Materials for Heterogeneous Catalysis

MatHeC Group


Synthesis of high metallic dispersed catalysts on oxides, active carbons and mesoporous systems.


Low impact environmental catalytic methodologies, for biomass transformation and energy production.


High experience in catalytic processes, advanced analytical methods and characterization techniques.

About us

MatHeC is the research group headed by Prof. Laura Prati and Prof. Alberto Villa, in the Chemistry Department of the University of Milan.
MatHeC deals mainly with the design of nano-structured materials for heterogeneous catalysis. Research focuses on materials synthesis and functionalization in order to obtain highly dispersed mono- and bi-metallic catalysts, supported on oxides, activated carbons or mesoporous systems. Catalysts are studied and characterized through the most advanced techniques, with the aim to optimize the efficiency of catalytic processes converting biomass, producing biofuels or bio-polymers. Alcohol and polyols oxidation, as well as hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis reactions in liquid phase, are selected as model to correlate the specific material properties with its catalytic behavior in terms of activity and selectivity.


Current research’s lines of the group

Biomass valorization
Hydrogen production
Biofuels and Biochemicals
Nanoparticles synthesis and characterization
Bimetallic structures
and alloys
Nanoparticles for biomedical applications

Our Team

Laura Prati

Full Professor

Full Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Milan, Department of Chemistry. Head of a project in collaboration with TOTAL, studying catalysts for Biofuel production.

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Alberto Villa

Associate Professor

Assistant Professor at the University of Milan. His current research focuses on the development of noble metal free heterogeneous catalysts for biomass transformation.

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Marta Stucchi


PhD in Industrial Chemistry. Experience in catalysis, photocatalysis, materials synthesis and characterization.

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Stefano Cattaneo


PhD in Chemistry. Experience in catalysis, catalytic processes and systems, hydrogenation and oxidation reactions.

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Sofia Capelli


PhD in Industrial Chemistry. Experience in catalysis, catalyitic processes and systems, and continuos flow reactors.

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