Nicola Pinna


Short CV

Current affiliations:
- From 2009: World Class University Professorship at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
of the Seoul National University, Korea.
- From 2006: Investigador Coordenador (highest research position in Portugal) at the Department of
Chemistry and CICECO, University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Professional experience:
- March 2009: Invited Professor at the University of Bordeaux I.
- May 2008: Offer of a professor position at the University of Namur, Belgium.
- 2005-2006: Nachwuchsgruppenleiter (Assistant Professor), leading the group of inorganic nanoparticles
at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.
- 2005-2006: Guest scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Halle.
- 2003-2004: Research associate at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Professor M.
Antonietti): Synthesis, characterization, assembly and properties of metal oxide nanoparticles.
- 2002-2003: Post Doc at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society (Professor R. Schlögl
and Professor J. Urban): Synthesis, characterization and catalytic studies of vanadium oxide based
- 1998-2001 PhD Thesis at the LM2N, Laboratoire des Matériaux Mesoscopiques et Nanométriques and
at CEA (Commissariat pour l’Energie Atomique) (Supervisor: Professor M.-P. Pileni):
Nanomaterials: structural studies and optical properties.
- 1997-1998: Master: DEA Electrochemistry (University Paris VI).
- 1993-1997: Bachelor: Physical Chemistry (University Paris VI).

Scientific Interests

- Nanostructured materials 
- Non-aqueous sol gel routes
- Structural properties of nanomaterials 
- Optical properties of nanomaterials 
- Catalytic and gas sensing properties
- Energy applications

Present Research Group

Dr. Gianvito Caputo (Post Doc)
Dr. Guylhaine Clavel (Post Doc)
Catherine Marichy (PhD student)
Andrea Pucci (PhD student)
Susana Gomes (PhD student)
Valentina Rebuttini (PhD student)

Main present collaborators

Teaching Activity

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Present projects

Selected Publications

Nicola Pinna has published more than 70 articles in the field of nanostructured materials in the last 10 years. The number of citations is larger than 2500 and the corresponding h-index is 30 (source ISI December 2010).

For a full list please see:



Microwave-assisted coating of carbon nanostructures with titanium dioxide for the catalytic dehydration of D-xylose into furfural

Russo, PA; Lima, S; Rebuttini, V; Pillinger, M; Willinger, MG; Pinna, N; Valente, AA
2013, RSC ADVANCES, 3, 8, 2595-2603.

Carbon-nanostructures coated/decorated by atomic layer deposition: Growth and applications

Marichy, C; Pinna, N
2013, COORDINATION CHEMISTRY REVIEWS, 257, 23-24, 3232-3253.

Structure-Properties Relationship in Iron Oxide-Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanostructures for Li-Ion Batteries

Yu, SH; Conte, DE; Baek, S; Lee, DC; Park, SK; Lee, KJ; Piao, Y; Sung, YE; Pinna, N
2013, ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 23, 35, 4293-4305.

Tin Dioxide-Carbon Heterostructures Applied to Gas Sensing: Structure-Dependent Properties and General Sensing Mechanism

Marichy, C; Russo, PA; Latino, M; Tessonnier, JP; Willinger, MG; Donato, N; Neri, G; Pinna, N
2013, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 117, 38, 19729-19739.

Galvanic Replacement Reactions in Metal Oxide Nanocrystals

Oh, MH; Yu, T; Yu, SH; Lim, B; Ko, KT; Willinger, MG; Seo, DH; Kim, BH; Cho, MG; Park, JH; Kang, K; Sung, YE; Pinna, N; Hyeon, T
2013, SCIENCE, 340, 6135, 964-968.

Comment on "Unusual Photoluminescence of CaHfO3 and SrHfO3 Nanoparticles"

Clavel, G; Pinna, N
2012, ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 22, 6, 1112-1113.

One-Step Synthesis and Optical Properties of Benzoate- and Biphenolate-Capped ZrO2 Nanoparticles

Bai, X; Pucci, A; Freitas, VT; Ferreira, RAS; Pinna, N
2012, ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 22, 20, 4275-4283.

Atomic Layer Deposition of Nanostructured Materials for Energy and Environmental Applications

Marichy, C; Bechelany, M; Pinna, N
2012, ADVANCED MATERIALS, 24, 8, 1017-1032.

Room-Temperature Hydrogen Sensing with Heteronanostructures Based on Reduced Graphene Oxide and Tin Oxide

Russo, PA; Donato, N; Leonardi, SG; Baek, S; Conte, DE; Neri, G; Pinna, N

One-Step Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles into 3D Superlattices

Pucci, A; Willinger, MG; Liu, F; Zeng, XB; Rebuttini, V; Clavel, G; Bai, X; Ungar, G; Pinna, N
2012, ACS NANO, 6, 5, 4382-4391.


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