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Department of Nanotechnologies and Innovative MAterials | N.I.MA.

 

The Department of Nanotechnologies and Innovative Materials for Health, Architecture and Cultural Heritage provides assistance to companies in the innovation process through the adoption and testing of new materials and processes.

The main objectives of the NIMA department are the development and testing of innovative materials and the validation of performance and durability over time through accelerated aging tests.

Within the frame of the Department, NIMA VAL Lab was established in close collaboration with various industrial partners to help companies to validate their products through verifying the materials behavior over time.

The laboratory was designed with a strong interdisciplinary approach as engineers, architects, biologists, geologists and physicists work together for a 360° vision.

The laboratory is equipped with various instruments focusing on the characterization of different kinds of materials such as coatings, metals, plastics, stone and mortars.

Depending on the type, the desired performances and the environmental operating conditions, specific accelerated aging protocols are defined, and the materials are subjected to cycles of thermo-hygrometric or physic-mechanical stress.

NIMA Department

NIMA_VAL MaterialsValidation and AgeingTestingLaboratory
NIMA _SINT Development and Prototyping of Materials
NIMA _CAR MaterialsCharacterizationLaboratory

 

ACTIVITIES

NIMA Dept provide assistance to companies in the innovation process through the following activities:

  • Definition of experimentationprotocols
  • Optimization of Processes and Products
  • Comparative Validation of Products and Processes
  • Definition of multi-parametric aging protocols of materials
  • Support for product or process certification
  • On-site testing and monitoring.

EQUIPMENT

- Thermostatic heater

- Laboratory freezer refrigerator

- Precision balance

- Digital microscope

- UV Camera

- Salt mistchamber

- Static and dynamic contact angle meter

- Pencil according to Wilborn Wolff (hardness test)

- Scratch tester (coating adhesion test)

- Positest AT - Adhesion Test

- Positector 6000 - ThicknessMeter

- X-ray fluorescence

-X-ray Diffraction

-SEM/EDS - Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy

-Transmitted - Fluorescence - Reflected Light Microscopy, equipped by a micrometereyepieceand a digital camera (Nikon DS‐5Mc) with a 5 megapixel CCD cooled with a Peltiermechanism

-Fourier-transforminfraredspectroscopy (FTIR)

- Transientthermalconductivitymeasurements

- Micro Porositymeasurementusingmercuryintrusionporosimetry

- Color analysisusing Konica Minolta spectrophotometer

PROJECTS

2018- today  

Project "Experimentation of innovative conservative treatments based on nanotechnologies for the protection and consolidation of historical surfaces", on private financing of the companies Ibixsrl and Scancarellosrl. Partner: IEMEST and University of Cadiz (Spain)

2018- today  

Project "Development of innovative mortars based on nanotechnologies for Green Building and Cultural Heritage", on private financing of the company Betonsrl. Partner: University of Crete (Greece) Call POR Sicily Region, 1.1.2

2016-today  

Technical Scientific coordinator of the research project “Innovative treatments to improve durability and give sanitizing properties to the surfaces in hot galvanized steel" commissioned by the company TECNOZINCO (PA), Call POR Sicily Region, 1.1.2.

2016-today  

Scientific Coordinator of the research project "Testing of innovative conservation treatments based on nanotechnology for the protection of natural stones". Project funded by I.E.ME.S.T. in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Dep. "Research Laboratory for Diagnosis of Cultural Heritage" at the University of Bari (Italy).

2016-2018  

Project "Testing of innovative nanostructured coating to increase the duration of molds for thermoplastics" commissioned by the company DELLE VEDOVE ADELCHI S.N.C. Brugnera (PN), with the collaboration of the Department of Physics, University of Modena, Decr. N. 3521 dd. October 19, 2015, the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia LR 3/2015

2015-2018  

Project "Experimentation of innovative nanomaterials for the sanitization of metal surfaces" commissioned by the company ECODUE LTD Porcia (PN), Region Friuli Venezia Giulia LR 3/2015 art. 32, paragraph 1- Contributions in favor of firms belonging to the home appliance sector and its supply chain for industrial research, experimental development and innovation

2015-2018  

Project "Experimentation of nanostructured treatments with anti-dust properties", commissioned by the company DETECO LTD Porcia (PN), Region Friuli Venezia Giulia LR 3/2015 art. 32, paragraph 1- Contributions in favor of firms belonging to the home appliance sector and its supply chain for industrial research, experimental development and innovation

2015-2018  

Technical and Scientific Coordinator of the research project "Study of innovative inks for new aesthetic decorations, print thickness and drawn" for the company LAGRAIL LTD of Posiano (PN), in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry, University of Parma, (funding MISE -Fund for Sustainable Growth DM 20/06/2013).

2014-today  

CLIMORTEC Project funded by the Spanish Government Dirección General de InvestigaciónCientifica y Técnica "Mejora en el diseño de morteros de construcción y tecnología Roman combining nanotechnology. Implicación del cambioclimático", topic:Assessment of the improvement and enhancement of the new mortars by incorporating nanoparticles in collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendence of Agrigento.

 

PARTNERSHIP

ACADEMIC NON ACADEMIC

-          University of Bari (Italy)

-          University of Parma (Italy)

-          University of Modena (Italy)

-          University of Creta (Greece)

-          University of Cadice (Spain)

-          AGMA Geopolymerss.r.l.

-          HMI s.r.l

-          Scancarellos.r.l

-          Beton s.r.l

-          TecnoZincos.rl

-          Adelchi S.N.C

-          EcoDue s.r.l.

-          Deteco s.r.l.

-          Senseful Design s.r.l.

 

 

 

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