Marco Scavini

Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry at DC UNIMI

Expertise: inorganic synthesis, synchrotron radiation and neutron diffraction, calorimetry, defect thermodynamics

Marco Scavini’s research activity deals with the synthesis and the characterisation of functional oxides for energy storage and production and for sensor devices. In particular, for the former class of materials, he studied doped ceria, double perovskites, manganite and cuprate superconductors, while for the latter ones Europium and Strontium titanates as well as Fe3O4@Au nanohybrids were investigated. M. Scavini’s group has deepen the relationship among structure, defect thermodynamics and physical properties in materials of scientific and technological interest aiming to improve their performances.

In the last few years he has developed some competences in the real space analysis of diffraction data, using the so called Pair Distribution Function (PDF). In this contest, M. Scavini performed about 50 experiments at European large research facilities such as the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble, France and the Institute Laue-Langevin (ILL), Grenoble, France and collaborated with many international research groups.

In particular with Dr. Claudio Ferrero, Dr. Giuseppe Portale e Dr. Gavin Vaighan (Europhean Synchrotron radiation Facility, Grenoble France), Dr. Henry Fischer e Dr. Michela Brunelli (Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble France), Dr. Valerio Scagnoli e Dr. Ekaterina Pomjakushina (Paul Sherrer Institut, Villingen, Switzerland), Prof. Simon Billinge (Comumbia University, USA), Prof. Takuro Katsufuji (Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan), Dr. M. Hagelstein, e Dr. Sabine Schlabach (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany).

Marco Scavini is author of 53 scientific articles on international journals, 1 book, 1 book chapter and about 60 communications to national and international conferences.



1) Experimental disentangling of orbital and lattice energy scales by inducing cooperative Jahn-Teller melting in KCu1−xMgxF3 solid solutions”, P. Ghigna*, M. Scavini, C. Mazzoli, M. Brunelli, C. Laurenti, C. Ferrero, Physical Review B81 (2010) 073107

2). Effect of local disorder on the transport properties of Al doped SmBa2Cu3O6+d superconductor”, M. Scavini*, M. Coduri, M. Allieta, L. Mollica, M. Brunelli, L. Malavasi, A. Lascialfari, C. Ferrero, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114 (2010) 19509-20.

3). “EXAFS-XANES evidence of in operando Caesium reduction in Cs-Ru/C catalysts for ammonia synthesis” I. Rossetti*, L. Sordelli, P. Ghigna, M. Scavini, L. Forni, Inorganic Chemistry 50 (2011) 3757-3765.

4). “Crystal structure and structural phase transitions in the GdBaCo2O5 cobaltite” Leonardo Lo Presti , Mattia Allieta, Marco Scavini, Paolo Ghigna, Laura Loconte, Valerio Scagnoli and Michela Brunelli, Physical Review B84 (2011) 104107.

5). “Spin-lattice interaction in the insulator to metal transition of GdBaCo2O5+d” M. Allieta*, C. Oliva, M. Scavini, S. Cappelli, E. Pomjakushina and V. Scagnoli, Physical Review B84 (2011) 235144

6). “Probing complex disorder in Ce1-xGdxO2-x/2 using the Pair Distribution Function Analysis”, Marco Scavini*, Mauro Coduri, Mattia Allieta, Michela Brunelli, Claudio Ferrero, Chem. Mater. 24 (2012) 1338-1345.

7). “Role of intrinsic disorder in the structural phase transition of magnetoelectric EuTiO3”, Mattia Allieta, Marco Scavini*, Leszek Spalek, Valerio Scagnoli, Helen Walker, Christos Panagopoulos, Siddharth Saxena, Takuro Katsufuji and Claudio Mazzoli. Physical Review B85, (2012) 184107

8). In situ Pair Distribution Function study on lanthanum doped ceria, Mauro Coduri*, Marco Scavini, Michela Brunelli, Paolo Masala, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15 (22), 8495 – 8505

9) Defect structure of Y-doped ceria on different lengh tscales” Mauro Coduri*, Marco Scavini, Michela Brunelli, Mattia Allieta and Claudio Ferrero, Chemistry of Materials 25 (2013) 4278-4289.

10) Charge ordering transition in GdBaCo2O5: evidence of reentrant behavior” Mattia Allieta*, Marco Scavini*, Leonardo Lo Presti, Mauro Coduri, Laura Loconte, Serena Cappelli, Cesare Oliva, Phyl Pattison, Paolo Ghigna, Valerio Scagnoli, Phys. Rev. B 88 (2013) 214104