Laboratory for the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for energy, environment and cultural heritage



The laboratory is located on the semi-basement floor of the B-body of the CNR Research Area in Palermo. It is equipped to perform chemical synthesis (in particular solution combustion synthesis), characterization of solid catalysts and electrocatalysts and study of the degradation processes of ceramics and metals.

It contains a large central counter, 3 fume hoods with different types of activated carbon filters according to the needs of the researcher, a fume hood without suction (covered work surface), cabinets and shelves for glassware and reagents, analytical balance and press for powders (to prepare compact pellets from powders, both for FT-IR and for electrochemical applications and sintering studies).

This laboratory hosts also activities of “Alternanza scuola-lavoro”and preparation for the activities of dissemination of chemistry in primary and secondary schools, as well as tutoring activities of trainees, undergraduates, doctoral students, scholarship holders and grant holders.

Laboratory responsible: Dr. Francesca Deganello
(phone.: +39 091 6809387; e-mail.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Instrument for measuring the surface area and porosity of solids. The solid is put in contact with nitrogen at very low temperatures and the adsorption and desorption of the gas on the solid at different pressures is studied.


Instrument for measuring the impedance of a solid at different frequencies and temperatures. It is used both to determine the resistance of solid electrodes and electrolytes for their application in fuel cells and to determine variations in resistance in solution to study the corrosion phenomena of metals in cultural Heritage.

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