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Salford Business School

Dr Rosa Arrigo

Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry


I obtained a Master of Science in Industrial Chemistry (MSc) with first class marks (mark 110/110) at the University of Messina (Italy). After a postgraduate fellowship from the Italian Council ‘National Institute of the Science and Technologies of Materials’ (“Istituto Nazionale per la Scienza e la Tecnologia dei Materiali” )(INSTM), I received a PhD scholarship from the International Max Planck Research School, which enabled me to develop my PhD research in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry of the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) of the Max Planck Society (Germany). I completed my PhD in Natural Sciences and defended my thesis entitled "Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes and Application in Heterogeneous Catalysis" at the TU Berlin in August 2009 obtaining the first-class degree marks (summa cum laude). After my PhD, I joined the surface analysis group at the FHI, with a Max Planck postdoctoral research fellowship. During my post-doctoral research, I pioneered the application of ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to study in situ polymeric electrolyte based electro-catalytic cell in operation. In January 2013, I was appointed a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Muelheim/Ruhr in Germany and further progressed research on in situ spectroscopy to investigate electrified solid/liquid interfaces. In February 2015, I joined the VERSOX team at Diamond Light Source before moving in September 2018 to Salford University as a lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry.


Introduction to Catalysis in L5 Analytical Chemical Skills

L4 Laboratory skills in bio-chemistry and pharmacology

L5 Bio-inorganic Chemistry

L6 Frontiers in Inorganic Chemistry

L7 Advanced Catalysis

L7 Advanced Materials

Research Interests

The goal of my research is the application-oriented design of new functional materials. To achieve this goal, my research strategy consists of establishing molecular level structure-function relationships through the controlled synthesis of tailored materials, testing and thorough structural characterization, including but not limited to extensive use of innovative in situ synchrotron-based techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. Current projects focus on the development of hybrid organic/inorganic supported metal and metal oxide nano structures mimicking structures and functions of biological systems, to be applied in energy, low carbon technologies, drugs delivery and biomedical research.

Qualifications and Memberships

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Member of the American Vacuum Society


1) C. Genovese, M. E. Schuster, E. K. Gibson, D. Gianolio, V. Posligua, R. Grau-Crespo, G. Cibin, P. P. Wells, D. Garai, V. Solokha, S. Krick Calderon, J. Velasco Velez, C. Ampelli, S. Perathoner, G. Held, G. Centi, R. Arrigo*, Operando X-ray absorption fine structure study of the electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide over Ferrihydrite on nitrogen-doped carbon, Nature Communications 9, 2018, doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03138-7.

2) V. Pfeifer, *T. E. Jones, J. J. Velasco Vélez, *R. Arrigo, S. Piccinin, M. Hävecker, A. Knop-Gericke,.R. Schlögl, In situ observation of reactive oxygen species forming on oxygen-evolving iridium surfaces, Chem. Sci., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C6SC04622C.

3) *R. Arrigo, M. E. Schuster, S. Abate, G. Giorgianni, G. Centi, S. Perathoner, S. Wrabetz, V. Pfeifer, M. Antonietti, R. Schlögl, Pd Supported on Carbon Nitride Boosts the Direct Hydrogen Peroxide Synthesis, ACS Catal. 6, 2016, 6959–6966.

4) *R. Arrigo, M. E. Schuster, Z. Xie, Y. Yi, G. Wowsnick, L. L. Sun, K. E. Hermann, M. Friedrich, P. Kast, M. Hävecker, A. Knop-Gericke, R. Schlögl, Nature of the N-Pd interaction in nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube catalysts, ACS Catalysis 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.5b00094.

5) *R. Arrigo, M. Haevecker, M. E. Schuster, C. Ranjan, E. Stotz, A. Knop-Gericke, R. Schloegl, In-situ Study of Water Electrolysis over Pt by NAP-XPS, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52 (2013) 11660–11664.