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Alessandro Chiolerio

Researcher

Research Line

Advanced Materials for Sustainable Future Technologies

Center

CSFT@PoliTo Torino

Contacts

Via Livorno 60, 10144 Torino, Italy
+39 011 2257 714
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About

I was born in Asti in 1980, I got the PhD from the Physics Department of Politecnico di Torino in 2009, defending a thesis on Spintronic Devices, and the Full Professorship Habilitation in 2017 (Condensed Matter Physics). My post-doctoral activity was held at the Materials Science and Chemical Engineering Department of the same Politecnico, dealing with electromagnetic properties of nanocomposites. Then I joined Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, becoming responsible of several competitive and industrial projects first at the Center for Space Human Robotics, later Center for Sustainable Future Technologies. My actual function is that of developing liquid state cybernetic systems, in particular colloidal energy harvesters. I was visiting researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA (2015, 2016) and at the Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics (2017), where I developed new concepts about liquid state space exploration vehicles and liquid state skyrmionic memories.

I am co-author of 99 scientific papers that have collected so far 2007 citations, several chapters, books and 12 patents. I presented my works at 40 conferences, 25 of which as invited speaker. I organized several symposia, the most important of them is now a global event that was held both at the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) and at the American Materials Research Society (MRS), for this I am leading organizer. I am member of the experts panel for the evaluation of the most advanced European frameworks (ERC Advanced Grants, Marie Curie ITN), for the Italian Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico, for the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche, for the Polish Narodowe Centrum Nauki, for the Quatarine Quatar National Research Fund.

In parallel to the research activity I established two spin-off companies: Politronica in 2008 and Polìpo in 2016. The first one deals with digital manufacturing, both functional and structural, has collected 2.5 M€ from public competitive funds and 2 M€ from private capital, and enrolls 15 highly specialized people. It owns the biggest 3D printing network of the world, based on one single model of proprietary FDM technology.

Sono orgogliosamente italiano, ed in italiano mi rivolgo ai destinatari di questo messaggio: “Imago animi sermo est: qualis vita, talis oratio

Ritengo che quantificare sia doveroso, ma una qualifica non sarà mai sufficiente per descrivere un uomo libero. “Imperare sibi maximum imperium est

La mia volontà è tesa interamente al superamento dell’incompletezza, nella descrizione della realtà. Alla rivelazione dell’illusione che tempo e spazio si portano dietro, all’avanzamento tecnologico che una migliore descrizione del campo elettromagnetico porterà seco. “Non quia difficilia sunt non audemus, sed quia non audemus difficilia sunt”

Interests

Liquid Robotics Nanocomposites Colloids Soft devices Functional inks Space exploration

Projects

Title: Preparation of nanocomposites containing synthetic talc
Years:
2015
Description:
realization of a polymeric matrix nanocomposite containing synthetic talc

Framework: Industrial project

Partners: Imerys Talc Europe

Status: Completed

Role: Principal Investigator

 

Title: A New technology for mAnufacTuring pErmanent MAgnets (ANATEMA)
Years:
2011-2015
Description:
realization of an inkjet printed permanent magnet by means of two inks, a soft and a hard ferromagnetic one

Framework: Manunet European Funding, industrial project

Partners: Politronica Inkjet Printing S.r.l.

Status: Completed

Role: Principal Investigator

 

Title: INkJet printed Electronic CircuiTry and Applications (INJECTA)
Years:
2013-2014
Description:
realization of both strain-gauges and heaters for space applications, based on inkjet printed materials.

Framework: Astrium Innovation Pipeline, industrial project

Partners: Aviospace S.r.l.

Status: Completed

Role: Principal Investigator

 

Title: LAB FAB for smart sensors and actuators MEMS (Lab4MEMS)
Years:
2013-2015
Description:
Lab4MEMS aims to establish a European Pilot Line for innovative technologies on advanced piezoelectric and magnetic materials, including advanced Packaging technologies to meet the ever evolving market needs.

Framework: ENIAC call, EU FP7

Partners: ST Microelectronics Srl, ST-POLITO Scarl, Politecnico di Torino, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Politecnico di Milano, Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per la Nanoelettronica, CEA, SERMA Technologies SA, ST Microelectronics Malta Ltd, University of Malta, SolMateS BV, Cavendish Kinetics BV, Okmetic OY, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, Picosun OY, KLA-Tencor, University Politechnica of Bucarest, Instytut Technologii Elektronowej Warsaw, Stiftelsen SINTEF, Sonitor Technologies AS, Datacon Technology GmbH

Status: Running

Role: project referent for IIT

 

Title: Sistemi e Tecnologie per l’EsPlorazione Spaziale 2
Years:
2013-2014
Description:
Realization of systems and demonstration of technologies’ readiness for space applications.
Framework:
Regional Project “Piattaforme Innovative”

Partners: Thales Alenia Space Italia SpA (Coordinator), Politecnico di Torino, Università degli Studi di Torino, Università del Piemonte Orientale, ALTEC SpA, Environment Park SpA, TESEO SpA, Aero Sekur SpA, APR Srl, Auconel Srl, Aviolamer Srl, Blue Engineering Srl, Chiarlone Officine Srl, Corona SpA, Erxa Srl, Exemplar Srl, FN SpA, Hysytech Srl, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Neohm Componenti Srl, H2Nitidor Srl, Optimad Engineering Srl, PENTA Srl, Pro S3 Srl, SRS Engineering Design Srl

Status: Completed

Role: project referent for IIT

 

Title: CApture and DEorbiting Technologies
Years:
2013-2014
Description:
Realization of a smart system for active space debris removal.
Framework:
Regional Project “Piattaforme Innovative”

Partners: Aviospace SpA (Coordinator), Aero Sekur, Axis, Blue Engineering, EICAS, EURIX, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Skytechnology, Politecnico di Torino

Status: Completed

Role: WP responsible for IIT

 

Title: Nano-materials and -technologies for intelligent monitoring of safety, quality and traceability in confectionery products (NAMATECH)
Years:
2009-2011
Description:
The aims of the project concern with: 1) preservation of quality with improved packaging systems, taking into account mainly the sustainability of the materials employed; 2) enhanced control on the flux of information and automation along the whole chain, considering primarily the traceability of food products; 3) wide application of nanosystems and nanodevices for higher degree of automation and improved controls to ensure the best safety of products, taking into account the industrial requirements for more rapid, sensible, low-cost and, possibly, user-friendly devices.
Framework:
CIPE 2007 - Bando Converging Technologies
Partners:
Politecnico di Torino (Coordinator), University of Torino, INRIM Institute, Tecnogranda Scientific and Technological Park, Ferrero S.p.A., Ferrero Ingegneria S.p.A., SOREMARTEC Italia S.r.l., Unicomp Informatica S.r.l.
Status:
Completed

Role: partecipating to research activities

 

Title: Ink Jet printing technology for advanced electronics applications (printTAG)
Years:
2009-2011
Description:
Aim of the project is the optimisation of the ink-jet deposition technique for the realisation of radio frequency identification tags (RFID), exploiting both thermal and piezoelectric printer heads. Electrically conductive inks will be formulated and tested. A new category of magnetic nanocomposite thin films will be realised and tested.
Framework: Bando Sistemi Avanzati di Produzione 2008, Regione Piemonte
Partners:
Olivetti i-Jet (Coordinator), Politecnico of Torino, INRIM, Politronica Inkjet Printing S.r.l.
Status: Completed

Role: project referent for Politronica Inkjet Printing S.r.l.

Title: Development of a Magnetic Tunneling Transistor demonstrator based on hybrid ferromagnet / semiconductor nanostructures.
Years:
2007-2009
Description:
Aim of the present project is the realization and characterization of magnetic tunnelling junctions (MTJs) produced by RF / magnetron sputtering; Co/MgO/Co junctions will be coupled to the standard semiconductors commercially available, in order to develop a demonstrator of magnetic tunnelling transistor. The possibility of injecting hot spin-polarized electrons into a silicon diffusion layer will be explored, exploiting both the cost-effectiveness and the very high spin lifetime that characterize this semiconductor.
Framework: CIPE 2006 - Bando regionale sulla ricerca scientifica applicata (2007-2009)
Partners:
Politecnico di Torino, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica - Divisione Materiali
Status:
Completed

Role: partecipating to research activities

 

Title: Patterned ferromagnetic thin films; ferromagnet-semiconductor hybrid films spintronics; magnetic tunneling transistor
Years: 2006-2007
Description: Aim of the present project is the fabrication of patterned magnetic structures by electron beam / optical lithographies. The study of magnetic properties of different pattern geometries will be accomplished on standard and innovative ferromagnetic thin films. Furthermore, magnetic tunnelling junctions (MTJs) produced by RF / magnetron sputtering will be coupled to the standard semiconductors commercially available, in order to develop a demonstrator of magnetic tunnelling transistor.
Framework: Programma di Ricerca Scientifica di Rilevante Interesse Nazionale MIUR (PRIN 2006-2007)
Partners: University of Parma, IMEM-CNR Parma, University of Brescia, Politecnico di Torino, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica
Status: Completed

Role: partecipating to research activities

Awards

  1. Business idea “Politronica” awarded with a loan in the national competition “Giovani idee cambiano l'Italia” (rank 15/3600+), 21st February 2008.
  2. Quality award 2008, given by the Doctoral School (SCUDO) of Politecnico di Torino (rank 15/666).
  3. Best student presentation award, given by the board of the 19th Soft Magnetic Materials Conference held in Torino, 9th September 2009.
  4. Honour mention at the Torino Open Data Contest, within the Democracy Biennial of Turin, with the idea: Energy2Music presented as SMARTcollective, 17th April 2011.
  5. “Italia degli Innovatori” award for innovative companies assigned to Politronica, 9th May 2011.
  6. Participation to the “ItaliaX10” event as one among the 10 most brilliant Italian makers, within the Festival della Scienza di Genova, 29th October 2012.
  7. Awarded with the 2nd prize at the Best Experience in Science Transfer, best SHARE activity within the Researcher's Night 2012.
  8. Science Direct top 25 award assigned to the paper: “Ag nanoparticle-based inkjet printed planar transmission lines for RF and microwave applications: considerations on ink composition, nanoparticle size distribution and sintering time” by A. Chiolerio et al., Microelectron Engineering 97 (2012).
  9. Climate-KIC Startup Accelerator Italy 2016 – STAGE 2, organized by the European Institute of Technology (EIT), winner of the 2nd phase with business idea “Polìpo”, a new chemical route to the synthesis of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) from vegetal oils.
  10. Top 5 finalist of the 2016 Young Investigator Award given by Microelectronic Engineering, the premier Nanotechnology and Processing Journal (Elsevier), 19th September 2016.
  11. ranked 4th in the Start-Cup Piemonte Valle d’Aosta 2016, with the business idea “Polìpo”.
  12. Lab4MEMS project consortium wins the 2016 Innovation Award given during the European Nanoelectronics Forum (Nov 28, 2016) by the Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL).

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I numeri di IIT

L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.