Research laboratories

The research laboratories represent the engine of the research activity of the reference professors in the Master Degree of Chemical and Process Engineering. These laboratories offer numerous opportunities for master’s thesis projects. The laboratories occupy a total area of ​​more than 4500 square meters and are equipped with state-of-the-art systems and instrumentations.

Superunit – CO2 innovation lab

Reference: Prof. Sara Spilimbergo

  • Pasteurization of solid and liquid food through innivative technologies, such as the one using supecritical CO2
  • Solid food drying through supercritical CO2
  • Microbiological, sensorial and preservation analysis of treated and untreated food
  • Plant design for pasteurization and drying in the food industry

CAPE-Lab – Computer-Aided Process Engineering Laboratory

References: Prof. Massimilano Barolo, Prof. Fabrizio Bezzo,  Prof. Pierantonio Facco

  • Machine learning and process digitalization
  • Product design and quality control
  • Model development and identification
  • Low carbon systems and technologies
  • Pharmaceutical engineering

PEG – Polymer Engineering Labs

References: Prof. Michele Modesti, Prof. Alessandra Lorenzetti, Prof. Martina Roso

  • Polymer chemical and mechanical recycling processes analysis
  • Development and optimization of polymers from renewable sources
  • Development and optimization of fire-resistent polymer
  • Production and characterization of nanostructured membranes for environmental and biomedical applications
  • High mechanical performance polymers formulation and compounding
  • Synthesis of thermal insulation polymers

CeSQA research laboratories

Reference: Doc. Alessandro Manzardo

  • Product and process Life Cycle Assessment and footprinting (Carbon Footprint, Water Footprinting and Management)
  • Product and process eco-design for the reduction of potential environmental impact
  • Model development for environmental sustainability certification and labelling
  • Development of innovative models for the project certification in the green and sustainable financee sostenibile

APTLab – Advanced Particle Technology Laboratory)

Reference: Prof. Andrea Santomaso

  • Particle characterization
  • Powder flowability
  • Powder mixing and segregation
  • Wet granulation
  • FEM and DEM simulations and comparison with experiments

Industrial Process Safety and Risk Analysis

References: Prof. Giuseppe Maschio, Doc.Chiara Vianello, Doc. Paolo Mocellin

  • Risk analysis of strategic systems and infrastructures for the transport of energy carriers (Natural gas, Hydrogen, Carbon dioxide for sequestration purposes)
  • Sizing and simulation of hydrogen production plants and electrification of the chemical industry
  • Reaction calorimetry and chemical stability of hazardous compounds
  • Modeling of accidental scenarios and fire-safety engineering
  • Experimental investigation of safety parameters of energy carriers and cryogenics
  • Sizing and optimization of industrial processes according to the inherently safer design concept (ISD)
  • Safety-oriented computational fluid dynamics for the chemical industry

CheMaMSE Labs – Chemistry of Materials for the Metamorphosis and the Storage of Energy

References: Prof. Vito Di Noto, Prof. Enrico Negro, Doc. Keti Vezzù, Doc. Gioele Pagot

  • Synthesis, study and test in device of electrocatalysts for fuel cells and redox flow batteries
  • Synthesis, study and test in device of electrode materials for batteries beyond Li-ion
  • Synthesis and study of ion conducting materials (polymeric, liquid, ceramic and hybrid) for energy applications
  • Composition/structure/properties correlations in materials with advanced physico-chemical techniques
  • Electrochemical investigations on materials for energy conversion and storage
  • Electric response studies of ion-conducting and dielectric materials
  • Ab-initio calculations, molecular modelling and spectra simulations of molecules and materials

K-INN Lab –
Chemical Reaction Engineering Laboratory

Reference: Prof. Paolo Canu

  • Multiphase reactors: kinetics and transport, thermodynamics
  • Catalytic reactions (industrial processes, emission control, catalyst synthesis)
  • Energy valorization of biomass and waste
  • Feedstock recycling of plastic waste


References: Prof. Alberto Bertucco, Prof. Eleonora Sforza. Doc. Elena Barbera

• Microalgae growth in photobioreactors as a function of light and nutrients: experiments and modeling
• Integration of LED technology in photobioreactors for the development of energy efficient systems
• Cyanobacteria as cell factory to produce high-value compounds
• Urban wastewater and emerging contaminants treatment through bioaugmentation approaches
• Process simulation of microalgae production for industrial applications and validation in pilot plants
• Process simulation and techno-economic analysis of chemical processes:
– CO2 capture and utilization, H2 and carbon-neutral fuels production
– osmotic processes for aqueous solutions concentration
– production of bio based compounds