SYNERGY: PhotoSYNthesis of fine chEmicals with moleculaRly
desiGned materials for selective oxYgenation and
carbon dioxide fixation

Funded by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo

call Progetti di Eccellenza 2018


The vision of SYNERGY is to broaden the scope of artificial photosynthesis, currently oriented towards the conversion of solar light into chemical fuels, to the synthesis of high added value chemicals, within a green and sustainable process exploiting water and carbon dioxide raw materials.



Andrea Sartorel (principal investigator)

Stefano Agnoli

Luca Dell’Amico

Giulia Alice Volpato

Jiajia Ran

Pietro Franceschi

(Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Padova)


Paolo Umari

Alberto Ambrosetti

(Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Padova)

Alessandro Martucci

Stefano Bortolin

Elena Colusso

(Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova)


Marco Bersani (Particular Materials)


(14)     Kosmala, T.; Bardini, L.; Caporali, M.; Serrano-Ruiz, M.; Sedona, F.; Agnoli, S.; Peruzzini, M.; Granozzi, G.; Interfacial chemistry and electroactivity of black phosphorus decorated with transition metals Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers 2021 10.1039/D0QI01097A

(13)      Gravagnuolo, A.M.; Morales-Narváez, E.; Martucci, A. Editorial: Biointerfacing 2D Nanomaterials and Engineered Heterostructures  Editorial, Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. - Nanobiotechnology. 10.3389/fbioe.2020.639723

(12)      Colusso, E.; Tancon, M.; Cazzola, L.; Parin, R.; Agnoli, S.; De Boni, F.; Pelizzo, M. G.; Della Gaspera, E.; Del Col, D.; Martucci, A. Solution‐processed Graphene Oxide Coatings for Enhanced Heat Transfer during Dropwise Condensation of Steam. Nano Sel. 2020.


(11)        Mosconi, D.; Kosmala, T.; Lunardon, M.; Neyman, A.; Bar-Sadan, M.; Agnoli, S.; Granozzi, G. One-Pot Synthesis of MoS2(1−x)Se2xon N-Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide: Tailoring Chemical and Structural Properties for Photoenhanced Hydrogen Evolution Reaction. Nanoscale Adv. 2020, 2 (10), 4830–4840.


(10)        Franceschi, P.; Mateos, J.; Vega-Peñaloza, A.; Dell’Amico, L. Microfluidic Visible-Light Paternò–Büchi Reaction of Oxindole Enol Ethers. European J. Org. Chem. 2020, 2020 (43), 6718–6722.

(9)          Bonetto, R.; Crisanti, F.; Sartorel, A. Carbon Dioxide Reduction Mediated by Iron Catalysts: Mechanism and Intermediates That Guide Selectivity. ACS Omega 2020, 5 (34), 21309–21319.

(8)          Bonetto, R.; Altieri, R.; Tagliapietra, M.; Barbon, A.; Bonchio, M. Electrochemical Conversion of CO2 to CO by a Competent Fe(I) Intermediate Bearing a Schiff Base Ligand. ChemSusChem accepted article.

(7)          Vega-Peñaloza, A.; Mateos, J.; Companyó, X.; Escudero-Casao, M.; Dell’Amico, L. A Rational Approach to Organo-Photocatalysis: Novel Designs and Structure-Property Relationships. Angew. Chemie - Int. Ed. 2020, 2–18.

(6)          Blanco, M.; Lunardon, M.; Bortoli, M.; Mosconi, D.; Girardi, L.; Orian, L.; Agnoli, S.; Granozzi, G.  Tuning on and off Chemical- and Photo-Activity of Exfoliated MoSe 2 Nanosheets through Morphologically Selective “Soft” Covalent Functionalization with Porphyrins . J. Mater. Chem. A 2020, 8 (21), 11019–11030.

(5)          Ambrosetti, A.; Silvestrelli, P. L. Trends in the Change in Graphene Conductivity upon Gas Adsorption: The Relevance of Orbital Distortion. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2020, 11 (7), 2737–2741.

(4)          Mateos, J.; Vega-Peñaloza, A.; Franceschi, P.; Rigodanza, F.; Andreetta, P.; Companyó, X.; Pelosi, G.; Bonchio, M.; Dell’Amico, L. A Visible-Light Paternò–Büchi Dearomatisation Process towards the Construction of Oxeto-Indolinic Polycycles. Chem. Sci. 2020.

(3)          Volpe, A.; Natali, M.; Graiff, C.; Sartorel, A.; Tubaro, C.; Bonchio, M. Novel Iridium Complexes with N-Heterocyclic Dicarbene Ligands in Light-Driven Water Oxidation Catalysis: Photon Management, Ligand Effect and Catalyst Evolution. Dalt. Trans. 2020, 49 (8), 2696–2705.

(2)          Volpato, G. A.; Marasi, M.; Gobbato, T.; Valentini, F.; Sabuzi, F.; Gagliardi, V.; Bonetto, A.; Marcomini, A.; Berardi, S.; Conte, V.; Bonchio, M.; Caramori, S.; Galloni, P.; Sartorel, A. Photoanodes for Water Oxidation with Visible Light Based on a Pentacyclic Quinoid Organic Dye Enabling Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer. Chem. Commun. 2020, 56 (15), 2248–2251.

(1)          Volpe, A.; Tubaro, C.; Natali, M.; Sartorel, A.; Brudvig, G. W.; Bonchio, M. Light-Driven Water Oxidation with the Ir-Blue Catalyst and the Ru(Bpy)32+/S2O82- Cycle: Photogeneration of Active Dimers, Electron-Transfer Kinetics, and Light Synchronization for Oxygen Evolution with High Quantum Efficiency. Inorg. Chem. 2019.

News and Activities

December 2020: Master students involved in the project  Chiara Conti, Francesco Crisanti, Biagio Di Vizio succesfully discuss their thesis work. Ready for new job positions 

2 December 2020: Lorenzo Paoloni is hired within the project in the modelling group. Welcome Lorenzo and we expect spectacular calculations and predictions! 

10 September 2020Hongqing Liang is hired within the project in the surface science group. Welcome Hongqing!

17 July 2020: Mirko Juretic has defended his master thesis and gets his master degree in Materials Science.

June 2020: master students Chiara Conti and Francesco Crisanti start their thesis work

4 May 2020: Back to the labs!

March – April 2020: the research activities are continuing by remote, due to the sanitary emergency

1 March 2020: Pietro Franceschi is hired within the project, Congratulations Pietro and good work!


17 February 2020: meeting at DiSC with all participants for planning the research activities!


12-14 February 2020: ENERCHEM-2 in Padova: Andrea Sartorel and Stefano Agnoli present oral contributions; Giulia Alice Volpato and Valeria Gagliardi present 2 posters.

2-7 February 2020: European winter school on organic chemistry (E-WISPOC20) in Brixen: Andrea Sartorel, Giulia Alice Volpato, Valeria Gagliardi, Ruggero Bonetto, Roberto Altieri present 6 posters .


23 January 2020: Andrea Sartorel presents the research topics by NanoMolcat to Heraeus managers, at DiSC.