Assistant Professor
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Monday 10.00- 11.00 Wednesday 10.00-11.00 Only upon previous appointment via email


Born in 1979 in Torino. I graduated in Chemistry at the University of Torino in 2003, where he also got his PhD in Chemical sciences in 2007. I spent several years as a post-doc first at the Humboldt University in Berlin (2008-2011) and then at the University of Barcelona (2011-2013). I came back to Italy in 2013 at the Materials Science Department, University of Milano Bicocca, where I was appointed research associate in 2016.   


My research activity is carried out at the Quantum Chemistry Lab, Materials Science Department, and concerns the characterization of materials (oxides in particular) and surfaces by means of computational simulations. In particular, we focus on the physical, chemical, and catalytic (or photocatalytic) properties of doped or nanostructured oxides, as well as oxide thin films supported on metals or semiconductor. My research activity spans also on composite materials, heterojunctions and materials for solid state batteries.   


  • Tosoni, S., & Pacchioni, G. (2016). Acetic acid ketonization on tetragonal zirconia: Role of surface reduction. JOURNAL OF CATALYSIS, 344, 465-473. Detail
  • Tosoni, S., & Pacchioni, G. (2017). Trends in Adhesion Energies of Gold on MgO(100), Rutile TiO2(110), and CeO2(111) Surfaces: A Comparative DFT Study. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. C, 121(51), 28328-28338. Detail
  • Ho, V., Tosoni, S., & Pacchioni, G. (2018). Evidence of Charge Transfer to Atomic and Molecular Adsorbates on ZnO/X(111) (X = Cu, Ag, Au) Ultrathin Films. Relevance for Cu/ZnO Catalysts. ACS CATALYSIS, 8(5), 4110-4119. Detail
  • Tosoni, S., & Pacchioni, G. (2019). Oxide-Supported Gold Clusters and Nanoparticles in Catalysis: A Computational Chemistry Perspective. CHEMCATCHEM, 11(1), 73-89. Detail
  • Gentile, A., Ferrara, C., Tosoni, S., Balordi, M., Marchionna, S., Cernuschi, F., et al. (2020). Enhanced Functional Properties of Ti3C2Tx MXenes as Negative Electrodes in Sodium‐Ion Batteries by Chemical Tuning. SMALL METHODS. Detail