The technological development points towards a synergic performance of a combination of different materials. It means that the merging of distinct materials will lead to novel materials that can preserve the properties of the individual components, but furthermore will exhibit characteristics that would not be possible individually. Such composite materials impact upon may areas, including transport, bioengineering and medical instrumentation, civil engineering, mechanical tools, fashion, packaging, fire-retardant electrical enclosures, and sport.
IIT activity will focus on studying and producing lightweight nanocomposites, intelligent biocompatible surfaces, interface living systems/inorganic systems, textile/fiber engineering.
All these findings will be fundamental for future non-metallic robots, and of wide international and industrial interest for environmentally friendly materials, biocompatible materials, new generation sensors, etc.