The Department of Chemistry celebrates its twentieth anniversary

A day for reflecting on the future prospects of research

The "Giulio Natta" Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano celebrates its twentieth anniversary. The Department has picked up the legacy of the former Departments of Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Applied Physical Chemistry of the Politecnico di Milano, which were merged in 2001.

Since its inception, thanks to a constant dialogue with the business world, the chemical research performed by the Politecnico has achieved many of its results in the sphere of objects for everyday use. Examples include polypropylene, invented by Giulio Natta (Nobel Prize in 1963), the Spyro code, used in all pyrolysis reactors in refineries all over the world, the studies performed for DeNOx to detect nitrogen oxides from flue gas (precursors of the diesel catalytic converter) or the research carried out on cathodic protection as a corrosion inhibitor.

The twentieth anniversary provided an opportunity to reflect on the future prospects of research in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering and Biological Engineering, the four areas covered by the Department.

The Head of Department, MariaPia Pedeferri told us “The celebrations for the twentieth anniversary were an occasion to meet again and share our perspectives after two years of pandemic. During this time, our department has never stopped performing research, and has also made a valuable contribution to managing the Covid emergency, participating in many actions, including the production of POLICHINA, the sanitising liquid still distributed by Politecnico di Milano”.