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  • Attività Principali: Sintesi e caratterizzazione spettroscopica ed elettrochimica di nuovi materiali per applicazioni nei settori dell'ambiente, dell'energia e della medicina.
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Professor Silvia Licoccia






        BornRome, Italy, October 9th, 1955.

           Address:              Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche

                  Università di Roma Tor Vergata

                  Via della Ricerca Scientifica, 1 - 00133 Rome, Italy

                  +39.06.72594386 (office)

                  +39.06.72594328 (fax)

                  +39.339.7266029 (mobile)

                                       e-mail: licoccia@uniroma2.it



        Laurea Summa cum Laudein Chemistry, University of Rome La Sapienza, 1978

        Postdoctoral Schools:

        April 1979: Theoretical Chemistry, Pisa, Italy, CNR Fellow

        June 1982: Coordination Chemistry of Metalloenzymes, San Miniato, Italy, NATO Fellow

        May 1986: NMR Spectroscopy, Rome, Italy


        Academic Positions:

        1979-1981                       Postdoctoral Fellow, York University, Toronto, Ont., Canada

        1981-1983                       Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Calabria, Italy

        1983-1984                       AIRI (Italian Association for Applied Research) Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Rome La Sapienza

        1984-1992                       Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Rome Tor Vergata

        1987                                  Visiting Professor, University of California, Davis, CNR Fellow

        1992                                  Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Siena

        1993-2001                       Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Rome Tor Vergata

        2001–present               Professor of Chemistry, University of Rome Tor Vergata



        2012-present                Director, Department of Chemical Science and Technologies

        2011-present                Director of NAST, Center for Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Instrumentation at Tor Vergata

        2010-present                President of AICIng (Italian Association Chemistry for Engineering)

        2009-2010                       Deputy Director of NAST, Center for Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Innovative Instrumentation at Tor Vergata

        2009-present                Director of the Teaching Supervising Committee of the International Ph.D. Program in Materials for Health, Environment and Energy

        2009-present                Associate Editor of the International Journal of Nanoscience

        2009-present                Member of the Editorial Board of Green and Sustainable Chemistry

        2008-present                Manager responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of Natural Sciences Teaching Activities of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata

        2006-present                Member of the Board of Directors and of the Scientific Council of NAST, Center for Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Innovative Instrumentation at Tor Vergata

        2001-2010                       Secretary of the Board of Directors of AICIng (Italian Association Chemistry for Engineering)

        1995-2001                       Member of the Academic Senate of the University of Rome Tor Vergata.



2011          American Ceramic Society ACerS Ross Coffin Purdy Award

The Purdy award is given to the author or authors who made the most valuable contribution to ceramic technical literature during the calendar year prior to the selection.



Peer Review for several international Journals, among them: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Chemistry of Materials, Journal of Electroceramics, Journal of Electrochemical Society, Electrochimica Acta, Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, Solid State Ionics, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Advanced Functional Materials, Journal of Power Sources, European Polymer Journal, Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, Polymer.


Co-organizer of several Conferences and Symposia under the framework of MRS, Electrochemical Society, European Ceramic Society, AICIng.


Recently she is or has been:

  • Member of the Scientific Committee for the GEI-ERA 2012 Italian Electrochemistry Conference
  • Member of the Scientific Committee for AICIng National Conferences (2006, 2008, 2010)
  • Member of the National Advisory Board for the X International Conference on Nanostructured Materials NANO 2010, Roma, 2010.
  • Member of the International Scientific Committee for the SymposiumMaterials for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells , E-MRS 2009 Spring Meeting, Strasburg, 2009
  • Chairperson of the Scientific Committee for the 1st National Workshop AICIng, Rome, 2006.
  • Co-organizer of Electroceramics VIII-2002, European Ceramic Society Conference, August 2002


        Professional Memberships

Executive Committee of the European Section of The Electrochemical Society.

Materials Research Society

Royal Society of Chemistry

American Chemical Society

Italian Chemical Society

Italian Association Chemistry for Engineering

Interuniversity Consortium for Materials Science and Technology





Chemistry, B.Eng in Energetic Engineering (90 hours/average 200 students/year)

Chemistry 1, B.Eng in Engineering (60 hours/average 20 students/year)

Chemistry for Energy, B. Applied Chemistry +. MSc in Environmental Engineering (60 hours/average 25 students/year)

Instrumental Analysis, PhD in Materials for Health, Environment and Energy (average 8 students/year).





Author of 4 patents, 2 books and over 250 publications, 204 of which on international refereed journals, and over 200 scientific oral contributions at international conferences, meetings and schools.


Her papers have been cited over 3000 times and her h-index is 32 (ISI & Scopus).


Her research activity is now mainly directed towards the following topics:


  • Synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials for energy, environmental and biomedical applications. The research activity is now mainly focused on the study of nanostructured materials for fuel cells (polymeric, PEMFC, solid oxide, SOFC, and microbial, MFC), chemical sensors (semiconductor and electrochemical), composite materials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, model compounds for biological systems.
  • Multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and its application to kinetic and structural studies. Investigation of the electronic and molecular structure of paramagnetic derivatives by means of NMR spectroscopy.


Director of a Research Group consisting of 2 Research Associates, 1 Technician, 4 Post-doctoral Fellows, 10 Ph D Students.


Research projects (2005-present)




MiUR PRIN (Italian Ministry for University and Research)

Hybrid organic/inorganic materials for multiphotonic applications via assembling of nanostructured molecular units. (€ 367,000; PI).


MiUR FISR (Italian Ministry for University and Research)

Development of composite protonic membrane and innovative electrode configurations for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (€ 620,000; Local PI).


European Union: CARISMA

Coordination Action for Research on Intermediate and high temperature Specialised Membrane electrode Assemblies. Un network di attività di ricerca in Europa (€ 15,000; Local PI).


MAE (Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs)

Director of the Italy-Quebec Joint Laboratory on Nanostructured Materials for Energy, Catalysis and Biomedical Applications (€ 320,000; PI).


MiUR (Italian Ministry for University and Research)

Cooperation program with the University of Uppsala (Sweden): Novel methods for characterization of the properties of functional interfaces and nanostructured materials (€ 10,000; Local PI).


MATTM (Italian Ministry for the Environment)

Development of MEC-based devices for the production of bio-hydrogen.(€ 456.000, PI).


MiUR PRIN (Italian Ministry for University and Research)

PC-SOFCs, Protonic Conductors Solid Oxide Fuel Cells based on nanostructured proton conductors: from materials synthesis to prototype fabrication. (€ 130,000; PI).



FILAS-POR (Piano Operativo Regionale)

Sustainable hydrogen production and waste treatment via MEC technology. (€ 138,000; Local PI).


European Union: International Research Staff Exchange Scheme

META Materials Enhancement for Technological Applications. (€ 403,000; PI).


AGER Consortium

Valorisation of winemaking by-products and waste by application of innovative technologies for extraction of natural products of high added value (€ 120,000; PI)



Nanocomposite Advanced Membranes and innovative Electrocatalysts for Durable Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells, NAMED-PEM (€ 132,000; local PI)





  • Innovative electrolytes for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. TICME – 2011

Trento Innovation Conferences On Materials Engineering, Dicembre 2011

  • Nanostructured materials for Health, Environment and Energy. University of Montpellier II (France), July 2009.
  • Nanostructured proton conducting materials for Fuel Cells. Department of Physics, University of Uppsala (Sweden), August 2008.
  • Strategies to increase the operating temperature of PEMFCs: from nanocomposites to hybrids.Advances in Materials for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells Systems 2007, Asilomar, Pacific Grove (CA,USA) February 2007
  • Polymeric Electrolytes for Intermediate Temperature PEMFCs. 2006 MRS Fall Meeting, Boston, (MA, USA) 2006
  • Hybrid proton conducting polymeric electrolytes for intermediate temperature PEMFCs.

International Conference on “New Proton Conducting Membranes and Electrodes for PEMFCs, Assisi (Italy), 2005

  • A hybrid organic-inorganic membrane for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells.

The 4th International Conference on Application of Conducting Polymers, ICCP-4, Como, Italy 2004





  • E. Di Bartolomeo, A. D’Epifanio, C. Pugnalini, F. Giannici, A. Longo, A. Martorana, S. Licoccia: Structural analysis, phase stability and electrochemical characterization of Nb doped BaCe0.9Y0.1O3-x electrolyte for IT-SOFCs. Journal of Power Sources, 2012, 199, 201-206.
  • M. Zunic, L. Chevallier, E. Di Bartolomeo, A. D’Epifanio, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa: Anode supported Protonic Solid Oxide Fuel Cells fabricated using Electrophoretic Deposition. Fuel Cells, 2011, 2, 165-171
  • A. Rinaldi, S.Licoccia, E. Traversa: Nanomechanics For MEMS: A Structural Design Perspective. Nanoscale, 2011, 3, 811-824
  • C. P. Brown, F. Rosei, E. Traversa, S. Licoccia: Spider Silk as a biomaterial: tailoring mechanical properties via structural modifications. Nanoscale, feature article, 2011, 3, 870-876
  • D. Pergolesi, E. Fabbri, A. D’Epifanio, E. Di Bartolomeo, A. Tebano, S. Sanna, S. Licoccia, G. Balestrino, E. Traversa: High Proton Conduction in Grain Boundary Free Yttrium-Doped Barium Zirconate Films Grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition. Nature Materials2010, 9, 846 - 852
  • S. Sanna, V. Esposito, A. Tebano, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa, G. Balestrino: Enhancement of ionic conductivity in DSC/YSZ heteroepitaxial structures. Small2010,6, 1863-1867
  • E. Fabbri, A. D’Epifanio, S. Sanna, E. Di Bartolomeo, G. Balestrino, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa: A novel single chamber solid oxide fuel cell based on chemically stable thin films of Y-doped BaZrO3 proton conducting electrolyte. Energy and Environmental Science 2010,3, 618-621
  • A. Rinaldi, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa, K. Sieradzki, P. Peralta, A. Davila-Ibanez, M. Correa-Duarte, V. Salgueirino: Radial Inner Morphology Effects on the Mechanical Properties of Amorphous Composite Cobalt Boride Nanoparticles. The Journal of Physical Chemistry2010, 114, 13451-13458
  • E. Fabbri, D. Pergolesi, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa: Does the Increase in Y-Dopant Concentration Improve the Proton Conductivity of BaZr1-xYxO3-? Fuel Cell Electrolytes? Solid State Ionics, 2010, 181, 1043-1051
  • C. Mandoli, F. Pagliari, S. Pagliari, G. Forte, P. Di Nardo, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa: Stem cell aligned growth induced by CeO2 nanoparticles in PLGA scaffolds with improved bioactivity for regenerative medicine. Advanced Functional Materials2010, 20, 1617-1624
  • D. Marani, A. D’Epifanio, E. Traversa,M. Miyayama, S. Licoccia: Titania Nanosheets (TNS)/Sulfonated Poly Ether Ether Ketone (SPEEK) Nanocomposite Proton Exchange Membranes for Fuel Cells. Chemistry of Materials, 2010, 22 1126-1133
  • A. D’Epifanio, M. A. Navarra, F. C. Weise, B. Mecheri, J. Farrington, S. Licoccia, S. Greenbaum: Composite Nafion/sulfonated zirconia membranes: effect of the filler surface properties on proton transport characteristics. Chemistry of Materials2010, 22, 813-821
  • C. de Bonis, A. D’Epifanio, M. L. Di Vona, B. Mecheri, E. Traversa, M. Trombetta, S. Licoccia: Proton Conducting Electrolytes based on Silylated and Sulfonated Polyetheretherketone: Synthesis and Characterization. Journal of Polymer Science, Part A, Polymer Chemistry2010. 33, 2178-2186
  • A. Rinaldi, P. Peralta, C. Friesen, D. Nahar, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa, K. Sieradzki: Super-hard nanobuttons: constraining crystal plasticity and dealing with extrinsic effects at the nanoscale. Small2010, 6, 528-536
  • A. Rainer, M. Centola, C. Spadaccio, G. Gherardi, J. A.Genovese, S. Licoccia, M. Trombetta: Comparative study of different techniques for the sterilization of poly-L-lactide electrospun microfibers: effectiveness vs. material degradation.International Journal of Artificial Organs2010, 33, 76-85
  • C. Mandoli, B. Mecheri, G. Forte, F. Pagliari, S. Pagliari, F. Carotenuto, R. Fiaccavento, A. Rinaldi, P. Di Nardo, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa: Thick soft tissue reconstruction on highly perfusive biodegradable scaffolds. Macromolecular Bioscience2010, 10, 127-138
  • S. Soliman, S. Pagliari, A. Rinaldi, G. Forte, R. Fiaccavento, F. Pagliari, O. Franzese, M. Minieri, P. Di Nardo, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa: Multiscale three-dimensional scaffolds for tissue engineering via multimodal electron spinning. ActaBiomaterialia2010, 6, 1227-1237
  • D. Mirabile Gattia, M. Vittori Antisari, L. Giorgi, R. Marazzi, E. Piscopiello, A. Montone, S. Bellitto, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa: Study of different carbon supports for catalysts: Fuel Cells application. Journal of Power Sources 2009, 194¸243-251
  • B. Mecheri, A. D’Epifanio, L. Pisani, F. Chen, E. Traversa, F. C. Weise, S. Greenbaum, S. Licoccia: Effect of a proton conducting filler on the physico-chemical properties of SPEEK-based membranes. Fuel Cells2009, 9, 372-380
  • C. de Bonis, A. D’Epifanio, M. L. Di Vona, C. D’Ottavi, B. Mecheri, E. Traversa, M. Trombetta, S. Licoccia: Proton conducting hybrid membranes based on aromatic polymers for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Applications. Fuel Cells2009,9, 387-393
  • E. Fabbri, T. Oh, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa, E. D. Wachsman: Mixed Protonic-Electronic Conductors as Cathode Materials for Proton Conducting Electrolytes in Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (IT-SOFCs) Journal of The Electrochemical Society2009, 156, B38-B45
  • S. Sanna, V. Esposito, D. Pergolesi, A. Orsini, A. Tebano, S. Licoccia, G. Balestrino, E. Traversa: Fabrication and Electrical Properties of Epitaxial Samarium-Doped Ceria Films Onto SrTiO3-Buffered MgO Substrates. Advanced Functional Materials2009, 19, 1713-1719
  • E. Fabbri, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa, E. D. Wachsman: Composite Cathodes for Application in Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (IT-SOFCs) Based on Proton Conducting Electrolytes. Fuel Cells2009,9, 128-138
  • M. Zunic, L.Chevallier, F. Deganello, A. D’Epifanio, S. Licoccia, E. Di Bartolomeo, E. Traversa: Electrophoretic deposition of dense Ba Ce0.9Y0.1O3-x electrolyte thick-films on Ni-based anodes for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (IT_SOFCs). Journal of Power Sources2009, 190, 417-422
  • A. Rinaldi, B. Mecheri, V. Garavaglia, S. Licoccia, P. Di Nardo, E. Traversa: Engineering materials and biology to boost performance of microbial fuel cells: a critical review. Energy and Environmental Science2008, 1, 417-429



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