Associate Professors

Associate Professors

Riccardo POLINI

Professore Associato SSD: CHIM/03 Chimica Generale e InorganicaStanza: F0 – 2
Telefono: (+39) 06 7259 4414
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Biographical Info

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Riccardo Polini is Associate Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche, Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”. On July 2020 he got the National Scientific Qualification (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale, ASN) as Full Professor of Chemistry.

Prof. Polini was the first scientist to prove in 1992 that cleavage surfaces provide suitable sites for the heterogeneous nucleation of diamond films grown from the gas phase by Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD). As a chemist he is interested in searching answers to fundamental questions of the nature, especially in the area of materials chemistry.

He has been involved in several international collaborations with prestigious academic and research institutions, namely Tohoku University (Japan), CNRS and CEA (France), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Fraunhofer Institute (Germany) and University of Aveiro (Portugal).

He has spent research periods abroad, at both the Dept. of Chemistry and Materials, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and the Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica, Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal).

During his 30+ years of scientific activity, Prof. Polini was mainly involved in the following research areas:

  1. kinetics of nucleation and growth of diamond films obtained by Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD);
  2. improving adhesion of diamond films onto cemented carbides and steels for demanding wear applications;
  3. synthesis and characterization of advanced electro-ceramics for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs);
  4. development of novel ionomers for Polymeric Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs);
  5. synthesis of micro- and nano-structured tungsten carbide (WC) powders from tungsten minerals;
  6. black diamond preparation and characterization for solar energy conversion;
  7. development of low work-function films for thermoionic-photovoltaic (TIPV) and photon-enhanced thermionic (PETE) converters.

Prof. Riccardo Polini has been the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Galileo Project “Nucleazione e crescita mediante CVD di film di diamante su substrati di interesse tecnologico”, in collaboration with the Institut de Physique et Chimie des Materiaux de Strasbourg of CNRS (France), and of many R&D projects funded by Italian companies.

Collaboration to Scientific Projects

  • FISR “Celle a combustibile ad elettroliti polimerici e ceramici: dimostrazione di sistemi e sviluppo di nuovi materiali” (Decr. Min. 17.12.2002 – G.U. 14/01/2003, n. 10).
  • European Union’s FP7 Energy Project EPHESTUS (Enhanced Energy Production of Heat and Electricity by a Combined Solar Thermionic-Thermoelectric Unit System), Grant Agreement No. 241270.
  • European Union’s FP7 Project LoLiPEM (Long-life PEM-FCH &CHP systems at temperatures higher than 100 °C), Grant Agreement n. 245339.
  • European Union’s Horizon 2020, FET-OPEN Project AMADEUS (Next generAtion MateriAls and solid state DevicEs for Ultra high temperature energy Storage and conversion), Grant Agreement 737054.
  • European Union’s FP7 Project PROMETHEUS (“Production Method of Electrical Energy by Enhanced Thermal Electron Emission by the Use of Superior Semiconductors”), Grant Agreement n. 308975.
  • European Union’s Horizon 2020 – FET Project TECSAS (Thermionic Energy Conversion & Storage Applied to Sunlight: Taking Concentrating Solar Power to the next level), Grant agreement n. 101034922.

Prof. Polini has been Invited or Keynote speaker at numerous International Conferences. He is member of the International Advisory Board of the NanoSMat Conference, and has been Local Chair of NanoSMat 2009, Rome (Italy).

Prof. Polini is the author of more than 130 papers published in International scientific journals, 3 Italian patents, 2 International patents, and tens of Conference papers.