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    From energy to recycling, the challenges of chemistry for a green future

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    Encouraging an intelligent use of the planet’s resources, finding solutions for the energy transition, improving the recycling of materials for an increasingly circular economy: these are some of the challenges that chemists are facing in their laboratories for a greener and more sustainable future. This is demonstrated by the research conducted at the ‘Giulio Natta’ Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering of the Politecnico di Milano, which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with the ‘CMIC Day’, an event to discuss the perspectives and research lines that will be carried out also thanks to the eight new full professors enrolled in the last two years.

    With over 130 professors and researchers and 200 young PhD students and research fellows, the Department carries on the legacy of the Institutes of General Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry and Electrochemistry, which met in 2001. Since its inception, thanks to a constant dialogue with the world of business, the chemical research of the Polytechnic has brought many of its results from the laboratory to real life, such as the polypropylene of Giulio Natta (Nobel Prize in 1963) or the Spyro code used in all the pyrolysis reactors of the refineries of the world.

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    “All the disciplines and topics developed in our Department are functional to face current and future challenges, such as those of the energy transition, recycling with a view to a circular economy, the improvement of materials and processes in the energy field and related bioengineering to life sciences “, explains MariaPia Pedeferri, Director of the Department. “These are all hot topics well identified also by the PNRR, which will act as a driving force for the country system and will give impetus to research”.

    The celebrations for the twentieth anniversary will also continue on Friday with the delivery of the Natta Awards to two chemists who have distinguished themselves for their studies: Patrik Schmuki of the Friedrich Alexander Universitat (winner of the 2020 edition) and Michele Parrinello of the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa (winner of 2021). The ceremony will be opened by the winner of the 2019 edition, the Nobel laureate Fraser Stoddart of Northwestern University.

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