocatalysis: facing the challenge of extending its use to go beyond fossil fuels
Siglinda PERATHONER gained her PhD in Chemical Science in 1988 working on the photophysics and photochemistry of supramolecular systems with V. Balzani and Nobel Laureate J. M. Lehn. From 2001 she joined the University of Messina and is full professor of Industrial Chemistry presently. She has coordinated many EU projects, and is currently coordinator of the EU project OCEAN on new industrial electrocatalytic paths of CO2 conversion. She has been active for over 30 years in the field of catalysis and author of about 400 publications, and editor of books or special issues of international journals of catalysis. She was chair of Europacat 2017 and various conferences. Her research interests include nanostructured oxides and nanocarbon materials for heterogeneous, photo- and electro-catalytic applications. The current h-index is 74 with about 18,000 citations (Google Scholar).

Selected publications:
  • Catalysis for solar-driven chemistry: The role of electrocatalysis. S. Perathoner, G. Centi. Catal Today. 2019, 330, 157–170.
  • CO2 Reduction of Hybrid Cu2O-Cu/Gas Diffusion Layer Electrodes and their Integration in a Cu‐based Photoelectrocatalytic Cell. J.F. de Brito, C. Genovese, F. Tavella, C. Ampelli, M.V. Boldrin Zanoni, G. Centi, S. Perathoner. ChemSusChem. 2019, 12, 4274–4284.
  • Enhanced performance in the direct electrocatalytic synthesis of ammonia from N2 and H2O by an in-situ electrochemical activation of CNT-supported iron oxide nanoparticles. S. Chen, S. Perathoner, C. Ampelli, H. Wei, S. Abate, B. Zhang, G. Centi.J Energy Chem, 2020, 49, 22–32..
  • 2D oxide nanomaterials to address the energy transition and catalysis. C.J. Heard, J. Čejka, M. Opanasenko, P. Nachtigall, G. Centi, S. Perathoner. Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 180171.
  • Catalysis by hybrid sp2/sp3 nanodiamonds and their role in the design of advanced nanocarbon materials. Y. Lin, X. Sun, D.S. Su, G. Centi, S. Perathoner. Chem Soc Rev. 2018, 47, 8438–8473.
  • Beyond Solar Fuels: Renewable Energy‐Driven Chemistry. P. Lanzafame, S. Abate, C. Ampelli, C. Genovese, R. Passalacqua, G. Centi, S. Perathoner. ChemSusChem. 2017, 10, 4409-–4419.