© 2015 by L M Rossi. 

Research Interests


Our research interest is the utilization of the unique properties of metal nanoparticles for the design of heterogeneous catalysts with high control of composition, size, morphology, and surface and chemical properties. Catalysis and catalyst design are very attractive research areas, which include both fundamental and applied studies.  




Selected publications

Fiorio, J. L.; Gonçalves, R. V.; Teixeira-Neto, E.; Ortuño, M. A.; Lopez, N.; Rossi, L. M. Accessing frustrated Lewis pair chemistry through robust Gold@N-doped carbon for selective hydrogenation of alkynes. ACS Catalysis, v. 8, p. 3516-3524, 2018.


Fiorio, J. L.; Lopez, N.; Rossi, L. M. Gold-ligand catalyzed selective hydrogenation of alkynes into cis-alkenes via H2 heterolytic activation by frustrated Lewis pairs. ACS Catalysis, v. 7, p. 2973–2980, 2017.

Silva, T. A. G. ; Teixeira-Neto, E.; López, N.; Rossi, L. M. Volcano-like Behavior of Au-Pd Core-shell Nanoparticles in the Selective Oxidation of Alcohols. Scientific Reports, v. 4, p. 5766, 2014.


Review articles

Review article The role and fate of capping ligands in colloidally prepared metal nanoparticle catalysts published in Dalton Transactions. In this Perspective review, we focus on the choice of capping ligands (or stabilizing agents), and their role and fate in different steps from preparation to catalysis. Evaluating the influence of the ligands on the catalytic response is not trivial, but the literature provides examples where the ligands adsorbed on the nanoparticle surface dramatically change the activity and selectivity for a particular reaction, while acting either as a dynamic shell or a passivation coating.

Review of Magnetic Nanomaterials in Catalysis: Advanced Catalysts for Magnetic Separation and Beyond published in Green Chemistry.  This Review gives an overview of the use of magnetic nanomaterials as catalyst supports for magnetic separation and for other magnetic field-driven technologies. Recent scientific progress on the preparation of surface-modified magnetic nanomaterials and the most common synthetic approaches to attach or immobilize non-magnetic catalytic active phases onto magnetic nanomaterials were discussed. The review paper has featured on the Front Cover of Green Chemistry.

An Account Paper of Recent advances in the development of magnetically recoverable metal nanoparticle catalysts published in Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society. This Account provides an overview of our current research activities on the design and modification of superparamagnetic nanomaterials for application in the field of magnetic separation and catalysis.

Instituto de Química



Prof. Liane M. Rossi

Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 748
Build 12, room 1265 (lab) and 863 (office)

São Paulo, SP 05508-000, Brasil






+55 11 30912181 (Lab)

+55 11 30919143 (Office)



Chemical synthesis laboratory


Characterization techniques


CatLab - Microreactor with temperature and flow control for catalysis studies and thermal analysis


Parr Multi-reactor system


Catalyst test units