Ludovico Riccardi

PhD Student


I received my B.Sc (2015) and M.Sc (2018) degrees in chemistry at the Univerdity of Pavia, Italy.

During the Master, I took part to the Erasmus exchange program at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Gansäuer.

The work comprehended the cyclic voltammetry screening of Titanocenes for the intramolecular arylation of epoxides to afford tetrahydroquinoline and indoline cores, via single electron transfer of the atom-economical catalysis.

In 2018, I started my PhD, under the supervision of Prof. Sacha Ott (Uppsala University) and Prof. René Janssen (Eindhoven University of Technology), within the eSCALED project, an European research program aiming to develop an artificial photosynthesis device to generate valuable feedstocks, employing cheap and abundant catalyst materials and perovskite solar cell.

The first part of my PhD project focuses on the development and study of a molecular copper-based water oxidation catalyst by electrochemical techniques and transient UV-vis spectroscopy, as flash-quenched photolysis. The second part aims to graft such catalyst in heterogeneous scree-printed electrodes and to design perovskite solar cells to drive the electrochemical water splitting, by the catalytic materials developed within the project.