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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.


IIT Publications List

Last Publications
Merino D., Athanassiou A.
Alkaline hydrolysis of biomass as an alternative green method for bioplastics preparation: In situ cellulose nanofibrillation
Chemical Engineering Journal, vol. 454
Ilic I. K., Galli V., Lamanna L., Cataldi P., Pasquale L., Annese V. F., Athanassiou A., Caironi M.
An Edible Rechargeable Battery
Advanced Materials
Merino D., Bellassi P., Paul U.C., Morelli L., Athanassiou A.
Assessment of chitosan/pectin-rich vegetable waste composites for the active packaging of dry foods
Food Hydrocolloids, vol. 139

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