Research partnerships

Joint Labs

The Department has signed into a series of agreements for the creation of joint laboratories with other foreign institutions or companies, in which researchers from the Department and foreign researchers or R&D employees share, in addition to their skills, the own research structures displaying new characteristics compared to the two proposing institutes.

Joint lab - UNIMIB & Foreign University

In this context, the Department established the joint QUCAT Laboratory (Quantum Nanostructure Photo-Catalysis) with the South China Normal University (SCNU) of Guanzhou (China) for the study of advanced materials, through the departmental laboratory for fabrication and study of semiconductor quantum nanostructures (EpiLab).

Joint lab - UNIMIB & Company

The University's commitment to research and innovation, particularly in sectors such as biotechnology and development of new materials, takes a further step forward by interfacing directly with the business world to promote greater integration of industrial and university towards high-quality results. The framework agreement between the university and the leading international company in the development and production of cosmetic products, Intercos S.p.A (, starts a long-lasting collaboration, not limited to a single project but open to possible developments also in teaching. It is a forward-looking investment, aiming at carrying out a project that has no precedent in this sector at an academic and industrial level. The concentration of human and technological resources, made possible by a shared environment and the availability of cutting-edge tools, offers the possibility to achieve excellent scientific results at national and international level. The general guidelines for the development of the activities, the analysis and the definition of the operational projects are entrusted to a Technical Scientific Committee which includes, on an equal basis, representatives of the University and Intercos.

Funded projects

The quality of departmental research is witnessed by a dense network of international collaborations and by the ability to attract resources for research through international competitive projects. The active international funded projects are more than ten.