Museums play a crucial role in society by educating the public and representing diverse aspects of culture through their exhibits. Therefore, it is imperative to render museums accessible to the largest audience and initiatives that reduce cultural exclusion of people living with disabilities are highly recommended and encouraged. Today, the utilisation of ICT, foster social inclusion and allow cultural heritage context to become more accessible physically and intellectually. In particular, the accessibility of museum collections by the visually impaired (VI) is a very active multidisciplinary research domain. Actually, haptic prohibition is one of the most common limitations when interacting with museum artefacts. This restriction aims quite logically at preventing damages while safeguarding the integrity of the cultural reserve, characterised by its uniqueness. Nevertheless, if museum visitors are visually impaired, the inability to touch the artefacts makes the whole experience incomplete as the haptic perception of an artefact’s morphology is the primary substitute of sight. ICT may play a significant role in providing assistive methods that enable individuals to access museums’ reserve through multimodal approaches that are not limited to the actual premises of a museum. The elimination of the ”Do not touch” ban in conjunction with on-demand narrative enrichment triggers the general interest and initiates a further involvement in comprehending the cultural and historical background encapsulated by exhibits.
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From the end of February, the team at ICMATE-Genova, composed by Libero Liggieri, Francesca Ravera and Eva Santini, will be supporting the PASTA (Particle-Stabilized Emulsions) experiment onboard the International Space Station.
The experiment is part of an international (EU, USA, Russia, Japan) project, coordinated by ICMATE and funded by ESA, participated by academic and industrial partners.
During about 4 months, the experiment will be using the Soft Matter Dynamics (SMD) equipment, developed by ESA, to study the effects of surfactants on the mechanisms responsible for the stabilization of emulsions, exploiting the simplified weightlessness conditions of the ISS.
THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS
Studies of the physico-chemical properties of the solid-liquid interfaces at high temperatures, in particular wetting and reactivity, and of the related mechanisms.
The design of components, operating under demanding conditions of stress and temperature, requires the use of constitutive equations able to describe the mechanical behaviour of materials.
The development of such equations, based on physical modelling of damage and deformation of metals and alloys, is one of the main task in Milan branch of ICMATE.
A relevant part of the research activity is focused on the optimization of innovative "wet chemistry" synthesis processes through three general approaches:
- nucleation and growth from solution
A first approach is based on the combination of hydrothermal treatments with oxalates co-precipitation. This approach has been used for the production of nanomaterials with interesting magnetic properties, in particular ferrites and manganites, with crystallite domains with average sizes ranging between 5 and 50 nm.