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Barbara Bonelli, born in Turin in 1972, received the PhD degree in Chemical Science from the
Università degli Studi di Torino, on March 1st 2001, after defending a thesis on the “Spectroscopic
characterization and catalytic properties of controlled mesoporosity systems". In March 1997, she
graduated magna cum laude in Industrial Chemistry at the same university, with a dissertation on
her experimental work on the “Study of the effect of potassium on iron oxide/ZrO2 catalysts for
dehydrogenation of ethyl benzene to styrene”. In May 1997, she started to work in Prof. Garrone’s
group SCREAM, Surface Chemistry and REActivity of Materials, on the characterization of zeolites
and M41S systems, spending two months at the Instituto Superior Tecnico (Lisbon, Portugal),
where she studied the catalytic activity of M41S systems. Since April 2001, she has been working
in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino. In
July 2004, she got a permanent position as Assistant Professor at Politecnico. During her research
activity she developed her expertise with the following techniques: FT-IR and UV-Vis
spectroscopies; XRD; SEM microscopy; thermal techniques: TGA, TPDRO, DSC, DTA; adsorption
microcalorimetry; volumetry and porosimetry. She has been working within several projects,
financed by either the EC or other private and public agencies, facing the need of integration
between basic and applied research. Her main scientific interests are the synthesis and
characterization of micro-mesoporous materials with possible applications in catalysis and gas
storage/adsorption. She studied adsorption phenomena at the surface on CO2/zeolite; CO/zeolite
and H2/zeolite model systems with complementary techniques: FT-IR spectroscopy; adsorption
microcalorimetry; volumetric techniques and ab-initio calculations. In June 2002, she spent a
month in the laboratories of Prof. C.O. Areán (University of Balearic Islands, Spain) working on a
special VT-IR cell that allows to contemporary measure the Temperature and the Pressure of the
system during IR spectra recording, she is now developing the same technique at the Polytechnic
of Turin, by means of a commercial cell. Recently, her scientific interests extended to: i) micro and
mesoporous carbon replicas, obtained by casting of inorganic templates; ii) highly microporous
carbons obtained by direct carbonization of aqueous solutions of sucrose and KOH; iii) imogolite
and modified imogolite nanotubes. The last topic was developed thanks to an INSTM grant
(PRISMA 2005 project) and allowed to deposit an Italian patent request, n° TO2007A000765,
entitled “Chemically modified synthetic Imogolite nanotubes, and procedure for their preparation”,
by B. Bonelli, I. Bottero, and E. Garrone. Since 1998, she attended several national and
international congresses, with either oral or poster presentations; so far, she co-authored over 50
papers on international peer reviewed journals. She is tutor of several doctorate and bachelor
theses and collaborates with research groups at the Universities of Bologna, Turin, Calabria,
Federico II, Milan, Balearic Islands, the Instituto Superior Tecnico of Lisbon and the ENSCMCNRS
of Montpellier. In 1999 – 2000 and 2003-2004 she worked as contract professor of
Chemistry a Politecnico di Torino. She has given classes in several master courses concerning
surface chemistry and spectroscopy and since 2005, she teaches Chemistry to students of the
Environmental Engineering course at the First Faculty of Engineering of Politecnico.
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