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Vito Di Noto - Università degli studi di Padova. Italy

Prof. Vito Di Noto is Full Professor of Electrochemistry for Energy and Solid-State Chemistry in the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Padova, where he heads the Section of Chemistry for Technology and leads the Chemistry of Materials for the Metamorphosis and the Storage of Energy group (CheMaMSE). Vito Di Noto joined the faculty of the University of Padova in 1992. He focused his investigations on electrochemistry, with a particular focus on the development of new materials for applications in the field of electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices such as secondary batteries, fuel cells, solar cells, and—more recently—redox flow batteries. Prof. Di Noto pioneered the secondary magnesium ion battery and devised breakthrough approaches for the synthesis of electrolytes and electrode materials for secondary batteries and fuel cells. He also provided seminal contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms of ion conduction in condensed phases. On these bases, Prof. Di Noto was nominated “Fellow of The Electrochemical Society” in the Class of 2019.

Currently, his research activity is focused on the synthesis and the studies of the structure, relaxation phenomena and electrochemistry of ion-conducting, dielectric and electrode materials. Di Noto’s research covers the entire value chain, from the synthesis of the materials to the physicochemical and electrochemical characterization, and also includes the fabrication and testing of prototype devices for performance and durability. He organized and chaired top-level events in the field of electrochemistry, including several ECS symposia, meetings for the International Society for Solid State Ionics, and international symposia on polymer electrolytes. He is on the editorial board of several high-impact peer-reviewed journals on electrochemistry.

Prof. Di Noto is author or co-author of more than 290 publications, including 27 patents.



The activity of the recipient of the “Chair of Excellence” will be focused to the development of advanced functional materials for application in secondary batteries. These latter devices are already playing a crucial role in the radical renovation of the energy system towards a carbon-free future that is occurring at the global level (e.g., by providing power to portable electronics and surface light-duty vehicles such as private cars).

In particular, the efforts will be mainly devoted to batteries based on both lithium and “beyond-Li” chemistries. The latter will cover systems running on Mg and Ca, in the framework of a number of collaborating activities culminating in the FET-OPEN project “VIDICAT”, that is meant to devise the first practical Ca-ion battery. The recipient of the “Chair of Excellence” will prepare and characterize the functional materials, in order to identify the most promising candidates for implementation in single-cell prototypes to be tested for performance and durability.