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:



Photoluminescent rare-earth based biphenolate lamellar nanostructures

Karmaoui, M; Mafra, L; Ferreira, RAS; Rocha, J; Carlos, LD; Pinna, N
2007, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 111, 6, 2539-2544.

In2O3 and Pt-In2O3 nanopowders for low temperature oxygen sensors

Neri, G; Bonavita, A; Micali, G; Rizzo, G; Pinna, N; Niederberger, M
2007, SENSORS AND ACTUATORS B-CHEMICAL, 127, 2, 455-462.

A study on the microstructure and gas sensing properties of ITO nanocrystals

Neri, G; Bonavita, A; Micali, G; Rizzo, G; Pinna, N; Niederberger, M; Ba, J
2007, THIN SOLID FILMS, 515, 24, 8637-8640.

Towards enhanced performances in gas sensing: SnO2 based nanocrystalline oxides application

Neri, G; Bonavita, A; Rizzo, G; Galvagno, S; Pinna, N; Niederberger, M; Capone, S; Siciliano, P
2007, SENSORS AND ACTUATORS B-CHEMICAL, 122, 2, 564-571.

Nonaqueous synthesis, assembly and formation mechanisms of metal oxide nanocrystals

Niederberger, M; Garnweitner, G; Ba, JH; Polleux, J; Pinna, N

The "benzyl alcohol route'': an elegant approach towards organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials

Pinna, N
2007, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, 17, 27, 2769-2774.

Evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) at its limit: Ultrathin, crystalline patterns by templating of micellar monolayers

Brezesinski, T; Groenewolt, M; Gibaud, A; Pinna, N; Antonietti, M; Smarsly, BM
2006, ADVANCED MATERIALS, 18, 17, 2260-+.

Surfactant-mediated generation of iso-oriented dense and mesoporous crystalline metal-oxide layers

Brezesinski, T; Groenewolt, M; Pinna, N; Amenitsch, H; Antonietti, M; Smarsly, BM
2006, ADVANCED MATERIALS, 18, 14, 1827-+.

Optical properties of lanthanide-doped lamellar nanohybrids

Ferreira, RAS; Karmaoui, M; Nobre, SS; Carlos, LD; Pinna, N
2006, CHEMPHYSCHEM, 7, 10, 2215-2222.

Lanthanide-based lamellar nanohybrids: Synthesis, structural characterization, and optical properties

Karmaoui, M; Ferreira, RAS; Mane, AT; Carlos, LD; Pinna, N
2006, CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, 18, 18, 4493-4499.


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