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Research projects

Research at the Politecnico

Politecnico di Milano is committed to achieving excellence in research. The path towards excellence is developed along the following actions: 

  • support advanced and fundamental research activities; 
  • develop strategic partnerships with academia and industry;
  • develop new interdisciplinary research lines to tackle societal challenges; 
  • embed scientific developments and research results into university education. 

Further information on the research at the Politecnico is available in the University website on

The Piacenza Campus’ research projects

As part of the University's research objectives, the Piacenza Campus periodically develops research projects for companies and institutions in the Piacenza area. 

Some research projects in our region are developed with three-year PhD fellowships, financed by the Emilia-Romagna Region within the allocation of resources from the European Social Fund (ESF).

Project: "Specialised services to support the drafting of the Vast Area Regional Plan, pursuant to the Emilia-Romagna Regional Law n. 24/2017, with particular reference to certain investigative activities"

The research programme includes the census of disused areas and buildings in the province of Piacenza for the definition of regional regeneration scenarios; the quantitative assessment of accessibility to basic services for the inhabitants of the Apennine areas, in order to propose measures to improve their usability, as a condition for ensuring social inclusion and coping with the processes of depopulation of the Apennine territories, and the definition of measures to improve their usability; the definition of parametric coefficients to estimate the traffic generated and attracted by manufacturing, commercial, tertiary and large services activities; the survey and inspection of 3 bridges in the province of Piacenza.

Project: "Preliminary studies and research for use by the Province of Piacenza, aimed at verifying the possibility of transforming the former Pontieri laboratory area into a school campus"

The research programme provides support to the technicians of the Province of Piacenza, by means of analysis services, evaluation, with the drafting of graphic works of specialist support - for the survey of the former Pontieri laboratory area and the study of its possible use as a school campus.


Project: "Specialist support services for the region"

The research programme provides support to the technicians of the Province of Piacenza, in identifying a methodology to analyse the preservative state of the infrastructures owned by the province through drone surveys. It also provides support to the technicians of the Authority, in creating information bases necessary for the creation of the new Vast Area Regional Plan (Piano Territoriale di Area Vasta - PTAV).

Project: "The agricultural landscape as the main factor in the sustainable transformation of contemporary territories. Among plains, hills and mountains, case studies in the Piacenza area"

The project was funded by the Fondazione di Piacenza e Vigevano, and focuses on agriculture as a key element of social, economic and political structures. The theme, generally speaking, is affected by a plurality of components: technological developments profoundly modernise agricultural practices; new sensitivities push production towards renewed frontiers; and together with cultivation, the figures involved in the processes are also significantly modified. The research study addresses the theme from a precise point of view, aiming to investigate the capacity of contemporary agriculture to be a decisive factor in the construction of contemporary landscapes, as demonstrated by the numerous case studies selected at an international level. 

Presentation of the project

Ph.D. Programme "Nuclear and Energy Sciences and Technologies (Scienze e Tecnologie Energetiche e Nucleari - STEN)"

The PhD programme focuses on the study of refrigerant mixtures with reduced environmental impact (R410A fluid replacement), for applications in small heat pumps. The research programme is divided into 3 phases:

  • pre-screening of pure fluids and selection of mixtures of potential interest through a modelling approach, with simulation of heat pump performance;
  • execution of experimental VLE measurements through VLE test bench available at the LEAP Laboratory in Piacenza, and calibration of accurate thermodynamic models for the selected mixtures;
  • execution of tests of the complete system at the test bench of the Energy Department of the Politecnico di Milano.

Ph.D. Programme "Engineering for Precision Agriculture"

The PhD programme, conducted at the MUSP Laboratory in Piacenza, focusses on one of the main objectives of the "Strategic Research Agenda for Agricultural Engineering and Technologies" of the European platform Manufuture, namely the environmental and energetic sustainability of crops. In particular, current ploughing and sowing techniques involve the use of agricultural means with high emission levels, for which no alternative solutions seem to be available. The research study is aimed at overcoming these limits by studying a combined waterjet soil ploughing system, immediately followed by the planting of seeds.