Meet The Team
Lab Director, Principal Investigator
Gianvito is a chemical engineer. His research combines methods across areas of chemistry and materials science to design innovative catalysts and catalytic technologies for sustainable applications. He also teaches classes for the BSc and MSc degree in Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.
Mark A. Bajada
Mark is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow. He studied chemical engineering in Malta and received a PhD in chemistry from the University of Cambridge, UK, working on solar fuels under the supervision of Prof. Erwin Reisner. He joined the group in May 2021 and is developing single-atom catalysts for photochemical and electrochemical applications.
Vitthal B. Saptal
Vitthal is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow. He got his PhD in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai. He then underwent postdoctoral studies in South Korea, China, and Poland. He joined the group in December 2022 to work on novel applications of single-atom catalysis.
Grazia Isa Carla Righetti
Grazia studied Chemistry at the University of Milan and received a PhD in Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, with a thesis on biomass valorization. She joined the group in April 2023 and is working on biomass valorization using flow chemistry.
Alessandra studied pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Bari and did her MSc thesis on flash chemistry with Prof. Renzo Luisi. She joined the group in May 2020 and obtained her PhD in 2023. She is developing continuous-flow catalytic methods for green pharmaceutical synthesis, merging catalysis with microreactor technology.
Vincenzo studied pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Bari. He joined the group in January 2021 as a doctoral student. He is working on the circular recovery and conversion of waste chemicals, integrating single-atom catalysis and flow chemistry.
Areti studied chemical engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and did her MSc thesis in the group of Prof. Angeliki Lemonidou, studying Pt-based catalysts for hydrogen production via bio-oil reforming. She joined the group in November 2022 as a doctoral student and is now designing single-atom catalysts for biomass and waste conversion.
Nicolò studied industrial biotechnology and did his MSc thesis under the supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Mino and Prof. Elena Groppo at the University of Turin, applying spectroscopy methods to study the structure and function of several zeolite catalysts. He joined the group in September 2022 as a doctoral student and will continue to exploit spectroscopy methods to understand the structure and reactivity of single-atom catalysts.
Milla studied industrial chemistry at CPE Lyon and during her MSc thesis, she investigated homogeneous organometallic systems to difunctionalize the C-C bond of a cyclopropenone. Prior to joining the group in November 2022, she also worked as an intern in the industrial catalysis department of Arlanxeo, in the Netherlands. She is now building on the group expertise to develop the field of single-atom photocatalysis and single-atom electrocatalysis.
Jiachengjun (Jia) Luo
Jia studied chemical engineering in China. He joined the group in November 2022 as a doctoral student funded by a scholarship from the Chinese government. He will develop continuous processes for the conversion of biomass into bio-oil, using metal-based catalysts. He will also develop novel methods to manufacture these catalysts.
Mert Can Ince
Mert studied Chemical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University, where he performed a BSc thesis on the valorization of waste biomass. He then performed a MSc thesis at Bogazici University on CFD modeling and worked as an intern at Technical University of Denmark on anti-solvent crystallization. He joined the group in September 2023 as a doctoral student funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral network. He is studying integrated multi-step continuous-flow processes with theoretical and experimental methods.
Miguel Martin De Vries Ibanez
Miguel studied Pharmacy in Granada and, after dedicating three years working as pharmacist in Spain and Ireland, did a MSc degree in Organic Chemistry at Stockholm University, driven by his passion for synthetic methods and green chemistry. He joined the group in October 2023 as a doctoral student funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral network. He is studying new light-driven conversion processes.