Physical Sciences and Technologies of Matter

The Department of Physical Sciences and Technologies of Matter (DSFTM) consists of 12, highly integrated, Institutes, having more than 40 laboratories throughout the country, employing 1.200 staff members and with many more students involved. The essential role that DFSTM plays in physics of matter research relies on its wide range of competences and skills and on the concentration of advanced and innovative equipment and the tight collaboration with the most dynamic sectors of the University and of the industry, especially  high-tech companies. The DSFTM has 140 active patent families and has contributed to the creation of high-tech companies such as 7 spin-offs. In the European FP-7, 68 projects have been funded, where Institutes of the Department are partner and in 23 projects as coordinator. DSFTM Institutes knowledge and expertise are used to develop applications in several fields, from energy and environment to nanomechanics, nano(bio)technologies, nanomedicine, THz quantum technologies, Light transport and disordered photonics, Biophotonics, Quantum information processing in Bose-Einstein condensates, Materials technologies and characterization of oxides, organic, hybrid and other complex materials exhibiting superconducting, magnetic and other properties.

Within EXPO Milano 2015, the DSFTM will present many different events where the combination of frontier research and multidisciplinary approaches will provide a direction for the big challenge of feeding the world. This kind of skills-mix traditionally provide the background to imagine, design and create new materials, devices and sensors, new instruments and, more generally, to support new approaches in the food production and safety control challenges for high-tech companies and the global society in a competitive, sustainable way.