Politecnico di Milano: Three Accademia Dei Lincei Awards For Researchers At The Politecnico

In Rome on 17 June of this year, prestigious awards were presented by the Accademia dei Lincei to researchers at the Politecnico di Milano during a ceremony attended by Sergio Mattarella, the President of the Republic.

ALESSIO BATTISTELLA, “LEONARDO PATERNA BALDIZZI” INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR AN ARCHITECTURE OR CIVIL ENGINEERING PROJECT.
The award was given for the “New Children’s Land” architecture project: a nursery designed for the Um a-Nasser community in the Gaza Strip which aims to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and seeks to bring excellence to the area in terms of its architecture, sustainability and teaching programmes.

Battistella is a researcher at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU) at the Politecnico di Milano and president of ARCò Architettura e Cooperazione with which he carries out design and applied research activities in the field of sustainable architecture for humanitarian emergencies.

GIULIO CERULLO, “PROFESSOR LUIGI TARTUFARI” INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY.
The research of Cerullo, a professor of physical optics at the Politecnico di Milano, was developed along two main lines: 1) the study of dynamic photoinduced processes in (bio)molecules and low-dimensional solids through ultrafast optical spectroscopy; 2) the generation of ultrashort light pulses. “In these fields,” states the motivation for the award, “he has obtained highly innovative results which have been made possible by the invention of a state-of-the-art optical pulse generator: the high bandwidth Non-Collinear Optical Parametric Amplifier (NOPA) which can generate tunable pulses between the visible and infra-red with a duration of less than 10fs, reaching as little as 5 femtoseconds. The visible NOPA has become a standard tool which is used in numerous research laboratories across the world and has opened a pathway for the study of photoinduced processes on timescales lower than 100fs.”

GIANVITO VILÉ, “ALFREDO DI BRACCIO” AWARD FOR CHEMISTRY
Vilé, a researcher at the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta” at the Politecnico di Milano, is involved in catalytic processes for sustainable development and has been honoured for “the significant results achieved in the field of synthesis, characterisation and use of functional materials on a nano-scale…for the development of sustainable chemical technologies such as the conversion of biomasses, with an approach ranging from the atomistic properties of the systems studied to the engineering of micro-reactors and processes”.

Vilé is a graduate of the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) programme in Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, holds a PhD from ETH Zurich and in 2020 won the Felder Award, which is financed by the Fondazione Bracco and Bracco Imaging in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano and Fondazione Politecnico di Milano.

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