Alessandro Minguzzi

Assistant professor at the Department of Chemistry, the University of Milan

Career: PhD (2007) and post doc at the University of Milan; visiting researcher at (2006) the Laboratoire de Electrochimie et Synthèse Organique, Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux Paris Est, CNRS, Parigi (funded by COST D29 project); (2008) Prof. S. Daniele group (Università “Ca’ Foscari”, Venezia); (2007 and 2010) Prof. A.J. Bard group (University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA)

2011 – invited at the University of Alicante, Spain, to spend a research period and to give a seminar as expert in electrocatalysis and innovative electrochemical investigation methods.

2013 – elected member of the board of the Electrochemical Division of the Italian Chemical Society


Research Activity: A. Minguzzi research activity is mainly focused on the physical-chemistry and electrochemistry of materials, particularly in the fields of energy conversion/storage and environmental remediation.

In particular, the research has been focused on mixed oxides as electrocatalysts in devices for energy conversion and storage like water electrolysis, photoelectrochemical water splitting, low-temperature fuel cells and Li/Air batteries.

In parallel, Ag-based metal films and nanoparticles have been deeply studied as promising catalyst for the hydrodehalogenation of organic halides in water and air. All these topics included studies devoted to a better understanding of the reaction mechanism, to the improvement of material composition and morphology up to the optimization of the synthesis procedure and supporting of the final materials in view of tests in lab-scale plants.

In addition, the research of electrocatalysts has been progressively accompanied to the development of new methods for the electrochemical characterization of electrode materials.

This has led to new approaches in the use of the scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), the cavity-microelectrode (C-ME) and, more recently, to improve the use of X-ray absorption spectroscopies, which imply the use of synchrotron radiation, for studying electrochemical systems under  in-situ and in-operando conditions.

It is worthwhile to mention the invention and development of the Fixed Energy X-ray Absorption Voltammetry (FEXRAV), a new technique that has been inserted in the 2013 ESRF Highlights (

A.M. scientific career is well documented by 27 publications on international, peer-reviewed journals, 2 book chapters and over 60 oral/poster presentations at conferences.


Awards:2006 “AMEL s.r.l.” prize, by the Electrochemical Division of the Italian Chemical Society

– 2010 “F.I.A.M.M. S.p.A.” prize, by the Electrochemical Division of the Italian Chemical Society

–  “ISE Travel Award for Young Electrochemists”, by the International Society of Electrochemistry

–  ”Poster award at the 7th Workshop on SECM and related techniques (Ein Gedi, Israel)


Fundings: Futuro in Ricerca 2013, head of the UniMI research unit for a project entitled “Low-cost photoelectrodes architectures based on the redox cascade principle for artificial photosynthesis”, in collaboration with Dr. A. Naldoni CNR-ISTM

– Oronzio and Niccolò De Nora fellowship (2007).

5 proposals funded by ESRF as main proposer, one as co-proposer


1.          A. Minguzzi, O. Lugaresi, E. Achilli, C. Locatelli, A. Vertova, P. Ghigna, S. Rondinini. “Observing the Oxidation State Turnover in Heterogeneous Iridium-Based Water Oxidation Catalysts”, Chem. Sci. 5 (2014), 3591-3597

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2.          M. Marelli, A. Naldoni, A. Minguzzi, M. Allieta, T. Virgili, G. Scavia, S. Recchia, R. Psaro, V. Dal Santo. “Hierarchical Hematite Nanoplatelets for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 6 (2014) 11997−12004

3.            A. Minguzzi, O. Lugaresi, C. Locatelli, S. Rondinini, F. D’Acapito, E. Achilli, Paolo Ghigna “Fixed Energy X-Ray Absorption Voltammetry (FEXRAV)Anal. Chem. 85 (2013) 7009−7013

4.        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

5.          A. Gallo, T. Montini, M. Marelli, A. Minguzzi, V. Gombac,  R. Psaro, P. Fornasiero, V. Dal Santo “H2 production by renewables photoreforming on Au-Pt/TiO2 catalysts”. ChemSusChem, 5 (2012) 1800-1811

6.                  A. Naldoni, A. Minguzzi, A. Vertova, V. Dal Santo, L. Borgese, C. L. Bianchi “Electrochemically-assisted Deposition on TiO2 Scaffold for Tissue Engineering: an Apatite Bio-Inspired Crystallization Pathway”, J. Mat. Chem., (2011), 21, 400-407

7.                  C. Locatelli, A. Minguzzi, P.Cava, A. Vertova, S. Rondinini “Quantitative studies on electrode material properties by means of the cavity-microelectrode”, Anal. Chem., (2011), 83, 2819-2823

8.        A. Minguzzi, Fu-Ren F. Fan, A. Vertova, S. Rondinini, A.J. Bard, “Dynamic potential–pH diagrams application to electrocatalysts for water oxidation” Chem. Sci. 3 (2012)  217-229

9.                  J. Rodriguez Lopez, A. Minguzzi, A.J. Bard ” Reaction of Various Reductants with Oxide Films on Pt Electrodes as Studied by the Surface Interrogation Mode of Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SI-SECM): Possible Validity of a Marcus Relationship” J. Phys. Chem. C. (2010), 114, 18645

10.    A. Minguzzi, M. A. Alpuche-Aviles, J. Rodriguez Lopez, S. Rondinini, A.J. Bard, “Screening of Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysts by Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy using a Shielded Tip  Approach”, Anal. Chem. 80 (2008) 4055-4064