Chemical Engineering
The Department has 150 permanent staff, 60% professors (90 full, associate and tenure and tenured assistant professors) and 40% technical and administrative staff. It has yearly 130 temporary researchers, among 40 PhD students on various programs for the three years, 25 post-docs, 25 consultants and 40 fellowships.
The Deparment develops his research on the topics below.
The annual budget is 3 M€, half funded by companies and half from EU, national (ministry of education and research), regional (Tuscany) projects and from other public and private institutions (fundations).
In parallel to research activity, on the same topics below, first, second and third level higher education formation and degrees are offered (laurea, laurea magistrale, master e PhD) to 3.000 students on various programs.

Figures for 2013

source: M. Gabiccini 
  • Bachelor's degrees graduates: 494 
  • Master's degrees graduates: 224 (137: Laurea Magistrale; 87: Laurea Specialistica)
  • PhD's graduates: 20 
  • Active PhD's: 71 from 7 different PhD programs offered by DICI
  • Active stages: 6 
  • Seminars organized by external companies: 11 
  • Visits to external companies: 4
  • Laboratories: 86
  • Value of equipments: 14.5 MEUR
  • Active projects with external private companies: 1195
  • Cooperation framework agreements with external companies: 33
  • Total funding: 6.68 MEUR
  • Active projects on external funding (EU, …): 172 (47: EU in FP7; 3: MIUR, 122: other institutions; total funds: 12 MEUR)
  • New publications: 385 of which 150 international peer-reviewed journal papers
  • New patents: 6
  • Active collaborations with other universities: 12

Aerospace engineering

  • Advanced chemical propulsion
  • Aerodynamics of road vehicles
  • Development of fly-by-wire control systems
  • Fatigue and damage tolerance of aerospace structures (advanced metals and composites)
  • Flow stability and control
  • Low thrust space propulsion
  • Space mission analysis and space vehicle design

Chemical engineering

  • Industrial chemical process design, control, intensification, modelling
  • Multiphase flow, fluid mechanics and interfacial engineering
  • Materials engineering: polymers, functional materials, nanocomposites, metals, biomedicals
  • Produt design: membranes, electrodes, fuel cells
  • Bioengineering and Biotechnology
  • Environmental engineering
  • Industrial safety
  • Fuel technology and carbon captureanufacturing planning, systems and optimization

Civil engineering

  • Numerical modelling in open channel hydraulics
  • Advanced methods for roundabout design and flow simulation
  • Freight logistics and port planning
  • Mathematical models for transport demand and network analysis
  • Road and runway materials, pavement and subgrade design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Road safety and mitigation of road traffic noise
  • Geomatic engineering
  • Actions on structures
  • Classical linear and non-linear elasticity
  • Damage mechanics, Fracture mechanics and Fatigue
  • Earthquake engineering and Structural dynamics
  • Fire and explosion resistance of structures
  • Structural design of bridges, buildings, industrial plants, and innovative elements
  • Traditional and innovative materials for structural engineering (masonry, wood, reinforced concrete, steel, glass, fibre-reinforced composites, etc.)

Management engineering

  • ICT management and organization
  • Innovation management and economics
  • Inspection, quality control and management
  • Logistics and industrial plants
  • Maintenanance, virtual and augmented reality
  • Manufacturing planning, systems and optimization

Mechanical and Nuclear engineering

  • Acoustic and Bioacoustic: noise analysis and modelling
  • Computational and Experimental Biomechanics and Biotribology
  • Design and licensing of casks for storage and transport of radioactive materials
  • Dynamics and design of Vehicles, transmissions, structural and rotor dynamics
  • Dosimetry and image quality in radiodiagnostic
  • Environmental and personnel neutron and gamma dosimetry
  • Hydrogen Embrittlement
  • Laser Applications for Manufacturing
  • Mechanics of Materials and components: modelling, testing and computational analyses (fatigue, fracture, creep, wear, residual stress)
  • Mechatronics and Robotics
  • Surface mechanics and Tribology
  • Nuclear Reactor Safety
  • Qualification tests of noble radioactive gases delay beds with activated carbon
  • Thermal hydraulics of innovative nuclear systems
  • Thermal mechanical behaviour of breeder materials for nuclear fusion reactors