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Diego Manfredi receveid the Laurea degree in Materials Engineering in 2003 and the Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Technology in 2008, both at Politecnico di Torino. From January 2008, he worked with a 2-year post-doc fellowship in Materials Science and Chemical Engineering Department at Politecnico di Torino. Since January 2010 he joined IIT in the Center for Space Human Robotics, now Center for Sustainable Future Technologies.

His research activity is focused on the development of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies to fabricate structural and functional components like wave-guide filters for satellite-telecommunications, compact heat exchangers, heat sinks, hydraulic manifolds for robotic applications.
In particular the focus is on:
- develop a better understanding of the main physics phenomena involved in the Laser Powder Bed Fusion process (temperature gradients, powder-laser interaction time, etc..)

- study the effects of extremly rapid melting and subsequent cooling of the LPBF technology on the microstructure of the metal alloys processed through it

- create open architectures and structures like cellular, lattice and foams structures with high strenght Al alloys

 

 

 

Projects

2017-2019                        PROGETTO REGIONALE STAMP “Sviluppo Tecnologico dell’Additive Manufacturing in Piemonte”, inside the Technological Platform “FABBRICA INTELLIGENTE”. IIT is involved in the fabrication of end-users demonstrators in different alloys by Laser Powder Bed Fusion process, and in the development of new alloys for the same process.

Selected Publications

JOURNALS

  • M. Fasano, L. Ventola, F. Calignano, D. Manfredi, E. P. Ambrosio, E. Chiavazzo, P. Asinari. Passive heat transfer enhancement by 3D printed Pitot tube based heat sink. International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, 2016, 74: 36-39

  • M. Cabrini, S. Lorenzi, T. Pastore, S. Pellegrini, M. Pavese, P. Fino, E. P. Ambrosio, F. Calignano and D. Manfredi. Corrosion resistance of direct metal laser sintering AlSiMg alloy. Surface and Interface Analysis, special issue article, 2016, DOI: 10.1002/sia.5981

  • M. Cabrini, S. Lorenzi, T. Pastore, S. Pellegrini, D. Manfredi, P. Fino, S. Biamino, C. Badini. Evaluation of corrosion resistance of Al–10Si–Mg alloy obtained by means of Direct Metal Laser Sintering. Journal of Materials Processing Tech., 2016, 231 (5): 326–335

  • E. Fantino, A. Chiappone, I. Roppolo, D. Manfredi, R. Bongiovanni, C. F. Pirri, and F. Calignano. 3D Printing of Conductive Complex Structures with In Situ Generation of Silver Nanoparticles. Advanced Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201505109

  • A. Chiappone, E. Fantino, I. Roppolo, M. Lorusso, D. Manfredi, P. Fino, C. F. Pirri, and F. Calignano. 3D Printed PEG-Based Hybrid Nanocomposites Obtained by Sol–Gel Technique. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8 (8), pp 5627–5633

  • F. Calignano, T. Tommasi, D. Manfredi, A. Chiolerio. Additive Manufacturing of a Microbial Fuel Cell—A detailed study. Scientific Reports (2015) 5, 17373

  • Peverini, O. A., Addamo, G., Tascone, R., Virone, G., Cecchini, P., Mizzoni, R., Calignano, F., Ambrosio, E. P., Manfredi, D., Fino, P. Enhanced Topology of E-Plane Resonators for High-Power Satellite Applications. IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 2015, 63(10): 1-13

  • Stassi, S., Cauda, V., Canavese, G., Manfredi, D., Chiodoni, A., Pirri, C.F., Shape-controlled synthesis of silver nature-like spiky particles for piezoresistive sensor applications, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (2015) 16,2711-2719
  • S. Hernández, V. Cauda, D. Hidalgo, V.F. Rivera, D. Manfredi, A. Chiodoni, F.C. Pirri, Fast and low-cost synthesis of 1D ZnO-TiO2 core-shell nanoarrays: characterization and enhanced photo-electrochemical performance for water splitting, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, (2015), 615, 530-537
  • Hidalgo, D., Messina, R., Sacco, A., Manfredi, D., Vankova, S., Garrone, E., Saracco, G., Hernández, S., Thick mesoporous TiO2 films through a sol-gel method involving a non-ionic surfactant: Characterization and enhanced performance for water photo-electrolysis, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, (2014) vol.39, 36, pp. 21512-21522
  • L. Ventola, F. Robotti, M. Dialameh, F. Calignano, D. Manfredi, E. Chiavazzo, P. Asinari, “Rough surfaces with enhanced heat transfer for electronics cooling by direct metal laser sintering”, Int. J. of Heat and Mass Transfer, 2014; 75: 58-74
  • E. Chiavazzo, L. Ventola, F. Calignano, D. Manfredi, P. Asinari “A sensor for direct measurement of small convective heat fluxes: Validation and application to micro-structured surfaces”,  Exp. Therm. Fluid. Sci. (2014), 55, pp. 42-53
  • M. Krishnan, E. Atzeni, R. Canali, D. Manfredi, F. Calignano, E. P. Ambrosio and L. Iuliano, “On the effect of process parameters on properties of AlSi10Mg parts produced by DMLS”, Rapid Prototyping Journal (2014), 20 (6): 449-458
  • D. Manfredi, F. Calignano, E. P. Ambrosio, M.Krishnan, R. Canali, S. Biamino, M. Pavese, E. Atzeni, L. Iuliano, P. Fino and C. Badini, “Direct Metal Laser Sintering: an additive manufacturing technology ready to produce lightweight structural parts for robotic applications”, La Metallurgia Italiana, 105 (10), 15-24, ISSN 0026-0843
  • A. Lamberti, A. Sacco, S. Bianco, D. Manfredi, M. Armandi, M. Quaglio, E. Tresso, C.F. Pirri, “An easy approach for the fabrication of TiO2 nanotube-based transparent photoanodes for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells”, Solar Energy 95 (2013) 90–98
  • A. Chiolerio, M. Lombardi, A. Guerriero, G. Canavese, S. Stassi, R. Gazia, V. Cauda, D. Manfredi, A. Chiodoni, A. Verna, M. Cocuzza, L. Montanaro, C.F. Pirri, “Effect of the fabrication method on the functional properties of BaTiO3-PVDF nanocomposites”, Journal of Materials Science, 48:6943–6951
  • D. Manfredi, F. Calignano, M. Krishnan, R. Canali, E.P. Ambrosio, E. Atzeni, “From Powders to Dense Metal Parts: Characterization of a Commercial AlSiMg Alloy Processed through Direct Metal Laser Sintering”, Materials, 2013, 6 (3), 856-869, DOI: 10.3390/ma6030856
  • A. Lamberti, N. Garino, A. Sacco, S. Bianco, D. Manfredi, C. Gerbaldi, “Vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube array for high rate Li-based micro-battery anodes with improved durability”, Electrochimica Acta, 102 (2013), pp 233-239
  • A. Lamberti, A. Sacco, S. Bianco, M. Quaglio, D. Manfredi, C.F. Pirri, “Enhancement of electron lifetime in Dye-sensitized Solar Cell using anodically grown TiO2 nanotube/nanoparticle composite photoanodes”, Microelectronic Engineering, 102 (2013), pp 233-239
  • F. Calignano, D. Manfredi, E. P. Ambrosio, L. Iuliano, P. Fino, “Influence of process parameters on surface roughness of aluminum parts produced by DMLS”, Int J Adv Manuf Technol (2013) 67:2743–2751
  • A. Lamberti, A. Sacco, D. Hidalgo, S. Bianco, D. Manfredi, M. Quaglio, E. Tresso, and C.F. Pirri, “High electron lifetime in transparent TiO2 nanotubes-based photoanode for front-illuminated dye-sensitized solar cell”, Acta Physica Polonica A 123 (2), pp. 376-379 (2013)
  • A. Favetto, E.P. Ambrosio, S. Appendino, A. Battezzato, F. Chen Chen, D. Manfredi, M. Mousavi, F. Pescarmona, “Embedding an Exoskeleton Hand in the Astronaut’s EVA Glove: Feasibility and Ideas”, International Journal of Aerospace Science, vol. 1, 4 (2012), pp. 68-76, ISSN 2169-8872, DOI: 10.5923/j.aerospace.20120104.03
  • A. Lamberti, A. Sacco, S. Bianco, D. Manfredi, F. Cappelluti, S. Hernandez, M. Quaglio, C. F. Pirri, “Charge transport improvement employing TiO2 nanotube arrays as front-side illuminated Dye-sensitized Solar Cell photoanodes”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15 (7), 2596 – 2602
  • A. Sacco, A. Lamberti, R. Gazia, S. Bianco, D. Manfredi, N. Shahzad, F. Cappelluti, S. Ma, E. Tresso, ”High efficiency Dye-sensitized Solar Cell exploiting sponge-like ZnO nanostructures”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2012, 14 (47), 16203 - 16208
  • S. Stassi, V. Cauda, G. Canavese, D. Manfredi, C. F. Pirri, “Synthesis and characterization of gold nanostars as filler of tunneling conductive polymer composites”, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. (2012), 2669–2673
  • S. Biamino, E.P. Ambrosio, D. Manfredi, P. Fino and C. Badini, “Al2O3-ZrO2 nanocomposites produced by solution combustion synthesis followed by ultrasonic milling”, Journal of Ceramic Processing Research, Vol 12, No 2, pp. 207-211 (2011), ISSN: 1229-9162
  • D. Manfredi, M. Pavese, S. Biamino, A. Antonini, P. Fino, C. Badini, “Microstructure and mechanical properties of co-continuous metal/ceramic composites obtained from reactive metal penetration of commercial aluminium alloys into cordierite”, Compos. Part A ­ Appl. S., vol. 41/5 (2010), pp. 639-645, doi: 10.1016/j.compositesa.2010.01.011
  • D. Manfredi, M. Pavese, S. Biamino, P. Fino, C. Badini, “Preparation and properties of NiAl-Al2O3 co-continuous composites obtained by reactive metal penetration”, Comp. Sci. Technol., vol. 69 (2009), pp. 1777-1782
  • L. Fuso, D. Manfredi, S. Biamino, M. Pavese, P. Fino, C. Badini, “SiC-based multilayered composites containing short carbon fibres obtained by tape casting”, Comp. Sci. Technol., vol. 69 (2009), pp. 1772-1776
  • D. Manfredi, M. Pavese, S. Biamino, P. Fino, C. Badini, “NiAl(Si)/Al2O3 co-continuous composites by double reactive metal penetration into silica preforms”, Intermetallics, 16/4 (2008), pp. 580-583

 

PATENTS

  • Inventors: Atzeni Eleonora ,Bruno Enrico, Calignano Flaviana , Manfredi Diego, Ambrosio Elisa, “Giunto articolare per esoscheletro, in particolare per applicazioni aerospaziali”. Data deposito: 16/10/2012  al n. IT TO20120902A1.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Manfredi D., Calignano F., Krishnan M., Canali R., Ambrosio EP, Biamino S., Ugues D., Pavese M., Fino P. Additive manufacturing of Al alloys and Aluminium Matrix Composites (AMCs). In: Light Metal Alloys Applications, edited by Waldemar A. Monteiro. ISBN 978-953-51-1588-5, InTech, pp. 3-34 (2014)
  • S. Stassi, V. Cauda, G. Canavese, D. Manfredi, I. Roppolo, P. Martino, A. Chiolerio. Nanosized Gold and Silver spherical, spiky and multi-branched particles, Handbook of Nanomaterials Properties, vol.1. Editors: B. Bhushan, D. Luo, S.R. Schricker, W. Sigmund, S. Zauscher. Springer Book, ISBN: 978-3-642-31106-2 (2014).
  • C. Badini, C. M. Vega Bolivar, A. Antonini, S. Biamino, P. Fino, D.G. Manfredi, E.P. Ambrosio, F. Acerra, G. Campanile and M. Pavese. A Simple Approach to the Study of the Ageing Behaviour of Laser Beam and Friction Stir Welds between Similar and Dissimilar Alloys, Aluminium Alloys, Theory and Applications, Tibor Kvackaj (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-244-9, InTech, doi: 10.5772/14878, pp. 71-92 (2011)

 

INTERNATIONAL PROCEEDINGS

  • C. Semini, J. Goldsmith, D. Manfredi, F. Calignano, E.P. Ambrosio, J. Pakkanen, D.G. Caldwell, Additive manufacturing for agile legged robots with hydraulic actuation in International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR), 2015, pp.123-129, 27-31 July 2015 - DOI: 10.1109/ICAR.2015.7251444
  • O.A. Peverini, G. Addamo, G. Virone, R. Tascone, F. Calignano, D. Manfredi, E.P. Ambrosio, P. Fino, Additive Manufacturing of Ku/K Band Waveguide Filters for Space Applications, in IWMF 2015: International Workshop of Microwave Filters, 6th CNES/ESA International Workshop on Microwave Filters, Toulouse, France 23rd-25th March 2015
  • M. Cabrini, S. Lorenzi, T. Pastore, S. Pellegrini, P. Fino, S. Biamino, C. Badini, D. Manfredi, Corrosion resistance of Direct Laser Sintering AlSiMg alloy, in Eurocorr 2014 - European Corrosion Congress, Pisa, Italy. Conference Proceedings AIM (Associazione Italiana di Metallurgia), ISBN: 978-3-89746-159-8, Pisa, 8-12 September 2014
  • Ventola L., Chiavazzo E., Calignano F., Manfredi D., Asinari P., Heat Transfer Enhancement by Finned Heat Sinks with Micro-structured Roughness, in Journal of Physics: Conference Series, XIV Conference on Theoretical Nuclear Physics, Cortona, Italy, ISSN 1742-6596, Editor: Bristol : Institute of Physics Publishing, 2014, DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/494/1/012009
  • Calignano F., Manfredi D., Ambrosio EP., Biamino S., Pavese M., Fino P., Direct fabrication of joints based on direct metal laser sintering in aluminum and titanium alloys, Procedia CIRP, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2014.03.155
  • D. Manfredi, R. Canali, M. Krishnan, E.P. Ambrosio, F. Calignano, M. Pavese, L. Miranti, S. Belardinelli, S. Biamino, & P. Fino  Aluminium Matrix Composites (AMCs) by DMLS, High Value Manufacturing, Bartolo et al. (Eds), Taylor & Francis Group, London, ISBN 978-1-138-00137-4, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Advanced Research on Virtual and Rapid Prototyping, Leiria, Portugal, 1-5 October 2013
  • M. Krishnan, E. Atzeni, R. Canali, D. Manfredi, F. Calignano, E. Ambrosio & L. Iuliano, Influence of post-processing operations on mechanical properties of AlSi10Mg Parts by DMLS, High Value Manufacturing, Bartolo et al. (Eds), Taylor & Francis Group, London, ISBN 978-1-138-00137-4, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Advanced Research on Virtual and Rapid Prototyping, Leiria, Portugal, 1-5 October 2013
  • F. Calignano & D. Manfredi, Production of overhanging structures by DMLS, High Value Manufacturing, Bartolo et al. (Eds), Taylor & Francis Group, London, ISBN 978-1-138-00137-4, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Advanced Research on Virtual and Rapid Prototyping, Leiria, Portugal, 1-5 October 2013
  • Manfredi, D., Ambrosio, E.P., Calignano, F., Canali, R., Krishnan, M., Biamino, S., Pavese, M. & Fino, P., “Optimization of process parameters for AlSiMg/SiC composites by DMLS”, Proceedings of  4th International Conference on Additive Technologies iCAT 2012, 19th -21st  September 2012, DAAAM International, Specialized Conference, Maribor, Slovenia.  ISBN: 9783901509926, ISSN: 1992-5093
  • D. Manfredi, E.P. Ambrosio, F. Calignano, R. Canali, M. Krishnan, S. Biamino, M. Pavese, P. Fino, “Realization and characterization of AlSiMg/SiC composites by Direct Metal Laser Sintering”, Proceedings of ECCM15 – 15th European Conference on Composite Materials, 24-28 June 2012, Venice, ISBN: 978-88-88785-33-2
  • S. Marchisio, D. Manfredi, F.A. Deorsola, S. Biamino, P. Fino, M. Pavese, “Carbon nanotubes -reinforced aluminium with improved yield strength and toughness”, Proceedings of ECCM15 – 15th European Conference on Composite Materials, 24-28 June 2012, Venice, ISBN: 978-88-88785-33-2
  • S. Marchisio, D. Manfredi, E.P. Ambrosio, F.A. Deorsola and M. Pavese, “Aluminium/CNTs Composites by PAFES”, Proceedings of EURO PM 2011 International Powder Metallurgy Congress & Exhibition, 9-12 October 2011, Barcelona, Vol 2, ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-899072-23-1
  • F. Chen Chen, A. Favetto, M. Mousavi, E. P. Ambrosio, S. Appendino, A. Battezzato, D. Manfredi, F. Pescarmona, B. Bona, “Human Hand: Kinematics, Statics and Dynamics”, 41st International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), Portland, Oregon, 17-21 July 2011, AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) 2011-5249
  • M. Mousavi, E. P. Ambrosio, S. Appendino, F. Chen Chen, A. Favetto, D. Manfredi, F. Pescarmona, A. Somà, “Spacesuits and EVA Gloves Evolution and Future Trends of Extravehicular Activity Gloves”, 41st International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), Portland, Oregon, 17-21 July 2011, AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) 2011-5147
  • S. Appendino, E. P. Ambrosio, F. Chen Chen, A. Favetto, D. Manfredi, M. Mousavi and F. Pescarmona, “Effects of EVA Glove on Hand Performance”, 41st International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), Portland, Oregon, 17-21 July 2011, AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) 2011-5085
  • A. Favetto, F. Chen Chen, E. P. Ambrosio, D. Manfredi, G. C. Calafiore, “Towards a Smart EVA Glove (Hand Exoskeleton)”, ROBIO 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, Tianjin, China, 14-18 December, 2010, IEEE ISBN 978-1-4244-9317-3
  • S. Biamino, M. Pavese, D. Manfredi, E.P. Ambrosio, P. Fino, C. Badini, “Tape Casting and Pressureless Sintering of ZrB2-SiC Composites”, 7th International Conference on High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites (HT-CMC 7), Bayreuth, Germany, 20-22 September, 2010
  • M. Pavese, D. Manfredi, S. Biamino, P. Fino, C. Badini, “Intermetallic/ceramic co-continuous composites obtained by double reactive metal penetration”, European Congress on Advanced Materials and Processes EUROMAT2009, Glasgow, UK, 7-10 September 2009
  • D. Manfredi, M. Pavese, A. Antonini, S. Biamino, P. Fino, C. Badini, “Co-continuous metal/ceramic composites made by reactive metal penetration of commercial aluminium alloys into cordierite”, 17th International Conference on Composite Materials ICCM17, Edinburgh, UK, 27-31 July 2009
  • P. Fino, D. Manfredi, M. Pavese, S. Biamino, C. Badini, “NiAl/Al2O3 co-continuous composites obtained by double reactive metal penetration”, in Proc. of  The 11th International Conference and Exhibition of the European Ceramic Society ECERS, Krakow, Poland, 21-25 June 2009, ISBN 978-83-60958-45-2
  • D. Manfredi, M. Pavese, S. Biamino, P. Fino, C. Badini, “Preparation and properties of NiAl-Al2O3 co-continuous composites obtained by reactive metal penetration”, 8th Seminar on Experimental Techniques and Design in Composite Materials ETDCM8, Castiadas Costa Rei Sardinia, Italy, 3-6 October 2007, book of abstracts, p. 143-144
  • L. Fuso, D. Manfredi, S. Biamino, M. Pavese, P. Fino, C. Badini “SiC-based multilayered composites containing short carbon fibers obtained by tape casting”, 8th Seminar on Experimental Techniques and Design in Composite Materials ETDCM8, Castiadas Costa Rei Sardinia, Italy, 3-6 October 2007, book of abstracts, p. 139-140

 

NATIONAL PROCEEDINGS

  • L. Ventola, F. Calignano, D. Manfredi, E. Chiavazzo, P. Asinari, Superfici micro-alettate per l’aumento dello scambio termico in III congresso nazionale del coordinamento della meccanica italiana, Napoli 30/06/2014, 2014, ISBN: 8890209623
  • M. Pavese, D. Manfredi, S. Biamino, P. Fino, C. Badini, Metal- and intermetallic-ceramic co-continuous composites by reactive metal penetration. Atti dell'VIII Convegno nazionale sulla scienza e tecnologia dei materiali, Samperi Editore, Messina, 2011, ISBN 978-88-86038-99-7
  • S. Biamino, D. Manfredi, E.P. Ambrosio, M. Pavese, P. Fino, C. Badini, “Multistrato in carburo di silicio prodotti mediante tape casting per applicazione come protezione termica di veicoli spaziali”, Atti del X Convegno Nazionale AIMAT, Edizioni Università della Calabria (ITA), Capo Vaticano (Italy), Sept 5-8 2010, ISBN 978-88-7458-114-6
  • D. Manfredi, E.P. Ambrosio, M.Pavese, S. Biamino, P. Fino, C. Badini, “NiAl/Al2O3 co-continuous composites obtained by double reactive metal penetration”, VII Convegno Nazionale sulla Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali, Green Park Resort - Tirrenia, Italy, 9-12 Giugno-2009, book of abstract
  • M. Pavese, D. Manfredi, S. Biamino, P. Fino, C. Badini, “Microstruttura e proprietà di compositi co-continui intermetallico-ceramico ottenuti per infiltrazione reattiva”, 32° Convegno Nazionale AIM, 24-26 settembre 2008, Ferrara, ISBN 88-85298-67-2

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