Understanding of engineering materials behaviour through:
Study of surface properties of systems for advanced mechanical engineering
and micro-devices applications, through numerical and analytical modelling,
advanced characterization methods, technological, mechanical, tribological
and chemical tests.
Development of advanced multi-scale methodology
related with morphological, micro-structural and micro-analytical
characterization of materials through optical, ionic, electronic and contact
Development of techniques for application of the
nano-microstructure-process-propriety-performance correlations to the control
and the optimization of materials processing especially for the development of
anti-wear and corrosion resistant coatings.
Development of integrated methodologies for nano and micro structural
characterization of materials and analysis of the nanostructure-microstructure-process-propriety-performance
correlations, aimed to the prediction of the materials behaviour in real-use
conditions, of reliability and of degradation (failure analysis).