Paolo Fornasiero

Paolo Fornasiero

New directions in catalyst design for energy and environmental applications


In the last decade we have faced extraordinary advances in nanostructured catalytic materials. These progresses support a new vision for nanoscale-inspired design and synthesis of industrially important catalysts. Heterogeneous transition metal catalysts are nanoparticles with sizes in the 1−10 nm range, that nowadays can be synthesize with uniform size and shape. This precise structural and morphological control, coupled with the possibility to modulate the metal-support interactions, allowed us to have a step change increase in the activity, selectivity and stability of many industrially and environmentally important catalysts. In this context, renewable energy conversion is the real challenge of the 21st century. The photosplitting of water to H2 and O2, the photoreforming of renewable oxygenates and the photocatalytic CO2 reduction to solar fuels by water oxidation are the challenging tasks, and research is focused on using chemically stable nanostructured inorganic catalysts.


to the European Conference on Materials and Technologies for Sustainable Growth website.

ECo MaTech will be held in Bled (Slovenia) from 19th to 21st of September 2013.

Eco MaTech is the third edition of a conference that started in 2009. The aim of ECo MaTech is to gather representatives of academic and R&D institutions, industry, governmental agencies and civil society to:

- present their work, ideas and products, 
- increase fruitful exhanges between all the actors involved in sustainable growth technologies, 
- increase the networking with sustainable growth professionals, 
- establish a general discussion platform on sustainable growth.


The conference excursion will take you to the Alpine lake Bohinj ( and waterfall Savica (
A farewell party will follow the lake trip by a boat. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Only cash is exepted for on-site payment.

The poster panels are 1m wide and 2m high. The standrad A0 size posters are recommended (841mm:1189mm).