The seat carries out research and technology transfer in different areas of chemistry, materials and energetics




Research activity in Milan concerns the properties and technology of structural and functional materials, fluid dynamics, and diagnostics or reactive systems.


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ICMATE-Genoa has expertise in the fields of physical chemistry of interfaces and in the preparation of powders, ceramics and composites of functional oxides.


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ICMATE-Lecco is one of the few centers in Italy able to operate in the secondary metallurgy of advanced metallic materials


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High performance Li-Ion batteries. The ICMATE Institute, working in collaboration with the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (Germany), has provided an original contribution to this strategic goal. In the ICMATE labs, researcher have developed a porous Cu-Zn alloy suitable for use in Li-Ion batteries. The colleagues of the German Institute have demonstrated that electrodes of this material show outstanding low temperature performances, far superior to those of conventional materials like graphite.

A. Varzi, L. Mattarozzi, S. Cattarin, P. Guerriero, S. Passerini,
3D porous Cu-Zn Alloys as Alternative Anode Materials for Li-Ion Batteries with Superior Low T Performance,
Adv. Energy Mater. (2017) 1701706.


Editor’s choice in Journal of Cultural Heritage, Volume 28, 2017

In the field of conservation there is a continuous challenge to develop new and sustainable treatments, which have no or a minimal impact on the microstructure of the object. In the conservation of photographs, removal of corrosion products from the surface is a delicate issue; conservators/restorers should choose the most suitable method.

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News & Events

Best oral presentation - Antifouling amphiphobic coatings for protection in sea environment

During the 6th Global Conference on Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE 2017), organized by Wuhan Advance Materials Society, held in Beijing in October 24th-27th, the oral contribution (Invited lecture) Antifouling amphiphobic coatings for protection in sea environment, presented by Michele Ferrari has been awarded as best oral presentation in Surface and Coatings Technology session.

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11st International Symposium on Electrochemical Impedance Analysis 2017

November 6-10 2017 - Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi
Camogli - Genova - Portofino Coast - Italy

The 11st International Symposium on Electrochemical Impedance Analysis (EIA11) is the next link of well established chain of EIA conferences held every three years. This edition in organized by DICCA-University of Genoa and ICMATE-National Research Council - Italy.

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The increasing demand for alternatives to fossil fuels lead scientists to search for new materials to be used as energy vectors. Nowadays, it is generally accepted that hydrogen is the best solution to this issue. One of the reasons why hydrogen is not yet commonly employed in everyday life lies in the lack of a safe, practical and effective method for its storage. A possible solution that meets the above requirements is given by intermetallic hydrides, which can be charged with hydrogen at high-pressure to form stable hydrides, then releasing hydrogen by heating the host intermetallic.

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The main activity is focused on the production and processing of metallic materials through advanced manufacturing processes, mainly based on laser technology.

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The research activity is articulated along three complementary lines:

  • Synthesis and characterization of inorganic nanosystems (thin films, nanopowders) through liquid phase soft-chemical approaches
  • Functionalization of nanostructures with molecules and metal complexes through chemical grafting and/or embedding
  • Self-assembly and organization of coordination driven metallo-supramolecular architectures

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