Materials Engineering Group” – MEG


Address: Parco Area delle Scienze 181/A 
Prof. Daniel Milanese - 
Prof. Corrado Sciancalepore -   


Dr. Maria Diana Grimaldi -

PhD Students: 

Dr. Stefano De Luca

Dr. Elena Togliatti

Department of Engineering and Architecture




Research topics:

-       Design and fabrication of biodegradable polymers and biocomposites, from renewable sources, and processing with traditional (Extrusion and injection printing) and innovative (3D printing) technologies for applications in food-packaging with a view to circular economy.

-       Fabrication and characterization of biocompatible glasses for food packaging.

-       Characterization of materials by:

o   Optical and electronic microscopies

o   Calorimetry: DSC, DTA

o   Mechanical Analysis: tensile compressive and flexural tests

o   Thermomechanical analysis: DMA

o   Spcetroscopies: UV-VIS/NIR, FTIR, Raman.



-       Sciancalepore, C., Togliatti, E., Giubilini, A., Pugliese, D., Moroni, F., Messori, M., Milanese, D., “Preparation and characterization of innovative poly (butylene adipate terephthalate)-based biocomposites for agri-food packaging application” (2022) J Appl Polym Sci. e52370. DOI: 10.1002/app.52370.

-       Sciancalepore, C., Bondioli, F., Messori, M., Milanese, D., “Printing and characterization of three-dimensional high-loaded nanocomposites structures” (2021) Material Design and Processing Communications, 3 (4), art. no. e256. DOI: 10.1002/mdp2.256.

-       Giubilini, A., Sciancalepore, C., Messori, M., Bondioli, F. “New biocomposite obtained using poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) (PHBH) and microfibrillated cellulose” J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 137 (2020) 48953-48961.

-       Sglavo, V.M., Pugliese, D., Sartori, F., Boetti, N.G., Ceci-Ginistrelli, E., Franco, G., Milanese, D., “Mechanical properties of resorbable calcium-phosphate glass optical fiber and capillaries” (2019) Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 778, pp. 410-417. DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2018.11.033.

-       Taormina, G., Sciancalepore, C., Bondioli, F., Messori, M. “Special resins for stereolithography: In situ generation of silver nanoparticles” Polymers 2018, 10(2), 212.

-       Lopez-Iscoa, P., Pugliese, D., Boetti, N.G., Janner, D., Baldi, G., Petit, L., Milanese, D., “Design, synthesis, and structure-property relationships of Er3+-doped TiO2 luminescent particles synthesized by sol-gel” (2018) Nanomaterials, 8 (1), art. no. 20. DOI: 10.3390/nano8010020.

-       C. Sciancalepore*, F. Moroni, M. Messori, F. Bondioli “Acrylate-based silver nanocomposite by simultaneous polymerization–reduction approach via 3D stereolithography”, Composite Communication 6 (2017) 11-16;

-       Ceci-Ginistrelli, E., Pontremoli, C., Pugliese, D., Barbero, N., Boetti, N.G., Barolo, C., Visentin, S., Milanese, D., “Drug release kinetics from biodegradable UV-transparent hollow calcium-phosphate glass fibers” (2017) Materials Letters, 191, pp. 116-118. DOI: 10.1016/j.matlet.2016.12.103.

-       C. Sciancalepore, F. Bondioli, M. Messori, G. Barrera, P. Tiberto, P. Allia “Epoxy nanocomposites obtained through an innovative route and functionalized with in situ generated magnetite nanocrystals: microstructure, magnetic properties, interaction among magnetic particles” Polymer 59 (2015) 278-289.

-       C. Sciancalepore, T. Cassano, M. L. Curri, D. Mecerreyes, A. Valentini, A. Agostiano, R. Tommasi, M. Striccoli “TiO2 nanorods/PMMA copolymer-based nanocomposites: highly homogeneous linear and nonlinear optical material” Nanotechnolgy, 19 (2008) 205705.

Main collaborations:


-       Politecnico di Torino

-       Università di Bologna

-       Politecnico di Milano

-       Fondazione Links, Torino

-       IFAC-CNR, Firenze

-       Università di Pavia



-       Friederich Schiller Universität, Jena Germania.

-       Wageningen University & Research, Paesi Bassi.

-       Leibnitz IPHT, Jena, Germania.

-       SUPSI, Lugano, Svizzera.

-       EPFL, Lausanne, Svizzera.

-       University of Central Florida, USA.

-       Mid Sweden University, Svezia.


Ongoing Projects:

- PhD grant “Progettazione, realizzazione e caratterizzazione di materiali biocompositi biodegradabili rinforzati con filler di origine naturale per il packaging sostenibile” in the framework of Programma Operativo Nazionale 2014-2020 - AZIONE IV.5 – "Dottorati su tematiche Green del PON R&I 2014-2020" – Responsabile scientifico (1/1/2022 – 31/12/2024).

- Emilia-Romagna regional project for high education “Le sfide del packaging circolare”, call “Progetti di alta formazione in ambito tecnologico economico e culturale per una regione della conoscenza europea e attrattiva ai sensi dell’art. 2. della Legge Regionale 25/2018”.

- EU H2020 project MSCA-ITN2019 “Photonics for Healthcare: multiscAle cancer diagnosiS and Therapy (PHAST)” European Training Network


Collaborations with companies:

METCO Italia.