University of Pisa (UNIPI)

The Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering part of Pisa University (UNIPI) is located in Largo Lucio Lazzarino 1, in the center of Pisa. The Industrial Chemistry and Materials Science group, directly involved in RECOVER project activities, consists of about 30 researchers and 10 technicians. DICI was established in 2012, following a major reform of the Italian higher education system, as a merger of the former departments of Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry and Materials Science, Mechanical, Nuclear and Production Engineering, and a part of the Department of Civil Engineering. The institute research covers a wide variety of skills in Materials Science: characterization and development of materials, polymer processing, design and modelling of mechanical properties. These research activities have a strong influence in areas of high social and economic impact, such as materials and environment, health, energy, industrial.
The research activity is carried out in the DICI-UNIPI laboratories by employing advanced scientific instruments in collaboration with a variety of both national and international academic and private institutions. UNIPI is very skilled in projecting polymers blends composition (additives selection, processing conditions) in order to tune properties of materials including biodegradability, morphology, thermal and mechanical properties as attested by papers, patent, and participation in European, National and regional projects but also by the direct cooperation with industries to bring, e.g., their patented results to the market. UNIPI staff has experience in test of compost, and biodegradability in soil and marine water, as well as reactive extrusion, copolymerization, selection of plasticizers, nucleating agents, and compatibilization of natural materials with polymeric matrices. UNIPI staff is also expert in studying and quantifying the crystalline and amorphous fractions of a material, whose ratio affects biodegradability many physical properties, as barrier, mechanical, thermal, ageing, adhesion, and, consequently, the final performance of a material.

Main Task

UNIPI will support WP1 where they will cooperate is s plastic characterization, in setting the logistic approach for plastic waste selection, collection and transport to the waste treatment facilities, WP2, WP3 and WP4, for analysis of plastic before and after degradation, WP5 for valorisation of chitin and chitosan and coordinating valorisation of other recover by-products, in WP6 for the logistic approach and for supporting for data collection, necessary for safety and environmental assessments, in WP7 with teaching, training, dissemination in conferences and papers, and as partner in WP8. UNIPI will also contribute to the project technical management.

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