Silvia Ardizzone

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Photocatalytic ozonation by Al-supported TiO(2) films is successfully applied to the mineralization of 4-cumylphenol, a recalcitrant endocrine disrupting compound. A possible reaction mechanism implying the intermediate formation of bisphenols is proposed on the grounds of HPLC-MS and FTIR analyses.
Photocatalytic activity of both commercial and homemade samples was tested for the degradation of toluene in the gas phase by using two different irradiation sources, UV and solar. The role played by humidity in affecting the final toluene degradation was discussed. Catalyst deactivation (due to the high toluene level, 1000 ppm) and subsequent regeneration,(More)
The assessment of the surface free energy (SFE) of a material permits to control and predict a large number of physicochemical properties of a solid surface and its reactivity. Here, the surface energies of a series of bare and fluorinated silanes are determined by means of different semi-empirical models on the grounds of contact angle determinations for(More)
Photocatalytic lithography is proved for the realization of micropatterned polymer brushes. Initiator-functionalized titanium dioxide or silicon surfaces are respectively exposed directly to near-UV light through a photomask (direct approach) or through a transparent photoactive TiO2 film (remote approach). Initiator patterns are then amplified as polymer(More)
A sol-gel reaction starting from silicon and zirconium alkoxides, in water-ethanol mixtures, was employed to obtain vanadium-doped zirconium silicate powders (zircon). The reactions were performed by modulating both (a) the amount of the vanadium salt in the starting mixture and also (b) the amount of mineralizer (NaF). The products of the sol-gel reaction(More)
Fouling and passivation are the major drawbacks for a wide applicability of electroanalytical sensors based on nanomaterials, especially in biomedical and environmental fields. The production of highly engineered devices, designed ad hoc for specific applications, is the key factor in the direction of overcoming the problem and accessing effective sensors.(More)
Nanocrystalline TiO2 samples were prepared by promoting the growth of a sol–gel precursor, in the presence of water, under continuous (CW), or pulsed (PW) ultrasound. All the samples turned out to be made of both anatase and brookite polymorphs. Pulsed US treatments determine an increase in the sample surface area and a decrease of the crystallite size,(More)
The structural, morphological and surface features on two MCC powders of the same commercial type (Avicel PH 102), but coming from different countries (The Netherlands and Hong Kong) and vendors (DMV International and Mingtai Chemical Co., Ltd., respectively), have been investigated and compared, by means of the X-ray diffraction, SEM and BET and(More)
In the present study, an ultra-sensitive and highly reproducible novel SERS-based capillary platform was developed and utilized for the trace detection of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The approach combines the advantages of microwave-assisted nanoparticle synthesis, plasmonics and capillary forces. By employing a microwave-assisted preparation method, glass(More)