<em>PADUA</em>

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

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PADUA PADUA
Headquarter

<em>MILAN</em>

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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MILAN MILAN
Organizative Unit

<em>GENOA</em>

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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GENOA GENOA
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<em>LECCO</em>

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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LECCO LECCO
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KNOWLEDGE DISSEMINATION

Editor’s choice in Journal of Cultural Heritage, Volume 52, 2021

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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News & Events

ICMATE on Orbit

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.

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THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

ICMATE in Padova has various apparatus for the deposition of thin films by three distinct PVD systems (Physical Vapor Deposition) for Magnetron Sputtering: a) a multi-confocal magnetron, b) a multi-magnetron multi-layer, which may both work in either mode DC- both RF- Magnetron Sputtering (DC and RF-MS), and c) an innovative system High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS).

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The research is based on the characterization of metallic materials through high resolution electron microscopy and micro-analytical techniques. The investigated materials are mainly devoted to applications for energy production and components for high temperature and extreme conditions (Milan branch), and metal functional materials (Lecco branch).

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The activity is focused on the interfacial properties of complex systems in presence of surfactants and solid micro-nanoparticles.

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