Dr. Giovanni Palmisano
Dr. Giovanni Palmisano Associate Professor
Bio
Education
Teaching Areas
Research Interests
Bio

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Giovanni Palmisano is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Khalifa University, where he leads activities in the field of photocatalysis and he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. He has been the recipient of the 2015 and 2017 ADEK Award for Research Excellence and the 2018 Faculty Research Excellence Award granted by Khalifa University for the category “Associate Professor” of the College of Engineering. His research activities are mainly focused on photocatalysis applied to water, environment, materials functionalization, energy, and organic chemistry. He is the co-author of ca. 110 highly cited journal papers, seven patents, six books and six book chapters. He is in some editorial boards of international journals, including Frontiers in Chemistry and Molecules, and he has guest-edited special issues of reputed international journals. He has been main advisor of five Ph.D. students and four M.Sc. students, one of whom won the outstanding thesis award in Masdar Institute.

Education
  • Ph.D., Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Palermo (Italy), 2009
  • Laurea (5 year degree, equivalent to B.Sc. and M.Sc.), Chemical Engineering, University of Palermo (Italy), 2005
Teaching Areas
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Designed Experimentation
  • Engineering Economics
Research Interests
  • Preparation and characterization of materials based on semiconductors applied in powdered and supported forms, which own photo-catalytic and super-hydrophilic properties 
  • Water and air purification
  • H2 production from H2S splitting, from photoreforming of biomass
  • Functionalization of glass of solar panels, metal, ceramic, polymeric materials and concretes, aimed to make their surfaces self-cleaning and/or antireflective
  • Photoreduction of CO2 to valuable organic species