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Sebastiano Garroni


Sebastiano Garroni was born in Sassari (Italy) on December 25th 1980. He obtained the Chemistry Degree (cum laude) on 2007 from the University of Sassari, with a graduation work entitled "Mechanochemical activation of Fisher-Tropsch reaction over nanostructured catalysts”. He conducted his European PhD in Materials Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona financed by the Marie Curie Network Project titled COSY. His thesis was devoted to materials for solid state hydrogen storage and after receiving the European PhD in 2011 he joined the group of Mechanochemistry Lab at the University of Sassari as post doc fellowship. In November 2012, He was contracted as Assistant Professor at Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the University of Sassari. Since November 2016, He joined ICCRAM research center (Burgos-Spain) as researcher within the European project Nanopiezoeletrics financed by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (IF) action (HORIZON2020).

Due to the significant number of papers published and the important results achieved during the PhD, Dr. Sebastiano Garroni received the PhD UAB Extraordinary Award in 2012. So far, He has published more than 80 articles with around 840 citations (h- index = 17) and 1 international patent. He participated in more than 30 national and international conferences, with 15 oral contributions (4 invited - 1 plenary). He also collaborates as peer reviewer for the following Journals: Journal of Alloys and Compounds, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy Journal of Physical Chemistry C and Materials Chemistry and Physics.

He has participated in several national and international research projects as PRIN 2011 (“Synthesis, characterization and functional evaluation of light hydrides based nanostructured materials and nanoparticles for solid state hydrogen storage) and, currently, He is the scientific coordinator of the international project Italia-Argentina titled “Development and optimization of materials for hydrogen storage based on Li-N-H systems” funded by the “Ministero degli Affari Esteri”. In January 2016, He gained a


MSCA-IF-2015 grant and a RISE project (CO2MPRISE). He has cos-supervised over 15 students including bachelor and master thesis.

The skills acquired during the high-level trainings in Marie Curie Network allowed to reach important results published in international peer reviewed journals of which many independently from his supervisor. Among them, considerable attentions have attracted his paper regarding the study of the NaBH4/MgH2 systems which represented the first in- situ XRD study on the multicomponent system based on NaBH4 in the specific literature. The important results achieved will be used as a basis for further improvement of such materials for mobile hydrogen storage applications, e.g. in tanks for emission-free automobiles [].

In 2013, He published, as corresponding author, the important results on the synthesis of a new highly-ordered mesoporous Mg-Niobate with a very-high surface area (the highest by our knowledge) resulting in an international patent.

The international patent is going to be extended to USA, Japan and strategic countries.

01/09/2001 – 07/03/2007 Master Degree cum Laude in Chemistry gained at Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Sassari, Italy. Topic: Preparation of nanostructure catalysts for the mechanically induced Fischer-Tropsch reaction. 15/03/2007 – 21/01/2011 European PhD in Material Science cum Laude gained at Department of Physics, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) Spain, involved in a Marie Curie Network titled COSY (MRTN-CT-2006-035366). Topic: Study of reactive complex hydride composite based on NaBH4-MgH2 system as promising candidate for hydrogen storage materials for on-board application.

Investigation of innovative materials for solid state hydrogen storage.

- Preparation and characterization of photo-electrocatalysts for hydrogen production by water splitting reaction

- Synthesis and characterization of anode and cathode materials for secondary Lithium- ion batteries and PEM Fuel cells.

- Synthesis and characterization of highly-ordered mesoporous matrices by sol-gel routes for piezoelectric devices.

- Synthesis of metastable alloys and control of solid-solid and gas-solid reactions by ball milling processes under controlled energy input.

- Structural investigation by Neutron and X-Ray Powder Diffraction and quantitative structural refinement procedures according to the Rietveld method.

- Solid-state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance applied to functional materials for energy conversion and storage.

22/11/2012 PhD UAB Extraordinary Award from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona as best PhD thesis in Material Science (2011)

27/03/2012 – 05/04/2012 COST Grant. COST STSM Reference Number: COST- STSMMP1103-10255. Visiting at Dept. of Nanotechnology, Materials Technology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (Germany) and at DESY Synchrotron radiation Facility, Hamburg (Germany) for in-situ XRPD measurements.

26/05/2013 – 04/06/ 2013 COST Grant. COST STSM Reference Number: OST- STSMMP1103-13185. Visiting at Dept. of Nanotechnology, Materials Technology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (Germany) and at Max Lab Synchrotron radiation Facility, Lund (Sweden) for in-situ XRPD measurements.

20/10/2014 – 27/10/ 2014 COST Grant. COST STSM Reference Number: OST- STSMMP1103-20402. Visiting at Dept. of Nanotechnology, Materials Technology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (Germany) and at Max Lab Synchrotron radiation Facility, Lund (Sweden) for in-situ XRPD measurements.

Prof. Francesco Delogu and colleagues, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Chimica e dei Materiali, University of Cagliari, UNICA, Italy. Topic: Mechanochemical reactions. - Prof. Chiara Milanese, Prof. Amedeo Marini, Pavia H2 Lab, C.S.G.I. & Dipartimento di Chimica, Sezione di Chimica Fisica, Università di Pavia, Italy. Topic: Hydrogen storage Materials


- Prof. Thomas Klassen, Dr. Martin Dorheim, Dr. Claudio Pistidda, Institute of Materials Research, Materials Technology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany. Topic: Hydrogen Storage Materials/Photocatalytic Hydrogen Water Splitting

- Dr. Pietro Moretto, Dr. Emilio Napolitano, JRC-IE, Westernduinweg 3, 1755 ZG Petten, The Netherlands. Topic: Hydrogen Storage Materials

- Prof. Maria Dolors Baró, Prof. Santiago Surinyach, Prof. Jordi Sort, and Dr. Eva Pellicer, Departament de Física, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Topic: Mesoporous Materials/Hydrogen Storage Materials/Piezoelectric and Dielectric Materials

- Dr. Christopher Schuh, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, USA. Mechanochemical Reactions

- Dr. Santiago Cuesta Lopez, Universidad de Burgos/University of Burgos, Materiaes Avanzados Tecnologia Nuclear y bion/nanotecnologia, Burgos, Spain. Functional Materials for energy harvesting, storage and production. Ceramic Materials.


1). Garroni, S.; Delogu, F.; Mulas, G.; Cocco, G. Mechanistic inferences on the synthesis of Co50Fe50 solid solution by mechanical alloying, Scripta Materialia. 2007, 57, 964- 967. ISSN: 13596462



2). Garroni, S.*; Pistidda, C.; Brunelli, M.; Vaughan, G.B.M.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M.D., Hydrogendesorption mechanism of 2NaBH4+MgH2 composite prepared by high-energy ball milling Scripta Materialia. 2009,60, 1129-1132. ISSN: 13596462

3). Delogu, F.; Mulas, G.; Garroni, S. , Hydrogenation of carbon monoxide under mechanical activation conditions, Applied Catalysis A: General. 2009, 366, 201-205. ISSN: 0926860

4) Milanese, C.; Girella, A.; Mulas, G.; Enzo, S.; Medici, S.; Garroni, S.; Baró, M.D.; Suriñach, S.; Marini, A. H2 sorption performance of NaBH4?MgH2 composites prepared by mechanical activation WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment. 2009, 122, 389-400. ISSN: 17433541


5) Milanese, C.; Girella, A.; Garroni, S.; Bruni, G.; Berbenni, V.; Matteazzi, P.; Marini, A.; Dipartimento, C. S. G. I.; Rolla, F. M. Effect of C (graphite) doping on the H2 sorption performance of the Mg-Ni storage system, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2010, 35, 9027?-037. ISSN: 03603199

6) Delogu, F.; Garroni, S.; Mulas, G. Hydrogen reactivity toward carbon monoxide under mechanochemical processing, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2010, 35, 4375-

4381. ISSN: 03603199

7) Garroni, S.*; Milanese, C.; Girella, A.; Marini, A.; Mulas, G.; Menéndez, E.; Pistidda, C.; Dornheim, M.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M. D. Sorption properties of NaBH4/MH2 (M = Mg, Ti) powder systems, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2010, 35, 5434-

5441. ISSN: 03603199

8) Lima, G. F.; Peres, M.M.; Garroni, S.; Baró, M.D.; Suriñach, S.; Kiminami, C.S.; Ishikawa, T.T.; Botta, W. J.; Jorge Jr., A. M. Microstructural characterization and hydrogenation study of extruded MgFe alloy, Journal of Alloys and Compounds. 2010, 504, S299-S301. ISSN: 09258388

9) Milanese, C.; Girella, A.; Garroni, S.; Bruni, G.; Berbenni, V.; Matteazzi, P.; Marini,

A. Synergetic effect of C (graphite) and Nb2O5 on the H2 sorption properties of the Mg/MgH2 system, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2010, 35, 1285-1295. ISSN: 03603199


10) Menéndez, E.; Garroni, S.; López?Ortega, A.; Estrader, M.; Liedke, M.O.; Fassbender, J.; Solsona, P.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M.D.; Nogués, J. Magnetic measurements as a sensitive tool for studying dehydrogenation processes in hydrogen storage materials, Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 2010, 114, 16818-16822. ISSN: 19327447