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Smart Materials
We valorize waste and get inspired by nature to give solutions for a sustainable life and development.

We are based at the Center for Convergent Technologies of Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (CCT@Morego), the central research facility of IIT in Genoa. Our research deals with the development of new composite materials combining various polymers and changing their properties by introducing nanofillers or organic molecules in the matrices. By controlling the chemistry and structure of the materials, we achieve precise properties adjusted to the needs of various application fields. Polymers are the main building blocks of the materials we fabricate, and our efforts focus on using natural polymers of plant or animal waste origin or biodegradable polymers, in order to develop new advanced composite materials with minimal environmental impact.

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13 Countries of origin
1:1 Gender balance
71 Projects
81 Patents


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The latest publications
Politano A., Al-Juboori R.A., Alnajdi S., Alsaati A., Athanassiou A., Bar-Sadan M., Beni A.N., Campi D., Cupolillo A., D'Olimpio G., et al.
2024 roadmap on membrane desalination technology at the water-energy nexus
JPhys Energy, vol. 6, (no. 2)
Dziza K., Binas V., Athanassiou A., Fragouli D.
A 3D Cryogel Filter for Oily Wastewater with Metal Ion Fluorosensing Properties
ACS Applied Polymer Materials, vol. 6, (no. 7), pp. 3654–3665
Safarpour M., Zych A., Najafi M., Tedeschi G., Ceseracciu L., Marini L., Perotto G., Athanassiou A.
Biobased and biodegradable imine vitrimers from epoxidized soybean oil as packaging
Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 141, (no. 25)

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