Agilio Padua is a professor of Physical Chemistry at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, in the Chemistry Laboratory.

Research in Agilio’s group is centered on designing liquid materials (solvents for reactions or separations, electrolytes, refrigerants or lubricants) for applications in sustainable processes and devices. Starting from a study of interactions, ordering and dynamics at the molecular level, the group’s work combines molecular simulation with thermodynamics to understand the dissolving ability, miscibility, interfacial or transport properties of complex liquids. The two main research topics are:

  • Ionic liquids and eutectic solvents (DES), which are alternative solvents for green and sustainable chemistry or electrolytes for energy-storage devices.
  • Interactions of liquids with nanomaterials, such as nanoparticles, nanotubes and two-dimensional materials (graphene, MoS2), to design solvents for exfoliation and electrolytes for supercapacitors, liquid-gated transistors and sensors.

The group develops polarisable force fields for molecular simulation of ionic liquids and different classes of materials, as well as experimental techniques to study energetic and transport properties, and phase behaviour.

Agilio Padua authored 160 publications that were cited more than 11 000 times in the literature (h-index 52). He is a member of the Conseil National des Universités (Physical Chemistry, 2015–) and an honorary member (senior) of the Institut Universitaire de France.

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