• Aims and content

      Introduction to processes for the preparation and modification of inorganic materials. Properties of the synthesized materials and applications. 


      Synthesis methods for amorphous and crystalline materials. Solid state reaction. Combustion synthesis. Solid-gas reactions. Intercalation reactions. Chemical vapour transport.

      Formation of solids from solutions and melts: Sol-gel processes and precursors. Hydrothermal synthesis. Thin film and coating: Deeping. CVD (Chemical Vapour Deposition), PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition), Sputtering, MBE (Molecular Beam Epitaxial). Coating processes: Thermal plasma spray, HVOF (High-Velocity Oxy/Fuel), flame spray, vacuum plasma spray. Thermal Barrier Coatings. Diffusion Coating Process: Above the Pack process, Pack process.

      Intercalation reactions. Layered host lattice, different charged layers and Stages. Grafting reactions. Pillaring reactions. Intercalation compounds: graphite layered, metallic dichalcogenides, LixCoO2, LixMn2O4. Hydrotalcite like-compounds.   

      Shape memory alloys (metals amnd ceramics). Basic principles on martesite transformations. Various examples with special focus on Ti-Ni. Various applications. Ferromagnetic shape memory alloys.

       Hydrogen Storage materials for automotive applications. Methanol catalytic steam reforming (SRM), Partial oxidation of methanol (POM), Oxidative steam reforming of methanol (OSRM). Binary and ternary metallic hydrides: production, activation, kinetics, capacity, stability, costs, properties and applications. Complex hydrides. Alanates. Applications as getters and heat pumps.

      Functionality and efficiency of materials in different Fuel cells (Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells PEM, Solid Oxide fuel Cells SOFC, Alkaline Fuel Cells, Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cells, Molten carbonate Fuel cells).

      Inorganic materials for thin film solar cells. Technological production of monocrystlline and polycrystalline silicon solar cells. Thin film solar cells: CdSe e CIGS (Cu-In-Ga-S), CZTS (thin chalcogenide films).


      Inorganic materials, D.W.Bruce, D.O’Hare, J.Wiley&Sons, 1997

      Synthesis of Inorganic Materials, U.Schubert, N.Hüsing, Wiley-VCH, 2012

      Introduzione alla chimica dei materiali, G.Flor, C. Tealdi, Dispenseonline, Pavia, 2009

      Basic Solid State Chemistry, A.R.West, Wiley-VCH, 1984

      Solid State chemistry, Anthony R. West, J. Wiley e Sons 1990

  • Who
  • How

      Traditional lectures


      Oral examinations lasting at least 40 minutes.


      The oral examination, lasting at least half an hour, allows to check accurately the achievement of the educational goals of the course.

  • Where and when

      approx. from March. 06 to May 27

      Mauro Giovannini

      No fixed office hours. Student and teachers fix a proper time for questions.

      Paola Riani

      every day by appointment

      Date Time Type Place Notes
      16 febbraio 2018 9:00 Orale Genova
      30 marzo 2018 10:00 Orale Genova
      30 marzo 2018 10:00 Esame su appuntamento Genova
      30 marzo 2018 10:00 Esame su appuntamento Genova
      30 marzo 2018 10:00 Orale Genova
      19 giugno 2018 9:00 Orale Genova
      3 luglio 2018 9:00 Orale Genova
      18 luglio 2018 9:00 Orale Genova
      12 settembre 2018 9:00 Orale Genova
      26 settembre 2018 9:00 Orale Genova
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