Degree in Industrial Chemistry with honors, Università di Venezia-Cà Foscari, 1987.

Carriera accademica ed attività didattica

Dal 2012:  Professore Associato di Chimica (SSD CHIM/07) , Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale  (DII), Università di Trento

2002 - 2012: Professore Associato di Chimica, Facoltà di Ingegneria, Università di Trento

1988 - 2002 : Rcercatore, Facoltà di Ingegneria, Università di Trento


1990:  Chercheur Associé - CNRS, Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée, stage di ricerca in collaborazione con Dr. Florence Babonneau, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, 

2003: Visiting professor Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée (Prof. C. Sanchez), Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

2007: Visiting professor INSA – Lyon (France), IPC - LMM ,Prof. J-F. Gérard, Dr J. Galy.


Attività Didattica (ultimi 3 anni)

Chimica (LT Ingegneria per lAmbiente ed il Territorio,I semestre, 9 CFU, 100-150 studentidenti)

Laboratorio di Chimica (LT Ingegneria Industriale , II semestre, 4 CFU, 20- 50 studenti)

Properties and Characterization of Materials - Module 2 (fino al 2014: Materials Characterization - module 2; LM Materials and Production Engineering, II semestre, 6 CFU, 50-60 studenti)


Interessi di ricerca
  • Sol-gel synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of hybrid organic-inorganic (O/I) materials
  • Synthesis and chemical modification of silsesquioxanes and organosilica particles for the preparation of patternable coatings with application in photonics, microfluidics and bio-sensing.
  • Metal oxides particles by microemulsion route, matrices for dispersion of chromophores and metal particles, active materials for chemical sensors and photocatalysis, piezoceramics
  • Metal oxide thin films for optical and memristive applications
  • FTIR and NMR characterization of hybrid organic-inorganic (O/I) materials, glasses, ceramics, polymer, composites and natural materials
Attività di ricerca

Sandra Dirè belongs to the Materials Chemistry Group of DII, she is  responsible of the Chemistry Laboratory and of the Magnetic Resonance Laboratory "Klaus Muller", equipped with an NMR spectrometer (9.4 T) for solid state and solution NMR and an EPR instrument.

She has thirty years experience in sol-gel chemistry, synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of inorganic and hybrid organic/inorganic materials.

She has been scientist in charge for several national PRIN projetcts and one European ITN project; she participated to a COST action (2012-2016, MP1202, Hybrid Materials and Interfaces) and she has been partner of a PAT project (Grandi Progetti PAT, 2013-2017, MADELENA, Inorganic memristic devices).

Research topics

Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of inorganic layers for electronic and sensing applications

Sol-gel synthesis and chemical modification of hybrid organic-inorganic nanocomposites, tunable silsesquioxanes with functional properties

Wet chemistry methods for the preparation of metal phosphates and piezoelectric ceramics

Solid state NMR characterization of hybrid organic/inorganic materials, polymers, composites, glasses and ceramics, natural materials

Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici

Membro della Società Chimica Italiana (SCI), divisione di Fondamenti Chimici delle Tecnologie
Associazioni Italiana Chimica per Ingegneria (AICIng)
Consorzio INSTM
International Sol-Gel Society (ISGS)

Membro dell'Editorial Board di Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, Coatings

Convegni e conferenze

International Workshop on Glasses, Ceramics and Hybrids from Gels.

Workshop Italiano Sol-Gel

Electroceramics and E MRS meeting

Altre attività

Reviewer :
J. Sol-Gel Science and Technology
J. European Ceramic Society
J. American Ceramic Society
J. Materials Chemistry
Chemistry of Materials
New J. of Chemistry
Vibrational Spectroscopy
Optical Materials



Member of the editorial Board of Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology

Member of the editorial Board of Coatings

 She organized the III and VIII edition of the Italian Sol-Gel Workshop in 2002 and 2012