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Barbara Di Credico

Assistant professor

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Curriculum Vitae

Graduated in Chemistry in 2001 at University “La Sapienza” of Rome. In the early years of her training, Barbara Di Credico has acquired specific experience in the field of organic and organo-metallic chemistry. She had the opportunity to work in the group of M. Figueredo Galimany at “Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona” as post-graduate student, as winner of a scholarship of the University “La Sapienza” of Rome (2002). In 2005, she got a master degree in Synthetic Methodologies in Chemistry at the University of Florence during which she attended a stage in Medicinal Chemistry Department of “IRBM” part of Merck Basic Research Global Sites in Roma. In 2005/2006, she got a grant sponsored by Glaxo-SmithKline-Verona. In 2009, she obtained the PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at University of Florence. Then she recipient of a one year Post Doc Fellowship at the Institute of Chemistry of Organometallic Compounds (ICCOM-CNR) working on synthesis of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOF) and hybrid organic-inorganic materials. After the period spent in Florence, she moved to the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering "Giulio Natta" at Politecnico of Milano, where she participated in research project aimed at synthesizing nanostructured self-sensing and mechano-chemically active polymeric materials (2011-2013). From July 2013 to February 2015 she was recipient of a post doc fellowship at the University of Milano Bicocca (Project on oxide materials for energy and environmental applications and Shape controlled inorganic fillers for rubber nanocomposite materials). In March 2015, she became Assistant Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Milano-Bicocca. She coordinates the activity research of PhD students of CORIMAV (Consortium for research on materials between the University of Milano-Bicocca and Pirelli Company). She teaches Laboratory of General Chemistry and Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry I for Degree in Chemical Sciences and Technologies. She has authored 17 publication and a book in leading international journals and of more than 40 scientific contributes at national or international conferences. She is peer review of many international journals, such as Dalton Transactions, Materials Chemistry and Physics, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, RSC Advances. She was involved in 7 projects including 3 bilateral projects (1 with Spain, 1 with Russia and 1 with France) She was a member of 4 organizing committee of meeting and was a member of Executive Board of The Italian Chemical Society (Tuscan section). Barbara Di Credico has advanced experimental background in design and development of composite, hybrid and smart materials, as well as deep knowledge in inorganic chemistry. Her research interests are nanostructured oxides and organic-inorganic hybrid materials for environmental cleaning (photocatalysis), design and development of rubber composite.


-Laboratory of General Chemistry

-Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry I


The research activity concerns with nanostructured oxides and organic-inorganic hybrid materials for environmental cleaning (photocatalysis), design and development of rubber composite. At the present time the research topics are:

Shape controlled inorganic fillers for automotive rubber nanocomposites

Silica fillers have a great effect on the mechanical reinforcement of rubber composites. The research focused on the synthesis of silica particles with tailored isotropic/anisotropic shapes,  surface-functionalized with groups able to physically or chemically interact with the polymer. Different aqueous/non aqueous sol-gel methods, also in the presence of surfactant as particle growth directing agent, are performed to in situ prepare the silica particles used as filler in silica/rubber nanocomposites. The goal is to relate the surface and morphological characteristics of the nanoparticles with the dispersion of the filler, the particle networking, the filler-filler and filler-rubber interaction, responsible for the improvement of the reinforcing and the mechanical properties of the rubber materials.



  • Conventional chemistry laboratories, equipped for synthesis of the precursor compounds, thermal treatments under controlled atmosphere, preparation of samples for spectroscopic measurements, high pressure treatments and reactions.
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer Shimadzu TOC-V CSH for liquid and gas samples.
  • Chemiluminescence NOx Analyzer Sartec E200.
  • Surface Area and Pore Size Analyzer, Autosorb-1-MP Quantachrome Instrument, for micropore measurement.
  • X and Q band Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectrometer Brucker EMX, equipped with a 4 -500 K temperature control, a gas/vacuum ramp for in-situ treatment of the samples and a system for UV and Vis cavity irradiation.
  • Conventional electronic, vibrational (IR, Raman micro-Raman) absorption.

Main Publications

  1. Di Credico, B.; D’Arienzo, M.; Fumagalli, D.; Redaelli, M.; Scotti, R.; Morazzoni, F. “Efficacy of the Reactive Oxygen Species Generated by Immobilized TiO2 in the Photocatalytic Degradation of Diclofenac.” International Journal of Photoenergy 2015
  2. D'Arienzo, M.; Dozzi, M.V.; Redaelli, M.; Di Credico, B.; Morazzoni, F.; Scotti, R.; Polizzi, S. “Crystal Surfaces and Fate of Photogenerated Defects in Shape Controlled Anatase Nanocrystals: Drawing Useful Relations to Improve the H2 Yield in Methanol Photosteam Reforming”. Journal of Physical Chemistry  2015, 119, 12385–12393
  3. Susanna, A.; Armelao, L.; Callone, E.; Dirè, S.; D’Arienzo, M; Di Credico, B.; Giannini, L.; Hanel, T.; Morazzoni, F.; Scotti, R. “ZnO Nanoparticles Anchored to Silica Filler. A Curing Accelerator for Isoprene Rubber Composites.” Chemical Engineering Journal 2015, 275, 245-252
  4. Scotti, R.; Tadiello, L.; D'Arienzo, M.; Di Credico, B.; Hanel, T.; Matejka, L.; Mauri, M.; Morazzoni, F.; Simonutti, R.; Spirkova, M. “Filler-Rubber Interface in Styrene Butadiene Nanocomposites with Anisotropic Silica Particles. Morphology and Dynamic Properties.” Soft Matter 2015, 11, 4022-4033
  5. Scotti, R., Conzatti, L.; D’Arienzo, M.; Di Credico, B.; Giannini, L.; Hanel, T.; Stagnaro, P.; Susanna, A.; Tadiello, L.; Morazzoni, F. “Shape controlled spherical (0D) and rod-like (1D) silica nanoparticles in silica/styrene butadiene rubber nanocomposites: Role of the particle morphology on the filler reinforcing effect”, Polymer 2014, 55, 1497-1506
  6. Di Credico, B.; Griffini, G.;  Levi, M.; Turri, S. “Novel UV-screening polyurea-based shells for the microencapsulation of UV-responsive dyes in smart coating applications”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2013, 5, 6628-6634
  7. Di Credico, B.; Levi, M.; Turri, S. “An efficient method for the output of new self-repairing materials through a reactive isocyanate encapsulation”, European Polymer Journal, 2013, 48, 2467-2476.
  8. Rossin, A.; Di Credico, B.; Giambastiani, G.; Peruzzini, P; Pescitelli, G.; Reginato, G.; Borfecchia, E.; Gianolio, G; Lamberti, C.; Bordiga S. “Synthesis, characterization and CO2 uptake of a chiral Co(II) Metal-Organic Framework containing a thiazolidine-based spacer”, Journal of Materials Chemistry 2012, 22, 10335-10344.
  9. Rossin, A.; Di Credico, B.; Giambastiani, G.; Gonsalvi, L.; Peruzzini, M.; Reginato, G. “Coordination chemistry of thiazole-based ligands: novel generating 3D hydrogen-bonded architectures” European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2011, 539-548
  10. Di Credico, B.; Fabrizi de Biani, F.; Gonsalvi, L.; Guerri, A.; Ienco, A.; Laschi, F.; Peruzzini, M.; Reginato, G.; Rossin, A.; Zanello, P. “Cyclopentadienyl Ruthenium(II) Complexes with Bridging Alkynylphosphine Ligands: Synthesis and Electrochemical Studies”, Chem. Eur. J. 2009, 15, 11985–11998
  11. Rossin, A; Ienco, A.; Costantino, F.; Montini, T.; Di Credico, B.; Caporali, M.; Gonsalvi, L.; Fornasiero, P.; Peruzzini, M. “Phase Transitions and CO2 Adsorption Properties of Polymeric Magnesium Formate” Cryst. Growth Des. 2008, 8, 3302–3308