Gian Domenico Sorarù

Via Sommarive, 9 - 38123 Povo
tel. 0461 282454 | 0461 281922
giandomenico.soraru[at]unitn [dot] it

1968-1974: Liceo Scientifico "Giorgio Asproni", Iglesias (Cagliari), Italy

1974-1980: Degree in Chemical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude), University of Padova, Italy. Thesis: SnO2 <thin Films on Glass Substrates, Advisor Prof. Giovanni Scarinci

Carriera accademica ed attività didattica

1986-92 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Trento

1992-00 Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Trento

2000-present Full Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Trento


Teaching Activity:

1992-2000: Applied Chemistry for the degree in Materials Engineering (L VO)

2000-present: Materials Science and Engineering for the Degree in Industrial Engineeringn (L)

2006-present: Materials & Energy for the Degree in Materials Engineering (LM)

Interessi di ricerca
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Multicomponent NanoCeramics by the Polymer Route (PDC)
  • Mechanical and chemical (durability, oxidation) characterization of glasses
    and ceramics.
  • Processing of ceramics fibers.
  • Sol-gel processing and characterization of multicomponent oxide systems
Attività di ricerca
  • Published more than 90 papers of International Journals
  • Editor of 1 book on Polymer Derived Ceramics
  • 5 Patents
Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici

Member of the American Ceramic Society



Premi e riconoscimenti
  • First prize “FEDERCHIMICA-PER UN FUTURO INTELLIGENTE” 1994. (National prize given by the association of chemical companies)
  • Senior Aldinger Prize 2010, The Polymer Derived Ceramic Society
Convegni e conferenze

Invited Lectures:

  • Silicon Oxycarbide Glasses from Gels"
    7th International Workshop on Glasses and Ceramics from Gels, Paris, June 19-23, 1993.
  • Si-O-C Glasses from Gels
    Pacific Coast Regional Meeting of the American Ceramic Society, International Symposium on Sol-Gel Science and Technology, Los Angeles, October 19-22, 1994.
  • Processing and High Temperature Mechanical Properties of Ceramics From Organosilicon Polymers
    Workshop on "Grain Boundary Dynamics of Precursor-Derived Ceramics", Nov. 10-16, 1996, Scholss Ringberg, Germany.
  • Synthesis and High Temperature Characterization of SiOC Glasses
    1st International Workshop on “Ultra High Temperature Ceramics, Boulder (Colorado) 24-30 Maggio 1998.
  • New Ceramic and Composite Matertials through Precursor Processing: Synthesis and High Temperature Characterization of SiOC Glasses
    3rd International Workshop on Synergy Ceramics, Osaka (Giappone) 2-4 Feb. 1999.
  • The Family of Silicon OxyCarbides Made from TH/DH Precursors Having Variable Si/C Macromolecular Structures
    2nd International Workshop on "Ultrahigh Temperature Ceramics (Derived from Organic Nanoprecursors), Boulder (Colorado) July 30-August 4th, 2000.
  • Chemical Durability of Polymer-Derived SiOC Glasses
    52nd Pacific Coast Regional of The American Ceramic Society, San Francisco, CA, USA, September 6-9, 2000.
  • The Oxidation Process of Polymer-Derived SiCO Glasses
    Materials Week 2001, 1-4 October, Munich, Germany
  • High Temperature Behaviour of Precursors derived SiCO Ceramics,
    1st International Workshop for Advanced Ceramics, Nov. 7-8, (2003) Atami City, Shizuoka, Japan.
  • New Insights into the Nanostructure of SiCO Glasses Obtained via Molecular     Design,
    EUROMAT, September 10-13, 2007, Nurmberg, Germany.
  • Study of the nanostructure of SiCO glasses through HF acid attack
    4th International Workshop on Flow and Fracture of Advanced Glasses, Nov. 4-7, 2007, Kitabiwako Hotel Grazie, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.
  • Processing of  SiCO from Polysiloxane-based Preceramic Polymers
    12th International Ceramics Congress, Montecatini Terme, Italy, June 6-11, 2010

Altre attività

2004-present: Director of the Teaching Board for the Industrial Engineering Programs

2006-2010: Principal Coordinator of the Marie Curie Research Network "PolyCerNet" (

2000-present: Associated Editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society