Maria Assunta Navarra

Associate professor
M.A. Navarra is associate professor of physical chemistry (CHIM/02, 03/A2). She graduated in Chemistry with honors at the University of Rome La Sapienza. In January 2006 she obtained the title of PhD in Materials Science at the same University, receiving two important awards: the 2007 Doctoral Award "Fondazione Oronzio and Niccolò De Nora", assigned by the Electrochemistry Division of the Italian Chemical Society and the Eni Italgas Award "Research Debut", XIX edition, for studies conducted on new technologies applied to fuel cells. She carried out long periods of training at foreign universities and institutes, such as Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden), Hunter College of City University of New York (New York City, USA), Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, USA), Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW, Ulm, Germany), establishing fruitful and lasting collaborations. She held the courses "Environment and Cultural Heritage" and "Air Quality Analysis" (LM Sciences and Technologies for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage); she currently holds the courses "Chemistry of Cultural Heritage and Electrochemical Methods" (LM Sciences and Technologies for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage) and "Energy Production and Storage Systems" (LM Industrial Chemistry). She is the Director of the HYDRO-ECO Research Center "Hydrogen as an alternative and ecological energy carrier" of Sapienza University of Rome. In 2008 she participated in the foundation of "Eco Recycling", a SPIN OFF of technology transfer of the University of Rome "La Sapienza". She holds the National Scientific Habilitation for the sectors 03/A2 - Models and methodologies for Chemical Sciences (associate and full professor), 03/B2 – Chemical foundations of technologies (associate professor), 03/B1 - Fundamentals of Chemical Sciences and Inorganic systems (associate and full professor).
Research activity
Scientific area: 
Physical chemistry
Research activity: 
Synthesis and characterization of advanced materials for the electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Development of new electrode and, mainly, electrolyte components (e.g. ionic liquids, ion-conducting polymer membranes) for both batteries and hydrogen-powered fuel cells. Use of the most sophisticated electrochemical investigation techniques (impedance spectroscopy, galvanostatic cycling, potentiometric/amperometric methods) and chemical-physical methods (e.g. thermal, structural and morphological analyses, Raman/IR spectroscopy, NMR).
Scientific papers: 
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