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Dr M. Grazia Francesconi


Utilisation of CO2 as “Structure Modifier” of Inorganic Solids (2021)
Journal Article
Francesconi, M. G., Bennett, M. J., Benoit, D., & Dobson, I. (2022). Utilisation of CO2 as “Structure Modifier” of Inorganic Solids. Chemistry: a European journal, 28(6), Article e202103608. https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202103608

Utilisation of CO2 as a chemical reagent is challenging, due to the molecule’s inherent chemical stability. However, CO2 reacts promptly at high temperature (~1000 C) with alkaline-earth oxides to form carbonates and such reactions are used towards... Read More about Utilisation of CO2 as “Structure Modifier” of Inorganic Solids.

Ultra-small FeS2nanoparticles for highly efficient chemoselective transfer hydrogenation of nitroarenes (2021)
Journal Article
Southouse, J. P., Lazzarini, L., Ibhadon, A. O., & Francesconi, M. G. (2021). Ultra-small FeS2nanoparticles for highly efficient chemoselective transfer hydrogenation of nitroarenes. New journal of chemistry = Nouveau journal de chimie, 45(38), 17808-17815. https://doi.org/10.1039/d1nj03297f

Ultra-small FeS2nanoparticles were prepared and used as catalysts in a hydrogen transfer reaction for the synthesis of substituted anilines. The catalytic performance is superior to current systems across all reactions, within the timeframe of two ho... Read More about Ultra-small FeS2nanoparticles for highly efficient chemoselective transfer hydrogenation of nitroarenes.

Utilisation of CO 2 as "Structure Modifier" of Inorganic Solids (2021)
Journal Article
Francesconi, M. G., Bennett, M. J., Dobson, I., & Benoit, D. M. (2021). Utilisation of CO 2 as "Structure Modifier" of Inorganic Solids. Chemistry : a European journal, https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202103608

Utilisation of CO2 as a chemical reagent is challenging, due to the molecule's inherent chemical stability. However, CO2 reacts promptly at high temperature (∼1000 °C) with alkaline-earth oxides to form carbonates and such reactions are used towards... Read More about Utilisation of CO 2 as "Structure Modifier" of Inorganic Solids.

Effect of calcination time on the physicochemical properties and photocatalytic performance of carbon and nitrogen co-doped tio2 nanoparticles (2020)
Journal Article
Mouele, E. S. M., Dinu, M., Cummings, F., Fatoba, O. O., Myint, M. T. Z., Kyaw, H. H., …Petrik, L. F. (2020). Effect of calcination time on the physicochemical properties and photocatalytic performance of carbon and nitrogen co-doped tio2 nanoparticles. Catalysts, 10(8), 1-27. https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10080847

The application of highly active nano catalysts in advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) improves the production of non-selective hydroxyl radicals and co-oxidants for complete remediation of polluted water. This study focused on the synthesis and char... Read More about Effect of calcination time on the physicochemical properties and photocatalytic performance of carbon and nitrogen co-doped tio2 nanoparticles.

Bi2WO6/C-dots/TiO2: A novel z-scheme photocatalyst for the degradation of fluoroquinolone levofloxacin from aqueous medium (2020)
Journal Article
Elumalai, S., Sharma, S., Ibhadon, A. O., Grazia Francesconi, M., Mehta, S. K., Kansal, S. K., …Baskoutas, S. (2020). Bi2WO6/C-dots/TiO2: A novel z-scheme photocatalyst for the degradation of fluoroquinolone levofloxacin from aqueous medium. Nanomaterials, 10(5), https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10050910

© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Photocatalytic materials and semiconductors of appropriate structural and morphological architectures as well as energy band gaps are materials needed for mitigating current environmental prob... Read More about Bi2WO6/C-dots/TiO2: A novel z-scheme photocatalyst for the degradation of fluoroquinolone levofloxacin from aqueous medium.

Stabilization of Pd3−xIn1+x polymorphs with Pd-like crystal structure and their superior performance as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation of alkynes (2019)
Journal Article
Johnston, S. K., Bryant, T. A., Strong, J., Lazzarini, L., Ibhadon, A. O., & Francesconi, M. G. (2019). Stabilization of Pd3−xIn1+x polymorphs with Pd-like crystal structure and their superior performance as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation of alkynes. ChemCatChem, 11(12), 2909-2918. https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201900391

Selective hydrogenation (semi-hydrogenation) reactions of alkynes rely on Pd-based catalysts to provide the correct pathway to favour formation of double bonds and avoid full hydrogenation to single bonds. Here, we present the preparation and charact... Read More about Stabilization of Pd3−xIn1+x polymorphs with Pd-like crystal structure and their superior performance as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation of alkynes.

Effect of inorganic ions on pyrite catalyzed Fenton reaction (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Escobar Castillo, M., Gad-Allah, T. A., Ali, M. E. M., Salem, A. H., Khalil, A. S., Francesconi, M. G., & Lupascu, D. C. (2018). Effect of inorganic ions on pyrite catalyzed Fenton reaction. In Proceedings of the 4th World Congress on New Technologies (NewTech'18)https://doi.org/10.11159/icepr18.145

© 2018, Avestia Publishing. Industrial wastewaters contain not only organic pollutants but also considerable amounts of inorganic ions that may affect the efficiency of wastewater remediation processes. Thus, it is important to study the influence of... Read More about Effect of inorganic ions on pyrite catalyzed Fenton reaction.

Fluoride doped γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles with increased MRI relaxivity (2018)
Journal Article
Jones, N. E., Burnett, C. A., Salamon, S., Landers, J., Wende, H., Lazzarini, L., …Francesconi, M. G. (2018). Fluoride doped γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles with increased MRI relaxivity. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 6(22), 3665-3673. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8tb00360b

Iron oxide nanoparticles (IONs) are being actively researched and experimented with as contrast agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), as well as image-directed delivery of therapeutics. The efficiency of an MRI contrast agent can be described... Read More about Fluoride doped γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles with increased MRI relaxivity.

Nanoparticulate Pd-Sn Compounds Supported on Metal Oxides: Synthesis, Material and Catalytic Properties (2017)
Journal Article
Ibhadon, A. O., Francesconi, M. G., & Johnston, S. K. (2017). Nanoparticulate Pd-Sn Compounds Supported on Metal Oxides: Synthesis, Material and Catalytic Properties. Chemical Engineering & Process Techniques, 3(3),

The manufacture of chemicals requires innovation at the catalyst frontier so that processes can be developed with higher energy efficiency and increased facility of separation and recovery of products. Catalysts with high selectivity and activity con... Read More about Nanoparticulate Pd-Sn Compounds Supported on Metal Oxides: Synthesis, Material and Catalytic Properties.

Pd₃Sn nanoparticles on TiO₂ and ZnO supports as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation : synthesis and catalytic performance (2017)
Journal Article
Johnston, S. K., Cherkasov, N., Perez-Barrado, E., Aho, A., Murzin, D. Y., Ibhadon, A. O., & Francesconi, M. G. (2017). Pd₃Sn nanoparticles on TiO₂ and ZnO supports as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation : synthesis and catalytic performance. Applied catalysis. A, General, 544, 40-45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcata.2017.07.005

The two catalysts Pd₃Sn/TiO₂and Pd3Sn/ZnO were prepared via a one-pot procedure based on the “polyol method” with the addition of a capping agent (polyvinylpyrrolidone) to control the particle size distribution. The same procedure was used to prepare... Read More about Pd₃Sn nanoparticles on TiO₂ and ZnO supports as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation : synthesis and catalytic performance.