Loreta Angela Muscarella

Postdoctoral Fellow
Employed since: February 2022
Email: l.a.muscarella@uu.nl



In recent years, halide perovskites have emerged as intriguing materials for water splitting, CO2 reduction, and N2 fixation. Within this class of materials, layered 2D perovskites exhibit higher stability compared to the 3D counterpart. In addition, their structural flexibility offered by the tunable organic spacer, is an excellent lever to fully exploit their functionality in several applications that require the tunability of the valence and conduction band energy. The goal of the project is to investigate such lead-free layered 2D perovskites as platform for photochemical reactions (e.g. proton reduction and iodide oxidation) and investigate how the structural and compositional modulations are reflected on the optical properties of these materials and on their performances as catalysts.



Postdoctoral Researcher (February 2022  – present), Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Research topics: layered 2D perovskites, lead-free perovskites, photochemical processes, transient absorption spectroscopy, under the supervision of dr. Eline Hutter

PhD student (January 2018 – December 2021), AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Thesis entitled: “Strain effects on the optical properties of lead-halide perovskites”

Research topic: single- and mixed-halide perovskites, pressure-dependent spectroscopy techniques (femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy, steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence, photothermal deflection spectroscopy), scanning electron microscopy. Electron-backscattered diffraction (EBSD) to spatially resolve at a nanometer resolution the crystal structure, grain orientation, strain and phase of metal-halide perovskites thin films. Perovskite-based solar cells and LEDs.

MSc Physical and Inorganic Chemistry (September 2015 – December 2017), Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Thesis entitled: “Metal-halide perovskites for solar cells”

MSc Internship (ERASMUS+, September 2016 – March 2017), University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands

Master project in “Metal halide perovskite for solar cells” in the Molecular Photonic Group under the supervision of Dr. René Williams (UvA) and Prof. Ilaria Fratoddi (Sapienza, University of Rome). The work aimed to study mixed cations (Methylammonium and Formamidinium) mixed-halide (bromide and iodide) lead-based perovskite and the effects of metallic dopants to improve their stability, optical and electronic properties.

BSc Chemistry (September 2012 – September 2015), Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Thesis entitled: “Synthesis and characterisation of Gold and Silver nanoparticles for biotechnological applications under the supervision of Prof. Ilaria Fratoddi. The work aimed to study metallic nanoparticles stabilised by thiols and amines in human body-like environment for drug delivery applications.

Born in Palermo, Italy, 1994


08 August 2022

Loreta received an NWO XS grant for groundbreaking research project

Loreta Muscarella (ICC) has received an NWO XS grant of 50.000 euro for groundbreaking research into photocatalysis. In this project, indoor pollution will be tackled by developing a smart perovskite-based […]

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Other publications

See earlier publications on Scopus.