Our team offers research and development services for innovative processes and products, on nanometric scale (nanomaterials) for applications in several fields aimed at protecting human and environmental health, as well as services for testing and characterizing the nanomaterials. For over 10 years, we have been developing processes for synthetizing nanophases (oxides and metals) by means of chemical methods with low environmental impact and easily scalable on a large scale (Magda Blosi). On the basis of the used synthesis procedures we can obtain: stable colloidal suspensions of nanoparticles (sols); nanopowders, in the form of soft aggregates; nanostructured microgranules. For the production of powders, we mainly provide two granulation technologies: spray-drying e spray-freeze-drying. The team is therefore able to develop “ad hoc” synthesized nanomaterials for different applications according to the required requirements. The vision of our team has always been based on continuous interaction with companies for the development of solutions aimed at specific industrial needs.
The team exploits synthesized nanomaterials for various applications, including surface functionalization, specifically we are specialized in the treatment of textile supports with the aim of imparting different properties: self-cleaning, antibacterial/antiviral, anti-odor, wettability control and flame retardant (Simona Ortelli). Another important application, is the water purification treatment, through photo/electrocatalysis processes. We are therefore able to support companies operating in this field, offering innovative photocatalysis and electrochemical processes. We also provide reactors on an increasing scale, from the laboratory plant (1/2 L), to semi-pilot plants with different geometries (6 L and 10 L), to a real pilot plant with a capacity of 100 L, allowing a simulation of the industrial process, supporting companies in the process of industrial scale-up and technology transfer.
An aspect that unites all the processes and materials developed is safety and sustainability (nanosafety), in fact the team supports engineering studies of processes and materials aimed at safeguarding human health and the environment on the basis of “safe-by-design“, whose fundamental approach is to control and harmonize the reactivity of the nanomaterials, preserving the functional properties of the material itself (Anna Costa).
Finally, we provide tools for a complete physico-chemical, colloidal, morphological and functional characterization of the nanomaterials developed for these sectors.