Synthesis of smart pigments with Cl- entrapment and drug delivery features
MSC students 
Friday 28 January 2022

Synthesis of Layered Double Hydroxides-based pigments for the entrapment of chlorides species and on-demand release of healing species. The work aim at developing smart and active coatings to improve the durability of metal-based structures

Innovative organic coatings based on renewable natural resources
MSc Students 
Friday 28 January 2022

Development of novel organic coatings based on functionalized natural oils (e.g. linseed oil) for a new generation of corrosion-resistant and sustainable materials

Layered Double Hydroxide (LDH) coatings for surface functionalization
Friday 28 January 2022

Synthesis and development of Layered Double Hydroxide based coatings on aluminum alloys through hydrothermal method. AlMg, ZnAl, LiAl, ZnMgAl, CaAl, and CaAlMg LDH can be obtained on the surface of aluminum by means of al electrochemical or chemical methods assisted by temperature and pressure. The potential applications are: water treatment, corrosion protection, superhydrophobic/hydrophilic switch, ions exchange, drugs release.

Part of the experimental activity can be carried out in a foreign university (Europe, USA)

Electrochemical assessment of filiform corrosion process on steel and Al alloys
Friday 28 January 2022

Investigation of the susceptibility of organic coatings applied on Aluminium alloys and steel to filiform corrosion. Effect of the surface chemistry of the filiform propagation.

Part of the work can be carried out in a foreign university (Europe)

Synthesis and electrochemical characterization of cerium oxide based nanoparticles;
Friday 25 June 2021

Study of the influence of different accelerating aging cabinets of the corrosion processes induced on different aluminum alloys.

Part of the experimental activity can be carried out in a foreign university (Europe)

Degradation and restoration of materials
MSc and BSc Cultural Heritage Students 
Friday 25 June 2021
Innovative coatings for the protection of stone
BSc and MSc Cultural Heritage Students 
Friday 25 June 2021
Sol-gel derived thin films for corrosion protection of light alloys
Friday 25 June 2021

Topics:

1) Basic mechanistic study of the effect of rare earth cations on the molecular rearrangement and electrochemical properties of sol-gel films derived from Si-based hybrid molecules applied on light alloys; 

2) Synthesis and characterization of sol-gel films derived from Si-based hybrid molecules thin modified for the corrosion protection of aluminum alloys. Investigation of the sol-gel layer as a coupling agent between the metal substrate and an organic coating (paint);

3) Development of composite coatings consisting in sol-gel matrix and hard nanoparticles ;

IR reflective cool roof coatings for energy-saving buildings
Friday 25 June 2021

Two possible topics:

1) Energy efficiency characterization of organic coating containing IR reflective pigments for cool-roof applications. Investigation of the effect of atmospheric degradation on the durability and energy efficiency of the coatings;

2) Wet chemistry synthesis of IR reflective pigments based on Fe oxides and rare earth compounds: investigation of the effect of the synthesis conditions on the IR reflectivity and energy saving efficiency.

Effect of rare earths on the corrosion rate of aluminium alloys
Friday 25 June 2021

Electrochemical and morphological investigation of the effect of rare earth (RE) salts (terbium, Tb and gadolinium, Gd) on the corrosion rate of aluminum alloys. Study of the effect of the addition of the RE on the corrosion mechanism of aluminium in presence of chlorides. Applications: protection of aluminium components against corrosion, development of environmentally friendly pretreatment for aluminium.

Part of the work can be carried out in a foreign university (Europe)