Research and technology to support competitiveness of businesses. This is the focus of the agreement signed by Politecnico di Milano the Regione Lombardia, which focuses on the development of research, innovation and technology transfer as part of the program of interventions for economic recovery. The agreement has three macro-objectives and forsees investments in frontier research and in state-of-the-art infrastructures. Let's learn more about the agreement:
The POLIQI - POLItecnico Quantum Infrastructure project, starting from the standard telecommunications optical fibers already installed in the territory, intends to create a quantum communication network, faster and able to transmit data with levels of inviolable security . The network will have possible applications in the financial, administrative, health and intelligence fields. The research will also serve to test new encryption solutions thanks to intrinsically secure quantum keys.
The agreement also provides for a focus on " advanced manufacturing " on two fronts, life sciences and green deal.
Politecnico will adopt one of the first installations on a world scale of a 3D multiphoton bioprinting system for vascularized tissues, first step towards the printing of organic tissues for research in medicine and pharmacology . In recent years, the University has been carrying out various life sciences projects (we have talked about it on several occasions on MAP ), a commitment that has also resulted in the creation of a new Master's Degree course (Medtech, in collaboration with Humanitas) aimed at forming the new professional figure of the doctor-engineer (info here, page 22 ).
The collaboration also aims at strenghtening research infrastructures for the development of innovative and sustainable materials at the service of the manufacturing sector in order to have innovative solutions for energy storage and the energy transition: at the center of the research there will be prototyping and the testing of innovative electrochemical devices for the conversion and storage of energy , in particular batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. For the design of the nanomaterials that will be used, the Politecnico will equip itself with one of the best equipped X-ray laboratories in Europe .
The agreement provides for a total allocation of 4,163,400 euros , of which 1,687,500 euros will be financed by Regione Lombardia and the rest by Politecnico di Milano. "We want to support our universities and promote their needs in order to guarantee an ever greater competitiveness of the territory, also through the experimentation of new technologies", comments the councilor for Education, Research, University, Innovation and Simplification Fabrizio Sala . "These investments - added Sala - are in fact aimed at developing solutions that have a concrete impact and that increasingly link the university world to the productive world".
According to the Rector of the Politecnico di Milano Ferruccio Resta , "Advanced research could be a driving force for the development of Regione Lombardia: thanks to the agreement, the result of constant interaction between institutions, we can provide Milan and the Region of a competitive infrastructure. An advantage not only for the university, a great laboratory of ideas and experimentation, but for the socio-economic development of the territory.