Giada Innocenti

Postdoctoral Fellow

Co-advisor: AJ Medford


Office: RBI 428

Social: Orcid, Publons


  • Trioses upgrading into lactic acid
  • Sugar chemistry on metal oxides
  • Ring-opening reactions
  • Fly ash valorization
  • Understanding of reaction mechanisms using infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, ATR, DRIFTS)
  • CO2 capture



2015 – 2018 Dipartimento di Chimica Industriale “Toso-Montanari” – Università di Bologna
Ph.D. in Chemistry
Specialization: Industrial Chemistry
Thesis: Catalysis for chemicals production from bio-based building blocks:
examples of industrial relevance
Supervisor: Prof. Fabrizio Cavani
2013 – 2015 Dipartimento di Chimica Industriale “Toso-Montanari” – Università di Bologna
Master of Science in Industrial Chemistry
Specialization: Atmospheric Physical Chemistry
Thesis: A new strategy to measure CO2 distribution in the stratosphere.
Supervisor: Prof. M. Carlotti



  1. Innocenti G., Benkeser D. J., Dase J. E., Wirth X., Sievers C., Kurtis K. E.: “Beneficiation of ponded coal ash through chemi-mechanical grinding” Fuel, 2021.
  2. Innocenti G., Papadopoulos E. C., Fornasari G., Cavani F., Medford A. J., Sievers C.: “Continuous Liquid-Phase Upgrading of Dihydroxyacetone to Lactic Acid over Metal Phosphate Catalysts” ACS Catalysis, 2020.
  3. Pizzolitto C., Menegazzo F., Ghedini E., Innocenti G., Di Michele A., Mattarelli M., Cruciani G., Cavani F., Signoretto M.: “Ethanol Steam Reforming on Lanthanum Ni-ZrO2 Catalysts”ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2020.
  4. Najmi S., Rasmussen M., Innocenti G., Chang C.Stavitski E.Bare S. R., Medford A.J.M.Medlin J. W.Sievers C.: “Pretreatment Effects on the Surface Chemistry of Small Oxygenates on Molybdenum Trioxide”ACS Catalysis, 2020.
  5. Gyngazova M. S., Grazia L., Lolli A., Innocenti G., Tabanelli T., Mella M., Albonetti S., Cavani F.: “Mechanistic insights into the catalytic transfer hydrogenation of furfural with methanol and alkaline earth oxides” Journal of Catalysis, 2019.
  6. Santos K. M. A., Dr. Albuquerque E. M., Dr. Innocenti G., Prof. Borges L. E. P., Prof. Sievers C., Prof. Fraga M. A.: “The Role of Brønsted and Water‐Tolerant Lewis Acid Sites in the Cascade Aqueous‐Phase Reaction of Triose to Lactic Acid”, ChemCatChem, 2019.
  7. Pizzolitto C., Menegazzo F., Ghedini E., Innocenti G., di Michele A., Cruciani G., Cavani F., Signoretto M.: “Increase of Ceria Redox Ability by Lanthanum Addition on Ni Based Catalysts for Hydrogen Production” ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2018.
  8. Zhang W., Innocenti G., Ferbinteanu M., Ramos-Fernandez E.V., Sepulveda-Escribano A., Wu H., Cavani F., Rothenberg G., Shiju N.R.: “Understanding the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethyl lactate to ethyl pyruvate over vanadia/titania catalysts” Catal. Sci. Technol., 2018.
  9. Zhang W., Innocenti G., Oulego P., Gitis V., Wu H., Ensing B., Cavani F., Rothenberg G., Shiju N. R.: “Highly selective oxidation of ethyl lactate to ethyl pyruvate catalyzed by mesoporous vanadia-titania” ACS Catal. 2018.
  10. Carlotti M., Dinelli B. M., Innocenti G., and Palchetti L.: “A strategy for the measurement of CO2 distribution in the stratosphere”, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 2016.

Scholarship and Awards:

  1. 17th ICC Travel Award (June 2020, conference canceled due to Covid-19).
  2. G. Spada Award for Industrial Chemistry (Feb 2019) This award is presented to doctoral students who have distinguished themselves for productivity, innovation, and scientific maturity of their thesis work.