Un’assegnista del DIMI premiata dall’Associazione Italiana di Metallurgia

Marialaura Tocci (nella foto), assegnista di ricerca presso il Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica e Industriale è risultata vincitrice del premio “P. Spinedi” per l’anno 2018 promosso dall’Associazione Italiana di Metallurgia (AIM).

Il premio, istituito per onorare la memoria del prof. Paolo Spinedi (docente dell’Università di Bologna e metallurgista di fama internazionale), viene assegnato alla migliore tesi di Dottorato nel settore della ricerca metallurgica fondamentale e applicata.

La Commissione nominata dal Consiglio Direttivo AIM ha scelto la tesi della dr.ssa Tocci, intitolata “Investigation of the effects of Cr addition to an AlSi3Mg alloy” e frutto del suo dottorato in Ingegneria Meccanica e Industriale conseguito presso il DIMI nel 2016.

Il lavoro di ricerca ha riguardato lo studio e caratterizzazione di una nuova lega leggera contenente cromo da utilizzare in un processo innovativo noto come HAF – Hybrid Aliminium Forging. Tale lavoro ha portato a ben 8 articoli indicizzati Scopus, alcuni di questi con coautori stranieri, e alla presentazione dei risultati in occasione di convegni di metallurgia di ambito nazionale ed internazionale.

La consegna del Premio alla dr.ssa Tocci è avvenuta durante la sessione plenaria di apertura del 37° Convegno Nazionale AIM, che si è tenuto a Bologna dal 12 al 14 settembre 2018.

Summer School “Introduction to CFD for energy applications”

The International Summer School “Introduction to CFD for energy applications“, sponsored by the University of Brescia and promoted by the Doctoral Research in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (DRIMI) PhD course will take place in Desenzano del Garda from September 3rd to 7th.

The summer school provides all the basics of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for energy applications analysis. This need arises from the ever-increasing central role that CFD has reached in the R&D offices worldwide, being very often used in a synergy with experimental and theoretical approaches.

The school is is aimed at Academia (graduate and PhD students) and industry, and it is free of charge for the participantsThe registration form must be filled and sent to the Organizing Secretariat within August 30 via e-mail (cfdsummerschool@unibs.it).

For further information visit the Summer School website.

PhD Award of AICIng to dr. Irene VASSALINI

THESIS: Synthesis and characterization of multifunctional smart nanomaterials

Over the past two decades nanomaterials and nanoparticles have encountered a great interest among the scientific community. This is justified by the new properties arising in a material as a result of its nanometric size. Examples are the lowering of melting point, unique optical properties related to Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance, changes of band gap energy values inside semiconductor quantum dots and changes in chemical reactivity.

The aim of the project is to create “intelligent” and adaptive nanomaterials, venturing beyond equilibrium/static structures, that, instead, are the major part of nanomaterials studied until now. In fact, the use of systems far from equilibrium can provide interesting properties: stimuleted senzing, adaptability, self-­‐healing, self-­‐replication and movement. The idea is to create responsive and nonequilibrium materials, that could use externally delivered energy to change their structures and overall functions on demand, exploiting the simple synthesis technique known for nanomaterial preparation. The external stimuli that will be more widely investigated will be light (introducing in the materials functions that are sensitive to light, with particular regards to wavelength selective illumination and response) and changes in chemical composition (exploiting, for example, oscillating reactions if a continuous response is wanted, or introducing from the extern a time limited concentration variation, if, for example, a sensing activity is wanted). The systems studied could find an application as: -­‐ actuators (photo-­‐thermal actuators, self-­‐actuators) -­‐ catalysts (self-­‐repairing catalyst, catalyst with dynamically reconfigurable structures) -­‐ sensors (allowing a controlled and cyclic uptake and release of the analyte of interest) -­‐ systems that permit an information storage.


1st International Summer School
Introduction to CFD for Energy Applications

3-7 September 2018, Desenzano del Garda (BS), Italy

The summer school provides all the basics of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for energy applications analysis. This need arises from the ever-increasing central role that CFD has reached in the R&D offices worldwide, being very often used in a synergy with experimental and theoretical approaches.

More information and registration here


Welcome on board! PhD students (XXXIII)

Candidate  Area/curriculum/scholarship
ASSI AHMAD Mat/Industrial/A2A Elza Bontempi
BONETTI DANIELA ProLog/Industrial/GPI Marco Perona
BOZ BUKET TeSe/ ??/no scholarship ???
CASTELLI KEVIN MeccApp/no scholarship ???
CERESOLI FEDERICO MeccApp/Research/University Rodolfo Faglia
DONZELLA ANTONIETTA MeccApp/no scholarship Aldo Zenoni
FRACASSI ALESSIA MeccApp/ Industrial/SALERI Antonio Ghidoni
GARGIULO GIOVANNA Mat/Industrial/no scholarship Elza Bontempi
GIACOMELLI MARCO MeccApp/ Industrial/“I-MECH Antonio Visioli
HAO LEI MeccApp/International/EVOLUT Giovanni Legnani
MUSTAPHA ANIS TeSe/ Industrial/Ditta Scolari Srl Pietro Poesio
NUZZI CRISTINA MeccApp/Research /University Giovanna Sansoni
RODRIQUEZ MIRANDA ENRIQUE MeccApp/International/ University Antonio Visioli
SERPELLONI MATTIA TeSe/Research/University  ????
URBANO DARIO GIUSEPPE TeSe/ Industrial/PRIN2015 Adriano Lezzi
ZANI NICOLA MeccApp/ Industrial/LUCCHINI RS Angelo Mazzu
ZHENG TING ProLog/Research/University


The final examination of: Nicolò Bontempi, Silvia Cecchel and Angelo Damone will be held December 15 at 10:00 in Aula Consiliare, Via Branze 38 Brescia.


  1. Prof. Prof. Matteo Tommasini, Politecnico di Milano matteo.tommasini@polimi.it
  2. Prof. Marco V. Boniardi, Politecnico di Milano marco.boniardi@polimi.it
  3. Prof.  Eliodoro Chiavazzo, Politecnico di Torino eliodoro.chiavazzo@polito.it

Membri Supplenti:

  1. Prof. Adriano Lezzi, DIMI, UniBS adriano.lezzi@unibs.it
  2. Prof. Elza Bontempi, UniBS elza.bontempi@unibs.it


The final examination of Ghazaleh Azizpour, Milad Ashour Pour and Luca Simoni will be held December 21 at 11:00 in Aula Consiliare, Via Branze 38 Brescia.


  1. Prof. Ramon Vilanova, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona ramon.vilanova@uab.cat
  2. Prof. Federico Casolo, Politecnico di Milano federico.casolo@polimi.it
  3. Prof. Roberto Pinto, UniBG, roberto.pinto@unibs.it