Advanced materials in everyday life
Advanced materials are part of our daily life with a deep impact on the environment and society.
They foster the transition towards greener and healthier technologies, with better features and performance, contributing to the construction of a more sustainable future.
Among the various enabling technologies, advanced materials are certainly the one with the greatest transversal application and with the ability to affect substantially the sustainability of industrial processes and products.
Materials for packaging
i-MATT activities will target the study and analysis of different materials for packaging, both flexible, polymer-based, cellulose-based and rigid, polymer-and glass-based.
A pilot line to assess the deposition techniques and the analysis of the interactions of packaging materials with each other, with the substrate and the product will be settled.
Materials for advanced mechanics
i-MATT will target the enhancement of mechanical and barrier characteristics of materials trying to replace current fossil-based plastics with a focus on automatic machines for processing and packaging of food and medicines, automotive and aeronautics.
Materials for energy
i-MATT will deal with materials related to energy storage and batteries, a fundamental issue for its strong impact on sustainable mobility and environment.
i -MATT will host a preparation, synthesis / sintering, functionalization facility capable of processing different materials under different processing conditions.
Materials for hydrogen
i-MATT will deal with materials and technologies to produce “green” hydrogen. The main goal will be to allow the scale-up of processes by testing their industrial feasibility and validating systems and devices with volumes of gases close to real uses.
Materials and devices for health
i-MATT will deal with materials for biomedical applications, techniques and technologies for disease management, focusing on the studies of the biocompatibility of materials, interactions between materials and neural cells, bio-interfaces analysis, validation of the devices’ efficacy, and on the development of activities for remote disease management.
Materials and data
Data Analytics approaches integrated with Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) methodologies constitute a new paradigm for the entire field of materials science and technology as well as of the entire production chain, capable of bringing strong innovation in all sectors impacted by the materials themselves.
The i-MATT infrastructure, with a view to digital-material integration, will also include a blockchain platform for the notarization of documents and / or certificates, for smart contracts and for the traceability of the supply chain of raw materials, processes and products.