Francesco Vizza

Short profile

Francesco Vizza is Research Director at CNR-ICCOM, Florence, Italy.

He is author of 165 peer-reviewed publications in qualified international journals, 2 monographs, 7 chapters in specialized books and 33 patents. H-index 43. His publications in international journals have been cited more than 5100 times with an average of 33 citations per paper (ISI).

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. 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.
  2. W. Oberhauser, C. Evangelisti, C. Tiozzo, F. Vizza, R. Psaro “Lactic Acid from Glycerol by Ethylene-Stabilized Platinum-Nanoparticles”
    ACS Catal., 6 (2016) 1671-1 DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.5b02914
  3. Y.X. Chen, Marco Bellini, M. Bevilacqua, P. Fornasiero, A. Lavacchi, H. A. Miller, L. Wang, F. Vizza “Direct Alcohol Fuel Cells: Toward the Power Densities of Hydrogen fed Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells”
    ChemSusChem 8 (2015) 524-533 DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201402999
  4. Y.X. Chen, A. Lavacchi, H. 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
  5. M. Bellini, M. Bevilacqua, J. Filippi, A. Lavacchi, A. Marchionni, H. A. Miller, Werner Oberhauser, F. Vizza, Samuel P. Annen, H. Grützmacher &lquo;Energy and chemicals from the selective electrooxidation of renewable diols by Organometallic Fuel Cells (OMFCs)”
    ChemSusChem 7 (2014) 2432-2435 DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201402316
  6. 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 &lquo;Electrochemical Milling and Faceting (ECMF): a Method for Size Reduction and Faceting of Palladium Nanoparticles”
    Angew Chem. 51 (2012) 8500-8504
  7. M. Bevilacqua, C. Bianchini, A. Marchionni, J. Filippi, A. Lavacchi, H. Miller, W. Oberhauser W., F. Vizza, Granozzi, L. Artiglia, S.P. Annen, F. Krumeich, H. Grützmacher $ldquo;Improvement in the efficiency of an Organometallic Fuel Cell by tuning the molecular architecture of the anode electrocatalyst and the nature of the carbon support$rdquo;
    Energy Environ. Sci. 5 (2012) 8608-8620

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