Francesco Vizza

Short profile

Francesco Vizza is the Director of CNR-ICCOM, Florence, Italy.

Author of 217 peer-reviewed publications in qualified international journals, 35 patents, 2 monographs, 9 chapters in specialized books, >200 presentations at International and National Chemical Meetings.

Francesco Vizza is scientific director of the Laboratory of Advanced Energy Materials (LAEM@ICCOM).

Current research interests

  1. Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cells (DAFC and PEMFC).
  2. Electroreforming for hydrogen production from renewable resources (alcohols).
  3. Electrocatalysts for solar fuel production.
  4. Electrocatalysts for the reduction of CO2 to fuels and chemicals.
  5. Direct electrochemical oxidation reaction of alcohols at medium-high temperature (150-200 °C).
  6. Development of photocatalysts for H2 evolution.
  7. Catalysts for hydrogen evolution by controlled hydrolysis or thermolysis of metal hydrides.
  8. Recovery of Metals from waste Lithium Batteries.
  9. Unique expertise in the field of molecular electrocatalysts: Organometallic Fuel cells (OMFC) and Organometallic Electroreformers (OMER).
  10. In addition to standard electroless procedures, non-conventional techniques are also being developed for the synthesis of nanostructured metal electrocatalysts. These comprise spontaneous deposition processes, pulse electrodeposition and preparation of open-shell nanoparticles. A fully equipped electro-mechanical workshop is available for the construction of monoplanar cell hardware and small stacks (PEMFC, DAFC and PEM electrolyzers) in either acidic or alkaline environment as well as assembly of portable and stationary power generators based on PEMFC or DAFC stacks.

Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum

Address: Area di Ricerca CNR di Firenze, via Madonna del Piano 10 50019, Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze. Tel. (+39) 0555225286 - 0555225239, Fax (+39) 0555225203, Mobile 3204317188. e-mail

Date and place of birth: 07-04-1957 Cirò (KR), Nationality: Italian.

Education: Italian University degree (Laurea) in Biology, December 1982. University of Florence (Italy).


Selected recent publications

  1. Ren R., Wang X., Chen H., Miller A.H., Salam I,, Varcoe J.R., Wu X., Chen Y., Liao H-G., Liu E., Bartoli F., Vizza F., Jia Q., He Q.
    Reshaping the Cathodic Catalyst Layer for Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells: From Heterogeneous Catalysis to Homogeneous Catalysis
  2. Miller H.A., Pagliaro M.V., Bellini M., Varcoe, J.R., Vizza, F.
    Integration of a Pd-CeO2/C anode with Pt and Pt-free cathode catalysts in high power density anion exchange membrane fuel cells
    ACS APPLIED ENERGY MATERIALS, 2020, 3(10), pp. 10209–10214,
  3. Pagliaro M. V., Bellini M., Lavacchi A., Miller A.H., Bartoli C., Vizza F.
    Phosphate stabilized PdCoP@Nifoam catalyst for self-pressurized H2 production from the electrochemical reforming of ethanol at 150 °C
    JOURNAL OF CATALYSI 382 (2020) 237–246
  4. Passaponti M, Rosi L, Savastano M, Giurlani W, Miller HA, Lavacchi A, Filippi J, Zangari G, Vizza F, Innocenti M
    Recycling of waste automobile tires: Transforming char in oxygen reduction reaction catalysts for alkaline fuel cells.
    JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, 2009, vol. 427, p. 85-90, doi: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2019.04.067
  5. Rotundo L, Filippi J, Gobetto R, Miller HA, Rocca R, Nervi C, Vizza F
    Electrochemical CO2 reduction in water at carbon cloth electrodes functionalized with a fac-Mn(apbpy)(CO)(3)Br complex.
    CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 2019, vol. 55, p. 775-777, ISSN: 1359-7345, doi: 10.1039/c8cc08385a
  6. Chen Y X, Gombac V, Montini T, Lavacchi A, Filippi J., Miller H A, Fornasiero, Vizza F
    An increase in hydrogen production from light and ethanol using a dual scale porosity photocatalyst
    GREEN CHEMISTRY, 2018, vol. 20, p. 2299–2307 -2307, ISSN: 1463-9262, doi: 10.1039/c7gc03508j
  7. Miller, H. A.; Vizza, F.; Marelli, M.; Zadick, A.; Dubau, L.; Chatenet, M.; Geiger, S.; Cherevko, S.; Doan, H.; Pavlicek, R. K.; Mukerjee, S.; Dekel, D. R.
    Highly Active Nanostructured Palladium-Ceria Electrocatalysts for the Hydrogen Oxidation Reaction in Alkaline Medium.
    NANO ENERGY 2017, 33, 293–305 DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2017.01.051.
  8. H. A. Miller, A. Lavacchi, F. Vizza, M. Marelli, F. Di Benedetto, F. D'Acapito, Y. Paska, M. Page, D.R. Dekel
    Pd/C-CeO2 anode catalyst for high performance platinum free anion exchange membrane fuel cells
    ANGEW. CHEM. INT. ED. 55 (2016) 6004 - 6007: DOI: 10.1002/anie.201600647R1.
  9. Y.X. Chen, A. Lavacchi, H.A. Miller, M. Bevilacqua, J. Filippi, M. Innocenti, A. Marchionni, W. Oberhauser, L. Wang, F. Vizza
    Nanotechnology makes biomass electrolysis more energy efficient than water electrolysis
    NATURE COMMUN 5:4036 (2014) DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5036
  10. Y.X. Chen, A. Lavacchi, S.P. Chen, F. Di Benedetto, M. Bevilacqua, C. Bianchini, P. Fornasiero, M. Innocenti, M. Marelli, W. Oberhauser, S.G. Sun, F. Vizza
    Electrochemical Milling and Faceting (ECMF): A Method for Size Reduction and Faceting of Palladium Nanoparticles
    ANGEW CHEM. 51 (2012) 8500-8504
  11. M. Bevilacqua, C. Bianchini, A. Marchionni, J. Filippi, A. Lavacchi, H.A. Miller, W. Oberhauser W., F. Vizza, Granozzi, L. Artiglia, S.P. Annen, F. Krumeich, H. Grützmacher
    Improvement in the efficiency of an Organometallic Fuel Cell by tuning the molecular architecture of the anode electrocatalyst and the nature of the carbon support
    ENERGY ENVIRON. SCI. 5 (2012) 8608-86

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