Lab. of Surface Engineering and Applied Electrochemistry "Roberto Piontelli"

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    The research group stems from the tradition on electrochemistry at Politecnico di Milano, following one of the fathers of the Italian Electrochemistry culture, Roberto Piontelli, and two of his coworkers, Pietro Luigi Cavallotti and Umberto Ducati.


    Nowadays the laboratory operates in materials science and engineering with a multidisciplinary approach, owing to the  background of its members Massimiliano Bestetti (Nuclear Engineer), Antonello Vicenzo (Chemical Engineer), Silvia Franz (Chemist) and of the several research fellows, post-docs and Ph.D. students.




    M. Bestetti

    Physical Chemistry of Materials
    Nanomaterials engineering
    Raw materials and recycling of metals
    The art of approximation in science and engineering
    Non-equilibrium thermodynamics and dissipative structures


    A. Vicenzo

    Electrochemistry of materials
    Inorganic coatings


    S. Franz

    Laboratory of technological design – Nanotechnologies and surface treatments
    Electrochemical technologies for water and wastewater treatment

  • subjectResearch activities

    Specific topics in applied research:

    • Chemical and electrochemical polishing of metallic components
    • Galvanic and PVD coatings
    • Electrodes and processes for water treatment
    • Electrodes for electrochemical capacitors with water-based electrolytes
    • Protection of magnesium alloys
    • Synthesis of ceramic and semiconductor films by plasma electrolytic oxidation
    • Hydrometallurgy for metal recovery from industrial waste
    • Surface treatment and alloying by high-current electron beam
    • Synthesis and application of nanomaterials


    Application areas:

    • Manufacturing
    • Water and air treatment
    • Materials and devices for energy storage


    Fundamental research in collaboration with:

    Tomsk Polytechnic University (Russia), Institute of High Current Electronics - Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia), Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory – FNAL (U.S.A.), University of Utah (U.S.A.), Centro de Tecnologias Estrategicas do Nordeste - CETENE (Brasile), Southern University of Science and Technologhy – SUSTech (Cina), Isfahan University of Technology (Iran), Università degli Studi di Milano, Water research institute – National Research Council (Italy), Università degli Studi di Pavia, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Università degli Studi di Bologna, INRiM-National Institute of Metrological Research (Italy).

  • peopleTemporary Research Fellow


  • peoplePhD



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