Our research activity is focused on the study of the structure-property relationship in polymer based materials and on the influence of processing conditions on the final structure of polymer specimens and devices. These are fundamental topics in the field of polymer science since the final properties of polymers are determined by their structure, where the structure is strongly influenced by the processing conditions from both melt and solution.
We use a full range of characterization techniques such as calorimetry, spectroscopy, microscopy and rheology to study this. We are particularly expert in applying X-ray scattering and diffraction techniques to semicrystalline and amorphous polymers and to organic/inorganic hybrid polymeric materials. We design and perform in-situ and real-time experiments to study the influence of external conditions on polymer nanostructuring. We strongly benefit from the use of third generation synchrotron light to achieve our goals.