The PoreUp project is developed by an international team comprising researchers, PhD students and Materials Science graduates. The Team avails itself of the collaboration of Professors Piero Sozzani, Angiolina Comotti and Silvia Bracco. They have extensive experience in polymeric and porous materials. We conduct research activities within laboratories equipped with the most advanced systems for synthesis and characterization for porous materials.
Dr. Jacopo Perego obtained his PhD with honours in Materials Science and Nanotechnologies at the University of Milan-Bicocca in 2020. He currently holds the role of research fellow at the same university. He deals with the synthesis and characterization of organic and hybrid micro-porous materials to separate and store gases, innovative materials for photonics and scintillation dynamic porous materials. To date, he has published 15 articles. He received the 1st "Young Talents 2020" Award in the field of chemical sciences for his creative contributions in the field of microporous organic materials.
Dr. Charl X. Bezuidenhout obtained his Ph.D. degree from Stellenbosch University in 2017. He then worked as a research fellow at the Department of Materials Science at the University of Milan-Bicocca, focusing on studying flexible porous materials and the interactions between adsorbed gas molecules and material walls. He specializes in using experimental and computational techniques to determine the mechanisms of absorption and diffusion within nanometric channels. He has published 18 articles in international journals and has an H-index of 12.
Sergio Piva is a PhD student in Materials Science and Nanotechnology at the University of Milan-Bicocca. He graduated with honours in Materials Science in October 2021. During the internship activity, he deepened the study of porous materials for the separation and storage of gases using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance techniques. These techniques are advantageous in the characterisation of amorphous materials. In addition, he was involved in analysing the pores and cavities in porous materials utilising the advanced nuclear magnetic resonance technique by using hyperpolarised Xenon-129 as a probe.
Irene Santambrogio graduated with honours in Materials Science at the University of Milan-Bicocca in 2021. During her practical training, she deepened her knowledge of the synthesis and characterisation of porous materials with high surface areas for gas absorption and photoluminescence. She is a student in a double Master's Degree program in Sustainable Materials promoted by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), strongly focused on the aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship in the design of materials and processes for a circular economy.