Alberto Vertova


Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry at DC UNIMI

Expertise:  inorganic synthesis, electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, electroanalysis, photoelectrochemistry


ALBERTO VERTOVA, born in 1964, obtained his “cum laude” graduation in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Milan in 1989. During this period he had a Montedison scholarship for the best undergraduate students (Academic Year 1987/1989) in Industrial Chemistry. PhD in Industrial Chemistry in 1994. Associate Professor in 2010. In 2000 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo, Prof. Y. Umezawa Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry – Department of Chemistry, working on new chemically modified sensors using the self assembled monolayer (SAM) of thiols. In this field he collaborated also with Prof. Dimitri Khoshtariya (Tbilisi State University – Georgia) for the development of investigation methodologies for the determination of the electron transfer rate as function of the modification of the electrode surface. This topic has led to the development of new bioamperometric sensors formed by SAM adsorbed on gold surfaces and in this field, in 2007, AV received a grant from Regione Lombardia, INGENIO project, to explore the possibility of industrial application of these investigations. He participated at COST Group (Green Organic Electrochemistry) a scientific project of the European Community (project D29 – W0006-03, 2003-2007) that allowed a strong scientific collaboration with the research group of prof. Jean-Yves Nedelec (CNRS, Thiais, France). His most recent research interests cover the interfacial phenomena which govern the heterogeneous electron transfer in different electrode-substrate systems, applied to (A) the discover and elucidation of Ag-based cathodes for the electroreduction of halogenated organic compounds; (B) the screening of mixed metal oxide electrocatalysts for reversible water oxidation-fuel cell devices, (C) the development of chemically modified electrodes for sensors and electronics. His studies include both the fundamental aspects which govern the intrinsic material properties and the applied aspects which lead to the final device design and operation. This has also prompted the development of innovative methodologies for the rapid and reliable determination of the key material properties. AV has authored and co-authored over 50 publications on national and international, peer reviewed journals and several invited communications to national and international meetings. AV is a member of the International Society of Electrochemistry and of the Italian Chemical Society

Recent financed projects: Prin 2008 prot. 2008PF9TWZ; Coordinator of the Milano Unit on “Li/air batteries: new nanostructured materials for the oxygen electrode”

Fondazione Cariplo – protocollo 2010-0506; Coordinator of the Milano Unit on “New nanostructured materials for innovative lithium-air, high-energy rechargeable batteries.

Alberto Vertova has also an intense teaching activity, which started in 2001 and covers courses like Electrical Measurements and Process Control, Physical Chemistry, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry of Materials, Environmental Electrochemistry and Waste Water Treatments.



1. Alessandro Minguzzi, Fu-Ren F. Fan, Alberto Vertova, Sandra Rondinini and Allen J. Bard. “Dynamic potential–pH diagrams application to electrocatalysts for water oxidation”. Chem. Sci., 3, 217 (2012)

2. Alessandro Minguzzi, Cristina Locatelli, Giuseppe Cappelletti, Marco Scavini, Alberto Vertova, Paolo Ghigna, and Sandra Rondinini “IrO2-Based Disperse-Phase Electrocatalysts: A Complementary Study by Means of the Cavity-Microelectrode and Ex-Situ X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy” J. Phys Chem A, 116, 6497 (2012

3. Alberto Vertova, Alessandro Forlini, and Sandra Rondinini “Probing the Electron Transfer Process of Cytochrome C Embedded in Mixed Thiol SAM on Electrodeposited Gold” J. Electrochem Soc, 159 (4) F1-F6 (2012).

4.Alessandro Minguzzi, Cristina Locatelli, Giuseppe Cappelletti, Claudia L. Bianchi, Alberto Vertova, Silvia Ardizzone, Sandra 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, 8896 (2012)

5.Alessandro Minguzzi, Ottavio Lugaresi, Gabriele Aricci, Sandra Rondinini, Alberto Vertova, “Silver nanoparticles for hydrodehalogenation reduction: Evidence of a synergistic effect between catalyst and support”, Electrochem Commun. 22, 25-28 (2012).

6. Locatelli, C., Minguzzi, A., Vertova, A., Rondinini, S. , “IrO2-SnO2 mixtures as electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline media”, J. App. Electrochem.  43, 171–179 (2013).

7.  A. Minguzzi, A. Vertova,  S. Rondinini, “Reductive dechlorination of organic pollutants for wastewater treatment” in the Encyclopedia of Applied Electrochemistry, 2014, edited by Robert F. Savinell, Ken-ichiro Ota and Gerhard Kreysa, Springer.

8. O. Lugaresi, A. Minguzzi, C. Locatelli, A. Vertova, S. Rondinini, C. Amatore, “Benzyl Chloride Electroreduction on Ag Cathodes in CH3CN in the Presence of Small Amounts of Water: Evidences of Quantitative Effects on Reaction Rates and Mechanism”, Electrocatalysis, 4, 353 (2013).

9.  A. Minguzzi, C. Locatelli, O. Lugaresi, A. Vertova, S. Rondinini “Au-based/electrochemically etched cavity microelectrodes as optimal tool for quantitative analyses on finely dispersed electrode materials: Pt/C, IrO2-SnO2 and Ag catalysts” Electrochimica Acta, 114, 637 (2013).

10. O. Lugaresi, H.Encontre, C. Locatelli, A. Minguzzi, A. Vertova, S. Rondinini, C. Comninellis, “Gas-phase volatile organic chloride electroreduction: a versatile experimental setup for electrolytic dechlorination and voltammetric analysis”, Electrochem. Comm., 44, 63 (2014).