Valeria Lanzilotto

Valeria Lanzilotto graduated in Chemistry at Sapienza University of Rome (2008). She obtained the PhD in Nanotechnology at Trieste University (2012). During the PhD, she joined the ALOISA beam-line of Elettra Synchrotron/CNR-IOM (Trieste), where she acquired skills on the synthesis and characterization of hybrid organic-inorganic interfaces in ultra-high-vacuum conditions. Specifically, she studied the structural and electronic properties of organic semiconductors (pentacene, fullerene, perylene derivatives) adsorbed on the TiO2 surface. Later, she held a postdoc position at the Laboratory of Molecular Magnetism of Florence University (2012-2015), learning about the on-surface confinement of bistable magnetic molecules (i.e. single molecule magnets and spincrossovers). From 2015 to 2018, she operated between Uppsala University (Sweden) and BESSYII Synchrotron (Berlin, Germany) focusing on the study of the electronic properties of carbon nitrides building blocks that are relevant for energetic applications (i.e. photo-induced H2 production from water). From 2019, she is type-A fixed-term researcher at the Chemistry Department of Sapienza University, where she leads the research activities based on carbon nitrides building blocks and related materials.
Research activity
Scientific area: 
Inorganic chemistry
Research activity: 
The research activity of V. Lanzilotto has been focused on the synthesis and characterization of hybrid organic-inorganic interfaces, to be exploited in present and future technological applications (electronics, spintronics, heterogeneous catalysis, sensing). Synthetic protocols bases on the sublimation, in ultra high-vacuum-conditions, of organic compounds on well-defined inorganic substrates (i.e. single crystals). Characterization techniques include scanning probe microscopies (STM) and synchrotron-based electron spectroscopies, such as X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and Near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS). Current research activity is focused on the application of surface science methods for obtaining a molecular-level understanding of the water-splitting reaction with surface-supported organo-photoacatlysts (i.e. carbon nitrides, covalent triazine frameworks). For soluble species, the water-catalyst interaction is also studied directly in solution by using the XPS micro liquid-jet technique.

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