Classe di Scienze fisiche, matematiche e naturali
professore emerito, già ordinario di Chimica fisica nell’Università di Torino

Socio corrispondente dal 19/05/2004 per scienze e tecnologie dei materiali
Socio nazionale residente dal 06/04/2016
Nato a Acquafredda (BS) il 05/09/1936

Curriculum vitae

Adriano Zecchina received his degree in Chemistry at University of Turin with full notes in 1960. A.Z. became researcher in 1964 and associated professor of Physical Chemistry in 1970. He became full professor of Physical Chemistry in 1975 (University of Turin). Teaching activity along the years: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Bonding, Catalysis. Since 2009 he is Emeritus Professor of the same University.

Present and past positions

  • Emeritus professor at the University of Turin (since 2009)
  • Member of Editorial board of Rendiconti Lincei (since 2015)
  • Member of the Scientific Board of Collegio Einaudi (2015-2019)
  • Member of Italian National Academy of Lincei (since 2009)
  • Member of Academy of Science of Turin (since 2007)
  • Director of NIS Centre of Excellence of University of Turin (2003-2012)
  • Director of the Institute of Physical Chemistry, at University of Turin (1976-1981)
  • President of the Italian Division of Physical Chemistry (1976-1979)
  • Member of the Scientific Board at the Scuola Superiore, University of Turin (since 2010)
  • President of the Evaluation Committee of University of Turin (2000-2005)
  • Member of Ownership Board of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics (since 2006)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Chemical Society Review (2006-2012)
  • Member of the Editorial Board Faraday Transactions (1996-98)
  • Member of Scientific Board of INSTN (1994-98)
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of Faraday Transactions (1993-96)
  • Visiting professor at UIB (University of Baleares) (1995), and at University of Bath (England) (1972)
  • Member of the National Commission for the Material Science courses  (1990)
  • President o the Material Science Courses of University of Turin 1994-1996
  • President of the Chemical Engeneering Courses of University of Turin 1980-82
  • Member of the Administration Board of University of Turin (1969- 1970)

Honours and Awards

Bourke Medal of Faraday Society (1976); Fauser Plate of Società Chimica italiana (2004); Sigillo Medal of Società chimica Italiana (2009); Membership of National Academy of Lincei (2009); Membership of Turin Academy of Sciences (2007); Membership of Academia Europaea (2015). He has given numerous  invited lectures in many congresses and Institutions

Scientific Achievements.

After a period devoted to pure vibrational spectroscopy (1962-1966), A.Z. initiated, already in  1964,  his own original research line centered on the study of the spectroscopy of adsorbed species. He was one of the first scientists in this area. IR spectroscopy was the main tool which was constantly improved along the years with new instrumentation allowing to obtain IR spectra of adsorbed species in a wide temperature interval (12K-300K). In this area he is considered not only a pioneer ,but also a master. He studied also the properties of low surface area materials of well defined morphology, contributing to close the gap between surface science and the science of catalytic materials.

Beside IR spectroscopy, he has been a pioneer since 1973 in the use of UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy for the study of the surface species and surface states. The contributions in this area are internationally recognized. Due to the complexity of the surface phenomena, which require a multi-technique approach, he developed also in situ Raman and EPR. More recently, EXAFS and XANES studies were performed. In conclusion a multi-technique laboratory for the study of adsorbed species (NIS centre of excellence) has been constructed, where 5 generations of students and researchers have been educated under the guidance of A.Z.. Many of these students are now full professors, associated professors and researchers, not only at University of Turin but also in other Universities (not only Italian).

Contributions which merit a special mention deal with the study of the surface and catalytic properties of zeolites, that have definitely established the international reputation of A.Z. During these investigations operando techniques were developed for the first time. These investigations have also stimulated the simultaneous use of ab initio computer simulations, so completing the multi-technique approach mentioned above. A.Z. is coauthor of about 450 papers and 5 reviews published on the main journals of Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Surface Science and Catalysis (ISI h-index: 92; citations: about 25000 ). He is editor of 2 books published by Wiley-VCH.  ” The Development of Catalysis. A History of Key Processes and Personas in Catalytic Science and Technology” with S.Califano and Selective Nanocatalysts and “Nanoscience: Concepts for Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Catalysis  with Silvia Bordiga  and Elena Groppo. He is also a painter and author of a book entitled “Alchimie nell’arte” (Zanichelli Ed). He collaborates with La Chimica e l’industria , with Huffington Post and l’Indice  on subject  of general culture.


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