Silvia Licoccia


 foto_scheda-SLicoccia Prof. Silvia Licoccia
Department of Chemical Science and Technology
Tel: +39 06 72594386
Lab: +39 06 72594479
Fax: +39+06 72594328



Research Activity

SL is Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemical Sciences and Technologies of the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

  • Deputy Rector for Research
  • Director, Department of Chemical Science and Technologies
  • President of AICIng (Italian Association Chemistry for Engineering)
  • Director of the Italy-Quebec Joint Laboratory on Nanostructured Materials for Energy, Catalysis and Biomedical Applications
  • Director of the Teaching Supervising Committee of the International Ph.D. Program in Materials for Health, Environment and Energy
  • Associate Editor of the International Journal of Nanoscience
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Green and Sustainable Chemistry


2011     American Ceramic Society ACerS Ross Coffin Purdy Award

The Purdy award is given to the author or authors who made the most valuable contribution to ceramic technical literature during the calendar year prior to the selection.


Professional Memberships

Materials Research Society (

Royal Society of Chemistry (

American Chemical Society (

Interuniversity Consortium for Materials Science and Technology (

Italian Association Chemistry for Engineering (AICIng

Italian Chemical Society (SCI



Author of 4 patents, 2 books and over 250 publications, 207 of which on international refereed journals, and over 250 scientific oral contributions at international conferences, meetings and schools.

Her papers have been cited over 3200 times and her h-index is 33 (ISI & Scopus).

Her research activity is now mainly directed towards synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials for energy, environmental and biomedical applications. The activity is focused on the study of nanostructured materials for fuel cells (polymeric, PEMFC, solid oxide, SOFC, and microbial, MFC), composite materials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, model compounds for biological systems.

Director of the Materials Chemistry and Engineering Group, a research Group consisting of 2 Research Associates, 1 Technician, 3 Post-doctoral Fellows, 10 Ph D Students.

Active Research Programs

  • European Union: CARISMA Coordination Action for Research on Intermediate and high temperature Specialised Membrane electrode Assemblies. Un network di attività di ricerca in Europa (€ 15,000; Local PI).
  • MAE (Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs) Director of the Italy-Quebec Joint Laboratory on Nanostructured Materials for Energy, Catalysis and Biomedical Applications (€ 320,000; PI).
  • MATTM (Italian Ministry for the Environment) Development of MEC-based devices for the production of bio-hydrogen. (€ 456.000, PI).
  • MiUR PRIN (Italian Ministry for University and Research) PC-SOFCs, Protonic Conductors Solid Oxide Fuel Cells based on nanostructured proton conductors: from materials synthesis to prototype fabrication. (€ 130,000; PI)
  • FILAS-POR (Piano Operativo Regionale) Sustainable hydrogen production and waste treatment via MEC technology. (€ 138,000; Local PI).
  • European Union: International Research Staff Exchange Scheme META Materials Enhancement for Technological Applications. (€ 403,000; PI).
  • AGER Consortium Valorisation of winemaking by-products and waste by application of innovative technologies for extraction of natural products of high added value (€ 120,000; PI)
  • MIUR PRIN Nanocomposite Advanced Membranes and innovative Electrocatalysts for Durable Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells, NAMED-PEM (€ 132,000; local PI)

Other Activities

Co-organizer of different conferences and symposia under the frame of the Material Research Society, Electrochemical Society, AICIng, European Ceramic Society.



Chemistry, BEng in Engineering (90 hours/average 150 students/year)

Chemistry 1, BEng in Informatic Engineering (60 hours/average 50 students/year)

Chemistry for Energy, B in Applied Chemistry (50 hours/average 15 students/year)

Instrumental Analysis, PhD in Materials for Health, Environment and Energy (average 10 students/year).



Selected Publications

  • B. Mecheri, V. Felice, A. D’Epifanio, A. Tavares, S. Licoccia: Filler-Induced Effect on Water Sorption and Transport Properties of Nafion and Sulfonated Polysulfone Composite Membranes. ChemPhysChem, 2013, 14, 3814-3821
  • B. Mecheri, V. Felice, A. D’Epifanio, A. Tavares, S. Licoccia: Filler-Induced Effect on Water Sorption and Transport Properties of Nafion ond Sulfonated Polysulfone Composite Membranes. ChemPhysChem, 2013, 14, 1-9
  • T. Pepè Sciarria, A. Tenca, A. D’Epifanio, B. Mecheri, G. Merlino, M. Barbato, S. Borin, S. Licoccia, V. Garavaglia, F. Adani: Using olive mill wastewate to improve performance in producing electricity from domestic wastewater by using single-chamber microbial fuel cell.Bioresource Technology, 2013, 147, 246-253
  • N. Yang, A. Tebano, G. Balestrino, A. D’Epifanio, E. Di Bartolomeo, C. Pugnalini, S. Licoccia: La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ thin films for IT-SOFCs: Microstructure and transport properties correlation. Journal of Power Sources, 2013, 222, 10-14
  • B. Mecheri, A. D’Epifanio, A. Geracitano, P. Targon Campana, S. Licoccia: Development of glucose oxidase-based bioanodes and polymer electrolyte membranes for enzymatic fuel cell applications. Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, 2013, 43, 181-190
  • E. Di Bartolomeo, A. D’Epifanio, C. Pugnalini, F. Giannici, A. Longo, A. Martorana, S. Licoccia: Structural analysis, phase stability and electrochemical characterization of Nb doped BaCe0.9Y0.1O3-x electrolyte for IT-SOFCs. Journal of Power Sources, 2012, 199, 201-206.
  • D. Pergolesi, E. Fabbri, A. D’Epifanio, E. Di Bartolomeo, A. Tebano, S. Sanna, S. Licoccia, G. Balestrino, E. Traversa: High Proton Conduction in Grain Boundary Free Yttrium-Doped Barium Zirconate Films Grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition. Nature Materials 2010, 9, 846 – 852
  • S. Sanna, V. Esposito, A. Tebano, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa, G. Balestrino: Enhancement of ionic conductivity in DSC/YSZ heteroepitaxial structures. Small 2010, 6, 1863-1867
  • E. Fabbri, A. D’Epifanio, S. Sanna, E. Di Bartolomeo, G. Balestrino, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa: A novel single chamber solid oxide fuel cell based on chemically stable thin films of Y-doped BaZrO3 proton conducting electrolyte. Energy and Environmental Science 2010, 3, 618-621
  • C. Mandoli, F. Pagliari, S. Pagliari, G. Forte, P. Di Nardo, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa: Stem cell aligned growth induced by CeO2nanoparticles in PLGA scaffolds with improved bioactivity for regenerative medicine. Advanced Functional Materials 2010, 20, 1617-1624
  • D. Marani, A. D’Epifanio, E. Traversa,M. Miyayama, S. Licoccia: Titania Nanosheets (TNS)/Sulfonated Poly Ether Ether Ketone (SPEEK) Nanocomposite Proton Exchange Membranes for Fuel Cells. Chemistry of Materials, 2010, 22 1126-1133
  • C. de Bonis, A. D’Epifanio, M. L. Di Vona, B. Mecheri, E. Traversa, M. Trombetta, S. Licoccia: Proton Conducting Electrolytes based on Silylated and Sulfonated Polyetheretherketone: Synthesis and Characterization. Journal of Polymer Science, Part A, Polymer Chemistry 2010. 33, 2178-2186
  • B. Mecheri, A. D’Epifanio, L. Pisani, F. Chen, E. Traversa, F. C. Weise, S. Greenbaum, S. Licoccia: Effect of a proton conducting filler on the physico-chemical properties of SPEEK-based membranes. Fuel Cells 2009, 9, 372-380
  • C. de Bonis, A. D’Epifanio, M. L. Di Vona, C. D’Ottavi, B. Mecheri, E. Traversa, M. Trombetta, S. Licoccia: Proton conducting hybrid membranes based on aromatic polymers for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Applications. Fuel Cells 2009, 9, 387-393
  • E. Fabbri, S. Licoccia, E. Traversa, E. D. Wachsman: Composite Cathodes for Application in Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (IT-SOFCs) Based on Proton Conducting Electrolytes. Fuel Cells 2009, 9, 128-138
  • A. Rinaldi, B. Mecheri, V. Garavaglia, S. Licoccia, P. Di Nardo, E. Traversa: Engineering materials and biology to boost performance of microbial fuel cells: a critical review. Energy and Environmental Science 2008, 1, 417-429



Work in progress