Devices & technologies for Industry 4.0: additive manufacturing, 3D printing, laser micro- and nano-machining


The research activity aims at developing new technologies, devices and platforms in key technological domains such as Smart Materials and Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, and Laser Micro- & Nano-Machining. These cutting-edge devices and technologies are revolutionizing traditional manufacturing processes, offering unparalleled precision, efficiency, and versatility.
Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing will be focused on the design, fabrication and characterization of 3D polymeric structures for smart sensors and conductive materials with a particular attention on application in industrial sector as electronics, avionics, energy and environment.
Laser Micro- and Nano-Machining, that have become indispensable tools for creating microstructures and intricate surface modifications with micron and nanometer precision, will be studied and applied in processes dedicated to microelectronics, photonics, and medical device manufacturing.
The research aims to delve deeper into recent breakthroughs, challenges, and future prospects in these domains, shedding light on the pivotal role these technologies play in shaping the future of manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

ERC sectors 

  • PE3_1 Structure of solids, material growth and characterisation
  • PE3_4 Electronic properties of materials, surfaces, interfaces, nanostructures, etc.
  • PE3_5 Physical properties of semiconductors and insulators
  • PE3_9 Condensed matter – beam interactions (photons, electrons, etc.)
  • PE3_10 Nanophysics: nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, nanomagnetism, nanoelectromechanics, etc.
  • PE4_4 Surface science and nanostructures
  • PE4_17 Characterization methods of materials
  • PE5_1 Structural properties of materials
  • PE5_2 Solid state materials
  • PE5_3 Surface modification
  • PE5_4 Thin films
  • PE5_15 Polymer chemistry
  • PE7_2 Electrical engineering: power components and/or systems
  • PE7_4 (Micro- and nano-) systems engineering
  • PE7_5 (Micro- and nano-) electronic, optoelectronic and photonic components
  • PE7_11 Components and systems for applications (in e.g. medicine, biology, environment)
  • PE7_12 Electrical energy production, distribution, application
  • PE8_1 Aerospace engineering
  • PE8_8 Materials engineering (biomaterials, metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, etc.)
  • PE8_9 Production technology, process engineering


  • Smart materials
  • Sensors
  • Industry 4.0
  • Packaging
  • Laser processes