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Agilio Padua is a distinguished professor of Physical Chemistry at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon.

Research in Agilio’s group is centred on the concept of designer liquid: a solvent, a reaction or separation medium, an electrolyte, a lubricant, etc. with properties tailored in view of applications in sustainable chemical processes and devices. Starting from an understanding of interactions, ordering and dynamics at the molecular level, the group’s work aims at explaining the properties of technological fluids, such as dissolving ability, miscibility, viscosity, or surface properties. The two main research topics are:

  • Alternative solvents and reaction media for a greener and more sustainable chemistry, where a better understanding of physical chemistry of new, complex liquids is required for the development of cleaner processes. The group studies ionic liquids and eutectic solvents (DES) to perform separations and to use renewable biomass feedstocks.
  • Interactions of liquids with nanomaterials, such as nanoparticles, nanotubes and atomically-thin two-dimensional materials (graphene, MoS2, etc.), with the objective of designing solvents for exfoliation and electrolytes for devices including supercapacitors, liquid-gated transistors and sensors.

The main field of research is molecular thermodynamics, a combination of molecular simulations and experimental physical chemistry to study interactions, structure and dynamics of fluids, materials and their interfaces.

Agilio Padua authored 140 scientific papers that were cited more than 8900 times in the literature (h-index 46). One of his papers was cited more than 1000 times, four more than 500 times. He has held or obtained the following positions and awards:

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