Laboratory

Our group, REACTE (“Reactivity and Catalysis using Electron Tranfers”) is recognized at an international level in the field of molecular electrochemistry and electron transfer reactivity.

Recently, we have made important contributions to proton-coupled electron transfers (PCET) reactions, that are the object of current active theoretical and experimental attention in view of their implication in a huge number of natural and synthetic processes. Concerning the later, we are investigating the electrochemical activation of small molecules such as H2, O2, H2O, CO2, N2 by metal complexes or catalytic films, in an effort to address contemporary energy challenges (storing energy into chemical bonds).For all of these reactions, the coupling of electron and proton transfers is li kely to play a crucial role, both in terms of mechanism, efficiency, and products distribution.

Keywords

Molecular electrochemistry, molecular catalysis and catalytic films, photocalysis, electron transfer, proton-coupled electron transfer, activation of small molecules (N2, CO2, O2, H2O), biomimetic reactions, reaction mechanisms , ab initio calculations, electron transfer models