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.