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Luigi Osmieri

Researcher III-Chemical Engineering

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Dr. Osmieri's focus of his Ph.D. and postdoctoral work was primarily on developing, synthesizing, characterizing, and testing innovative non-precious-metal electrocatalysts (mainly based on Fe-N-C and Co-N-C materials) for oxygen reduction reactions for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, fueled with hydrogen and direct alcohols, in both acidic and alkaline configuration. He also worked on electrocatalysts for methanol oxidation reactions and oxygen evolution reactions. He received an award from the School of Doctorate of the Politecnico di Torino for the "Best Ph.D. Thesis in Chemical Engineering for the Year 2016."

Research Interests

Non-platinum catalysts for oxygen reduction reactions


Electrochemical kinetics

Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell testing

Development of chemical processes in supercritical fluids


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino (Torino, Italy)

Visiting Ph.D. Student to Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid, Spain), Department of Applied Physical-Chemistry, Sept 2015–Dec 2015.

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino (Torino, Italy)

International European Union Mobility Program scholarship (LLP – ERASMUS) at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain), Sept 2010–June 2011.

Featured Work

Activity of Co–N multi walled carbon nanotubes electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction in acid conditions, Journal of Power Sources (2015).

Influence of different transition metals on the properties of Me-N-C (Me = Fe, Co, Cu, Zn) catalysts synthesized using SBA-15 as tubular nano-silica reactor for oxygen reduction reaction, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2016).

Optimization of a Fe-N-C electrocatalyst supported on mesoporous carbon functionalized with polypyrrole for oxygen reduction reaction under both alkaline and acidic conditions, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2016).

The use of different types of reduced graphene oxide in the preparation of Fe-N-C electrocatalysts: Capacitive behavior and oxygen reduction reaction activity in alkaline medium, Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry (2016).

Performance of a Fe-N-C catalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction in direct methanol fuel cell: Cathode formulation optimization and short-term durability, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (2017).

Fe-N/C catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction supported on different carbonaceous materials. Performance in acidic and alkaline direct alcohol fuel cells, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (2017).

Continuous biodiesel production in supercritical two-step process. Phase equilibrium and process design, Journal of Supercritical Fluids (2017).