Andrea Giacomo Marrani

Associate professor
Dr. Andrea Giacomo Marrani was born in Rome on 10/03/1981, he obtained his Master Degree in Industrial Chemistry “cum laude” end of 2004, and received his PhD diploma in Materials Science in 2007 at “Sapienza” University of Rome with the thesis “Preparation and characterization of electroactive hybrids from molecular monolayers covalently attached to Si(100)”. Afterwards, he gained a post-doc position in the same institution. By the end of 2008 he spent two years at the G. Natta Research Centre held by the LyondellBasell company in Ferrara (Italy), as a researcher on structure-property relationships in polyolefinic materials. In the years 2010-2019 he has been researcher in General and Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of “Sapienza” University of Rome, while now he is Associate Professor in the same field and institution. During his scientific growth he spent short periods abroad attending international schools and courses. In 2005 he won the Amel Prize for the best thesis in electrochemistry. He organizes and performs experiments at the Elettra Synchrotron Lab in Trieste, Italy. He is referee for several journals edited by the American Chemical Society, Elsevier and Wiley. In the past he taught "General and Inorganic Chemistry" at the Earth Sciences Department, while now he teaches "Inorganic Chemistry I" and "II" at the Department of Chemistry. He is coauthor of 40 publications on peer-reviewed international journals. He participated to granted national interest research projects and exposed his scientific achievements via oral communications at international conferences.
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His scientific interests are the reactivity of metallic and semiconductor surfaces towards the covalent anchoring of functional molecules, and the study of the electronic structure and electrical properties of hybrid inorganic-organic materials. He has applied techniques such as XPS/UPS, AFM/STM and electrochemical methods to study the properties of redox species (ferrocene, porphirine and fullerene derivatives) and organic SAMs covalently bound to silicon crystals and copper surfaces. He has been involved in the assembly and characterization of hierarchical supramolecular structures on Si, from which gold nanoparticles can be released in a controlled and reversible fashion. At present, his main activities are the study of the interface between dye molecules and mesoporous transition metal oxides in electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells, the study of reactions at the surface of electrodes for Li batteries, and the study of surface chemistry of graphene related materials.
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