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Date of birth

13 Gennaio, 1959

Contact Details


Departmemnt of Industrial Engineering Rome Tor Vergata University Via del Politecnico 1, 00133 Rome, Italy

Office Location

Building of Industrial Engineering, II floor, Room n. 2112


39 06 7184


39 320 7983063


39 06 72597158



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Reading skills: excellent
Writing skills: excellent
Verbal skills: excellent


Current Position

Associate professor of Chemistry (SSD CHIM/07 , SC 03/B2)
Rome “Tor Vergata” University – Department of “Industrial Engineering”.

Coordinator of the “Chemical Nano-Engineering” Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme of Rome “Tor Vergata” University


Master Degree in Chemistry at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”


Chemistry – 6 CFU
Nanoscale Synthesis Methods – 5 CFU
Nano-Engineering Seminar + Project 3 – 2 CFU

Research Activities

• Development of solid state ionic conductors for energy technologies
• Proton conducting membranes (PEM fuel cells, water electrolysers)
• Cation conducting ionomers (rechargeable batteries in anhydrous state, aqueous metal batteries)
• Hydroxide conducting membranes (alkaline fuel cells, water electrolysers)
• Anion conducting ionomers (redox flow batteries)
• Amphoteric polymers (redox flow batteries)
• Synthesis of organic-inorganic materials
• Nanoscale synthesis of carbon materials

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Publications (last 5 years)

Publications (last 5 years)
  1. “Model Long Side-Chain PPO-Based Anion Exchange Ionomers: Properties and Alkaline Stability”
    Becerra-Arciniegas, R.-A., Narducci, R., Ercolani, G., Sgreccia, E., Pasquini, L., Di Vona, M.L., Knauth, P. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2020, 124, 1309-1316.
  2. “Alkaline stability of model anion exchange membranes based on poly(phenylene oxide) (PPO) with grafted quaternary ammonium groups: Influence of the functionalization route”
    Becerra-Arciniegas, R.-A., Narducci, R., Ercolani, G., Antonaroli, S., Sgreccia, E., Pasquini, L., Knauth, P., Di Vona, M.L. Polymer 2019, 185,121931.
  3. “Experimental analysis of an innovative organic membrane for air to air enthalpy exchangers”
    Baldinelli, G., Rotili, A., Narducci, R., Di Vona, M.L., Marrocchi, A. International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer 2019, 108, 104332.
  4. “Study of annealed aquivion® ionomers with the INCA method”
    Giancola, S., Arciniegas, R.A.B., Fahs, A., Chailan, J.-F., Di Vona, M.L., Knauth, P., Narducci, R. Membranes, 2019, 9, 134.
  5. “Influence of the position of ionic groups in amphoteric polyelectrolytes on hydration and ionic conduction: Side chain vs main chain”
    Narducci, R., Sgreccia, E., Ercolani, G., Sette, M., Antonaroli, S., Pasquini, L., Knauth, P., Di Vona, M.L. European Polymer Journal 2019, 119, 45-51.
  6. “Intrinsic” Anion Exchange Polymers through the Dissociation of Strong Basic Groups: PPO with Grafted Bicyclic Guanidines
    Narducci, R., Ercolani, G., Becerra-Arciniegas, R.A., Pasquini, L., Knauth, P., Di Vona, M.L. Membranes 2019, 9, 57.
  7. “Stimuli-responsive amphoteric ion exchange polymers bearing carboxylic and amine groups grafted to a cross-linkable silica network”
    Sgreccia, E.; Pasquini, L.; G Ercolani, Knauth, P.; Di Vona, M. L. European Polymer Journal 2019, 112, 255-262.
  8. “Hydration and Ionic Conductivity of Model Cation and Anion-Conducting Ionomers in Buffer Solutions (Phosphate, Acetate, Citrate)”
    Pasquini, L.; Wacrenier, O; Di Vona, M.L.; Knauth, P. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2018, 122, 12009-12016.
  9. “Layered Double Hydroxides Containing an Ionic Liquid: Ionic Conductivity and Use in Composite Anion Exchange Membranes”
    Pizzoferrato, R.; Ciotta, E.; Ferrari, I.V.; Narducci, R.; Knauth, P.; Di Vona, M.L. ChemElectroChem 2018, 5, 2781-2788.
  10. “Stabilized SPEEK Membranes with a High Degree of Sulfonation for Enthalpy Heat Exchangers”
    Narducci, R.; Knauth, P.; Di Vona, M.L.; Marrocchi, A.; Baldinelli, G. Coatings 2018, 8, 190.
  11. “Electrochemical synthesis of thin, dense, and conformal anion exchange membranes with quaternary ammonium groups”
    Braglia, M; Ferrari, I.V.; Pasquini, L.; Djenizian, T; Sette, M.; Di Vona, M.L.; Knauth, P. Electrochimica Acta 2018, 265, 78-88.
  12. “Ionic conductivity of Zn–Al layered double hydroxide films grown on aluminum substrate”
    Pizzoferrato, R.; Ciotta, E.; Ferrari, I.V.; Braglia, M.; Medaglia, P.G.; Mattoccia, A.; Di Giamberardino, L.; Richetta, M.; Knauth, P.; Di Vona, M.L. Solid State Ionics 2018, 314, 30-35.
  13. “Comparative Study of the Cation Permeability of Protonic, Anionic and Ampholytic Membranes”
    Knauth, P.; Pasquini, L.; Di Vona, M. L. Solid State Ionics 2017, 300, 97-105.
  14. “Electrochemically Engineered Single Li-Ion Conducting Solid Polymer Electrolyte on Titania Nanotubes for Microbatteries”
    Ferrari, I. V.; Braglia, M.; Djenizian, T.; Knauth, P.; Di Vona, M. L. Journal of Power Sources 2017, 353, 95-103.
  15. “Anionic Conducting Composite Membranes Based on Aromatic Polymer and Layered Double Hydroxides”
    Di Vona, M. L.; Casciola, M.; Donnadio, A.; Nocchetti, M.; Pasquini, L.; Narducci, R.; Knauth, P. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2017, 42, 3197-3205.
  16. “Composite Anion Exchange Membranes with Functionalized Hydrophilic or Hydrophobic Titanium Dioxide” Derbali, Z.; Fahs, A.; Chailan, J. F.; Ferrari, I. V.; Di Vona, M. L.; Knauth, P. International Journal ofHydrogen Energy 2017, 42, 19178-19189.
  17. “Bottom-up Electrochemical Deposition of Poly(Styrene Sulfonate) on Nanoarchitectured Electrodes”
    Braglia, M.; Ferrari, I. V.; Djenizian, T.; Kaciulis, S.; Soltani, P.; Di Vona, M. L.; Knauth, P. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2017, 9, 22902-22910.
  18. “Preparation and Nc/T Plots of Un-Crystallized Nafion 1100 and Semi-Crystalline Nafion 1000”
    Alberti, G.; Narducci, R.; Di Vona, M. L.; Giancola, S. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2017, 42, 15908-15912.
  19. “Effects of Anion Substitution on Hydration, Ionic Conductivity and Mechanical Properties of Anion-Exchange Membranes”
    Pasquini, L.; Di Vona, M. L.; Knauth, P. New Journal of Chemistry 2016, 40, 3671-3676.
  20. “Low-Permeability Poly(Ether Ether Ketone)-Based Ampholytic Membranes”
    Narducci, R.; Pasquini, L.; Chailan, J. F.; Knauth, P.; Di Vona, M. L. Chempluschem 2016, 81, 550-556.
  21. “Mechanical Properties of Anion Exchange Membranes by Combination of Tensile Stress-Strain Tests and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis”
    Narducci, R.; Chailan, J. F.; Fahs, A.; Pasquini, L.; Di Vona, M. L.; Knauth, P. Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics 2016, 54, 1180-1187.
  22. “Lolipem: Long Life Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells”
    Barbieri, G.; Brunetti, A.; Di Vona, M. L.; Sgreccia, E.; Knauth, P.; Hou, H. Y.; Hempelmann, R.; Arena, F.; Beretta, L. D.; Bauer, B.; Schuster, M.; Osso, J. O.; Vega, L. F. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2016, 41, 1921-1934.
  23. “Anodic Electropolymerization of Sulfonated Poly(phenyl ether): Study of Precursor Isomers and Polymer Growth”
    Braglia, M; Ferrari, IV; Vacandio, F; Knauth, P; Di Vona, ML CHEMISTRYSELECT 2016, 1, 3114-3119.
  24. “Fluoride-Ion-Conducting Polymers: Ionic Conductivity and Fluoride Ion Diffusion Coefficient in Quaternized Polysulfones”
    Pasquini, L.; Ziarelli, F.; Viel, S.; Di Vona, M. L.; Knauth, P. Chemphyschem 2015, 16, 3631-3636.
  25. “Anion-Conducting Sulfaminated Aromatic Polymers by Acid Functionalization”
    Pasquini, L.; Knauth, P.; Pelzer, K.; Di Vona, M. L. Rsc Advances 2015, 5, 56636-56644.