"La Ricerca dei Talenti" projects

“La ricerca dei Talenti” initiative is born in the framework of the agreement for the period 2014-2016 between Politecnico di Torino and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino, with the common objective of supporting human capital development of new generations of researchers. The initiative seeks to promote scientific independence of young talented researchers either in the early stage or in the consolidation phase of their research project.  After a rigorous selection process, 9 interdisciplinary and highly innovative projects  have all been launched in December 2015.

  • A new generation of self-healing concretes

    The SHEcrete project was inspired by Nature and was meant to develop, characterize, model and prototype novel cement-based materials able to show the same ability of living beings to spontaneously recover from possible degradation processes.  

    Paola Antonaci

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  • Drink your sun! Solar Energy for drinking water

    Nearly one billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water, which represents a huge health, social and political problem. Our research investigates the use of solar energy to reduce this problem, also in far-away regions without access to the electricity grid.

    Pietro Asinari

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  • The city after Chinese New Towns

    Within the recent phenomenon of China’s new urbanization, our research investigated the way in which the physical form of cities can reveal, through the lens of architecture and urban design, experimental processes of construction of urban space and social identity.

    Michele Bonino

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  • Novel methods for epidemic prediction

    Epidemic outbreaks are generally discovered when a large portion of the population is already infected. Promptly identifying the origin of the infection can provide invaluable information to fight the disease. SIBYL project will develop practical mathematical and computational solutions for this and many related problems.

    Alfredo Braunstein

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  • A pure water sea

    In this proposal, we explore a highly manufacturable form of ultra-thin nanoporous membranes for desalination. In particular, we strive to computationally investigate and optimize reduced graphene oxide (rGO) membranes for water filtration technologies as a potential low-cost nanoporous material. 

    Giancarlo Cicero

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  • New mobility services in urban areas

    The object of the present research is the study of modal diversion and co-modality in the passenger transport sector. The point of view that we adopt is to focus on the behavioral change issue concerning the use of different transport modes in urban areas, when both a set of new technology options and different regulatory and marketing actions are implemented. The final objective of the project is to allow us to find the “optimal” and “feasible” co-modality in terms of efficiency and effectiveness on one hand, as well as maximum possible extent of change of mobility styles on the other. Marco Diana

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  • Multi-wavelength semiconductor lasers

    The project has studied the physics and the methods for the design of multi-wavelength semiconductor lasers (comb lasers) realized with one single active section and nano-structured materials. We have considered both laser diodes at optical communication wavelengths and quantum cascade lasers with emission in the Mid_IR or THz region.

    Mariangela Gioannini

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  • Biological tissues transformation

    This project aims to describe how biological tissues transform their internal structure due to diseases and traumatic events, and to employ the acquired knowledge to support new protocols of tissue regeneration. To this end, the stimuli triggering tissue evolution must be understood and controlled.

    Alfio Grillo

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  • Measurement of large-sized objects

    A branch of dimensional metrology concerns the measurement of large-sized objects. The current measuring instruments are generally expensive and not very well exploited. This project introduces innovative cooperative fusion models, which allow an effective use of different instruments, in order to reduce measurement error and set-up time.

    Domenico Augusto Francesco Maisano

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