Graduated in 1998 in Chemical Engineering with a thesis on mechanical behavior of semicrystalline polymers at high strain rate and high temperature carried out under the supervision of Prof. Marta Rink, Politecnico di Milano and in cooperation with Montell S.p.A.,I attended the Phd Course in Materials Engineering, by focusing on the viscoelastic and volumetrc state in amorphous polymers, and in particular investigating effects of pressure, temperature and plasticizers concentration.
In 2001 I discussed a thesis entitled "Effects of pressure and carbon dioxide pressure on the volumetric state in amorphous polymers" under the supervision of Prof. Marta Rink and Prof. G.B: McKenna (Texas Tech University).
Since 2003 I have been serving as assistant Professor in Polymers Engineering at the Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Department of Politecnico di Milano.
My research is focused on the study of physical and mechanical behaviour of polymers and on polymer processing or their exploitation in structural applications.
Below the detail of my research field:
1) Dilatometry of polymeric materials: study of the volumetric behavior of glassy and semycristalline polymers; study of the effects of pressure on glass transition; study of volume viscoelasticity and its correlation with aging phenomena in polymers; study of the effects of dilatometric behaviour on the oscillating flow instability of polymer melts extruded through a die;
2) Rehology, solutions processability and polymeric melts: analysis and simulation of co - injection molding. Correlation between rheologic behaviour and spinnability of polymeric solutions. Flow instabilities at capillary exit and its correlation with melt dilatometric behaviour;
3) Mechanics of polymeric materials: experimental characterization of semycrystalline polymers mechanical behaviour at high temperature and strain rate and investigation of the constitutive equations for its description; mechanical failure of bulk polymers and coating under quasi static and cyclic loads; development of methods for the investigation of the viscoelastic behaviour of glassy polymers
I'm author of several peer-reviewed publications on international journals or international conferences and contributions to non peer-reviewed international and national conferences.
I'm responsible for the "Polymeric Materials" and "Fundamentals of polymer processing" classes for Materials Engineering Degree, and advisor of MSc and PhD theses.
I advise the steering commitee for the Bachelor and Master course in " Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology" at Politecnico di Milano and the steering commitee of the Phd Course in "Materials Engineering" at Politecnico di Milano and actively partecipate in both.