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Catia Arbizzani

Full Professor

Department of Chemistry "Giacomo Ciamician"

Academic discipline: CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry


Keywords: lithium-ion batteries sodium-ion batteries Li/S batteries cathode materials carbons liquid electrolytes solid electrolytes ionic liquids supercapacitors enzymatic fuel cells microbial fuel cells

The research activity is mainly focused on basic and applied studies on inorganic, carbonaceous and polymeric nanostructured electrode materials for lithium metal and lithium-ion batteries, sodium-ion batteries, lithium/sulfur for transportation, stationary and portable applications. Electrochemical studies on electrolytes, on electrode/electrolyte interphases, with particular emphasis on electrode protection, and on functional separators are also performed.

Lithium-ion and sodium-ion Batteries

- Cathode materials: Transition metal mixed oxides and mixed phosphates, even prepared by microwave assisted synthesis; high voltage Ni-Mn oxide cathodes

-Anode materials: intermetallic alloys even on three-dimensional carbon support/current collector of enhanced cycling stability; composite electrodes based on Sn and on Si; graphitic and carbonaceous materials for capacitive electrodes.

High specific energy batteries: Li/S in aprotic electrolytes

Electrode protective layers

Polymer and inorganic functional separators


Laboratory Facilities

- Multi- and single- channel galvanostat/potentiostat

- Test station for fuel cells

- Dry-box (H2O and O2< 0.1 ppm)

- Frequency response analyzers (100 kHz-1 mHz)

- Electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance

- pHmeter, conductimeter, Karl Fisher coulometer, automatic titrator 

- Laser-particle sizer

- Planetary mill

- Ovens, tubular oven, scientific MW oven

- Metal coating system

- Press with temperature control

- Apparatus for spectroelectrochemical measurements (UV/Vis/NIR)

- 4-point probe conductivity apparatus

- Apparatus for porosity (micro- and meso-porous ranges) and water adsorption analysis by gas adsorption isotherms measurements

- Analytical sieve shaker

Access to Department and University of Bologna facilities and grand apparatus