Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry at DC UNIMI
Expertise: modified electrodes, nanomaterials, conducting polymers, electroanalysis, sensors, electrochemical characterization
Luigi Falciola graduated cum laude in Chemistry in 1998, by the University of Milan.
After a stimulating collaboration with professor Cavallotti, by the Politecnico of Milano, on topics related to the noble metal electrodeposition, he obtained in 2002 the PhD in Chemical Sciences by the University of Milano, in the Laboratories of professor Torquato Mussini, studying the thermodynamic, transport and solvation properties of electrolytes in aqueous-organic mixed solvents, using electrochemical, electroanalytical and spectroscopic (EXAFS) techniques. The investigation was focused both on fundamental and applicative aspects, in particular in the electroanalytical topic of the pH-metric and rH-metric standardization.
In 2003 he obtained the Doctorate Award of the Electrochemical Division of the Italian Chemical Society. From 2002 he was member of the staff of a “Marie Curie Training Site“. After a post-Doc position, from September 2006 he is Assistant Professor and Researcher in Analytical Chemistry by the University of Milano and in order to acquire a multidisciplinary vision on the many aspects and problems of electroanalysis he started different national and international collaborations.
Currently, the Research Group of which he is responsible, is working on the development, the characterization and the applications of chemical methods of analysis using mostly electrochemical techniques, with the aim of developing new methodologies and new electroanalytical electrode materials to be used in the fields of sensors, environmental analysis and quality control. In addition, he is interested in the optimization of electrochemical and electroanalytical methods, complemented by theoretical and computational studies, for the investigation and characterization of nanometric semiconductors for applications in photocatalysis.
These research themes are the topics of the numerous Communications in National and International Conferences and of the 60 scientific publications in peer-reviewed International Journals (H-index: 15).
As teaching activity he teaches Analytical Chemistry Laboratory for the 3-Year Degree in Chemistry, Advanced Electroanalytical Chemistry for the Master Degree in Chemical Science and Sensors for Environmental Monitoring for the Master Degree in Molecular Biotechnologies and Bioinformatics of the University of Milano. Moreover, he works as Laboratory Assistant in many Analytical and Physical Chemistry Courses and he is Assistant of many Research Thesis in the Electroanalytical field.
He is member of the Italian Chemical Society, Secretary/Treasurer of Executive Committee of the Division of Electrochemistry (2011-2016) and member of the Executive Committee of the Sensors Interdivisional Group (2013-2015).
He is member of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) and of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
He is referee of international peer-reviewed scientific journals.
For further information please visit the Group website: http://users.unimi.it/ELAN
SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS
1). E. Paoli, G. Cappelletti, L. Falciola, Electrochemistry as a tool for nano-TiO2 deposition and for photoremediation pollutant monitoring, Electrochem. Commun. 12 (2010) 1013.
2) A. Colombo, C. Dragonetti, D.M. Roberto, R. Ugo, L. Falciola, S. Luzzati, D. Kotowski, A Novel Diruthenium Acetylide Donor Complex as an Unusual Active Material for Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells, Organometallics 30(6) (2011) 1279.
3). F. Spadavecchia, G. Cappelletti, S. Ardizzone, M. Ceotto, M. Azzola, L. Lo Presti, G. Cerrato, L. Falciola, The Role of Pr on the Semiconductor Properties of Nanotitania. An Experimental and First Principle Investigation, J. Phys. Chem. C 116 (2012) 23083.
4). L. Falciola, V. Pifferi, M.L. Possenti, V. Carrara, Square Wave Voltammetric detection of furan on platinum and platinum-based screen printed electrodes, J. Electroanal. Chem. 664 (1) (2012) 100.
5). L. Falciola, V. Pifferi, E. Mascheroni, Platinum-based and Carbon-based Screen Printed Electrodes for the determination of benzidine by Differential Pulse Voltammetry, Electroanalysis 24 (4) (2012) 767.
6). V. Pifferi, F. Spadavecchia, G. Cappelletti, E.A. Paoli, C.L. Bianchi, L. Falciola, Electrodeposited nano-titania ﬁlms for photocatalytic Cr(VI) reduction, Catalysis Today 209 (2013) 8.
7). F. Spadavecchia, S. Ardizzone, G. Cappelletti, L. Falciola, M. Ceotto, D. Lotti, Investigation and optimization of photocurrent transient measurements on nano-TiO2, J. Appl. Electrochem. 43(2) (2013) 217.
8). V. Pifferi, V. Marona, M. Longhi, L. Falciola, Characterization of polymer stabilized silver nanoparticles modified Glassy Carbon electrodes for electroanalytical applications, Electrochim. Acta 109 (2013) 447.
9). V. Pifferi, M.M. Barsan, M.E. Ghica, L. Falciola, C.M.A. Brett, Synthesis, characterization and influence of poly(brilliant green) on the performance of different electrode architectures based on carbon nanotubes and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), Electrochim. Acta 98 (2013) 199.
10) A. Mardegan,V. Pifferi, E. Pontoglio, L. Falciola, P. Scopece, L.M. Moretto
Sprayed carbon nanotubes on Pyrolysed Photoresist Carbon Electrodes: Application to o-toluidine determination, Electrochem. Commun., (2014), 48, 13–16.