September is a bit line new year’s day

"On these pages, we have talked about research and its many perspectives in Europe. We told about POP, the equal opportunities programme launched a few years ago. We gathered consensus around the initiatives we started together, such as the book Alumnae, No less important, we looked each other straight in the eye and shook hands on several occasions, such as the Convention... In short, I am 'like one of the family'” Rector Donatella Sciuto says on MAP 12 for her first editorial in her new role. "I must admit that when I decided to run for rector of this 160-year-old University, I thought long and hard about what I could add to an organisation that is already very well positioned both in Italy and worldwide, a University which had achieved international standards in its classrooms and laboratories and which is a point of reference for business and local innovation.

However, Politecnico’s women and men are used to always raise their expectation s and standards. "The Strategic Plan 2023-2025 is a compass with four cardinal points: people, education, research and social responsibility. A reminder of exactly what we are aiming for. Our mission is indeed to aim for sustainable and inclusive growth that enhances talent and skills. To make a significant impact on the social and cultural progress of our country. To strengthen the ethical dimension and make it the cornerstone of our work”.

Read the full editorial on MAP 12 and discover all members of the team that will lead Politecnico in the coming years

QS europe university rankings

In the new QS University Ranking dedicated to Europe, the Politecnico di Milano achieves the 47th position, entering the Top 7% of the best universities (which are 690 in the ranking).

Moreover, the Politecnico is confirmed as the first university in Italy. This result was made possible by important factors that contributed to achieving this position. The University ranks among the best universities in Europe and first in Italy in terms of Employer Reputation, an indicator that assesses employers’ opinions on how universities train their graduates for the world of work.

The Politecnico is also awarded in Academic reputation an indicator based on the responses to a survey distributed to thousands of academics who drew up the list of the most authoritative universities in their scientific discipline.

These data confirm Politecnico di Milano's outstanding results, ranking among the world's top 20 universities in Design, Architecture and Engineering, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 published last March. In Design and Architecture, it ranks 8th and 10th. In Engineering, it ranks in the top 20 worldwide, coming in at 18th position.

From the European Commission 1.5 million euros for 3 cutting-edge research projects

Politecnico di Milano wins 3 ERC Starting Grants 3 young researchers from Politecnico di Milano win the prestigious European funding worth €1.5 million euros

HÈRMES, MINIONS and EOS: these acronyms sound like cartoon-like or mythological names, but they are the three research projects of excellence on which the young researchers at Politecnico di Milano — winners of the prestigious ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grants of €1.5 million over five years — will be working.

All three projects have applications in the biomedical world from fighting cancer using fluorescence and radiotherapy, to using bacteria as drug carriers. The research by Giulia Acconcia from DEIB (Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering) aims at revolutionising non-invasive measurement techniques to acquire 3D and 4D images in real time; Chiara Paganelli (also from DEIB) is developing new modelling approaches to revolutionise radiotherapy against localised tumours; Maria Paternò (Department of Physics) is making bacteria light-sensitive and is exploring the possibility of using them as drug carriers in parts of the body that are not easily accessible, such as the gastrointestinal tract.

"Our University celebrates with great satisfaction the brilliant achievement of our promising young researchers", comments Paolo Biscari, the Rector's Delegate for Talent Development. The acquisition of no less than three ERC Starting Grant projects, with a success rate in this call of 37.5%, well above the average success rate of these type of projects, confirms that the researchers recruited in recent years have already achieved independence and international excellence in research. In line with our Strategic Plan 2023-2025, supporting young scholars’ innovative and independent research is one of Politecnico di Milano's fundamental objectives”. The HÈRMES project (High-speed timE Resolved fluorescence iMaging with no pilE-up diStortion) aims to develop extremely sensitive light sensors for fluorescence-guided surgery. This technology will allow surgeons to intervene even on individual cells during the most delicate operations, such as removing brain tumours, thus minimising side effects on the patient.

Giulia Acconcia, who grew up in Spoleto, holds a Laurea Magistrale (MSc) degree in Electronics Engineering and a PhD in Information Technology from Politecnico di Milano, where she is currently senior researcher and assistant professor. MINIONS –(Patient-specific Microstructural and radIobiological model for persoNalised external beam radiation therapy in localised tumourS) proposes a new modelling approach for cancer treatment through patient-specific radiotherapy planning and adaptation. The model will allow the microscopic characteristics of the tumour and its interaction with the radiation beam to be taken into account, developing biology-guided radiation therapy for each patient. The project will have an impact across various fields, such as bioengineering, medical physics, radiobiology, radiology and oncology, towards developing biology-guided treatments that will increase patients' survival and quality of life.

Chiara Paganelli holds a PhD in Bioengineering from Politecnico di Milano, where she is now senior researcher and assistant professor. She works in the CartCasLab laboratory,, where she carries out research related to MRI-guided radiotherapy. The EOS project (Engineering Of bacteria to See light) proposes a new strategy to make bacteria able to perceive light stimuli. Specifically, it couples bacteria with photosensitive materials that transform light energy into electrical energy, which the bacteria in turn use to perform biological processes, such as proliferation and movement. EOS will explore the possibility of using bacteria as light-driven drug carriers in parts of the body that are not easily accessible, such as the gastrointestinal tract.

Another important application is in the study and minimisation of antibiotic resistance. Giuseppe Maria Paternò holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Catania and a PhD in Physics from University College London. He is currently senior researcher and assistant professor at Politecnico di Milano’s Physics Department. ERC Starting Grants are aimed at researchers who have held a PhD degree for at least two years up to a maximum of seven years. The aim is to enhance the creativity and excellence of European basic or frontier research and to invest in the best ideas by encouraging the quality and ambition of individual researchers. Individual funding can be up to 1.5 million euros for 5 years.

A 'storyline' approach to studying extreme climate events

Politecnico is at the top of the world rankings of universities also thanks to the frontier scientific research it carries out in its laboratories. The protagonists of this Italian record are the approximately 3,500 scientists and researchers of Politecnico. Among the hottest topics are obviously those related to the systemic transformation towards climate neutrality; and then, the world of digital, space exploration, life sciences, the movements embraced by the New European Bauhaus, the new frontiers in the study of matter... In particular, young researchers inject new life into the research system and grow innovative scientific strands. Politecnico invests in activities aimed precisely at encouraging young scientists of excellence to join in. Among many, this year we welcome twelve new young researchers who are among the best of their generation. They are here at Politecnico di Milano thanks to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) fellowship programme. Let us introduce them... in alphabetical order.

HERNÁN BOBADILLA BOBADILLA is a philosopher of science with a background in geology and transdisciplinary research interests. He tells us: "There is a relatively new approach in the study of extreme climate events, known as the storyline approach. It can lead to relevant insights into extreme climate events under conditions of profound uncertainty. It is intended as a complement to traditional methodologies, but often meets with significant resistance among scientists”. Bobadilla intends to test the legitimacy of the storyline approach by exploring the various ways in which the approach to the plot and the philosophy of scientific understanding can corroborate each other.

Read more: all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) researchers in 2023 on MAP 12

"The new gateway to science is here”, Renzo Piano presents his design for CERN.

According to the architect who designed the Science Gateway: “At a certain age, the only way to survive yourself is to work with young people”. Fabiola Gianotti, director-general of CERN: “In the night sky you look at the stars, we have to look into the emptiness and darkness”

Renzo Piano  says he has worked with neuroscientists, with astrophysicists, now with particle physicists,and each time he has seen the same thing: “Human beings always dig deep, but at a certain point they stop when they get to the mystery. As Marguerite Yourcenar once said, the human being looks into the darkness, without looking away. And if you look into the darkness, at first you see nothing; then your eyes slowly get used to it.  Because that darkness is not empty, it is inhabited by everything you have seen, read, heard and are about to imagine,, with that sublime stubbornness without which you never get to the heart of things. The important thing is to apply it to the right things”. The new CERN, which will open on 7 October, began before the pandemic, on the day when the world's most important Italian woman — director-general Fabiola Gianotti — went to Paris to visit the world's most famous Italian man, Renzo Piano, , and his wife Milly, and asked for advice on a new building: “Every year we receive 150,000 visitors and turn away another 150,000. We need more space to tell students, teachers and anyone interested, who we are and what we do, the beauty and usefulness of physics. A gateway to science. I understand, Renzo, that you are very busy, I already have designs from some local architects, but please, give me some advice”. At the end of the meeting, Milly Piano accompanied Fabiola Gianotti to the taxi and told her: “I think Renzo wants to do this”.

Back in time

The construction site is almost finished, and it is called Science Gateway: precisely, the gateway to science. Renzo Piano designed a two-hundred-metre-long bridge, “almost a space laboratory landing”, which passes over the road and the border between Switzerland and France, and joins five structures. first is a 900-seat auditorium, which will be dedicated to Sergio Marchionne. The second — Piano explains— isa piece of what lies beneath, brought to the surface: the giant, 27-kilometre-long particle accelerator.Visitors will be able to see and understand how protons collide almost as fast as the speed of light. It is the mechanism that led to the discovery of the Higgs boson, known as the God particle. It is the closest humans have ever come to the mystery. “Einstein said that time is an illusion, — recalls Renzo Piano -- Our time can pass by very slowly or very quickly, our lives are very long and very short.   

Borges wrote: "Time is the substance I am made of. It is a river which sweeps me along but I am the river. It is the tiger which destroys me but I am the tiger. It is a fire which consumes me but I am the fire”. The Big Bang, the explosion from which our universe was born, happened 13.8 billion years ago, a time we cannot even fathom; and it lasted an infinitely small amount of time that we cannot even grasp”.

Al Cern they went back in time to one millionth of a millionth of a second before the Big Bang..And they have managed to reproduce the same conditions as back then, the same temperature, a hundred trillion times higher than the temperature of this summer, which is sweltering even here in Geneva. Physicists have understood the how, not the why. What happened, not who did it. That is, if the 'Creator' exists. The other facilities are dedicated precisely to the study of the Big Bang and the quantum world.Renzo Piano has designed a building that breathes:  “The air conditioning goes up through these little holes in the floor,we have planted four hundred trees all over, on the roof there are state-of-the-art solar panels; more energy is produced than is consumed.» There is also a facility dedicated to contemporary art: because, here, art and science are connected.

The render of the Science Gateway designed by Renzo Piano: the architect designed a 200-metre bridge as “a space laboratory landing” that passes over the road and the Swiss-French border (copyright RPBW)

The canteen and the glasses

CERN director-general arrives with her tray in hand and it is like being hit by a beam of protons. Imagine Rita Levi Montalcini with Enrico Mentana’s quick speaking and wit. “Your glasses have broken”. An arm came off, I will have to go to the opticians when I return to Italy. “Doesn’t matter, we have 3D printers! Give it here”. Everyone calls her by her first name, Fabiolà, pronounced in the French style.  pHowever, she is very Italian: her father is from Asti, Piedmont (he lived to 101 years), her mother is from Palermo, Sicily (92 years), she was born in Rome, obtained her degree and PhD in Physics in Milan. She has been here forever: she came to CERN as a girl on a scholarship and never left. On the shelf in the control room are lined up empty bottles of champagne, used to celebrate great achievements. One photo reads the date '4 July 2012', discovery of the Higgs boson. “On that day,” Fabiola Gianotti tells, “CERN achieved the goal for which it was created in 1954: to bring the primacy of experimental physics back to Europe. We are now ahead of the United States. Americans and Chinese come to us”.

“I went to humanities high school, and it's not true what they say about Italian schools.Italian schools are still excellent today, here out of 17,000 scientists of a hundred and ten nationalities 2,500 are Italians, and they arrived by merit.. In high school, I studied physics a little bit; but I had a teacher who explained how physics works, how things work. And the fundamental physics is simple and elegant, based on principles of symmetry. But we exist because symmetry is not perfect. If matter and antimatter were present in equal parts in the universe, they would have annihilated, destroyed each other; and we would not exist.Instead, antimatter for some strange reason has disappeared; at CERN we are studying it, to find out what happened to it. In the night sky you look up at the stars. But stars, planets and matter only make up 5% of the universe. We have to look into the emptiness and darkness. I studied piano as a girl, still today I spend my Saturday afternoons playing. Many people ask me: why did you do something so different in life? But that's not true: “I find physics in music and music in physics”. Pope Francis wanted her in the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. "I came from a Catholic background. But physics can never prove or rule out the existence of God”. What about extraterrestrial life? “God most probably exists. Because it is very unlikely that on any other planet in a huge universe the conditions that made life possible on Earth have been reproduced. But it could be a very different life form from ours”.How do you envision afterlife? "Like an immense space, in which I hope individualities are not lost; because we are all so different, so interesting. Ah, here, your glasses are ready, see the new titanium arms? You no longer have to go to the opticians”.

Some of Renzo Piano's great works

Inside the Cave

With Piano we descend into the cave where it all happens: about one hundred metres underground, inside the ATLAS detector, where the Higgs boson was discovered and is now being studied. The detectors are the places where the collisions occurring in the 27-kilometre-long accelerator, which protons travel through eleven thousand times in a second, are 'photographed'; now there are plans for a new 90-kilometre-long accelerator, to be run under Lake Geneva. One enters with eye recognition, a detail that inspired Dan Brown's terrifying opening words in 'Angels and Demons'. The lift is fast, but seen from below from the shaft the huge machine is impressive.

«“Here we do not only study particles”, says Piano. From CERN came the word wide web, in short the www, and it was gifted to the world. This is where the technologies of PET and new cancer treatments were created. Superconducting cables are made in order not to waste energy. In New York, Piano built the centre for neuroscience at Columbia University, the MBB — Mind Brain Behaviour —, for the study of the mind, the brain, behaviour; now he is building  'Climate Change', the new building where the climate revolution will be studied. "Everything is held. The sciences work together. Scientists collaborate, because they have realised that we are at a turning point in the history of mankind, and it is wrong to describe this time only as a great crisis. Wonderful things happen, great discoveries are made, solutions are found. It is precisely in the fields of science, medicine, climatology, but also human solidarity, that we are witnessing the somewhat tentative emergence, around the world,of a fluid network of global affinities. That they will be the salvation of our planet”.». Here even physicists walk around with screwdrivers in their pockets, and many are under 30 years old."I work among young people, and I assure you that they are extraordinary. The only way to survive yourself, at a certain age and with a long journey behind them, is to work with them..We old men must behave like the Japanese masters of the Ise temple, which is rebuilt every twenty years. Young people come, between the ages of 20 and 40 they learn how to build the temple, from 40 to 60 they build the temple, and from 60 to 80 they teach how to build the temple”.

Renzo Piano will be 86 in a few days, and he said he wanted to die on the construction site. Not in this case, though,the lift goes up the shaft, back to the warmth of the surface, back into the Science Gateway. "CERN has a budget of 1.2 billion, but the new building is only the result of donations and costs less than 100 million: that is less than the daily cost of a bomber that wreaks death and destruction”. Piano tells that his job is to build places of peace, be they museums, concert halls, universities, research laboratories, hospitals like the ones he did in Africa with his friend Gino Strada. "We are all embarked on the same spaceship, with an unknown destination. Waging war against each other is like fighting on a bus. All the more so in Europe, which is a widespread big city: because the opposite of the city is not the countryside, it is the desert; and in Europe there are no deserts”.

One thousand Russian and one hundred Ukrainian scientists work at CERN, and they prodigiously continue to collaborate. Among the member states is Israel, which offers scholarships to Palestinian researchers. “In architecture today, the aim is to provide shelter for communities", Piano explains, "and for this we also need primary beauty, not in the caricatured sense that the word has taken on: beauty, beauté, brings to mind a beauty parlour. The good we must recover is the 'kalòs' of the Greeks, which is also the good. ‘I swear to return Athens to the Athenians more beautiful than you delivered it to me’: the oath of politicians in the time of Pericles should also be ours”.

Source: Corriere Della Sera

A new ultrafast photonics based on titanium nitride

A study resulting from a collaboration between the Department of Energy and the Department of Physics at the Politecnico di Milano and supported by an interdisciplinary Ph.D. led by Silvia Rotta Loria has been published in the journal Advanced Optical Materials as a cover article.

The study explains the origin of the superfast optical response of titanium nitride (TiN). This material, already known for its refractory properties, is also attracting increasing interest because of its fast response to photo-excitation and the possibility of controlling its optical and electronic properties during synthesis.

TiN films have already been used for thermo-photovoltaic devices, for artificial photosynthesis or for micro super-capacitors on chips. Moreover, TiN is compatible with technologies used in digital electronics. Overall, it is therefore a material with great potential for the development of ultrafast photonic devices.

The study was carried out thanks to the synergy between two Departments of the Politecnico: TiN films were made in the NanoLab (Micro and Nanostructured Materials Lab) of the Department of Energy, they were then characterised in the ultrafast spectroscopy laboratories of the Department of Physics, and the experimental data were interpreted using a model developed in the Department of Physics.

This collaboration has made it possible to study in depth a material of great technological interest and to clarify the origin of its peculiar response to light excitation, which can be engineered through the manufacturing procedure

explains Prof. Margherita Zavelani Rossi, Department of Energy, co-author of the article.

Thanks to the accurate numerical model developed, it is now possible to determine how the response of a titan nitride thin film can be controlled by light itself; a fundamental knowledge for the development of new miniaturised opto-electronic and photonic devices

adds Prof. Giuseppe Della Valle, Department of Physics, co-author of the article.

The experimentation mentioned in the article is one of the outcomes of the METAFAST project funded by the European Union's H2020-FET-OPEN programme, coordinated by Prof. Giuseppe Della Valle. The project aims to develop a new class of ultrafast optical devices based on special nanostructured surfaces (called nonlinear metasurfaces).

To find out more, the study signed by Silvia Rotta Loria, Beatrice Roberta Bricchi, Andrea Schirato, Luca Mascaretti, Cristina Mancarella, Alberto Naldoni, Andrea Li Bassi, Giuseppe Della Valle and Margherita Zavelani-Rossi is online.

The official website of the METAFAST project

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Politecnico di Milano experimenting with fibre optics against wastage in the water-supply system

Using fibre optic sensors to monitor water networks against wastage: the international journal Sensors published the results of an experiment carried out at Politecnico di Milano aimed at optimising the water network. Researchers from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering pioneered the use of distributed fibre optic sensing (DFOS) based on Stimulated Brillouin Scattering (SBS) technology for monitoring water pipeline networks over long distances. At the heart of this technology is the common and inexpensive optical fibre used for telecommunications (which brings the internet into our homes) capable of measuring deformations to a hundredth of a millimetre.
I ricercatori del Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Ambientale hanno sperimentato l’uso di sensori distribuiti in fibra ottica (DFOS) basati sulla tecnologia Stimulated Brillouin Scattering (SBS) per il monitoraggio delle reti di condotte idriche su lunghe distanze. Alla base di questa tecnologia c’è la comune ed economica fibra ottica per le telecomunicazioni (che porta internet nelle nostre case) in grado di misurare deformazioni al centesimo di millimetro.

The experiment consisted of two phases. ‘In the first one,’ the researchers explain, ‘we assessed the sensitivity of the sensor layout on an HDPE pipe stressed with static pressure. This first stage was successful, so we then concentrated on detecting the pressure anomaly produced by a leak in a piping circuit with flowing water. Overall, the results returned positive feedback on the use of DFOS, confirming the possibility of identifying and localising even very small water leaks. In the future, the tested technology will be further developed towards industrial-scale production of 'natively smart' HDPE pipes, where DFOS are integrated into the pipe surface during the extrusion process. The study, signed by Manuel Bertulessi, Daniele Fabrizio Bignami, Ilaria Boschini, Marina Longoni, Giovanni Menduni and Jacopo Morosi, is available at this link. Water resource wastage is a global issue, increasingly exacerbated by the impact of climate change on the hydrological chain. In Italy, more than one third of the water fed into the national distribution network is wasted, according to ISTAT data from 2022. Widespread monitoring and efficient maintenance of the infrastructure are therefore two strategic and urgent actions.

Source: Le Scienze

HACK-A-SAT: Italian ethical hackers win

I mhackeroni, la squadra italiana di hacker etici composta da studenti ed ex studenti universitari provenienti da tutta Italia, hanno trionfato nella Hack-A-Sat 4, la competizione focalizzata sulla sicurezza dei sistemi spaziali organizzata da United States Air Force e United States Space Force, l’aeronautica militare e il dipartimento della difesa spaziale degli Stati Uniti.

Si tratta di un risultato di eccezionale importanza che dimostra l’altissimo grado di competenza del team italiano nell’ambito della sicurezza informatica spaziale.

Le fasi preliminari della competizione hanno coinvolto oltre 350 squadre di tutto il mondo; i mhackeroni, il cui gruppo più ampio è composto da studenti del Politecnico di Milano, sono stati tra i 5 team qualificati alla finale, tenutasi a Las Vegas dall’11 al 13 agosto 2023, in occasione della prestigiosa conferenza sulla sicurezza informatica Def Con.

Durante la fase finale i team in gara si sono sfidati cercando di prendere il controllo del satellite orbitante americano Moonlighter, i mhackeroni sono stati in grado di violarne i sistemi di sicurezza, facendolo ruotare e scattare foto.

Competizioni come Hack-A-Sat sono particolarmente significative perché danno modo agli esperti di sicurezza informatica valutare l’effettiva tenuta dei loro protocolli e le vulnerabilità potenzialmente sfruttabili da hacker ostili.

Durante i giorni di Def Con i mhackeroni sono stati inoltre tra i 12 prota

Innovative wings for the NGCTR-TD civil tiltrotor

The activities of the FORMOSA (FunctiOnal aiRcraft MOveable SurfAces) project, launched in 2020 to redesign the wing control surfaces of the NextGen Civil TiltRotor (NGCTR-TD) civil tiltrotor produced by Leonardo, have recently come to an end.

A tiltrotor is a hybrid aircraft that combines the characteristics of a helicopter with those of an airplane. The architecture of tiltrotors features two rotors, placed at the wingtips, which can rotate allowing the aircraft to take off (and land) vertically and, once the take-off manoeuvre is complete, rotate forward to turn into propellers, producing the thrust for flight, as in a classic propeller plane.

The project, co-ordinated by Prof. Vincenzo Muscarello (Department of Aerospace Science and Technology) and funded by the European  Clean Sky 2 programme, has made it possible to reduce the load of wakes on the wings in helicopter mode (-9% compared to the original project), enabling a reduction in fuel consumption during vertical take-off and landing manoeuvres. In addition, a significant improvement in roll performance was achieved during flight in airplane mode, thanks to a 25 per cent reduction in the time-to-bank, the time needed to reach the required turning angle.

The NextGen Civil TiltRotor is a technology demonstrator designed by Leonardo as part of the European Clean Sky 2 programme and created to meet, among other things, the growing need for air mobility in densely populated urban areas, offering the opportunity to take off and land vertically like a helicopter, together with the high speed distance capability typical of airplanes.

The  FORMOSA (FunctiOnal aiRcraft MOveable SurfAces) consortium consists of a group of young researchers from Politecnico di Milano and a team of engineers from the Portuguese company CEiiA (Centre of Engineering and Product Development).

Bigsquid helps you to process bioethanol from biogas

Biomethanol from biogas, but also from woody biomass. This was the challenge won by Politecnico di Milano and Fattoria Autonoma Tabacchi S.C. 

The BIGSQUID (biogas-to-liquid) technology was presented in Rome on 13 July during the Confagricoltura Annual Meeting 'For over 100 years we have been imagining the future. Together with agricultural enterprises to make Italy grow'.

It was devised by the Centre for Sustainable Process Engineering Research (SuPER) guided by Flavio Manenti, Full Professor of Chemical Plants of the 'Giulio Natta' Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering, and patented by the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) of Politecnico di Milano. BIGSQUID technology was proposed for engineering and industrialisation to Fattoria Autonoma Tabacchi S.C., headed by Dr. Fabio Rossi.

It is a technological alternative to biogas and biomethane. This is an interesting option especially considering the upcoming expiry of incentives for existing biogas plants, which cannot be converted to biomethane production.


The plant in which the technology was developed is located in the Giove locality of Città di Castello (PG). The facility can produce up to 4,500 tonnes of biomethanol per year. This energy source can be used as an 'advanced fuel for the decarbonisation of agricultural and industrial transport, as well as a biochemical carbon negative (-88%) to trap CO2 and in all methanol derivatives such as chipboard, polymers, paints and glues,' Politecnico explained in a note.


According to researchers, BIGSQUID technology could make a major contribution to the green transition. "If applied to a third of Italian plants (around 600), up to 3 million tonnes/year of biomethanol could be produced. 1 million tonnes/year would cover the current national demand and could be put on the market to replace imported fossil methanol, for a total decarbonisation of one of the main industrial sectors. A surplus of 2 million tonnes/year could be exported or used as a substitute additive in petrol to make it more environmentally friendly,' they say.

Source: Canale Energia

This is how the new, immense campus of Politecnico will look like

The path towards the regeneration of the area Bovisa-Goccia which provides for one of the largest urban-building and infrastructural, redevelopment and environmental restoration projects, takes another important step forward. In fact, the City Council approved the resolution that provides for the signing of an agreement with Politecnico di Milano so that the latter will become the sole implementer of the municipal works that will be carried out in this area.


Another important step envisaged in the agreement is the acceptance of the project to be realised by Renzo Piano Building Workshop srl and to be fully financed by the Ion Foundation and donated by the same to the Municipality and Politecnico di Milano. In detail, the project envisages a new university campus on the areas owned by the Politecnico and, for the part of interest to the Municipality, the allocation of two buildings of approximately 5,000 square metres each to the Civic Schools of Milan, as well as redevelopment and restoration of the area known as the 'Bosco della Goccia'. The project will also include the redevelopment of the external areas pertaining to the buildings and the reorganisation of the access to the area. 'In the next few years,' says the Councillor for Urban Regeneration Giancarlo Tancredi, 'Milan will be able to boast an extraordinary intervention in terms of urban planning, environment and infrastructure. A flagship that will be realised thanks to Renzo Piano's design and the ION Foundation's donation to the city. Today, the City Council is taking another decisive step forward: the agreement with Politecnico di Milano will guarantee the coordination of all the actors involved, both public and private, and to execute the acts and measures relating to the works within a certain timeframe. The City of Milan will be the director of this major operation that it considers strategic for the future of the city'. The works will be financed by funds from the 'Aid Decree 2022': EUR 15 million for the Urban Forest intervention and EUR 36,980,000 for the two buildings to house the Fondazione Scuole Civiche Milano. 

“Nei prossimi anni – dichiara l’assessore alla Rigenerazione urbana Giancarlo Tancredi – Milano potrà vantare un intervento straordinario sotto il profilo urbanistico, ambientale e infrastrutturale. Un fiore all’occhiello che sarà possibile realizzare grazie al progetto di Renzo Piano e alla donazione della Fondazione ION alla città. Oggi la Giunta comunale segna un altro decisivo passo avanti: la convenzione con il Politecnico di Milano consentirà infatti di garantire il coordinamento di tutti gli attori coinvolti, pubblici e privati, e di eseguire gli atti e i provvedimenti relativi alle opere in tempi certi. Il Comune di Milano sarà regista di questa grande operazione che considera strategica per il futuro della città”. 

Le opere saranno finanziate dai fondi del ‘Decreto aiuti 2022’: 15 milioni di euro per l’intervento della Foresta Urbana e 36 milioni e 980mila euro per i due edifici destinati ad ospitare la Fondazione Scuole Civiche Milano.


As mentioned, Politecnico di Milano will build a new campus in the gasometer area thanks to a donation from the Ion Foundation and based on a project by the Rpbw studio with Renzo Piano. The campus will consist of twenty four-storey buildings, totalling 105,000 square metres, which will house classrooms, laboratories, residences, start-ups and civic schools. The campus will be connected to the city and region by a pedestrian/cycle axis and two renovated railway stations. The project will respect the history and nature of the place, aiming at energy independence and zero CO2 emissions. The campus will be an open, innovative and sustainable place dedicated to knowledge and learning.

Source: Milano Today