Roberto Schimmenti

Position title: Post-Doctorate


4727 Engineering Hall


PhD in Material Science and Nanotechnology
University of Catania, Italy

MSc in Chemistry (Physical)
BSc in Chemistry University of Palermo, Italy


  1. Eliminating dissolution of platinum-based electrocatalysts at the atomic scale”, P. P. Lopes, D. Li, H. Lv, C. Wang, D. Tripkovic, Y. Zhu, R. Schimmenti, H. Daimon, Y. Kang, J. Snyder, N. Becknell, K. L. More, D. Strmcnik, N. M. Markovic, M. Mavrikakis, and V. R. Stamenkovic, Nature Materials 19, 1207 (2020). [DOI] (Feature Article Cover Page Image)
  2. HCOOH Decomposition on Sub-Nanometer Pd6 Cluster Catalysts: The Effect of Defective Boron Nitride Supports Through First Principles”, R. Schimmenti and M. Mavrikakis, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 280, 119392 (2021). [DOI]
  3. Bismuthene for highly efficient carbon dioxide electroreduction reaction”, F. Yang, A. O. Elnabawy, R. Schimmenti, P. Song, J. Wang, Z. Peng, S. Yao, R. Deng, S. Song, Y. Lin, M. Mavrikakis, and W. Xu, Nature Communications 11, 1088 (2020). [DOI]
  4. Mechanistic Role of the Proton-Hydride Pair in Heteroarene Catalytic Hydrogenation”, H. Cai, R. Schimmenti, H. Nie, M. Mavrikakis, and Y. C. Chin, ACS Catalysis 9, 9418 (2019). [DOI]
  5. DFT calculations on subnanometric metal catalysts: A short review on new supported materials”, R. Cortese, R. Schimmenti, A. Prestianni, and D. Duca, Theoretical Chemistry Accounts 137, 59 (2018). [DOI]
  6. A Combined Theoretical and Experimental Approach for Platinum Catalyzed 1,2-Propanediol Aqueous Phase Reforming”, R. Schimmenti, R. Cortese, L. Godina, A. Prestianni, F. Ferrante, D. Duca, and D. Yu. Murzin, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121, 14636 (2017). [DOI]
  7. Boron Nitride-supported Sub-nanometer Pd6 Clusters for Formic Acid Decomposition: A DFT Study”, R. Schimmenti, R. Cortese, D. Duca, and M. Mavrikakis, ChemCatChem 9, 1610 (2017). [DOI]
  8. Graph-Based Analysis of Ethylene Glycol Decomposition on a Pd Cluster”, R. Cortese, R. Schimmenti, F. Ferrante, A. Prestianni, D. Decarolis, and D. Duca, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121, 13606 (2017). [DOI]
  9. Density Functional Theory Investigation on the Nucleation of Homo-and Heteronuclear Metal Clusters on Defective Graphene”, F. Ferrante, A. Prestianni, R. Cortese, R. Schimmenti, and D. Duca, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 120, 12022 (2016). [DOI]
  10. α-d-Glucopyranose Adsorption on a Pd30 Cluster Supported on Boron Nitride Nanotube”, A. Prestianni, R. Cortese, F. Ferrante, R. Schimmenti, D. Duca, S. Hermans, and D. Yu. Murzin, Topics in Catalysis 59, 1178 (2016). [DOI]
  11. Growth of Sub-Nanometric Palladium Clusters on Boron Nitride Nanotubes: A DFT Study”, R. Schimmenti, R. Cortese, F. Ferrante, A. Prestianni, and D. Duca, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18, 1750 (2016). [DOI]
  12. Thermodynamics of Cyclodextrin–Star Copolymer Threading–Dethreading Process”, G. Lazzara, S. Milioto, and R. Schimmenti, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 121, 1345 (2015). [DOI]
  13. Investigation of Polyol Adsorption on Ru, Pd, and Re Using vdW Density Functionals”, R. Cortese, R. Schimmenti, N. Armata, F. Ferrante, A. Prestianni, D. Duca, and D. Yu. Murzin, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 119, 17182 (2015). [DOI]