Argonne National Laboratory

Massimiliano (Max) Delferro

Catalysis Science Program Group Leader

Massimiliano (Max) Delferro is the Group Leader Catalysis Science Program at the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne. His research spans from the synthesis and characterization of multimetallic single-site hydrogenation/dehydrogenation catalysts to atomic layer deposition, additives for tribological applications, and supported organometallic catalysis for C-H transformation.


  • Ph.D., organometallic chemistry, University of Parma, 2008
  • M.S., chemistry, University of Parma, 2005
  • BS, chemistry, University of Parma, 2003

Selected Publications

  1. A.R. Mouat, T.L. Lohr, P.C. Stair, M. Delferro, and T.J. Marks, "Unusual Reactivity of a Carbon-Supported Single-Site Dioxo-Molybdenum Catalyst for Biodiesel Synthesis," ACS Catal., 6, 6762-6769 (2016)
  2. M.M. Stalzer, C.P. Nicholas, A. Bhattacharyya, A. Motta, M. Delferro, and T.J. Marks, "Single-Face/All-cis Arene Hydrogenation by a Supported Single-Site d0 Organozirconium Catalyst," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55, 5263-5267 (2016)
  3. R.C. Klet, S, Tussupbayev, J. Borycz, J.R. Gallagher, M.M. Stalzer, J.T. Miller, L. Gagliardi, J.T. Hupp, T.J. Marks, C.J. Cramer, M. Delferro, and O.K. Farha, "Single-Site Organozirconium Polymerization Catalyst Supported on a Metal–Organic Framework," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137, 15680-15683 (2015)
  4. B.F. Strick, M. Delferro, F.M. Geiger, and R.J. Thomson, "Investigations into Apopinene as a Biorenewable Monomer for Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization," ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 3, 1278-1281 (2015)
  5. P. Nicholas, A. Bhattacharyya, A. Motta, J. R. Gallagher, G. Zhang, J.T. Miller, T. Kobayashi, M. Pruski, M. Delferro, and T.J. Marks, "Benzene Selectivity in Competitive Arene Hydrogenation: Effects of Single-Site Catalyst-Acidic Oxide Surface Binding Geometry," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137, 6770-6780 (2015). (JACS June 3 Cover and JACS Spotlights)
  6. A.S. Dudnik, V.L. Weidner, A. Motta, M. Delferro, and T.J. Marks, "Atom-Efficient Regioselective 1,2-Dearomatization of Functionalized N-Heterocycles by Earth-Abundant Organolanthanide Catalysts," Nat. Chem., 6, 1100-1107 (2014)
  7. S. Liu, A. Motta, A.R. Mouat, M. Delferro, and T.J. Marks, "Very Large Cooperative Effects in Heterobimetallic Titanium-Chromium Catalysts for Ethylene Polymerization/Copolymerization," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 136, 10460−10469 (2014)
  8. L.A. Williams, N. Guo, A. Motta, M. Delferro, I. L. Fragalà, J.T. Miller, and T.J. Marks, "Surface Structural-Chemical Characterization of a Single-Site d0 Heterogeneous Arene Hydrogenation Catalyst Having 100% Active Sites," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 110, 413-418 (2013)
  9. D. Cauzzi, R. Pattacini, M. Delferro, F. Dini, C. Di Natale, R. Paolesse, S. Bonacchi, M. Montalti, N. Zaccheroni, M. Calvaresi, F. Zerbetto, and L. Prodi, "Temperature-Dependent Fluorescence of Cu5 Metal Clusters: A Molecular Thermometer," Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 51, 9662-9665 (2012)
  10. M. Delferro and T.J. Marks, "Multinuclear olefin polymerization catalysts," Chem. Rev., 111, 2450-2485 (2011)

Awards, Honors, and Memberships

  • Omar Farha Award for Research Leadership (Northwestern University, 2014)
  • Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Vice President and Program Chair, The Catalysis Club of Chicago