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Dal Santo Vladimiro
Research Scientist, Dr, PhD
CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
ISTM - Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari
c/o Dipartimento di Chimica
Università degli Studi di Milano
Via Venezian, 21
20133 Milano

Phone(office): (+39) 02 503 14428
Fax(office): (+39) 02 503 14405
mob.: (+39) 333 3836712

Skype: vladids


February 1997- Degree in Chemistry at the University of Milano, 110/110 marks.

February 2002 - PhD in Chemical Sciences from the University of Milan with thesis on the “Development of heterogeneous catalysts of environmental interest” (Supervisors, Prof. Carlo Dossi, and Dr. Rinaldo Psaro(CNR)).


Academic positions held

December 2001-December 2009 - Research Scientist (permanent position) at Institute of Molecular Science and Technologies, CNR, Milano.

January 2010- December 2015 - Senior Research Scientist (permanent position) at Institute of Molecular Science and Technologies, CNR, Milano.

January 2015 - Present - Research Scientist (permanent position) at Institute of Molecular Science and Technologies, CNR, Milano.

March 2015 - Present - Contract professor at University of Milano Bicocca for the CHEMISTRY course  of the Degree in Physics, Academic Years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.


Running projects

Coordinator of FREECATS NoI (Critical metal free catalysts Network of Infrastructures), 2016-2018, funded by EIT Raw Materials.

Coordinator of BloW-UP RIS (Balkan waste to products, Regional Innovation Scheme), 2017-2018, funded by EIT Raw Materials.

Responsible of the ISTM-CNR Research Unit, in the project I-ZEB, Joint Agreement CNR-Lombardy Region, 2017-2018, funded by CNR and Lombardy Region




From November 2008 to December 2015 he was the responsible of CNR research activity about hydrogen production, uses and storage, research line PM PM.P03.005 “New materials for energy, hydrogen technology and biofuels”. He is member of the working group “Materials for energy” of A4MIt. He's member (appointed as CNR representative) of the Executive Board of the “Lombardy Cluster for Energy and Environment”- LE2C, he's also the coordinator of the working group on FCH technologies. He's meber of the SABs (Strategic Advisory Boards) of the projects POWER UP (FCH-JU) and EMPIR 15NRM03, Metrology for sustainable hydrogen energy applications.



Main fields:

Materials for hydrogen production.

Heterogeneous catalysts for (stereo)selective reactions.

Current interests:

Current research lines are:

Hematite based photoelectrodes for PEC water splitting;

TiO2 based photocatalysts for hydrogen production by water photosplitting/renewables photoreforming;

heterogeneous catalysts for hydrogen production by steam reforming of renewable (bio-etahanol, glycerol, acetic acid);

heterogeneous catalysts for syngas production by bio-methanol decomposition;

SHB (Supported by Hydrogen Bonding) heterogeneized molecular catalysts (Cu, Rh, Ru, Pd complexes and/or NPs) supported on mesoporous silicas for (stereo)selective reactions;

development of devices for in-situ characterization of catalytic materials.

Research Publications

Vladimiro Dal Santo is the author of over 80 papers, published in journals and books, and of one PCT patent in the time period 1998 - 2016. Among them:

  • 75 were published in international journals and are traced by SCOPUS and ISI Web of Science.
  • 2 were published in books or journals (not-ISI publications).
  • 4 were published in national books or journals.

Considering uniquely the ISI Web of Science data bank (updated at November 2016), Vladimiro Dal Santo is the author of 74 international papers, with a Citation Index of 1727 and Hirsch-Index of 24.






75    P. Carniti, A. Gervasini, F. Bossola, V. Dal Santo "Cooperative action of Brønsted and Lewis acid sites of niobium phosphate catalysts for cellobiose conversion in water" Appl. Catal. B: Environ., 193 (2016) 93-102.


74    A. Naldoni, F. Riboni, M. Marelli, F. Bossola, G. Ulisse, A. Di Carlo, I. Pĩs, M. Malvestuto, R. Psaro, E. Selli, and V. Dal Santo “Influence of the TiO2 Electronic Structure and of Strong Metal-Support Interaction on Plasmonic Au Photocatalysis” Catal. Sci. Technol., 6(9), (2016), 3220-3229. DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01736J.


73    M. Marelli, A. Nemenyi, V. Dal Santo, R. Psaro, L. Ostinelli, D. Monticelli, C. Dossi, S. Recchia, Evaluation of the two-dimensional performances of low activity planar catalysts: development and validation of a true scanning reactor, ACS Comb. Sci., 2016, 18 (1), 15–21. DOI: 10.1021/acscombsci.5b00103


72    E. Capetti; A. M. Ferretti; V. Dal Santo; A. Ponti, Surfactant controls the composition and crystal structure of manganese sulfide (MnS) nanocrystals prepared by solvothermal synthesis Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2015, 6, 2319-2329.

71    T. Tsoncheva, R. Ivanova, J. Henych, M. Dimitrov, M. Kormunda, D. Kovacheva, N. Scotti, V. Dal Santo, V. Stengl, “Effect of preparation procedure on the formation of nanostructured ceria–zirconia mixed oxide catalysts for ethyl acetate oxidation: Homogeneous precipitation with urea vs template-assisted hydrothermal synthesis” Appl. Catal. A: Gen. 502 (2015) 418–432.


70    F. Bossola, C. Evangelisti, M. Allieta, R. Psaro, S. Recchia, V. Dal Santo, Well-formed, size-controlled ruthenium nanoparticles active and stable for acetic acid steam reforming, Appl. Catal. B: Environ., 181 (2016) 599–611.


69    P. Benito, V. Dal Santo, V. De Grandic, M. Marelli, G. Fornasari, R. Psaro, A Vaccari, Coprecipitation versus chemical vapour deposition to prepare Rh/Ni bimetallic catalysts, Appl. Catal. B: Environ., 179 (2015) 150–159.


68    F. Malara, A. Minguzzi, M. Marelli, S. Morandi, R. Psaro, V. Dal Santo, and A. Naldoni, a‑Fe2O3/NiOOH: An Effective Heterostructure for Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation, ACS Catal., 2015, 5 (9), pp 5292–5300. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.5b01045


67    A. Strini, A. Sanson, E. Mercadelli, R. Bendoni, M. Marelli, V. Dal Santo, L. Schiavi, In-situ anatase phase stabilization of titania photocatalyst by sinering in presence of Zr4+ organic salts, Appl. Surf. Sci. (2015)


66    C. E. Chan-Thaw, A. Villa, Di Wang, V. Dal Santo, A. Orbelli Biroli, G. M. Veith, A. Thomas and L. Prati, PdHx entrapped in covalent triazine framework modulates selectivity in glycerol oxidation, ChemCatChem, 2015, 7(14), 2149-2154. DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201500055R1


65    L. Amidani, A. Naldoni, M. Malvestuto, M. Marelli, P. Glatzel, V. Dal Santo, and F. Boscherini, Probing Long-Lived Plasmonic-Generated Charges in TiO2/Au by High-Resolution X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 5413–5416. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201412030


64    A. Naldoni, F. Fabbri, M. Altomare, M. Marelli, R. Psaro, E. Selli, G. Salviati, and V. Dal Santo, The critical role of intragap states in the energy transfer from gold nanoparticles to TiO2, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2015, 17, 4864, DOI: 10.1039/C4CP05775A


63    T. Tsoncheva, I. Genova, M. Dimitrov, E. Sarcadi-Priboczki, A. M. Venezia, D. Kovacheva, N. Scotti, V. Dal Santo, Nanostructured copper-zirconia composites as catalysts for methanol decomposition Appl. Catal., B: Environ. (2015), 165, 599-610.


62    Tsoncheva, T.; Gallo, A.; Genova, I.; Spassova, I.; Marelli, M.; Dimitrov, M.; Khristova, M.; Atanasova, G.; Kovacheva, D.; Nihtyanova, D.; Dal Santo, V., Control of copper particles deposition in mesoporous SBA-15 silica by modified CVD method, Inorganica Chimica Acta, 423(A), (2014) 145-151. DOI: 10.1016/j.ica.2014.08.008


61    M. Marelli, A. Naldoni, A. Minguzzi, M. Allieta, T. Virgili, G. Scavia, S. Recchia, R. Psaro, and V. Dal Santo, Hierarchical hematite nanoplatelets for photoelectrochemical water splitting, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, (2014), 6(15), 11997-12004. DOI: 10.1021/am5030287 Publication Date (Web): 09 Jul 2014


60    Recchia, Sandro; Nemenyi, Anna; Monticelli, Damiano; Giussani, Barbara; Dal Santo, Vladimiro; Roncoroni, Simone, "Anodic Stripping Tin Titration: a novel method for the voltammetric determination of platinum at trace levels", Anal. Chem., 2014, 86 (13), 6654–6659

DOI: 10.1021/ac501349y Publication Date (Web): June 9, 2014


59    Brunilde Castano, Emma Gallo, David J. Cole-Hamilton, Vladimiro Dal Santo, Rinaldo Psaro, Alessandro Caselli, “Continuous Flow Asymmetric Cyclopropanation Reactions Using Cu(I) Complexes of Pc - L* Ligands Supported on Silica as Catalysts with Carbon Dioxide as Carrier.” Green Chem., (2014), 16(6), 3202-3209. DOI: 10.1039/C4GC00119B


58    Tsoncheva, T; Gallo, A.; Spassova, I.; Dimitrov, M.; Genova, I.; Marelli, M.; Khristova, M.; Atanasova, G.; Kovacheva, D.; Dal Santo, V., “Tailored copper nanoparticles in ordered mesoporous KIT-6 silica: Preparation and application as catalysts in integrated system for NO removal with products of methanol decomposition”, Appl. Catal. A., Gen. 2013, 464, 243-252.


57    B. Castano, P. Zardi, Y. C. Honneman, A Galarneau, E Gallo, R. Psaro, A. Caselli, V Dal Santo,"Silica “SHB” chiral Pc-L* copper complexes for halogen-free solvent cyclopropanation reactions." RSC Adv., 2013, 3 (44), 22199 – 22205.


56    A. Gallo, R. Psaro, M. Guidotti, V. Dal Santo, R. Della Pergola, D. Masih and Y. Izumi, ” Cluster-derived Ir–Sn/SiO2 catalysts for the catalytic dehydrogenation of propane: a spectroscopic study”, 2013, Dalton Trans., 42, 12714-12724.


55    I. Rossetti, A. Gallo, V Dal Santo, C. L. Bianchi, V. Nichele, M. Signoretto, E. Finocchio, G. Ramis, G. Garbarino, A. Di Michele, ” Ni catalysts supported over TiO2, SiO2 and ZrO2 for the steam reforming of glycerol”, ChemCatChem 5 (2013) 294-306.

54    A. Naldoni, M. D‘Arienzo, M. Altomare, M. Marelli, R. Scotti, F. Morazzoni, E. Sellia, and V. Dal Santo ”Pt and Au@TiO2 photocatalysts for methanol reforming: role of metal nanoparticles in tuning charge trapping properties and photoefficiency” Appl. Catal. B, Environ., 130–131 (2013) 239–248.


53    C. Pirovano, M. Guidotti, V. Dal Santo, R. Psaro, O.A. Kholdeeva, I.D. Ivanchikova ”Use of titanium-containing silica catalysts prepared by rapid and straightforward method in selective oxidations” Catalysis Today 197 (2012) 170– 177.


52    V. Dal Santo, A. Gallo, A. Naldoni, M. Guidotti, R. Psaro, ”Bimetallic heterogeneous catalysts for hydrogen production”, Catal. Today 197 (2012) 190–205.


51    A. Gallo, T. Tsoncheva, M. Marelli, M. Mihaylov, M. Dimitrov, V. Dal Santo, K. Hadjiivanov, ”Size controlled copper nanoparticles hosted in mesoporous silica matrix: Preparation and characterization” Appl. Catal., B: Environ. (2012), 126, 161-171.


50    A. Naldoni, M. Allieta, S. Santangelo, M. Marelli, S. Cappelli, Serena; C.M. Bianchi; R. Psaro, V. Dal Santo, ”The effect of nature and location of defects on bandgap narrowing in black TiO2 nanoparticles.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 7600−7603.


49    A. Gallo, C. Pirovano, P. Ferrini, M. Marelli, R. Psaro, S. Santangelo, G. Faggio and V. Dal Santo, ”Influence of reaction parameters on the activity of ruthenium based catalysts for glycerol steam reforming.” Appl. Catal. B: Environ. 121–122 (2012) 40–49


48    V. Dal Santo, M. Guidotti, R. Psaro, L. Marchese, F. Carniato and C. Bisio, ” Rational design of single-site heterogeneous catalysts: towards high chemo-, regio- and stereoselectivity” Proc. R. Soc. A (2012), 468, 1904-1926.


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


46    G. Scarì, F. Porta, U. Fascio, S. Avvakumova, V. Dal Santo, M. De Simone, M. Saviano, M. Leone, A. Del Gatto, C. Pedone, L. Zaccaro, "Gold nanoparticles capped by a GC-containing peptide functionalised with a RGD motif for integrin targeting" Bioconjugate Chemistry, 23(3) (2012) 340-349


45    A. Naldoni, L. Mollica, V. Dal Santo, ”Nanoparticle-protein conjugates for nanomedicine applications: design and engineering at the nano-bio interface”, Recent Patents on Nanomedicine, 2(1), (2012) 17-33.


44    T. Tsoncheva, A. Gallo, N. Scotti, M. Dimitrov, R. Delaigle, E. M. Gaigneaux, D. Kovacheva, V. Dal Santo, N. Ravasio, “Optimization of the preparation procedure of cobalt modified silicas as catalysts in methanol decomposition” Appl. Catal. A: Gen., 417– 418 (2012) 209–219.


43    A. Gallo, M. Marelli, R. Psaro, V. Gombac, T. Montini, P. Fornasiero, R. Pievo and V. Dal Santo, “Bimetallic Au-Pt/TiO2 photocatalysts active under UV-A and Vis light for H2 production from ethanol.” Green Chem., 2012, 14, 330-333.


42    M. Popova, M. Dimitrov, V. Dal Santo N. Ravasio, N. Scotti, ”Dehydrogenation of cyclohexanol on copper containing catalysts: the role of the support and the preparation method”, Catalysis Communications 17 (2012) 150–153.


41    V. Dal Santo, A. Gallo, A. Naldoni, L. Sordelli, Selective butadiene hydrogenation by Pd nanoparticles deposed onto nano-sized oxide supports by CVD of Pd-hexafluoroacetylacetonate.” invited, Inorg. Chim. Acta ”special issue Young Investigator Award Issue” (2012), 380, 216-222.


40    V. Nichele, M. Signoretto, F. Menegazzo, A. Gallo, V. Dal Santo, G. Cruciani, G. Cerrato, ” Glycerol steam reforming for hydrogen production: design of Ni supported catalysts” Applied Catalysis B, Environmental, (2012) 111-112, 225-232


39    T. Tsoncheva, V. Dal Santo, A. Gallo, N. Scotti, M. Dimitrov and D. Kovacheva, “Structure and catalytic activity of hosted in mesoporous silicas copper species: effect of preparation procedure and support pore topology”, Appl. Catal. A: Gen. (2011), 406(1-2), 13-21


38    S. Luciani, F. Cavani, V. Dal Santo, N. Dimitratos, M. Rossi; C. L. Bianchi, “The mechanism of surface doping in vanadyl pyrophosphate, catalyst for n-butane oxidation to maleic anhydride: The role of Au promoter”, Catal. Today (2011) 196, 200-206.


37    V. Bambagioni, C. Bianchini, J. Filippi, A. Lavacchi, W. Oberhauser, A. Marchionni, S. Moneti, F. Vizza, R. Psaro, V. Dal Santo, A. Gallo, S. Recchia, L. Sordelli, Single-Site and Nanosized Fe-Co Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction: Synthesis; Characterization and Catalytic Performance, Journal of Power Sources 196 (2011) 2519–2529.


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


35    A. Gallo, C. Pirovano, M. Marelli, R. Psaro and V. Dal Santo, "Hydrogen production by glycerol steam reforming with Ru based catalysts: a study on Sn doping." Invited, Chem. Vap. Deposition, Special Issue on Hydrogen, 2010, 16, 305–310.


34    Ž. Krpetić, F. Porta, E. Caneva, V. Dal Santo, G. Scarì. ”Phagocytosis of biocompatible gold nanoparticles.” Langmuir,


33    V. Dal Santo, F. Liguori, C. Pirovano and M. Guidotti Review: Design and Use of Nanostructured Single-Site Heterogeneous Catalysts for the Selective Transformation of Fine Chemicals”, Molecules 2010, 15(6), 3829-3856.


32    P. Barbaro, V. Dal Santo and F. Liguori “Emerging strategies in sustainable fine-chemical synthesis: asymmetric catalysis by metal nanoparticles” Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 8391-8402.


31    V. Dal Santo, A. Gallo, V. De Grandi, R. Psaro, L. Sordelli, and S. Recchia “Tailored supported metal nanoparticles by CVD: an easy and efficient scale-up by a rotary bed OMCVD device.” J. Mater. Chem., 2009, 19, 9030–9037.


30    M. Marelli, L. Ostinelli, V. Dal Santo, P. Milani, R. Psaro e S. Recchia “High-throughput spatial resolved tests over planar model catalyst libraries: a novel reactor approach” Catal. Today, 147S (2009) S170-S175.


29    V. Dal Santo, C. Mondelli, V. De Grandi, A. Gallo, S. Recchia, L. Sordelli, R. Psaro “Supported Rh catalysts for methane partial oxidation prepared by OM-CVD of Rh(acac)(CO)2Appl. Catal. A: General 346 (2008) 126–133.


28    C. Bianchini, V. Dal Santo, A. Meli, S. Moneti, R. Psaro, L. Sordelli, F. Vizza, “Selective Hydrogenation of 1,10-Phenanthrolines by Silica-Supported Palladium Nanoparticles”, Inorg. Chim. Acta, 361(12-13) (2008) 3677-3680.


27    P. Barbaro, C. Bianchini, V. Dal Santo, A. Meli, S. Moneti, C. Pirovano, R. Psaro, L. Sordelli, and F. Vizza, “Benzene Hydrogenation by Silica-Supported Catalysts Made of Palladium Nanoparticles and Electrostatically Immobilized Rhodium Single Sites”, Organometallics 27 (2008) 2809–2824.


26    A. Beretta, A. Donazzi, G. Groppi, P. Forzatti, V. Dal Santo, L. Sordelli, V. De Grandi, R. Psaro, “Testing in annular micro-reactor and characterization of supported Rh nanoparticles for the catalytic partial oxidation of methane: Effect of the preparation procedure”, Appl Catal B: Environ 83 (2008) 96–109.


25    F. Porta, G. Speranza, Ž. Krpetić, V. Dal Santo, P. Francescato, G. Scarì, “Gold Nanoparticles Capped by Peptides”, Mat. Sci. Eng. B-Solid 140 (2007) 187–194.


24    N. Dimitratos, C. Della Pina, E. Falletta, C. L. Bianchi, V. Dal Santo, M. Rossi, “Effect of Au in Cs2.5H1.5PVMo11O40 and Cs2.5H1.5PVMo11O40/Au/TiO2 catalysts in the gas phase oxidation of propylene”, Catalysis Today 122 (2007) 307–316.


23    M. Guidotti, V. Dal Santo, A. Gallo, E. Gianotti, G. Peli, R. Psaro, and L. Sordelli, “Catalytic dehydrogenation of propane over cluster-derived Ir-Sn/SiO2 catalysts” Catal. Lett. (2006), 112(1–2), 89-95.


22    S. di Stasio, V. Dal Santo, “DRIFTS Study of Surface Reactivity to NO2 by Zinc Nanoparticle Aggregates and Zinc Hollow Nanofibers”, Appl. Surf. Sci. (2006), 253, 2899–2910.


21    P. Barbaro, C. Bianchini, V. Dal Santo, A. Meli, S. Moneti, R. Psaro, A. Scaffidi, L. Sordelli, and F. Vizza, “Hydrogenation of Arenes over Silica-Supported Catalysts that Combine a Grafted Rhodium Complex and Palladium Nanoparticles: Evidence for Substrate Activation on Rhsingle-site-Pdmetal Moieties”,JACS (2006),128(21), 7065-7076.


20    C. Mondelli, V. Dal Santo, A. Trovarelli, M. Boaro, A. Fusi, R. Psaro, and S. Recchia “An operando DRIFTS-MS study on model Ce0.5Zr0.5O2 redox catalyst: a critical evaluation of DRIFTS and MS data on CO abatement reaction”, Catal. Today 2006, (113 (1-2)), 81-86.


19    V. Dal Santo, C. Dossi, A. Fusi, R. Psaro, C. Mondelli and S. Recchia, “Fast transient infrared studies in material science: development of a novel low dead-volume, high temperature DRIFTS cell.”, Talanta, 2005, (66/3), 674-682.


18    I.V. Deliy, N.M. Maksimchuk, R. Psaro, N. Ravasio, V. Dal Santo, S. Recchia, E.A. Paukshtis, A.V. Golovin, V.A. Semikolenov, “Kinetic peculiarities of cis/trans methyl oleate formation during hydrogenation of methyl linoleate over Pd/MgO”, Applied Catalysis A: General 2005, (279), 99–107.


17    P. Barbaro, C. Bianchini, G. Giambastiani, W. Oberhauser, L. Morassi Bonzi, F. Rossi, V. Dal Santo, “Recycling asymmetric hydrogenation catalysts by their immobilisation onto ion-exchange resins”, Dalton Transactions, 2004, (12), 1783-1784.


15    M. Boaro, F. Giordano, S. Recchia, V. Dal Santo, M. Giona and A. Trovarelli, “On the mechanism of fast oxygen storage and release in ceria-zirconia model catalysts.” Appl. Catal. B Environmental 2004, 52(3), 225-237.


14    I. Nova, L. Castoldi, F. Prinetto, V. Dal Santo, L. Lietti, E. Tronconi, P. Forzatti, G. Ghiotti, R. Psaro, S. Recchia, “NOx adsorption study over Pt-Ba/alumina catalysts: FT-IR and reactivity study” Topics in Catalysis 2004, (30-31) 181-186.


13    C. Dossi, A. Pozzi, S. Recchia, B. Giussani and V. Dal Santo, “Rejuvenating Old Computerized Spectrometric Instrumentation : Discussion Of Two Case Histories” Annali di Chimica, 2004, 94.


12    C.Dossi, A.Pozzi, S.Recchia, A.Fusi, R.Psaro, V.Dal Santo, “An organometallic route to mono and bimetallic Pt and Pt-Pd catalysts supported on magnesium oxide: thermoanalytical investigation and catalytic behavior in MCP conversion”, J. Mol. Catal. A, Chemical 2003, (204-205,) 465-472.


11    P. Fornasiero, J. Kaspar, T. Montini and M. Graziani, V. Dal Santo and R. Psaro, S. Recchia, “Interaction of molecular hydrogen with three-way catalyst model of Pt/Ce0.6Zr0.4O2/Al2O3 type” J. Mol. Catal. A, Chemical 2003, (204-205) 683-691.


10    C. Bianchini, V. Dal Santo, A. Meli, M. Moreno, R. Psaro, L. Sordelli and F. Vizza, “Hydrogenation of Arenes over Heterogeneous Catalysts that Combine a Metal Phase and a Grafted Metal Complex: Role of the Single-Site Catalyst”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2003, (42), 2636–2639.


9      C. Bianchini, V. Dal Santo, A. Meli, S. Moneti, M. Moreno, W. Oberhauser, R. Psaro, L. Sordelli, and F. Vizza, “A Comparison between Silica-Immobilized Ruthenium(II) Single Sites and Silica-Supported Ruthenium Nanoparticles in the Catalytic Hydrogenation of Model Hetero- and Polyaromatics Contained in Raw Oil Materials”, J. Catal. 2003, 213(1), 47-62.


8      C. Bisio, C. Caldeira, V. Dal Santo, G. Martra, P. Massiani, R. Psaro, M. F. Ribeiro, J. M. Silva, L. Stievano, “Nanocomposite catalytic materials: synthesis, characterisation and reactivity of Pt/Cs-BEA zeolites.” Inorganica Chimica Acta 2003, 349(Complete), 227-238.


7      V. Dal Santo, C. Dossi, R. Psaro, S. Recchia and L. Sordelli “Carbon tetrachloride hydrodechlorination with organometallics based platinum and palladium catalysts on MgO“, J. Mol. Catal. A, Chemical., 2002, 182-183, 157-166.


6      Dal Santo V., Dossi C., Psaro R., Recchia S. and L. Sordelli “Carbon tetrachloride hydrodechlorination with organometallics based platinum and palladium catalysts on MgO : EXAFS characterization and catalytic studies”, Stud. Surf. Sci. Catal., 2001, 140, 185-194.


5      V. Dal Santo, L. Sordelli, C. Dossi, S. Recchia, E. Fonda, G. Vlaic and R. Psaro, “Characterization of Pd/MgO Catalysts: Role of Organometallic Precursor-Surface Interactions”, J. Catal., 2001, 198(2), 296-308


4      C. Bianchini, P. Barbaro, V. Dal Santo, R. Gobetto, A. Meli, W. Oberhauser, R. Psaro and F. Vizza “Immobilization of optically active rhodium-diphosphine complexes on porous silica via hydrogen bonding”, Adv. Synth. Catal., 2001, 343, 41-45.


3      C. Bianchini, V. Dal Santo, A. Meli, W. Oberhauser, R. Psaro and F. Vizza, “Preparation, characterization, and performance of the supported hydrogen-bonded ruthenium catalyst [(sulphos)Ru(NCMe)3](OSO2CF3)/SiO2”, Organometallics, 2000, 19, 2433-2444.


2      C. Dossi, S. Recchia, A. Pozzi, A. Fusi, V. Dal Santo, G. Moretti, “In situ analytical investigation of redox behaviour of Cu-ZSM-5 catalysts”, Phys. Chem. Ch. Phys., 1999, 1(18), 4515-4519.


1      C. Dossi, R. Psaro, A. Fusi, S. Recchia and V. Dal Santo, “Thermochemical investigation under reducing conditions of [Pd(acac)2] adsorbed on magnesium oxide”, Thermochimica Acta, 1998, 317, 157-164.



 A. Beretta, I. Tavazzi, T. Bruno, G. Groppi, V. Dal Santo, L. Sordelli, C. Mondelli, “Small-scale hydrogen production. Partial oxidation of natural gas on Rh-based nanostructured catalysts”. Chimica e l'Industria (Milan, Italy) (2006), 88(5), 50-57.

R. Di Monte, P. Fornasiero, J. Kašpar, M. Graziani, C. Manfredotti, G. Martra, S. Coluccia, L. Marchese, P. Ciambelli, M.C. Gaudino, D. Sannino, V. Dal Santo, R. Psaro and S. Recchia, “Redox and catalytic properties of Pt-loaded and metal-free CeO2-ZrO2-Al2O3 mixed oxides” Chim. Ind., 2002, 84(8), 1-6.

 V. Dal Santo, “Spectroscopic techniques applied to process control: the use of vibrational spectroscopy.” La Rivista dei Combustibili, 61(6) (2008) 363-371.

 V. Dal Santo, “Recenti sviluppi nel campo delle tecniche spettroscopiche applicate in laboratorio e al controllo di processo” Automazione e Strumentazione, March 2010, year LVIII, 3, 72-75.

 A. Gallo, V. Dal Santo and C. Pirovano, ”Most recent results in hydrogen production from glycerol steam reforming” invited, La Chimica e l'Industria, (2011), 93(1), 94-99.



 A. Gallo, V. Dal Santo, V. Radaelli, E. Cavo, I. Rossetti, “Metal Doped Activated Carbon for Hydrogen Storage” Topics in Chemistry and Material Science, Vol. 6 (2011) pp. 1–8, Advanced Micro- and Mesoporous Materials – 11, eds. K. Hadjiivanov, V. Valtchev, S. Mintova, G. Vayssilov



 A study about surface chemical-physics mechanisms occurring for interacting metal nanostructures with gas NO2”, di Stasio, S.; Dal Santo, V. Edited by Laudon, Matthew; Romanowicz, Bart, From NSTI Nanotech, Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Technical Proceedings, Boston, MA, United States, June 1-5, 2008 (2008), 1, 1019-1022.



P. Bert, C. Bianchini, P. Fornasiero, M. Graziani, T. Montini, R. Psaro, V. Dal Santo, A. Tampucci, F. Vizza. “Use of nanostructured metal catalysts for the production of syngas”. PCT WO 2006/045673 A1


Scientific Collaborations

Prof. Federico Boscherini, Dr. Lucia Amidani
University of  Bologna - Bologna, Italy

Prof. Sandro Recchia
University of Como-Insubria - Como, Italy

Dr. Francesco Vizza
CNR-ICCOM - Florence, Italy

Dr. Mattia Allieta
Specialchimica s.a.s. - Merate (Lecco), italy

Prof. Antonella Gervasini, Prof. Ilenia Rossetti, 
Prof. Elena Selli, Dr. Alessandro Minguzzi
University of Milan - Milan, Italy

Prof. Franca Morazzoni
University of Milano Bicocca - Milan, Italy

Prof. Alessandra Beretta
Politecnico di Milano – Milan, Italy

Dr. Fabio Di Fonzo
Center for Nanoscience and Technology - IIT – Milan, Italy

Dr. Anne Galarneau
MACS-CNRS - Montpellier, France

Prof. Saveria Santangelo
University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria - Reggio Calabria, Italy

Dr. Giancarlo Salviati, Dr. Filippo Fabbri
CNR-IMEM – Parma, Italy

Prof. Tanya Tsoncheva
IOCCP-BAS - Sofia, Bulgaria

Prof. Paolo Fornasiero
University of Trieste - Trieste, Italy

Dr. Marco Malvestuto, Dr. Giuliana Aquilanti, Dr. Luca Olivi
Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste - Trieste, Italy


Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari
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Università degli Studi di Milano
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