Nicola Dengo

Researcher - Postdoctoral Fellow

About Me

Hi, I’m Nicola and I’m a chemist and researcher.

I have experience in the synthesis and the advanced structural characterization of inorganic materials and nanomaterials. I’m also active in the promotion of scientific culture and of the role of researchers in the society.


University of Insubria

Postdoctoral Researcher

Nov 2020 - Present

II-VI semiconductors like CdSe are widely used to develop materials in optoelectronics. They generally have a zincblende or a wurtzite crystal structure, but they are also prone to develop defects in the structure, like planar defects. These defects are difficult to study and control, but they are important for both tuning the properties of the materials and understanding synthesis mechanisms.

University of Padua

Postdoctoral Researcher

Nov 2019 - Sep 2020

Tackling the big climate change problem means facing many interconnected challenges. Rethinking our strategies for the synthesis of inorganic materials is a big one, as it will pave the way for the development of greener and sustainable alternatives. Here we pushed the boundaries of green approaches to nanomaterials.


Visiting PhD Candidate

2016 - 2018 (various periods)

High pressure continuous flow synthesis of (nano)materials allows to tune the properties of water as a solvent. This scalable approach unlocks countless new pathways to develop sustainable approaches to technologically pivotal materials.

Bar-Ilan University

Visiting PhD Candidate

Jun 2018 - Aug 2018

Probing the surface chemistry of colloidal nanosystems is an open issue with no established route. The Mastai Lab strive to develop alternative approaches to it.

University of Padua

Teaching Assistant

2016 - 2019 (various periods)

I was an assistant teacher for the inorganic chemistry course (MSc Chemistry). Moreover, I held a crash course on chemistry tailored for applicants to the Medicine and Surgery course of the University (approx. 200 participants).

CNR & Italcementi S.p.A.

Reserarcher and Vice Scientific Responsible

2015 - 2017

Concrete is the second-most-used substance in the world after water. A great leap forward in material science is required to aid the transition to a more sustainable future, and concrete can only play a central role.


University of Padua

PhD in Molceular Sciences (Chemistry)

2016 - 2020

Thesis title: Ligand-free water-based approaches for the synthesis of metal sulfides nanostructures

University of Padua

Professional habilitation for the profession of Chemist


Mandatory habilitation to work as a professional chemist in Italy.

University of Padua

MSc in Chemistry

2012 - 2015

110/110 cum laude. Thesis title: Surface chemistry of zinc sulfide: a combined experimental and theoretical approach

University of Padua

BSc in Chemistry

2009 - 2012

110/110. Thesis title: Microgels Prepared by Emulsion as Stabilizers of Gold Nanoclusters

A Little More About Me

Research plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of our society, and research is performed by researchers. Since 2016 I have been constantly involved in the flow of analysis, debate and production of policy inputs that different association of PhD candidates and early-stage researches are generating to improve and optimize doctoral training and working conditions. I am currently the Skill Officer for Eurodoc.

I am truly passionate about both chemistry and working in science in general, and I love to show the beauty of it. For this reason, I was involved in many outreach and science dissemination projects: form thematic events for informed debates with experts, to crazy and fun shows for small children!