Ferdinando Costantino







    • 2018: Scientific qualification as full professor in chim/03  
    • 2013: Scientific qualification as associate professor in chim/03  
    • 2012: Three months visiting scholar at the chemistry department of the University of California San Diego (UCSD), under the supervision of Prof. S. M. Cohen
    • 2011-present: Associate researcher at the ICCOM-CNR institute in Florence
    • 2009-present: Assistant professor at the Chemistry Department of University of Perugia
    • 2005-2006: Post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Rennes 1, France, laboratory of Sciences Chimique et Materiaux

    • 2005: PhD in Chemistry, University of Perugia

    • 2003: One year stage at the laboratory of molecular magnetism (LAMM)

    • 2001: M. Sc. Earth Science, University of Perugia

Member of the Italian Crystallographic association (AIC)

Member of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI) (inorganic chemistry division)

Member of INSTM (Consorzio InterUniversitario Scienza e Tecnologia dei  Materiali)

Member of the editorial board of ISRN Inorganic Chemistry and of Recent Patent on Material Sciences


2015- winner of Nardelli Medal from AIC for young researchers under 40 working in the field of Crystallography 



-Hybrid layered materials based on metal phosphonates and phosphinates.Structure analysis and reactivity of hybrid coordination polymers for catalysis, molecular recognition and gas sorption properties

-Nanomaterials based on HTlc (hydrotalcite like-compounds) and layered metal phosphonates: structure, microstructure, intercalation and photophysical properties

-Advanced structural characterization by X-Ray Diffraction techniques

-Metal-organic Frameworks based on phosphonate ligands




 Cristallochimica @ Chemistry Master II course

Chimica generale @ Scienze Agrarie e Ambientali, I anno (Department DSA3)

Italian supervisor of several Stage Master I and II  students from University of Rennes, France (Ecole Superiore d' ingenieurs de Rennes exchange project)



- 75 research articles on international journals, many of which as corresponding author

 -3 book chapters (edited from RSC, Wiley and Elsevier)

- h- index = 22

- Co-author of more than 50 scientific communications at national and international congresses

Complete list of publications

Link to google citations: http://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=it&user=qOYh3KAAAAAJ


FIRB 2010 "Multidisciplinar Modelling of Materials with layered Structure"- local coordinator of PG Research Units

Fondazione Cassa Risparmio 2013 "Sintesi di nuovi sorbenti solidi per l'assorbimento di CO2- CRP2013021260"



  • Dipartimento di Ingegneria dei materiali, Università di Trento
  • Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, A. Avogadro del Piemonte Orientale
  • Dipartimento di Chimica Industriale, Università di Pisa
  • ICCOM-CNR, Firenze
  • LAMM, Dipartimento di Chimica, Università di Firenze
  • Dipartimento Scienza Materiali Milano Bicocca



  • University of California San Diego (USA)
  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (ES)
  • Ecole d'ingenieurs de Rennes (FR)
  • University of Zurich (CH)
  • University of Leipzig (DE)


Invited speaker

-Invited speaker at the international workshop on layered materials, Prague 11-14 September 2013


-University of Zurich 20/2/2013. Invited Seminar "Hybrid multifunctional materials based on phosphonates and LDH for sustainable processes"

-University of Rennes 16/5/2013. Invited Seminar "Rigid and flexible coordination polymers based on phosphonates and phosphinates for proton conductivity and CO2 storage" 

-University of Rennes 7/8/2016. Invited Seminar "Design of tailored hybrid layered and framework materials  for application in catalysis and energy


Featured Publications

Mixed Membrane Matrices (MMMs) based on Nafion/UiO-66/SO3H-UiO-66 Nano MOFs: revealing the effect of crystal size, sulfonation and filler loading on the mechanical and conductivity propertiesA. Donnadio, R. Narducci, M. Casciola, F. Marmottini, R. D'Amato, M. Jazestani, H. Chiniforoshan, F. CostantinoACS App. Mater. Interfaces 2017 doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.7b14847

Amino-functionalized Layered Crystalline Zirconium Phosphonates: Synthesis, Crystal Structure, and Spectroscopic Characterization.” Taddei Marco, Sassi Paola, Costantino Ferdinando, Vivani Riccardo Inorg. Chem 2016, 55, 6278-6285.

"Robust Metal-Organic Frameworks Based on Tritopic Phosphonoaromatic Ligands.”  Taddei Marco, Costantino Ferdinando, Vivani Riccardo Eur. J. Inor. Chem., 2016, 4300-4309

“Accessing stable zirconium carboxy-aminophosphonate nanosheets as support for highly active Pd nanoparticles” Ferdinando Costantino,   Riccardo Vivani,   Maria Bastianini,  Luca Ortolani,  Oriana Piermatti,   Morena Nocchetti and  Luigi VaccaroChem. Commun. 2015, 51, 15990-15993

"The first route to highly stable crystalline microporous zirconium phosphonate metal-organic frameworks” Taddei, M., Costantino, F., Marmottini, F., Comotti, A., Sozzani, P., Vivani, R. Chem. Commun.  2014, 50 (94), 14831-14834

The use of a rigid tritopic phosphonic ligand for the synthesis of a robust honeycomb-like layered zirconium phosphonate framework” Marco Taddei,Ferdinando Costantino, Riccardo Vivani, Stefano Sabatini, Sang-Ho Lim, Seth M. Cohen Chem. Commun. 2014, 50 , 5737-5740

Synthesis, Crystal Structure, and Proton Conductivity of One-Dimensional, Two-Dimensional, and Three-Dimensional Zirconium Phosphonates Based on Glyphosate and Glyphosine”Marco Taddei, Anna Donnadio, Ferdinando Costantino , Riccardo Vivani , and Mario Casciola  Inorg. Chem. 2013 52 (20), pp 12131–12139

Synthesis, breathing, and gas sorption study of the first isoreticular mixed-linker phosphonate based metal–organic frameworks”Marco Taddei, Ferdinando Costantino, Andrea Ienco, Angiolina Comotti, Phuong V. Dau and Seth M. Cohen Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 1315-1317