Associate professor  
Academic disciplines
Chimica generale ed inorganica (CHIM/03)
Office phone
  • U05, Floor: 2, Room: 2075
Reception hours

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


I was 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. (2019). Oxide-Supported Gold Clusters and Nanoparticles in Catalysis: A Computational Chemistry Perspective. CHEMCATCHEM, 11(1), 73-89. Detail
  • Tosoni, S., & Pacchioni, G. (2016). Acetic acid ketonization on tetragonal zirconia: Role of surface reduction. JOURNAL OF CATALYSIS, 344, 465-473. Detail
  • Ruiz Puigdollers, A., Tosoni, S., & Pacchioni, G. (2016). Turning a Nonreducible into a Reducible Oxide via Nanostructuring: Opposite Behavior of Bulk ZrO2 and ZrO2 Nanoparticles Toward H2 Adsorption. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. C, 120(28), 15329-15337. Detail
  • Tumino, F., Casari, C., Li Bassi, A., & Tosoni, S. (2020). Nature of Point Defects in Single-Layer MoS2Supported on Au(111). JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. C, 124(23), 12424-12431. 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, 4(9). Detail

Research projects

Photocatalytic recovery of iodine from iodinated waste using single-atom catalysts
Year: 2023
Supported Ultra-small Metal clusters for CAtalytic Reactions (SUMCAR)
Year: 2022
Call: Bando PRIN 2022
Single ATom CHemistry and Magnetism on supported ultrathin Oxide films (SATCHMO), 2020C7BHM9
Year: 2021
Call: FAQC 2021 - terza finestra
Grantors: Università degli Studi di MILANO-BICOCCA
TOSONI-Fondo per il finanziamento delle attività base di ricerca
Year: 2017
Call: FFABR 2017
Grantors: M.I.U.R. - MINISTERO DELL'ISTRUZIONE, DELL'UNIVERSITA' E DELLA RICERCA - UFFICIO I - Bilancio e Contabilita'. Coordinamento staff della Direzione



  • Premio Giovani Talenti dell'Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, con il Patrocinio dell'Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Università di Milano-Bicocca e Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 2016

Research and teaching assignments

  • Ricercatore universitario a t.d. - Università degli Studi di MILANO-BICOCCA, 2016 - 2019