Silvia Bordiga

Department of Chemistry, NIS Center and INSTM Reference Center,
University of Turin, Via Quarello 15, 10135, Turin, Italy

Silvia Bordiga is Full Professor in Physical Chemistry at the University of Turin. From 2012 to 2020 she was Prof. II at the University of Oslo. She received many awards: 2017- French Chemical Society prize; 2019- Francois Gault Lectureship from EFCATS; 2018-2019- Chemistry European Fellow; 2019- Wilhelm Manchot Research Professorship at the Chemistry Department at the TUM University, Germany; 2021- Premio Antonio Feltrinelli from Accademia dei Lincei. Her scientific activity is mainly devoted to the characterization of the physical–chemical properties of high surface area nanostructured materials used as heterogeneous catalysts, materials for adsorption, separation and storage, through in situ spectroscopic studies.
By definition, in a reaction what is acting as a catalyst is not consumed and remain unchanged after it. However it is a commune experience to handle with birth, life and aging of our catalysts. For this reason it is crucial to be able to characterize, at the best level we can, birth, life and aging evolution of our catalysts, in order to get structure-properties correspondance aiming to improove catalysts preformances. In this context, a selection of case studies involving zeolites as catalysts, will be illustrated showing the complementar roles of some spectroscopic techniques used in situ or following operando conditions, underlying their pros and cons.

Silvia Bordiga is deeply in debt with all the past and present colleagues and students that along the last 33 years have contributed to develop the research illustrated in the contribution. Some of the presented results were financially supported by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement no. 837733 (COZMOS); by Marie Skłodowska-Curie grants agreement no. 955839 (CHASS) and agreement no. 847439 and by the European Research Council (ERC), under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program ERC-Synergy project no. 856446 (CUBE).
Selected publications:
  • C. Hess, New advances in using Raman spectroscopy for the characterization of catalysts and catalytic reactions, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2021, 50, 3519-3564.
  • S. Bordiga, C. Lamberti, F. Bonino, A. Travertd and F. Thibault-Starzykd, Probing zeolites by vibrational spectroscopies, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2015, 44, 7262-7341.
  • G. Berlier, V. Crocellà, M. Signorile, E. Borfecchia, F. Bonino and S. Bordiga, Characterization of metal centres in Zeolites for partial oxidation reactions, in: Structure and Reactivity of Metals in Zeolite Materials, ed. J. P. Pariente and M. Sanchez-Sanchez, Spinger, 2018, vol. 178, pp. 91–154.
  • Chem Soc Rev 2010 “In-situ characterization of heterogeneous catalysts” themed issue 4541- 5072 in particular:
    • a) U. Bentrup “Combining in situ characterization methods in one set-up: looking with more eyes into the intricate chemistry of the synthesis and working of heterogeneous catalysts” Chem. Soc. Rev, 2010, 39, 4718–4730;
    • b) C. Lamberti, A. Zecchina, E. Groppo and S. Bordiga “Probing the surfaces of heterogeneous catalysts by in situ IR spectroscopy” Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010, 39, 4951–5001;
    • c) R. A. Schoonheydt “UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy and microscopy of heterogeneous catalysts” Chem. Soc. Rev., 2010,39, 5051-5066.