Erik Gallo

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The dioxygen we breathe is formed by light-induced oxidation of water in photosystem II. O2 formation takes place at a catalytic manganese cluster within milliseconds after the photosystem II reaction centre is excited by three single-turnover flashes. Here we present combined X-ray emission spectra and diffraction data of 2-flash (2F) and 3-flash (3F)(More)
We present an application of valence to core X-ray emission spectroscopy to understand the electronic structure of the industrially relevant catalyst titanium silicalite-1. The experimental spectrum was modelled within density functional theory, adopting a one electron approach, investigating the effects of different basis sets, density functionals and(More)
An in-depth understanding of the active site requires advanced operando techniques and the preparation of defined catalysts. We elucidate here the mechanism of the selective catalytic reduction of NO by NH3 (NH3-SCR) over a Fe-ZSM-5 zeolite catalyst. 1.3 wt % Fe-ZSM-5 with low nuclearity Fe sites was synthesized, tested in the SCR reaction and characterized(More)
Theoretical predictions show that depending on the populations of the Fe 3d xy , 3d xz , and 3d yz orbitals two possible quintet states can exist for the high-spin state of the photoswitchable model system [Fe(terpy) 2 ] 2+. The differences in the structure and molecular properties of these 5 B 2 and 5 E quintets are very small and pose a substantial(More)
A comprehensive study of the bulk solid OsCl3 and the molecular ion [Os(bpy)2(CO)Cl](+) is presented illustrating the application of RIXS and HERFD XANES spectroscopies to the investigation of both bulk materials and molecular complexes. In order to analyze the experimental results, DFT simulations were performed taking into account spin-orbit interaction.(More)
We identify the dd excitations in the metal-organic framework CPO-27-Ni by coupling resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) and UV-vis spectroscopy, and we show that the element selectivity of RIXS is crucial to observing the full dd multiplet structure, which is not visible in UV-vis. The combination of calculations using crystal-field multiplet theory(More)
The structural and electronic properties of silica-supported titanium chloride tetrahydrofuranates samples, obtained by impregnating a polymer-grade dehydroxylated silica with TiCl4(thf)2 and TiCl3(thf)3 complexes, precursors of Ziegler-Natta catalysts, are investigated by means of FT-IR, XAS, XES and diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectroscopy, coupled with(More)
The pyrazolato-based PCP [Ni(8)(μ(4)-OH)(4)(μ(4)-OH(2))(2)(μ(4)-PBP)(6)] (NiPBP, H(2)PBP = 4,4'-bis(1H-pyrazol-4-yl)biphenyl), whose 3-D architecture is built upon octametallic hydroxo clusters reciprocally connected by organic spacers, is a very promising candidate for gas adsorption applications, owing to its remarkable thermal stability (up to 400 °C in(More)