Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Imperial College Research Fellow



s.mezzavilla CV




Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






Have a look at our latest results on CO2 reduction with Au single crystals.

CO2 reduction angewandte

Mezzavilla, Stefano, Sebastian Horch, Ifan E. L. Stephens, Brian Seger, and Ib Chorkendorff. “Structure Sensitivity in the Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO 2 with Gold Catalysts.”

Angewandte Chemie International Edition, February 11, 2019.

I am an Imperial College Research Fellow at the department of Materials. My research interests focus on the design, synthesis and characterization of efficient electrocatalysts for energy conversion processes.

  • CO2 reduction

    CO2 electroreduction - Stability Investigation

  • HMF-oxidation

    Electrocatalytic conversion of bio-based building blocks

I graduated in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Trento (Italy). I then obtained a PhD in Chemistry at the MPI für Kohlenforschung (Germany) under the supervision of Prof F. Schüth. In my PhD project I investigated advanced nanostructured catalysts for the application in the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in proton exchange membrane fuel cells. After a short postdoc at the Max-Planck Institute für Eisenforshung (MPIE) under the supervision of Prof. K. J.J. Mayrhofer, I was awarded a Marie Skłodowska Curie individual fellowship, with a project focused on CO2 electro-reduction with model catalysts. The project (2016-2018) was based at the Surface Physics & Catalysis (SurfCat) center at the Technical University of Denmark.


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ORCID: 0000-0002-0181-1142

  • (2018 - )         Imperial College Research Fellow
  • (2016-2018)   Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow
  • (2016)            Researcher (postdoc) (MPI für Eisenforshung)
  • (2012-2015)   PhD in Chemistry (MPI für Kohlenforshung)
  • (2008-2011)   M.Sc. in Materials Engineering (Uni. of Trento)

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Mezzavilla S, Baldizzonev C, Swertz A-C, et al., 2016, Structure-Activity-Stability Relationships for Space-Confined PtxNiy Nanoparticles in the Oxygen Reduction Reaction, ACS Catalysis, Vol:6, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:8058-8068

Mezzavilla S, Cherevko S, Baldizzone C, et al., 2016, Experimental Methodologies to Understand Degradation of Nanostructured Electrocatalysts for PEM Fuel Cells: Advances and Opportunities, Chemelectrochem, Vol:3, ISSN:2196-0216, Pages:1524-1536

Mezzavilla S, Baldizzone C, Mayrhofer KJJ, et al., 2015, General Method for the Synthesis of Hollow Mesoporous Carbon Spheres with Tunable Textural Properties, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Vol:7, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:12914-12922

Baldizzone C, Mezzavilla S, Carvalho HWP, et al., 2014, Confined-Space Alloying of Nanoparticles for the Synthesis of Efficient PtNi Fuel-Cell Catalysts, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, Vol:53, ISSN:1433-7851, Pages:14250-14254

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