POLYMAT - POLYmeric MATerials


The primary research activity of PolyMat group concerns photoinduced polymerisation processes.
The goal is the developing of

  1. new functional polymeric materials (contact person: roberta.bongiovanni@polito.it; marco.sangermano@polito.it)
  2. polymers for direct photolithography, soft lithography and 3D printing (contact persons: roberta.bongiovanni@polito.it, marco.sangermano@polito.it);
  3. micro and nano fibers by photopolymerization and electrospinning processes (contact person: alessandra.vitale@polito.it)
  4. photopolymerization of monomers from bio-renewable resources (contact person: marco.sangermano@polito.it) and biobased polymeric composites (contact person: roberta.bongiovanni@polito.it )
  5. development of ecocompatible materials for building (contact person: simonetta.pagliolico@polito.it)
  6. surface modification of polymers by light induced reactions, e.g. coatings, textiles, cellulosic materials (contact person: alessandra.vitale@polito.it).
  7. photocurable hydrogels for tissue engineering (contact person: marco.sangermano@polito.it )

Main targets

  • Synthesis and characterisation of photocured polymers containing graphene (POLYMAT, in partnership with DET and Graphene@PoliTo Laboratory)
  • Photopolymerisation and elettrospinning for new fibers (POLYMAT)
  • Photopolymerised water barrier coatings for the protection of building materials and cultural heritage materials and fluorinated photopolymers(POLYMAT).
  • Photopolymers for 3D printing (POLYMAT)
  • Esterification of oil and fats hydrolised products via reactive distillation and/or processe in supercritical media (POLYMAT in collaboration with SMAC)

Main research topics

  • Electrospinning and photocrosslinking of new fibers
  • Photopolymers for 3D printing
  • Fluorinated photopolymers, see www.h2020-msca-photofluo.eu
  • Photopolymerization of bio-renewable monomers
  • Biobased photocured composites, see www.h2020-combiosites.eu
  • Photocured polymers containing graphene (in partnership with DET and Graphene@PoliTo Laboratory)
  • Photopolymerised protective coatings for the protection of building materials and cultural heritage materials
  • Synthesis of photocured nanocapsules
  • Synthesis of hydrogels for biomedical applications

Main partnerships

  • Dipartimento di Energia DENERG Politecnico di Torino,
  • Dipartimento di Architettura e Design DAD Politecnico di Torino
  • Università di Torino,
  • Università di Modena Reggio Emilia,
  • Politecnico di Milano,
  • Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia,
  • Università di Trento,
  • Università di Catania,
  • CNR-ISMAC Biella
  • Ecole de Papeterie de Grenoble (F),
  • ENSCM (Montpellier, F),
  • EPFL, Polytechnique de Palaiseau (F),
  • CSIC (Madrid,ES),
  • University Roviri i Virgili (Tarragona, ES),
  • McGill University (Montreal, CA),
  • Monash University (AUS),
  • Stellenbosch University (Sud Africa),
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México,
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada (Yogyakarta, Indonesia),
  • Wageningen University (The Netherlands)
  • Buzzi UNICEM,
  • AGC Flat Glass,
  • Solvay,
  • Henkel


Marco Sangermano

  • member of editorial board di Polymer International dal 2014.
  •  IBM Faculty Awards 2016

Marco Sangermano & Alessandra Vitale

  • Science Award for best scientific contribution - Coatings Science International Conference 2015

Alessandra Vitale

  • Award for best Tesi di Dottorato - Associazione Italiana di Chimica per l’Ingegneria (AICIng) - 2014
  • Award for best poster - II European Symposium of Photopolymer Science, 2012

Roberta Bongiovanni & Alessandra Vitale

  • Editor of Special Issue di Materials: Materials for Photolithography and 3D printing 2016 

Patents and Spin-off 

J. M. DeSimone, A. Pandya, D. Wong, A. Vitale, Ion conducting polymers and polymer blends for alkali metal ion batteries, WO 2014062898 A1, 2014

Projects and publications

Reference laboratories

PhD, Post-docs and Grant researchers