Silvia Ardizzone

Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at UNIMI DC

Expertise: inorganic synthesis, electrochemistry, photocatalysis

Silvia Ardizzone graduated in Chemistry at the University of Milan in 1975 with full marks and laude. She went up all the ranks of the academic career in the same University where she is presently Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry. The teaching activity is devoted, presently, to the Courses of Laboratory of Physical Chemistry for the students of the Degree in Chemistry and of Physical Chemistry of Disperse Systems and Interfaces for the students of the Master in Chemical Sciences and Industrial Chemistry.   The teaching activity implies also lectures for Master Courses and for Post-Graduate Course, even held outside the University.

Silvia Ardizzone is actually IUPAC Fellow having been Associate Member of IUPAC Commision I.6 (Colloid and Surface Chemistry, Including Catalysis, Physical Chemistry Division) and before National Representative since 1990. She was  Vicepresident of the Italian Division of Electrochemistry of the Chemical Society during the period 1996-98, having been a member of the Central Board since 1993. She operates as a Referee for IUPAC projects, MIUR projects and for numerous international Journals, e.g. Physical Chemistry C, Langmuir, J. Colloid Interface Sci.etc.

Silvia Ardizzone started her research activity with studies of electrochemical thermodynamics but soon she extended her interests to topics related to the investigation of lyophobic colloidal systems and interfacial reactivity of oxide systems. Just in order to deepen her knowledge on these latter aspects, highly innovative and almost not developed in Italy, Silvia Ardizzone spent a period of research and study at the well known “Laboratory of Physical and Colloid Chemistry” of the Agricultural University at Wageningen (NL), directed by Prof. J. Lyklema.

Presently the studies and researches performed by S. Ardizzone’s group concern, on one side, the preparation of tailored nanosized semiconductors and their relative physico-chemical investigation in terms of structural, surface and electronic properties. These materials are tested for their application in the fields of photocaalysis, for environmental remediation, and of electrocatalysis for energy storage systems. More recently, also on the grounds of a collaboration with the prestigious group of Professor Schubert in Jena, studies concerning the modulation of the wettability and the functionalization at the nanometer scale of thin oxide layers are extensively performed.

Silvia Ardizzone is the author of more than 150 scientific publications appeared on international journals with high impact factor.



1). F. Spadavecchia, G. Cappelletti, S. Ardizzone, C. L. Bianchi, S. Cappelli, C. Oliva, P. Scardi, M. Leoni, P. Fermo Solar photoactivity of nano-N-TiO2 from tertiary amine: role of defects and paramagnetic species

Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 96 (2010) 314–322.

2). F. Milanesi, G. Cappelletti, R. Annunziata, C. L. Bianchi, D. Meroni, S. Ardizzone, Siloxane-TiO2 hybrid nanocomposites. The structure of the hydrophobic layer. J. Phys. Chem.C, 114 (2010) 8287-8293.

3). S. Ardizzone, G. Cappelletti, D. Meroni,  F. Spadavecchia, Tailored TiO2 layers for the photocatalytic ozonation of cumylphenol, a refractory pollutant exerting hormonal activity. Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 2640-2642. DOI: 10.1039/C0CC05134A.

4). D. Meroni, S. Ardizzone, G. Cappelletti, C. Oliva, M. Ceotto, D. Poelman, H. Poelman, Photocatalytic removal of ethanol and acetaldehyde by N-promoted TiO2 films: The role of the different nitrogen sources. Catalysis Today, 161 (2011) 169–174.

5). F. Spadavecchia, G. Cappelletti, S. Ardizzone, M. Ceotto, L. Falciola Electronic structure of pure and N-doped TiO2 nanocrystals by electrochemical experiments and first principles calculations Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115 (2011) 6381–6391.

6). A. Minguzzi, C. Locatelli, G. Cappelletti, C. L. Bianchi, A. Vertova, S. Ardizzone, S. Rondinini Designing materials by means of the cavity-microelectrode: the introduction of the quantitative rapid screening toward a highly efficient catalyst for water oxidation J. Mater. Chem., 22 (2012) 8896-8902.

7) F. Spadavecchia,G. Cappelletti,S. Ardizzone,  M. Ceotto,M. S. Azzola, L. Lo Presti, G. Cerrato, L. Falciola, The role of Pr on the semiconductor properties of nano-titania. An experimental and first principles investigation. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116 (2012) 23083-23093.

8). Daniela Meroni, Silvia Ardizzone, Ulrich S. Schubert, Stephanie Hoeppener, Probe-Based Electro-Oxidative Lithography of OTS SAMs Deposited onto Transparent ITOSubstrates, Advanced Functional materials,  22 (2012) 4376-4382. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201200673.

9). G. Soliveri, R. Annunziata, S. Ardizzone, G. Cappelletti, D. Meroni, Multiscale Rough Titania Films with Patterned Hydrophobic/Oleophobic Features, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116 (2012) 26405-26413.

10) G. Cappelletti, S. Ardizzone, D. Meroni, G. Soliveri, M. Ceotto, C. Biaggi, M. Benaglia, L. Raimondi Wettability of Bare and Fluorinated Silanes: A Combined Approach of Surface Free Energy Evaluations and Dipole Moments Calculation, J. Colloid Interface Sci., 389 (2013), 284-291.