Nanotechnologies for Design

By Barbara Del Curto and Alberto Cigada.

Published by The Design Collection

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Nanotechnologies can be defined as “the design, characterisation, production and application of structures, instruments and systems, carried out by tuning shape and dimensions at the nanometric scale”.
Nanostructured materials often present considerably innovative properties and characteristics (from various points of view, e.g. mechanical, electrical, magnetic…) with respect to the corresponding bulk materials, considered as structured at the macro or microscale. Nanotechnologies aim at consciously exploiting these new properties through the nanometric design of the material.
Nanotechnologies involve a particularly wide and multidisciplinary field: indeed, nowadays the terms nanoelectronics, nanophysics, nanomedicine or nanomaterials are now more used. Nanotechnologies are in fact permeating all of the main scientific fields, and possible applications are almost unlimited.
In the presentation the role of nanotechnologies in the design field will be analysed thoroughly, also thanks to a series of examples of nanotechnologies (e.g. Sol-gel, Plasma spray), as well as of properties which can be conferred to materials and products (self-cleaning, hydrophobicity, hydrophilicity, transpiration, antibacterial action, improvement of thermal insulation…) and some applications which already find place in the design field.

Keywords: Nanotechnologies, Design, Sol-Gel Technologies, New Properties, Self Cleaning, Hydrophobicity

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.223-230. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.123MB).

Prof. Barbara Del Curto

Researcher, Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali e Ingegneria Chimica "Giulio Natta", Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

Since January 2005 I am Researcher at the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “G. Natta”. I am Ph D in Materials Engineering (May 2004) with a thesis titled Characterization, implementation and technology transfer of a new method of titanium anodization. I got Diploma in Industrial Design at Politecnico di Milano (march 2000) with a thesis titled “Materials and Design”. Since 1999 I teach “Materials for Design”, at the Design Faculty of Politecnico di Milano. From march 2000 till now I am coordinating Materiali e Design, didactical laboratory at Design Faculty of Politecnico di Milano. My researches are in the field of traditional, functional and smart materials for design and their expressive-sensorial dimension.

Prof. Alberto Cigada

Professor, Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali e Ingegneria Chimica “Giulio Natta”, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

Alberto Cigada was born the 20th of August 1948; he graduated in Chemical Engineering at Polytechnic of Milan. He is full time professor of Materials Science and Technology. He is a Member of Senato Accademico of Politecnico di Milano, Director of the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engeneering of the Politecnico di Milano from 1998 to 2007, President of Società Italiana Biomateriali (SIB) from 2000 to 2004, Member of the Council of Associazione Italiana di Ingegneria dei Materiali (AIMAT), Secretary of Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca sui Biomateriali per l’Ingegneria Biomedica (CIRMIB), Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Biomechanics, Member of Board of Executives of POLIdesign consortium and Member of Board of Executives of NanoSurfaces on behalf of Politecnico di Milano. The scientific activity is focused on the relationship between microstructure and properties of materials, corrosion and protection of metals, biomaterials and materials for design. He is author of 160 scientific papers, 5 patents and 120 congress presentations.

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