Martina Lessio

Scientia Lecturer
Scientia Fellow (Level B)

Martina is orginally from Torino (Italy), where she completed both her bachelor's and master's degrees in Chemistry. She then moved to Princeton University (United States) where she earned a PhD in Chemistry in 2017 under the mentorship of Professor Emily Carter. During her time at Princeton, Martina used computational chemistry to investigate catalysts for CO2 conversion.

After the completion of her PhD, Martina joined Columbia University (United States) as a Columbia Science Fellow. In this role, Martina was part of a team of scientists teaching the first-year undergraduate course "Frontiers of Science" and conducted research on novel functional materials in the group of Professor David Reichman. Following this experience, Martina moved to Australia to continue her research and teaching career at the University of Sydney, where she was awarded a University of Sydney Fellowship to work on computational modelling of metal-organic frameworks.

In 2020, Martina joined the School of Chemistry at UNSW as a Scientia Lecturer. In this role, she works with her research group to investigate molecules and materials for sustainability applications using computational methods .

publications

Journal articles
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Cox CS; Cossich Galicia V; Lessio M, 2021, 'Computational Insights into As(V) Removal from Water by the UiO-66 Metal-Organic Framework', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 125, pp. 3157 - 3168, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c09465
2021
Yang J; Russell JC; Tao S; Lessio M; Wang F; Hartnett AC; Peurifoy SR; Doud EA; O’Brien ES; Gadjieva N; Reichman DR; Zhu X; Crowther AC; Billinge SJL; Roy X; Steigerwald ML; Nuckolls C, 2021, 'Superatomic solid solutions', Nature Chemistry, vol. 13, pp. 607 - 613, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41557-021-00680-8
2021
Hallam L; Papasergio AE; Lessio M; Veliscek-Carolan J, 2021, 'Phosphate functionalised titania for heavy metal removal from acidic sulfate solutions', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 600, pp. 719 - 728, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2021.05.047
2021
Clark ML; Cheung PL; Lessio M; Carter EA; Kubiak CP, 2018, 'Kinetic and Mechanistic Effects of Bipyridine (bpy) Substituent, Labile Ligand, and Brønsted Acid on Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction by Re(bpy) Complexes', ACS Catalysis, vol. 8, pp. 2021 - 2029, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.7b03971
2018
Lessio M; Senftle TP; Carter EA, 2018, 'Hydride Shuttle Formation and Reaction with CO2 on GaP(110)', ChemSusChem, vol. 11, pp. 1558 - 1566, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201800037
2018
Senftle TP; Lessio M; Carter EA, 2017, 'The Role of Surface-Bound Dihydropyridine Analogues in Pyridine-Catalyzed CO2 Reduction over Semiconductor Photoelectrodes', ACS Central Science, vol. 3, pp. 968 - 974, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acscentsci.7b00233
2017
Lessio M; Dieterich JM; Carter EA, 2017, 'Hydride Transfer at the GaP(110)/Solution Interface: Mechanistic Implications for CO2 Reduction Catalyzed by Pyridine', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 121, pp. 17321 - 17331, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b05052
2017
Lessio M; Senftle TP; Carter EA, 2016, 'Is the Surface Playing a Role during Pyridine-Catalyzed CO2 Reduction on p-GaP Photoelectrodes?', ACS Energy Letters, vol. 1, pp. 464 - 468, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00233
2016
Lessio M; Riplinger C; Carter EA, 2016, 'Stability of surface protons in pyridine-catalyzed CO2 reduction at p-GaP photoelectrodes', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 18, pp. 26434 - 26443, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c6cp04272d
2016
Alidoust N; Lessio M; Carter EA, 2016, 'Cobalt (II) oxide and nickel (II) oxide alloys as potential intermediate-band semiconductors: A theoretical study', Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 119, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4939286
2016
Senftle TP; Lessio M; Carter EA, 2016, 'Interaction of Pyridine and Water with the Reconstructed Surfaces of GaP(111) and CdTe(111) Photoelectrodes: Implications for CO2 Reduction', Chemistry of Materials, vol. 28, pp. 5799 - 5810, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b02084
2016
Kronawitter CX; Lessio M; Zhao P; Riplinger C; Boscoboinik A; Starr DE; Sutter P; Carter EA; Koel BE, 2015, 'Observation of Surface-Bound Negatively Charged Hydride and Hydroxide on GaP(110) in H2O Environments', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 119, pp. 17762 - 17772, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b05361
2015
Kronawitter CX; Lessio M; Zahl P; Muñoz-García AB; Sutter P; Carter EA; Koel BE, 2015, 'Orbital-Resolved Imaging of the Adsorbed State of Pyridine on GaP(110) Identifies Sites Susceptible to Nucleophilic Attack', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 119, pp. 28917 - 28924, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b08659
2015
Keith JA; Muñoz-García AB; Lessio M; Carter EA, 2015, 'Cluster Models for Studying CO2 Reduction on Semiconductor Photoelectrodes', Topics in Catalysis, vol. 58, pp. 46 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11244-014-0341-1
2015
Lessio M; Carter EA, 2015, 'What Is the Role of Pyridinium in Pyridine-Catalyzed CO2 Reduction on p-GaP Photocathodes?', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 137, pp. 13248 - 13251, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.5b08639
2015
Balantseva E; Berlier G; Camino B; Lessio M; Ferrari AM, 2015, 'Erratum: Surface Properties of ZnS Nanoparticles: A Combined DFT and Experimental Study (Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2014) 118:41 (23853-23862) DOI: 10.1021/jp507963y)', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 119, pp. 17493, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b06468
2015
Balantseva E; Berlier G; Camino B; Lessio M; Ferrari AM, 2014, 'Surface properties of ZnS nanoparticles: A combined DFT and experimental study', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 118, pp. 23853 - 23862, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp507963y
2014
Ferrari AM; Lessio M; Reŕat M, 2013, 'Prediction of electronic (hyper)polarizabilities of titania nanotubes: A DFT periodic study', Computational Materials Science, vol. 68, pp. 280 - 286, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.commatsci.2012.11.002
2013
Ferrari AM; Lessio M; Szieberth D; Maschio L, 2010, 'On the stability of dititanate nanotubes: A density functional theory study', Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 114, pp. 21219 - 21225, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp1079185
2010