Future Materials

Future Materials is the new Focus Area of Una Europa added within the Una.Futura project that received the green light in 2022

Discovering new materials fueled the most significant advances in science that shaped the nature of modern life. The 21st century alongside the development of technology, brought a whole new range of civilization issues. Ageing societies and associated healthcare concerns, energy transformation directed towards environmental-friendly yet ultra-efficient techniques of energy harvesting, storing, and processing of an unprecedented amount of data are some prime examples of the challenges humanity is currently facing. With the growing amount of information, ground-breaking discoveries demand extensive expertise both at theoretical and experimental levels. For this purpose, multidisciplinary and up-to-date educational programmes are needed. The teaching process can be reinforced by implementing hands-on experience in advanced laboratories with access to state-of-the-art infrastructure. This newly established Focus Area within Una Europa will centre around the development of novel materials with potential applications in optoelectronics, spintronics, sensor chemistry, photo-, electro- and Biocatalysis, energy storage and harvesting as well as quantum technologies, providing novel capabilities in sensing, medicine, and sciences. Such progress will be further reinforced by novel research tools and scientific methods.

At Unibo:

The professors that represent our University in the Self-Steering Committee of Cultural Heritage of Una Europa are:

  • Prof. Marco Giorgetti - Department of Industrial Chemistry "Toso Montanari" (personal website)
  • Prof. Fabrizia Negri - Department of Chemistry "Giacomo Ciamician" (personal website)
  • Prof. Massimo Garai - Department of Industrial Engineering (personal website)