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Dr Cristina Giordano

Cristina

Reader in Chemistry

Email: c.giordano@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 6605
Room Number: Room G06, Joseph Priestley Building

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Cristina Giordano obtained her PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Palermo in 2006. After her PhD she won twice the “assegno di ricerca” in the same University (Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Department of Physical Chemistry) as teaching assistant and post-graduated researcher. Between 2008 and 2014 she led the group of Inorganic Nanostructures at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam (Germany) where she also did her Habilitation.

At the end of 2014 she joined the Technical University of Berlin as independent researcher, to intensify her teaching, also receiving the title of “Privatdozent” (July 2015) from the TU-Berlin.

Since September 2015 Dr Giordano is Reader in Chemistry at Queen Mary University of London.

Dr Giordano is the author of almost 60 publications in the field of colloids and nanomaterial chemistry, ranging from synthesis of advanced materials to characterization and wide ranging applications. For her research, 2011, Dr Giordano was awarded with the “Zsigmondy Stipendium” from the German Colloid Society, as best promising young researcher in the field of Colloids.

During her spare time Cristina enjoys Art and Literature, Cooking and Reading. She is also found of Culture heritage and History.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Essential Skills for Chemists (Tutorials) (CHE100)
  • Foundations of Practical Chemistry (CHE101)
  • Advanced Practical Chemistry 1 (CHE301)
  • Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry (CHE113)
  • Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (CHE403U)
  • Practical Chemistry (CHE211)

Research

Research Interests:

Experimental Nanomaterial Chemistry Research, covering all relevant aspects from synthesis, characterization, processing and application.

Research in our group focuses on the design of novel/tailored pathways for the synthesis of advanced nanostructures based on metals, metal alloys and metallic ceramics. Metallic ceramics (namely transition metal nitrides and carbides) are a partially unexplored class of materials (e.g. compared to their corresponding oxides) and, as suggested by their name, they possess an intriguing combination of properties that place them between classical ceramics and pure metals. The number of envisaged applications is thus very broad and even broader going to the nanoscale (e.g. higher specific surface area, tailored properties via size- and shape- control, easier shaping and processing, etc). As “bulk” phase, metallic ceramics are mainly known for their superior mechanical properties but, due to their “dual” nature, the potentialities of these materials go far beyond. Formally produced by involving dangerous reactants coupled with needed high temperatures (up to 2000°C), these conditions were not enough appealing for a large scale production and unsuitable for nanoparticles synthesis. Our research work successfully aimed at designing novel pathways for the synthesis of metallic ceramics in order to expand their coverage in applied science.

The research performed up to now represents just the tip of an iceberg. Once the production of these materials can be made straightforward, any further modification, combination, manipulation, is in principle possible and unique systems can be designed.

Current research also focuses on multifunctional materials, colloidal dispersions and hybrids based on MN/MC nanoparticles. In particular on the design of tailored multifunctional materials (hybrids and nanocomposites) based on metallic ceramics, where solid state bridges soft matter to create unique materials for target applications.
Large part of our research is also performed through national and international collaborations.

Find out more about Dr Giordano's collaboration list [PDF 88KB] and Dr Giordano's Publications List [PDF 120KB]

Visit Dr Giordano's lab website

Research department

Research ID: H-4734-2013

Publications

    • Defilippi C, Rodríguez-Padrón D, Luque R et al. (publicationYear), Novel iron carbide based catalysts for biomass valorisation $nameOfConference


    • Giordano C, Defilippi C, Luque R et al. (2020), Simplifying Levulinic Acid Conversion Towards a Sustainable Biomass Valorisation $nameOfConference


    • Jiménez-Gómez CP, Defilippi C, Cecilia JA et al. (2020), The role of nitride species in the gas-phase furfural hydrogenation activity of supported nickel catalysts $nameOfConference


    • Armetta F, Saladino ML, Giordano C et al. (2019), Non-conventional Ce:YAG nanostructures via urea complexes $nameOfConference


    • Fang Y, Li X, Wang Y et al. (2019), Gradient sulfur doping along polymeric carbon nitride films as visible light photoanodes for the enhanced water oxidation $nameOfConference


    • Giordano C (2019), Multimetallic Oxynitrides Nanoparticles for a New Generation of Photocatalysts $nameOfConference


    • Defilippi C, Shinde DV, Dang Z et al. (2019), HfN Nanoparticles: An Unexplored Catalyst for the Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution Reaction $nameOfConference


    • Giordano C (2019), HfN nanoparticles: an Unexplored Catalyst for the Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution Reaction $nameOfConference


    • Armetta F, Defilippi C, Giordano C et al. (2019), Influence of cerium content and heat treatment on Ce:YAG@glass wool nanostructures $nameOfConference


    • GIORDANO C (2019), Iron Carbide@Carbon Nanocomposites: a Tool Box of Functional Materials $nameOfConference


    • García-Márquez A, Glatzel S, Kraupner A et al. (2018), Branch-Like Iron Nitride and Carbide Magnetic Fibres Using an Electrospinning Technique $nameOfConference


    • Maurice V, Clavel G, Antonietti M et al. (2016), Aerosol-Assisted Synthesis of Porous TiNxOy@C Nanocomposites $nameOfConference


    • Joshi U, Lee J, Giordano C et al. (2016), Enhanced catalysis of the electrochemical hydrogen evolution reaction using composites of molybdenum-based compounds, gold nanoparticles and carbon. $nameOfConference


    • Lei W, Willinger MG, Antonietti M et al. (2015), Frontispiece: GaN and Gax In1-x N Nanoparticles with Tunable Indium Content: Synthesis and Characterization. $nameOfConference


    • Lei W, Willinger MG, Antonietti M et al. (2015), GaN and GaxIn1-xN Nanoparticles with Tunable Indium Content: Synthesis and Characterization $nameOfConference


    • Gupta S, Altin B, Giordano C et al. (2015), Noble metal/silica "raspberry" type hybrids: Synthesis and functionalization $nameOfConference


    • Ma L, Ting LRL, Molinari V et al. (2015), Efficient hydrogen evolution reaction catalyzed by molybdenum carbide and molybdenum nitride nanocatalysts synthesized via the urea glass route $nameOfConference


    • Milke B, Wall C, Metzke S et al. (2014), A simple synthesis of MnN0.43@C nanocomposite: characterization and application as battery material $nameOfConference


    • Chieffi G, Giordano C, Antonietti M et al. (2014), FeNi nanoparticles with carbon armor as sustainable hydrogenation catalysts: Towards biorefineries $nameOfConference


    • Clavel G, Molinari V, Kraupner A et al. (2014), Easy access to Ni3N- and Ni-carbon nanocomposite catalysts $nameOfConference


    • Esposito D, Molinari V, Giordano C et al. (2014), Chemical feedstocks from biomass: An integrated conversion scheme $nameOfConference

    • Shalom M, Molinari V, Esposito D et al. (2014), Sponge-like nickel and nickel nitride structures for catalytic applications $nameOfConference


    • GIORDANO C (2014), Titanium Nitride-Nickel Nanocomposites as Heterogeneous Catalysts for the Hydrogenolysis of Aryl Ethers $nameOfConference


    • Liu X, Giordano C, Antonietti M (2014), A facile molten-salt route to graphene synthesis $nameOfConference


    • Kaur R, Giordano C, Gradzielski M et al. (2014), Synthesis of highly stable, water-dispersible copper nanoparticles as catalysts for nitrobenzene reduction $nameOfConference


    • Gupta S, Giordano C, Gradzielski M et al. (2013), Microwave-assisted synthesis of small Ru nanoparticles and their role in degradation of congo red $nameOfConference


    • Corbiere TCM, Ressnig D, Giordano C et al. (2013), Focused radiation heating for controlled high temperature chemistry, exemplified with the preparation of vanadium nitride nanoparticles $nameOfConference


    • Petkov V, Hessel CM, Ovtchinnikoff J et al. (2013), Structure-properties correlation in Si nanoparticles by total scattering and computer simulations $nameOfConference


    • Giordano C, Corbiere T (2013), A step forward in metal nitride and carbide synthesis: From pure nanopowders to nanocomposites $nameOfConference


    • Liu X, Antonietti M, Giordano C (2013), Manipulation of phase and microstructure at nanoscale for SiC in molten salt synthesis $nameOfConference


    • Schliehe C, Giordano C (2013), Bottom-up synthesis of Zn1.7GeN1.8O nanoparticles for photocatalytic application $nameOfConference


    • Gao Q, Giordano C, Antonietti M (2013), ChemInform Abstract: Biomimetic Oxygen Activation by MoS2/Ta3N5 Nanocomposites for Selective Aerobic Oxidation. $nameOfConference


    • Glatzel S, Schnepp Z, Giordano C (2013), From paper to structured carbon electrodes by inkjet printing $nameOfConference


    • Glatzel S, Schnepp Z, Giordano C (2013), Von Papier zu strukturierten Kohlenstoffelektroden mittels Tintenstrahldruck $nameOfConference


    • Skorupska K, Giordano C, Zoladek S et al. (2013), Semiconducting Ta3N5-polymer nanohybrid that photoelectrolyze water $nameOfConference


    • Gao Q, Wang S, Tang Y et al. (2012), Preparation of organic-inorganic hybrid Fe-MoO $nameOfConference


    • Gao Q, Giordano C, Antonietti M (2012), Biomimetic oxygen activation by MoS2/Ta3N5 nanocomposites for selective aerobic oxidation $nameOfConference


    • Gao Q, Giordano C, Antonietti M (2012), Biomimetic Oxygen Activation by MoS2/Ta3N5 Nanocomposites for Selective Aerobic Oxidation $nameOfConference


    • Schliehe C, Yuan J, Glatzel S et al. (2012), ChemInform Abstract: Iron Nitride and Carbide: From Crystalline Nanoparticles to Stable Aqueous Dispersions. $nameOfConference


    • Villa A, Campisi S, Giordano C et al. (2012), Mo and W carbide: Tunable catalysts for liquid phase conversion of alcohols $nameOfConference


    • Schliehe C, Yuan J, Glatzel S et al. (2012), Iron Nitride and Carbide: from Crystalline Nanoparticles to Stable Aqueous Dispersions $nameOfConference


    • Liu X, Giordano C, Antonietti M (2012), A molten-salt route for synthesis of Si and Ge nanoparticles: Chemical reduction of oxides by electrons solvated in salt melt $nameOfConference


    • Gao Q, Wang S, Ma Y et al. (2012), SiO 2-surface-assisted controllable synthesis of TaON and Ta 3N 5 nanoparticles for alkene epoxidation $nameOfConference


    • Gobel R, Xie ZL, Neumann M et al. (2012), Synthesis of mesoporous carbon/iron carbide hybrids with unusually high surface areas from the ionic liquid precursor Bmim FeCl4 $nameOfConference


    • Gao Q, Wang S, Ma Y et al. (2011), SiO2‐Surface‐Assisted Controllable Synthesis of TaON and Ta3N5 Nanoparticles for Alkene Epoxidation $nameOfConference


    • Gao Q, Giordano C, Antonietti M (2011), Controlled synthesis of tantalum oxynitride and nitride nanoparticles $nameOfConference


    • Schnepp Z, Thomas M, Glatzel S et al. (2011), One pot route to sponge-like Fe3N nanostructures $nameOfConference


    • Giordano C, Kraupner A, Fleischer I et al. (2011), Non-conventional Fe3C-based nanostructures $nameOfConference


    • Yuan J, Márquez AG, Reinacher J et al. (2011), Nitrogen-doped carbon fibers and membranes by carbonization of electrospun poly(ionic liquid)s $nameOfConference


    • Giordano C, Antonietti M (2011), Synthesis of crystalline metal nitride and metal carbide nanostructures by sol-gel chemistry $nameOfConference


    • Portehault D, Devi S, Beaunier P et al. (2011), ChemInform Abstract: A General Solution Route Toward Metal Boride Nanocrystals. $nameOfConference


    • Yuan J, Schlaad H, Giordano C et al. (2011), Double hydrophilic diblock copolymers containing a poly(ionic liquid) segment: Controlled synthesis, solution property, and application as carbon precursor $nameOfConference


    • Portehault D, Devi S, Beaunier P et al. (2011), A general solution route toward metal boride nanocrystals $nameOfConference


    • Portehault D, Devi S, Beaunier P et al. (2011), Innentitelbild: A General Solution Route toward Metal Boride Nanocrystals (Angew. Chem. 14/2011) $nameOfConference


    • Portehault D, Devi S, Beaunier P et al. (2011), Inside Cover: A General Solution Route toward Metal Boride Nanocrystals (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 14/2011) $nameOfConference


    • Portehault D, Devi S, Beaunier P et al. (2011), A General Solution Route toward Metal Boride Nanocrystals $nameOfConference


    • Giordano C, Yang W, Lindemann A et al. (2011), Waterborne WC nanodispersions $nameOfConference


    • García-Márquez A, Portehault D, Giordano C (2010), Chromium nitride and carbide nanofibers: from composites to mesostructures $nameOfConference


    • Schnepp Z, Wimbush SC, Antonietti M et al. (2010), Synthesis of Highly Magnetic Iron Carbide Nanoparticles via a Biopolymer Route $nameOfConference


    • Yuan J, Giordano C, Antonietti M (2010), Ionic liquid monomers and polymers as precursors of highly conductive, mesoporous, graphitic carbon nanostructures $nameOfConference


    • Schnepp Z, Yang W, Antonietti M et al. (2010), Biotemplating of metal carbide microstructures: The magnetic leaf $nameOfConference


    • Schnepp Z, Yang W, Antonietti M et al. (2010), Biotemplating of Metal Carbide Microstructures: The Magnetic Leaf $nameOfConference


    • Kraupner A, Markus Antonietti, Palkovits R et al. (2010), Mesoporous Fe3C sponges as magnetic supports and as heterogeneous catalyst $nameOfConference


    • Giordano C, Kraupner A, Wimbush SC et al. (2010), Iron Carbide: An Ancient Advanced Material $nameOfConference


    • Khare V, Kraupner A, Mantion A et al. (2010), Stable iron carbide nanoparticle dispersions in [Emim][SCN] and [Emim][N(CN)2] ionic liquids $nameOfConference


    • Portehault D, Giordano C, Gervais C et al. (2010), High-surface-area nanoporous boron carbon nitrides for hydrogen storage $nameOfConference


    • Portehault D, Giordano C, Sanchez C et al. (2010), Nonaqueous route toward a nanostructured hybrid titanate $nameOfConference


    • Makowski P, Giordano C, Goettmann F et al. (2009), Preparation of transition metal carbides and nitrides nanoparticles from urea and their use as alkylation catalysts $nameOfConference

    • Milke B, Strauch P, Antonietti M et al. (2009), Synthesis of LiyMnSiOx and LiMnPO4 nanostructures $nameOfConference


    • Yao W, Makowski P, Giordano C et al. (2009), Synthesis of early-transition-metal carbide and nitride nanoparticles through the urea route and their use as alkylation catalysts $nameOfConference


    • Giordano C, Erpen C, Yao W et al. (2009), Metal nitride and metal carbide nanoparticles by a soft urea pathway $nameOfConference


    • Makowski P, Giordano C, Goettmann F et al. (2009), CATL 40-Preparation of transition metal carbides and nitrides nanoparticles from urea and their use as alkylation catalysts $nameOfConference

    • Kraupner A, Antonietti M, Giordano C (2009), COLL 49-Synthesis of Fe3C nanostructures by a simple chemical route $nameOfConference

    • Giordano C, Erpen C, Yao W et al. (2008), Synthesis of Mo and W carbide and nitride nanoparticles via a simple "urea glass" route $nameOfConference


    • Calandra P, Giordano C, Longo A et al. (2006), Physicochemical investigation of surfactant-coated gold nanoparticles synthesized in the confined space of dry reversed micelles $nameOfConference


    • Longo A, Calandra P, Casaletto MP et al. (2006), Synthesis and physico-chemical characterization of gold nanoparticles softly coated by AOT $nameOfConference


    • Calandra P, Giordano C, Ruggirello A et al. (2004), Physicochemical investigation of acrylamide solubilization in sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate and lecithin reversed micelles. $nameOfConference


    • Giordano C, Longo A, Ruggirello A et al. (2004), Physicochemical investigation of cobalt–iron cyanide nanoparticles synthesized by a novel solid–solid reaction in confined space $nameOfConference


    • Bongiorno D, Ceraulo L, Ferrugia M et al. (2004), H-NMR and FT-IR study of the state of melatonin confined in membrane models: location and interactions of melatonin in water free lecithin and AOT reversed micelles $nameOfConference


    • Giordano C, Longo A, Turco Liveri V et al. (2003), Physicochemical investigation of the solubilization of cobalt nitrate in sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate reversed micelles $nameOfConference


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