DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
Prof. Enrico Bernardo obtained a magna cum laude degree in Materials Engineering at the University of Padova, in 2000, and PhD in Materials Engineering at the University of Bologna, in 2004. After some years as research fellow and later as assistant professor (from 2007), in November 2014 he was appointed as associate professor of Materials Science and Technology at the University of Padova. Enrico Bernardo is mainly interested in the use of natural and industrial waste, converted into glasses, as raw materials for innovative engineering products such as sintered glass-ceramics, sintered glass and glass-ceramic matrix composites, glass and glass-ceramic foams, innovative clay bricks. He also investigates the obtainment of silicates and silicon oxonitridosilicates (including glasses) from preceramic polymers (polysiloxanes, polysilazanes) modified by addition of micro- and nano-sized oxide, nitride and carbide fillers, for several applications (high temperature materials, luminescent materials, biomaterials etc.). >100 papers, H-index=22 - 2 awards (Pfeil Award 2010, Pfeil Award 2015) , >10 invited lectures at international conferences.
Prof. Paolo Colombo is full professor of Materials Science and Technology at the University of Padova. He graduated from the University of Padova with a degree in chemical engineering in 1985. He was an assistant professor at the University of Padova from 1989 to 1998 and then an associate professor at the University of Bologna, until 2005. He is also an adjunct professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, a visiting professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of University College London, UK, a member of the World Academy of Ceramics, and a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College. He was elected Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (2010) and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (2011). Paolo Colombo's research interests include novel processing routes to porous glasses and ceramics, the development of ceramic components from preceramic polymers and the vitrification and reuse of hazardous industrial and natural waste. >190 papers, H-index=37 - 5 awards (Vittorio Gottardi Award - AIMAT 1987, Pfeil Award 2007, Global Star Award 2010, Edward C. Henry Award 2011, Verulam Medal & Prize 2013) - >30 invited lectures at international conferences. He has co-organized several international conferences and has given numerous invited talks in the field of porous ceramics and polymer-derived-ceramics, and he has been the guest editor for special issues devoted to those topics.