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A Concerted Electrochemical and Theoretical Investigation of the Ag/TiO2 nano-heterojunction / L. Falciola, V. Pifferi, G. Di Liberto, L. Lo Presti, M. Ceotto. ((Intervento presentato al convegno International Workshop on Electrochemistry of Electroactive Materials tenutosi a Borovets nel 2019.
|Titolo:||A Concerted Electrochemical and Theoretical Investigation of the Ag/TiO2 nano-heterojunction|
FALCIOLA, LUIGI (Primo) (Corresponding)
PIFFERI, VALENTINA (Secondo)
|Data di pubblicazione:||giu-2019|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore CHIM/01 - Chimica Analitica|
Settore CHIM/02 - Chimica Fisica
|Enti collegati al convegno:||Institute of Physical Chemistry (IPC)|
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
|Citazione:||A Concerted Electrochemical and Theoretical Investigation of the Ag/TiO2 nano-heterojunction / L. Falciola, V. Pifferi, G. Di Liberto, L. Lo Presti, M. Ceotto. ((Intervento presentato al convegno International Workshop on Electrochemistry of Electroactive Materials tenutosi a Borovets nel 2019.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||14 - Intervento a convegno non pubblicato|