Kovtun Alessandro

Research Fellow
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Advanced Materials
Research Fellows

M.Sc. Physics, Università degli studi di Parma (2012)
Ph.D. in Physics and Nanoscience, Università degli studi di Modena e Raggio Emilia (2017)
During my PhD in Physics I have installed, calibrated and validated the X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) facility at ISOF. PhD thesis link
I have studied the charge transport properties of Graphene Based Materilas (GBM), I have proposed a unique model that explains the transport properties of both single sheet and thin film Reduced Graphene Oxide [2].

I currently manage the XPS surface chemistry analysis facility, I am responsible for the scientific activity and technical maintenance. I am in charge of the electrical characterization of Graphene-based composites and devices inside the Graphene Faghship project. My research work is mainly focused on surface science of Graphene based materials (GBM) in the framework of Graphene Flagship Project. I work on standardization of the characterizion procedures of 2D materials [3], by using X-Ray Photolectron Spectroscopy for qualitative and quantitative analysis. I have proposed a new fit procedure for the quatification of the Oxygen to Carbon ration (O/C) indipendendly from thickness and substrate[1]. I am studying the structure of Graphene Oxide and its covalent funtionalisations [6,7,8,9]. I have studied the ionic and molecualar transport and the associated mechanisms (adsorbtion and intercalation) in GBM for water purification purpose [4,5].

  • From 2021 Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Food and Agricolutural Science - SCIENZE E TECNOLOGIE AGRARIE E DEGLI ALIMENTI (D.M. 270/04) (RE), Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita

Past positions

R&D Product Engineer, 2013, Kemet Electronics Italia, Sasso Marconi (BO).

Junior Research Assistant, 2012, ESRF, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble (France)


I have published an innovative approach on XPS data analysis focused on quantification of the oxygen content in Graphene Based Materials indipendently from thickness and substratess

Selected Publications:
1. Accurate chemical analysis of graphene-based materials using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
A. Kovtun, D. Jones, S. Dell'Elce, E. Treossi, A. Liscio, V. Palermo, Carbon 2019 (143) 268-275.
Open Access link

2. Multiscale charge transport in van der Waals thin films: reduced graphene oxide as case study
A Kovtun, A. Candini, A. Vianelli, S. Dell'Elce, M Gobbi, K. Kim, S. Lara-Avila, P. Samori, M. Affronte, V. Palermo, A. Liscio ACS nano, (2021) manuscript accepted
Open Acces link

3. Benchmarking of graphene-based materials: real commercial products versus ideal graphene.
A. Kovtun, E. Treossi, N. Mirotta, A. Scidà, A. Liscio, M. Christian, F. Valorosi, A. Boschi, R.J. Young , C. Galiotis, I.A. Kinloch, V. Morandi, V. Palermo, 2D Mater. 6 (2019) 025006.

4. Graphene oxide-polysulphone filters for tap water purification, obtained by fast microwave oven treatment.
A. Kovtun, M. Zambianchi, C. Bettini, A. Liscio, M. Gazzano, F. Corticelli, E. Treossi, M.L. Navacchia, V. Palermo, M. Melucci. Nanoscale 11 (2019), 22780-22787

5. Core-shell graphene oxide-polymer hollow fibers as water filters with enhanced performance and selectivity.
A. Kovtun, A. Bianchi, M. Zambianchi, C. Bettini, G. Ruani, F. Corticelli, L. Bocchi, F. Stante, M. Gazzano, T. D. Marforio, M. Calvaresi, M. Minelli, M. L. Navacchia, V. Palermo, M. Melucci. Faraday Discussion, (2020) accepted manuscript doi.org/10.1039/C9FD00117D

6. Graphene Oxide Promotes Site-Selective Allylic Alkylation of Thiophenes with Alcohols. L. Favaretto, J. A, M Sambo, A. De Nisi, C Bettini, M. Melucci, A. Kovtun, A. Liscio, V. Palermo, A. Bottoni, F. Zerbetto, M. Calvaresi, M. Bandini Organic Letters, 20 (2018), 705–3709

7. Systematic study of the correlation between surface chemistry, conductivity and electrocatalytic properties of graphene oxide nanosheets. G. Maccaferri, C. Zanardi, Z.Y. Xia, A. Kovtun, A. Liscio, F. Terzi, V. Palermo, R. Seeber, Carbon, 120 (2017) 165-175

8. Dopamine-functionalized graphene oxide as a high-performance material for biosensing. F.Vulcano, A. Kovtun, C. Bettini, Z. Xia, A. Liscio, F. Terzi, A. Heras, A. Colina, B. Zanfrognini, M. Melucci, V. Palermo, C. Zanardi, 2D Materials 7 (2020) 024007

9. Electrochemical sensing of glucose by chitosan modified graphene oxide. F. Poletti, L. Favaretto, A. Kovtun, E. Treossi, F. Corticelli, M. Gazzano, V. Palermo, C. Zanardi, M. MelucciJ. Phys. Mater. 3 (2020) 014011

I have studied by XPS different materials:
A. Silver in metallic form obtained by using Pulsed Plasma Deposition (A. Gambardella, CNR-ISMN/Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli) and in nanoparticle/2D material.
B. Copper in Azurin for charge transfer models (S. Casalini, UNIPD)
C. Iridium for catalys (W. Oberhauser, CNR-ICCOM)
D. Polydopamine (T. Posati CNR-ISOF) and Poly(3-hexylthiophene) nanoparticles. (F. Di Maria CNR-ISOF)
E. Chemical vapour deposited Graphene (CVD-G) functionalised with pyrene-terminated alkylazide, Diazonium salts or Iron Oxide. (Z. Xia CNR-ISOF)
F. Two-dimensional transition-metal dichalcolgenides (2D-TMDs) WS2. (R. Mastria A. Rizzo CNR-NANO)

Bibliometric Records: 34 JCR Pubblication, H-Index 10 (ISI WOS)
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