Valentina Crocellà

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Enzymatic haem and non-haem high-valent iron-oxo species are known to activate strong C-H bonds, yet duplicating this reactivity in a synthetic system remains a formidable challenge. Although instability of the terminal iron-oxo moiety is perhaps the foremost obstacle, steric and electronic factors also limit the activity of previously reported mononuclear(More)
Pure and modified silica materials were synthesised by a sol-gel process and used as carrier for the controlled release of ibuprofen, selected as model drug. A one-step synthesis was optimised for the preparation of various silica-drug composites by using tetraethoxysilane and 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane as precursors at different molar ratios. The(More)
The process of carbon capture and sequestration has been proposed as a method of mitigating the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. If implemented, the cost of electricity generated by a fossil fuel-burning power plant would rise substantially, owing to the expense of removing CO2 from the effluent stream. There is therefore an urgent need for(More)
Six metal-organic frameworks of the M2(dobdc) (M = Mg, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn; dobdc(4-) = 2,5-dioxido-1,4-benzenedicarboxylate) structure type are demonstrated to bind carbon monoxide reversibly and at high capacity. Infrared spectra indicate that, upon coordination of CO to the divalent metal cations lining the pores within these frameworks, the C-O(More)
Cooperative binding, whereby an initial binding event facilitates the uptake of additional substrate molecules, is common in biological systems such as haemoglobin. It was recently shown that porous solids that exhibit cooperative binding have substantial energetic benefits over traditional adsorbents, but few guidelines currently exist for the design of(More)
In situ FTIR spectroscopy was employed to investigate some aspects of the ambient temperature (actually, IR-beam temperature) adsorption of acetone on various pure and sulfate-doped zirconia specimens. Acetone uptake yields, on all examined systems and to a variable extent, different types of specific molecular adsorption, depending on the kind/population(More)
Ti-zeolites are interesting materials because of their key role in partial oxidation reactions, as well as under a fundamental point of view being regarded as single site catalysts. Both experimental and computational approaches have been widely applied to the characterization of their active sites, reaching a level of knowledge unmatchable by most other(More)
This contribution reports about an in situ FT-IR investigation and the catalytic reactivity of Mg/Me(3+) mixed oxides (Me = Cr, Fe, or Al; Mg/Me = 2, atomic ratio) in the gas-phase methylation of phenol with methanol. It is the second of two papers concerning the mentioned systems, and its purpose is twofold: to confute the classic and not accurate theory(More)
The functional properties of a new composite material having water vapor getter properties have been investigated by a large arsenal of characterization techniques. The composite system is originated by combining two constituents having very different chemical natures, a magnesium perchlorate (Mg(ClO4)2) salt and a polymeric acrylic matrix. In particular,(More)
Hybrid organic-inorganic SBA-15 silicas functionalized with increasing amounts of amino groups were studied in this work aiming to evaluate the effects of their physico-chemical properties on CO2 capture ability. Three different amino-silane species were used: 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS), 3-(2-aminoethyl)aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (EAPTS) and(More)
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