Mat – Materials for Engineering


The field of study and research of the Section covers the development and application of materials in different fields of Engineering, with structural and functional purposes. Therefore, the main applications are in the mechanical, civil, biomedical, electronics, energy fields, as well as in industrial design and preservation of cultural heritage. The interests cover, therefore, a wide spectrum of types of materials that are different for both their nature (metals, polymers, cements, ceramics, raw materials, etc..) and for their morphological-structural or dimensional characteristics (composites, nanocomposites, nanostructured materials, thin films, etc..).

Research Topics

The activities are divided into the following areas:

  • preparation of new materials;
  • chemical-physical and morphological-structural characterizations;
  • mechanical behavior;
  • transformation technologies;
  • structure/property relationships;
  • modification processes (chemical, thermal, surface treatements, etc);
  • environmental interactions;
  • design procedures associated with the use of non conventional materials;
  • raw materials.

Section Chair

Prof. Annalisa Pola


List of Publications

  • Ceretti, A. Attanasio, A. Fiorentino, L. Giorleo, C. Giardini, Aluminium can shaping by hydroforming: simulative feasibility study and prototype production, Int. J. Advanced Manuf. Technol., Vol. 68, pp. 1797-1807 (2013).
  • Giorleo, E. Ceretti, C. Giardini. ALD coated tools in micro drilling of Ti sheet. CIRP Annals (ISSN:0007-8506), pp. 595 – 598 (2011).
  • Attanasio, E. Ceretti, A. Fiorentino, C. Cappellini, C. Giardini. Investigation and FEM-based simulation of tool wear in turning operations with uncoated carbide tools. WEAR (ISSN:0043-1648) Vol. 269, pp. 344 – 350  (2010).
  • Ceretti, L. Fratini, F. Gagliardi, C. Giardini. A new approach to study material bonding in extrusion porthole die. CIRP Annals (ISSN:0007-8506), Vol. 58, pp. 259 – 262  (2009).
  • Fiorentino, E. Ceretti, A. Attanasio, L. Mazzoni, C. Giardini (2009). Analysis of forces, accuracy and formability in positive die sheet incremental forming. International Journal of Material Forming (ISSN: 1960-6206), Volume 2, Issue 1 Supplement, pp. 805-808 (2009).
  • Alessandri, M. Ferroni, L.E. Depero, Plasmonic Heating-Assisted Transformation of SiO2/Au Core/Shell Nanospheres (Au Nanoshells): Caveats and Opportunities for SERS and Direct Laser Writing, Plasmonics, Vol. 8, Issue 1, pp. 129-132 (2013).
  • Maiolo, S. Mitola, D. Leali, G. Oliviero, C. Ravelli, A. Bugatti, A, L.E. Depero, M. Presta, P. Bergese, Role of nanomechanics in canonical and noncanonical pro-angiogenic ligand/VEGF receptor-2 activation, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 134, Issue 35, pp. 14573-14579 (2012).
  • Borgese, L., Salmistraro, M., Gianoncelli, A., Zacco, A., Lucchini, R., Zimmerman, N., Pisani, L., Siviero, G., Depero, L.E., Bontempi, E., Airborne particulate matter (PM) filter analysis and modeling by total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF) and X-ray standing wave (XSW), Talanta, Vol. 89, pp. 99-104 (2012).
  • Borgese, L., Zacco, A., Pal, S., Bontempi, E.a, Lucchini, R.b, Zimmerman, N., Depero, L.E., A new non-destructive method for chemical analysis of particulate matter filters: The case of manganese air pollution in Vallecamonica (Italy), Talanta, Vol. 84, Issue 1, pp. 192-198 (2011).
  • Bontempi, E., Zacco, A., Benedetti, D., Borgese, L., Colombi, P., Stosnach, H., Finzi, G., Apostoli, P., Buttini, P., Depero, L.E., Total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF) for direct analysis of aerosol particle samples, Environmental Technology, Vol. 31, Issue 5, pp. 467-477 (2010).
  • Arrighini, M. Gelfi, A. Pola and R. Roberti, Effect of ultrasound treatment of AlSi5 liquid alloy on corrosion resistance, Materials and Corrosion-Werkstoffe und Korrosion, Vol. 61   Is. 3, pp. 218-221 (2010).
  • Borgese, E. Bontempi, M. Gelfi, L.E. Depero, P. Goudeau, G. Geandier, D. Thiaudiere, Microstructure and elastic properties of atomic layer deposited TiO(2) anatase thin films, Acta Materialia, Vol. 59, Is. 7, pp. 2891-2900 (2011).
  • Borgese, L., Gelfi, M., Bontempi, E., Goudeau, P., Geandier, G., Thiaudière, D., Depero, L.E., Young modulus and Poisson ratio measurements of TiO 2 thin films deposited with Atomic Layer Deposition, Surface and Coatings Technology, Vol. 206, Issue 8-9, pp. 2459-2463 (2012).
  • Gelfi, M., Pola, A., Roberti, R., La Vecchia, G.M., Galli, E., Failure analysis of an electric arc furnace off-gas system, Engineering Failure Analysis, Vol. 25, pp. 42-48 (2012).
  • Pola, A., Gelfi, M., La Vecchia, G.M., Simulation and validation of spray quenching applied to heavy forgings, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, Vol. 213, Issue 12, pp. 2247-2253 (2013).
  • Pandini, F. Baldi, K. Paderni, M. Messori, M. Toselli, F. Pilati, A. Gianoncelli, M. Brisotto, E. Bontempi, T. Riccò, One-way and two-way shape memory behaviour of semi-crystalline networks based on sol-gel cross-linked poly(epsilon-caprolactone), Polymer, vol.54, pp. 4253-4265 (2013).
  • Pandini, S. Passera, M. Messori, K. Paderni, M. Toselli, A. Gianoncelli, E. Bontempi, T. Ricco, Two-way reversible shape memory behaviour of crosslinked poly(epsilon-caprolactone), Polymer, vol. 53(9), pp. 1915-1924 (2012).
  • Baldi, S. Agnelli, T. Ricco, On the applicability of the load separation criterion in determining the fracture resistance (J(Ic)) of ductile polymers at low and high loading rates, International Journal of Fracture, vol. 165(1), pp. 105-119 (2010)
  • Ramorino, S. Pandini, F.Bignotti, T. Ricco, Mechanical reinforcement in natural rubber/organoclay nanocomposites, Composites Science and Technology, vol. 69 (7-8), pp. 1206-1211  (2009)
  • Baldi, A. Franceschini, F. Bignotti, G. Tieghi, T. Ricco, Rheological behaviour of nano-composites based on polyamide 6 under shear and elongational flow at high strain rates, Rheologica Acta, vol. 48(1), pp. 73-88 (2009).
  • Agnello, …various other authors, A. Zenoni, A. Gal, First observation of the hyper superheavy hydrogen, Nuclear Physics A, Vol. 881, pp. 269-287 (2012), doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysa.2012.02.015
  • Agnello, …various other authors, A. Zenoni, and A. Gal, Search for the neutron-rich hypernucleus _{Λ}^{9}He, Physical Review C, ISSN 0556-2813, Vol 86, 057301, (2012), doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.86.057301
  • Agnello, …various other authors, A. Zenoni, and A. Gal, Evidence for Heavy Hyperhydrogen _{Λ}^{6}H, Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007, Vol. 108, 042501 (2012), doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.042501
  • Agnello, …various other authors, and A. Zenoni, Hypernuclear spectroscopy with K- at rest on 7Li, 9Be, 13C and 16O, Physics Letters B, ISSN 0370-2693, Vol. 698, pp. 219-225, (2011), doi:10.1016/j.physletb.2011.02.060
  • Agnello, …various other authors, A. Zenoni, and G. Garbarino,Neutron–proton coincidences from Non-Mesonic Weak Decay of p-shell Λ-hypernuclei and determination of the two-nucleon induced process, Physics Letters B, ISSN 0370-2693, Vol. 701, pp. 556-561 (2011), doi={10.1016/j.physletb.2011.06.035}
  • Ceretti, L. Fratini, F. Gagliardi, C. Giardini, New approach to study material bonding in extrusion porthole dies, Annals of the CIRP, Vol. 58/1, pp. 259-262 (2009).
  • Ceretti, C. Giardini, Influence of geometrical parameters on material welding in porthole die extrusion: FE analysis, Trans. Of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME, vol. 38, pp. 467-474 (2010).
  • Giorleo, E. Ceretti, C. Giardini, ALD coated tools in micro drilling of Ti sheet, Annals of the CIRP, Vol. 60/1, pp. 595-598 (2011).
  • P. Monroy Vázquez, A. Attanasio, E. Ceretti, H. R. Siller, N. J. Hendrichs Troeglen, C. Giardini, Evaluation of Superficial and Dimensional Quality Features in Metallic Micro-Channels Manufactured by Micro-End-Milling, Materials, Vol. 6, pp. 1434-1451 (2013), doi:10.3390/ma6041434
  • D’Urso, M. Longo, C. Giardini, Mechanical and metallurgical analyses of longitudinally friction stir welded tubes: the effect of process parameters, International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, Vol. 46 (2-3), pp. 177-196, (2013).