Salvatore SCIRE'

Associate Professor of [CHIM/04]
Office: Cittadella Universitaria, V.le A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania. Edificio 1 corpo B piano 0 Stanza 6 (B0/6)
Phone: +39 095 738 5112
Fax: +39 095 580138

Associate Professor of Industrial Chemistry CHIM/04 (03/C2)

CoursesFundamentals of Industrial Chemistry at the B.D. course of Industrial Chemistry (II year); Industrial Chemical Processes and Plant Elements at the B.D. course of Industrial Chemistry (III year); Materials for Catalysis at the M.D. course of Materals Chemistry (I year)

Main research topics:

  1. Preparation, characterization and industrial applications of heterogeneous catalysts
  2. Catalysis and photocatalysis for environmental protection and energy production
  3. Chemiometry for applications in industrial and organic chemistry

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3060-0918

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Curriculum Salvatore Scirè (December 2018)

He graduated in Chemistry in 1984 at Catania University and got the PhD in Chemistry in 1989. Since 1991 to 2010 he was Research Scientist in Industrial Chemistry at the Department of Chemical Sciences of Catania University. In 1993, with a grant from CNR, he worked for one year with Prof. Robbie Burch in the Catalysis Research Group Laboratories at Reading University (UK). Since November 2010 up to now he is Associate Professor in Industrial Chemistry at the Department of Chemical Sciences of Catania University. In 2017 he got the scientific qualification to be Full professor in Industrial Chemistry. Since 1995 he was lecturer of several university courses (Chemistry and Technology of Glass and Ceramics, Chemistry and Technology of Petroleum, Industrial Organic Chemistry, Fundamentals of Industrial Chemistry, Technologies for Industrial Chemistry, Industrial Chemical Processes and Plants, Catalytic materials. Since 2000 he is member of the teaching staff of the PhD course in Chemistry at Catania University. Since december 2012 to may 2019 he was the President of the Degree Course in Industrial Chemistry. Since may 2019 he is the deputy-director of the Department of Chemica Sciences. Since 2011 he is the Erasmus delegate for the Department of Chemical Sciences. He is reviewer for leading international Journals of catalysis and material science (Applied Catalysis A and B, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Sensors & Actuators B, Catalysis Communications, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Catalysts, Environmental Engineering Science, ACS Catalysis, Journal of Catalysis, Catalysis Letters, Chemical Engineering Journal, etc.). Since 2015 is co-editor of Gold Catalysts, Topical Collection in Catalysts (MDPI). He was the scientific responsible of some research projects (PRIN 1999 and 2001, PON R&C 2007-2013 BIO4BIO) funded by the Italian Minister of University. He collaborates with petrochemical (Erg-Lukoil) and microelectronic (ST Microelectronics) industries and other university scientists all over the world.

His research activity is focused on heterogeneous catalysis and related fields. Special interest has been devoted to the study of supported mono and bimetallic catalysts and to the application of catalysis to the environment protection and the energy production, also adopting photocatalytic approaches. Specific interests are: synthesis, activity measurements and physico-chemical characterization of supported catalysts; catalysts for environmental protection and energy production; catalysts in the petrochemical industry and refinery; gold-based catalysts for sensors and pollution control devices; cerium oxide and iron oxide based catalysts for low temperature combustion of VOCs; photocatalytic oxidation and water splitting; hydrogen production and purification for fuel cell applications; chemometric applications in industrial chemistry and genomics. Research activity of Prof. Scirè is documented by 94 publications in international journals, 1 book, some book chapters, 1 patent and more than 110 contributions in scientific meetings.

S. Scirè's publications list in the last 4 years (ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3060-0918)

- K.O. Iwu, A. Lombardo, R. Sanz , S. Scirè and S. Mirabella, “Facile synthesis of Ni nanofoam for flexible and low-cost non-enzymatic glucose sensing”, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 224, 764-771 (2016). doi:10-1016/j.snb.2015.10.109

- A. Paternò, G. Bocci, L. Goracci, G. Musumarra and S. Scirè, “Modelling the aquatic toxicity of ionic liquids by means of Volsurf+ in silico descriptors”, SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research, 27, 1, 1-15 (2016).  doi:10.1080/1062936X.2015.1120778

- R. Fiorenza, M. Bellardita, S. Scirè, L. Palmisano, “A comparison between Catalytic and Photocatalytic oxidation of 2-Propanol over CeO2 doped TiO2-based catalysts” J. Mol. Catal. A, 415, 56-64 (2016). doi:10.1016/j.molcata.2016.01.025. Editor’s choice paper

- A. Paternò, G. Bocci, G. Cruciani, C.G. Fortuna, L. Goracci, S. Scire, G. Musumarra,   “Cyto- and enzyme toxicities of ionic liquids modelled on the basis of VolSurf+ descriptors and their principal properties”, SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research 27, 3, 221–244 (2016). doi:10.1080/1062936X.2016.1156571

- A. Paternò, R. Fiorenza, S. Marullo, G. Musumarra and S. Scirè, “Prediction of Heat Capacity of Ionic Liquids by means of their in silico Principal Properties”, RSC Advances 6, 36085-36089 (2016). doi: 10.1039/C6RA05106E

S. Scirè, R. Fiorenza, A. Gulino, A. Cristaldi, P.M. Riccobene, ”Selective oxidation of CO in H2-rich stream over ZSM5 zeolites supported Ru catalysts”, Appl. Catal. A:General 520, 82-91 (2016). doi:10.1016/j.apcata.2016.04.011

- A. Paternò,  S. Scire  and G. Musumarra, “A QSPR approach to the ecotoxicity of ionic liquids (Vibrio fischeri) using Volsurf Principal Properties”, Toxicology Research 5, 1090-1096 (2016). doi: 10.1039/C6TX00071A

- G. Ognibene, D.A. Cristaldi, R. Fiorenza, I. Blanco, G. Cicala, S. Scirè and  M.E. Fragalà, “Photoactivity of hierarchically nanostructured ZnO-PES fibre mats for water treatments”, RSC Advances, 6, 42778–42785 (2016). doi: 10.1039/C6RA06854E

- R. Fiorenza, C. Crisafulli and S. Scirè, “H-2 purification through preferential oxidation of CO over ceria supported bimetallic Au-based catalysts”, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy 41, 19390-19398 (2016). doi: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.05.114

- F. Nocera, A. Gagliano, F. Patania, M. Bruno, S. Scirè, “Slow pyrolysis kinetics of apricot stones by thermogravimetric analysis”, (2016), IREC 2016 - 7th International Renewable Energy Congress, art. no. 7478945. doi: 10.1109/IREC.2016.7478945, ISBN:978-146739767-4, Scopus eid=2-s2.0-84978160733 (Conference Paper)

- R. Fiorenza, M. Bellardita, L. D’Urso, G. Compagnini, L. Palmisano and S. Sciré, “Au/TiO2-CeO2 catalysts for photocatalytic water splitting and VOC’s oxidation reactions”, Catalysts, 2016, 6, 121. (Topical Collection “Gold Catalysts”) doi: 10.3390/catal6080121

- A. Gagliano, F. Nocera, F. Patania, M. Bruno, S. Scirè, “Kinetic of the Pyrolysis Process of Peach and Apricot Pits by TGA and DTGA Analysis”, Int. J. Heat Technol., 34 (Special Issue 2), S553-S560 (2016). ISSN: 0392-8764doi:10.18280/ijht.34S250 (Conference Paper).

- S. Filice, G. Compagnini, R. Fiorenza, S. Scirè, L. D’Urso, M.E. Fragalà, P. Russo, E. Fazio, S. Scalese“Laser processing of TiO2 colloids for an enhanced photocatalytic water splitting activity”, J. Colloids and Interfaces Science 489, 131-137 (2017). doi: 10.1016/j.jcis.2016.08.013

- A. Paternò, L. Goracci, S. Scirè and G. Musumarra, “Modelling from theory and modelling from data: complementary or alternative approaches?  The case of ionic liquids”, ChemistryOpen 6(1), 90-101 (2017), published online January 9, 2017. DOI: 10.1002/open.201600119

- D. Moro, G. Valdrè, E. Mesto, F. Scordari, M. Lacalamita, E. Schingaro, G.  Della Ventura, F. Bellatreccia, S. Scirè. “Hydrocarbons in phlogopite from Kasenyi kamafugitic rocks (SW Uganda): cross-correlated AFM, confocal microscopy and Raman imaging”, Scientific Reports 7, 40663 (2017). DOI: 10.1038/srep40663

- A. Paternò, C. Bonaccorso, G. Musumarra, S.Scirè, “Gas principal properties as new compact descriptors for data-driven gas solubility modeling”, Arkivoc, part v, 356-369 (2017). DOI:

- A. Paternò, S. Scirè and G. Musumarra, Smart design of sustainable and efficient ILs, in Ionic Liquid Devices, Ali Eftekhari Ed., RSC, Chapter 7, pp. 168-197 (2018). ISBN: 978-1-78801-181-5.

- R. Fiorenza, S. Scirè, A.M. Venezia, Carbon supported Ru-Co bimetallic catalysts for the H2 production through NaBH4 and NH3BH3 hydrolysis, International Journal of Energy Research 42, 1183-1195 (2018) DOI: 10.1002/er.3918

- R. Fiorenza, M. Bellardita, T. Barakat, S. Scirè, L. Palmisano, “Visible light photocatalytic activity of macro-mesoporous TiO2-CeO2 inverse opals”, J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chem., 352, 25-34 (2018). doi: 10.1016/j.jphotochem.2017.10.052. Invited feature article

- A. Paternò, C. Bonaccorso, C.G. Fortuna, G. Musumarra, S. Scirè, “Data-Driven Modelling of Gas Solubility in Ionic Liquids Using Principal Properties as Orthogonal Descriptors”, ChemistrySelect 3, 2181-2184 (2018). doi: 10.1002/slct.201800238

- R. Fiorenza, S. Scirè, A. Gulino, “Ru-Pd bimetallic catalysts supported on CeO2- oxides as efficient systems for H2 purification through CO preferential oxidation”, Catalysts, 2018, 8, 203. doi: 10.3390/catal8050203

- R. Fiorenza, M. Bellardita, S. Scirè, L. Palmisano, “Effect of the addition of different doping agents on visible light activity of porous TiO2 photocatalysts”, Molecular Catalysis 455, 108-120, 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.mcat.2018.06.002

- R. Fiorenza, M. Bellardita, S. Scirè and L. Palmisano, “Photocatalytic H2 production over Inverse Opal TiO2 catalysts”, Catalysis Today 321-322, 113-119 (2019). doi: 10.1016/j.cattod.2017.12.011

- M. Cantarella, G. Gorrasi, A. Di Mauro, M. Scuderi, G. Nicotra, R. Fiorenza, S. Scire, M. Scalisi, M. Brundo, V. Privitera, G. Impellizzeri, “Mechanical milling: a sustainable route to induce structural transformations in MoS2 for applications in the treatment of contaminated water", Scientific Reports, 9, 974 (2019). doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-37798-8.

- R. Fiorenza, S. Sciré, L. D’Urso, G. Compagnini, M. Bellardita, L. Palmisano, “Efficient H2 production by photocatalytic water splitting under UV or solar light over variously modified TiO2-based catalysts”, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 44, 14796-14807 (2019). doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2019.04.035

- V. Scribano, S.K. Simakov, C. Finocchiaro, A. Correale, S. Scirè, “Pyrite and organic compounds coexisting in intrusive mafic xenoliths (Hyblean Plateau, Sicily): implications for subsurface abiogenesis”, Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres, 49, 19-47 (2019). doi:

- S. Scirè, L. Palmisano, “Cerium and cerium oxide: a brief introduction”, in Cerium Oxide (CeO2): Synthesis, Properties and Applications, Metal Oxides series, Salvatore Scirè and Leonardo Palmisano Eds, Elsevier, pp. 1-12 (2019). ISBN: 9780128156612. doi:

- M. Bellardita, R. Fiorenza, L. Palmisano, S. Sciré, “Photo-catalytic and photo-thermo-catalytic applications of cerium oxide-based materials”, in Cerium Oxide (CeO2): Synthesis, Properties and Applications, Metal Oxides series, Salvatore Scirè and Leonardo Palmisano Eds, Elsevier, pp. 109-167 (2019). ISBN: 9780128156612. doi:

- S. Scirè, L. Palmisano, “Preface to the volume”, in Cerium Oxide (CeO2): Synthesis, Properties and Applications, Metal Oxides series, Salvatore Scirè and Leonardo Palmisano Eds, Elsevier, pp. XIX-XX (2019). ISBN: 9780128156612. doi: