Ilenia Rossetti

IMAG_0453 Rossetti

Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry at DC UNIMI


Expertise:  inorganic synthesis, catalysis, materials characterisation


Born in 1974 , in 1998 she graduated cum laude in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Milan. On 18-12-2001 she earned the PhD in Industrial Chemistry from the same University. The results achieved during the thesis and doctoral degrees have been the subject of a patent application.

Since 2002 she is a researcher, SSD CHIM02 – Physical Chemistry, at the Faculty of Science, University of Milan. In the academic year 2004-2005, she started attending the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering at the Politecnic of Milan as a second degree. Currently she passed 21 exams, with average score 27/30.

The research interests include heterogeneous catalysis and the synthesis of new inorganic materials from every point of view: from the development of innovative processes for the synthesis of solid materials, to their characterization, from the set up of micro- or semi-pilot plants for activity testing, to the development of kinetic models and process simulation. She was in charge of research contracts with ENI SpA , Garo SpA , Itelcond Srl, ACS Dobfar, Larioreti SpA, BASF Italy and personally followed some older contracts as primary scientist (SAES Getters SpA and Pirelli Labs SpA).

She has close collaborations with the Mendeleev University of Moscow, culminating in a PhD project awarded to non-EU citizens. She has also collaborations with Dr. Wioletta Rarog – Pilecka University of Warsaw, Dr. A. Goguet of the Queen’s University of Belfast, Prof. Stanislaw Dźwigaj, University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, Dr. S. Bennici, CNRS in Lyon, Dr. M. Yoshikawa, Osaka Gas (Japan) and Prof. X. Verykios, University of Patras.

She is afferent to the consortium for science and technology of materials (INSTM), the consortium CIMAINA and she is also associated to the CNR- ISTM since September 2009.

The results of the research carried out so far are partly summarized in contributions in 11 printed volumes or invited reviews, some single-authored, 65 papers (+5 submitted) in high impact international journals, almost exclusively included in the first quartile of the ranking in their respective categories, and 103 conference communications. She is also co-author of a book on Transport Phenomena, published by Cortina Eds..

She has been cited 1,343 times, 1,020 without self-citations, and has an h-index of 21 (from Scopus, updated to June 26th, 2014).

She regularly acts as referee for many important journals, e.g. RSC Adv., Appl. Catal. A & B, J. Mater. Chem., Green Chem., Appl. En., Int J. Hydrogen Energy, Chem. Eng. Commun., Catal. Lett. and Mater. Res. Bull..

She is part of the Board of the Division of Industrial Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society (2010-2012 and 2013-2015), with secretariat functions.




1). “Oxide nanomaterials for the catalytic combustion of hydrocarbons “, I. Rossetti and L. Forni, in “Synthesis, Properties and Applications of Oxide Nanomaterials”, J.A. Rodrìguez and M. Fernàndez-Garcìa, Eds., Wiley, 2007, p.563-602.

2) “Silica and Zirconia supported catalysts for the low-temperature ethanol steam reforming”, I. Rossetti, J. Lasso,  E. Finocchio, G. Ramis, V. Nichele, M. Signoretto, A. Di Michele, Appl. Catal. B: Environmental, 150-151 (2014) 257-267. Impact factor: 5.825 (JCR2012), Times cited: 0

3). “Quantification of “delivered” H2 by a volumetric method to test H2 storage materials”, I. Rossetti, G. Ramis, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 38 (2013) 13309.

4). “Spectroscopic enlightening of the local structure of VOx active sites in catalysts for the ODH of propane”, I. Rossetti, G.F. Mancini, P. Ghigna, M. Scavini, M. Piumetti, B. Bonelli, F. Cavani, A. Comite, J. Phys. Chem. C, 116 (2012) 22386.

5). “Flame-spray pyrolysis preparation of perovskites for methane catalytic combustion”, G.L. Chiarello, I. Rossetti, L. Forni, J. Catal, 236(2) (2005) 251.

6). “Oxygen non-stoichiometry in perovskitic catalysts: impact on activity for the flameless combustion of methane”, I. Rossetti, C. Biffi, L. Forni, Chem. Eng. J., 162 (2010) 768

7). “Preparation by flame-spray pyrolysis of ABO3±d catalysts for the flameless combustion of methane”, G.L. Chiarello, I. Rossetti, P. Lopinto, G. Migliavacca, L. Forni, Catal. Today, 117(4) (2006) 549.

8). “V2O5-SiO2 systems prepared by flame-pyrolysis as catalysts for the oxidative dehydrogenation of propane“, I. Rossetti, L. Fabbrini, N. Ballarini, C. Oliva, F. Cavani, A. Cericola, B. Bonelli, M. Piumetti, E. Garrone, H. Dyrbeck, E.A. Blekkan, L. Forni, J. Catal., 256 (2008) 45.

9). “A photocatalytic water splitting device for separate hydrogen and oxygen evolution”, E. Selli, G.L. Chiarello, E. Quartarone, P. Mustarelli, I. Rossetti and L. Forni, Chem. Comm., (2007) 5022.

10). “Solvent nature effect in preparation of perovskites by flame pyrolysis. 1. Carboxylic acids”; “2. Alcohols and alcohols + propionic acid mixtures”, G.L. Chiarello, I. Rossetti, P. Lopinto, G. Migliavacca, L. Forni, Appl. Catal. B: Environmental, 72 (2007) 218 and 227.