On July 28th, 2022, the joint lab Centro Ceramico / DICAM Dept. of the University of Bologna has been inaugurated. Present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were the Magnificent Rector and the General Director of UNIBO, the Director of the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM), the General Director and the President of Confindustria Ceramica, the President and the Director of Centro Ceramico.
The joint lab SMILE “Sustainability of Materials”, operational since last May, is located in the spaces of DICAM Materials Science and Technology laboratories and is equipped with a wide range of instruments for the characterization of ceramic materials (optical and electron microscopy, BET surface analysis, thermal analysis, high temperature heating microscope, optical profilometer, climatic chambers, etc.).
The new Empyrean X-ray diffractometer by Malvern Panalytical, a new generation instrument purchased by Centro Ceramico, was also installed right here. In addition to the study of ceramic materials, which has always been the main focus of the activities of Centro Ceramico, the joint lab deals with the development of innovative and sustainable materials and processes, fundamental issues in the context of the circular economy and the energy transition.

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