POLIMI welcomes 12 young researchers granted with a MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship

They come from 9 countries around the world to carry out their research

This year, 12 outstanding PhD researchers, winners of the prestigious MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship, have chosen the Politecnico di Milano for their research projects. They come from China, Croatia, India, Norway, Scotland/Greece, Spain, Turkey and Vietnam, but there are also Italians who are coming home after working abroad to continue their research at our University.

The grant is awarded by the European Commission to individual researchers for particularly promising projects in pioneering scientific fields or emerging technologies with high innovation potential and of collective interest, with the aim of developing new expertise through international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral mobility.

As an additional opportunity, the 5 best European MSCA Postdoctoral Fellows hosted at Politecnico di Milano, not funded by the European Commission but awarded a 'Seal of Excellence', will be offered a post-doctoral position for 2 years with a salary of €40,000 a year (gross) and a €20,000 start-up fund for research, training and networking.

Politecnico di Milano is now launching the 7th edition of the MSCA PF masterclass for potential applicants to the next MSCA European Postdoctoral Fellowships call, aimed at attracting and training young and talented researchers to successfully applying to the European call with Politecnico di Milano as Host Institution. Further information available at this page.

The winners

Hasan Ceylan, Turkey: Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering; his project's primary goal is to develop a rapid and cost-effective methodology for structural health monitoring of buildings.

Arun Dhaka hails from a small village in India. His MSCA project ‘HALO’ utilizes light as a source to switch ON/OFF the sigma-hole based molecular interactions, enabling reversible supramolecular strategies and efficient molecular switches for controlled recognition processes.

Suzana Ereiz, Croatia, will develop an innovative method for the maintenance of bridges. This method incorporates acceleration data collected via smartphones from daily vehicle crossings and continuously updates the numerical models. The main objective is to develop an efficient maintenance strategy that improves the distribution of resources and increases the performance of bridge structures.

Michele Guizzardi, Italy, after an experience in New York, with his project aspires to innovate light-matter interaction control in the mid-infrared by studying the ultrashort optical response of hyperbolic materials with the aim of designing next-generation nanophotonic devices.

Hushan Chand, India, aims to prepare and characterize stable single-atom catalysts based on earth abundant elements, and use these catalysts in solar-driven synthetic chemical processes, paving the way for greener and more environmentally friendly practices in the fine chemical industry.

Theodore Anthony Gazis, half-Scottish half-Greek, his project SOLCAT aims to address the environmental challenges faced by the fine chemical industry, by developing SA-FLPs, a novel family of catalysts combining Single-Atom Catalysts (SACs) with Frustrated Lewis Pairs (FLPs) for efficient and sustainable photocatalytic transformations. This innovation seeks to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial application by ensuring scalability and stability of the catalytic processes, ultimately aiming to enhance the sustainability of the pharmaceutical sector.

Rafael Muñoz-Mármol comes from Spain. His project, conducted jointly at Politecnico di Milano and Cornell University, aims to exploit the light-matter interaction in microcavities to control the optoelectronic properties of organic materials after their synthesis.

Masoud Naseri, Norway, with his project ResilientGas aims to develop a model-based framework of optimisation to increase the overall gas supply resilience of integrated Natural Gas Production and Transmission networks. The project outcomes can be beneficial to gas producers and gas transmission operators whose optimal decisions contribute to more resilient natural gas supply for the benefit of Society.

Cam-Tu Phan Dang, from Viet Nam, will focus on the chemical recycling processes of plastic waste via theoretical approaches to understand the chemistry behind and to develop the protocol for thermochemical kinetic parameters estimation.

Paola Piscitelli, Italy; her project "Seeing Like a City (SLAC)", between the Harvard SEL-Sensory Ethnographic Lab, the University of Hamburg, and DAStU Politecnico di Milano, metaphorically assumes the city’s perspective, to explore visual media and filmmaking’s potential for knowledge production on cities and civic action within them. 

Andrea Schirato, Italy: in the quest for innovative solutions to the extreme energy demands of conventional catalysis, his project PATHWAYS will intersect ultrafast nanophotonics and light-driven chemistry to study new approaches to alter chemical reactions in the proximity of nanostructures photoexcited by ultrashort light pulses. 

Zhanchong Shi, China, aims to comprehensively characterize the creep and fatigue behaviors of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC), as well as their interaction across various scales, facilitating the broader application of UHPC in infrastructures exposed to severe loading and environmental conditions, with prolonged service life and minimal maintenance costs, thereby enabling the carbon neutrality transition.