Mario Berrettoni

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An in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) spectroelectrochemical study of aquocobalamin (system B12a-B12r-B12s) has been carried out in aqueous solutions buffered at different pH values. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first structural study of aquocobalamin at room temperature under controlled oxidation conditions. Most of the previous work(More)
Polarized X-ray absorption spectroscopy has been used to study the short-range structure of deposited films of V2O5 xerogel. The material is characterized by a layer of VO5 units with the V-O apical bond perpendicular to the basal (xy) plane. We have focused our attention along the z axis. Experiments were carried out by extended X-ray absorption fine(More)
Vanadium pentoxide materials prepared through sol-gel processes act as excellent intercalation hosts for lithium as well as polyvalent cations. A chemometric approach has been applied to study the X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) evolution during in situ scanning of the Cu(0.1)V(2)O(5) xerogel/Li ions battery. Among the more common techniques,(More)
A charge transfer between Fe and Co in cobalt hexacyanoferrate has been observed for the first time by anatase doping. The charge transfer, which involves a spin transition at the Co site, is supported by high-resolution XANES spectra. EXAFS evidenced a consistent change (10%) of the Co-N first shell.
A combined X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) methodology is here presented on a series of partially and fully reduced Au(III) samples. This allows monitoring the relative fraction of Au(III) and Au(0) in the studied samples, displaying a consistent and independent outcome. The strategy followed(More)
X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) was used to investigate the local structure arrangements of submicrocrystalline lithium iron phosphate and its precursors. The former material, proven to be very promising as active cathode material in lithium metal and lithium-ion batteries, was synthesized through a new procedure that combines a simple sol-gel(More)
The oxidation of 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTPP) yielded a passivating polymeric film at an indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode. Coating ITO with a nanoscale sol-gel film with a mesoporous structure was shown to change the pathway of the chemical reaction coupled to the electron transfer. The sol-gel film was deposited by an electrochemically assisted process,(More)
Nickel hexacyanoferrates containing alkali metal cations as counter ions were used to prepare ion-selective electrodes for potentiometric sensing of intercalated species in the coated wire electrode (CWE) configuration. All the electrodes developed display a quasi-Nernstian response towards potassium ion, whereas the highest sensitivity is generally(More)