Research Centers


The MIB-SOLAR Center was established at the Department of Materials Science, University of Milano-Bicocca, to promote and encourage study and research of new materials and devices related to solar energy in its various forms including:

  • solar energy as a source of renewable energy in photovoltaic processes;
  • solar energy as a source of renewable energy in photovoltaic and photocatalytic effects of different processes.

Our mission is to foster cutting-edge scientific and technological progress and disseminate knowledge in the field of solar energy.

In particular, the Center aims to:

  • promote the aggregation and coordination of researchers in the field of solar energy through the integration and interdisciplinary cooperation in scientific and technological research;
  • promote participation in joint national and international research projects on solar energy;
  • promote education and training of young students/researchers in the field of materials science and technology for solar energy, with emphasis to gender issues and applicants from economies in transition;
  • contribute to the growth of the intellectual property of the University of Milano-Bicocca in the field of solar energy and, in general, advanced technology;
  • create and organize relationships with institutions, public and private research centers in the field of solar energy and make them available the expertise, know-how, skills, and equipment of the Center;
  • create and organize activities to support large and SMEs operating in the field of solar energy, including Technology Transfer for a successful transition from research to market;
  • promote seminars, conferences, meetings, and workshops to spread and share knowledge and activities in the field of solar energy in cooperation with public and private agencies and scientific associations;
  • create and organize activities, and disseminate knowledge and best practices about renewable energies, namely solar energy, to first cycle schools and education centers;
  • support the establishment of new companies with special regard to university spin-off companies.


Prof. Simona Binetti
tel: +39 02 6448 5177


CUDAM is a joint research center of  4 Departments of the University of Milano Bicocca:

  • Department of Physics “G. Occhialini”
  • Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication
  • Department of Materials Science 
  • Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences


Aim of the CUDAM is the promotion of studies and researches on dating and archaeometric techniques in the fields of geology, environmental science and cultural heritage.
Available dating techniques are Thermoluminescence, Optically Stimulated Luminescence, Dendrochronology and Radiocarbon.
Further researches are devoted to Isotopic Dating Techniques, Characterization of Archaeomaterials, Information Technologies for Cultural Heritage
CUDAM is  directed by  Prof. Igor Villa.
The Archaeometry Dating Laboratories, directed by Prof. Marco Martini, deputy director of CUDAM, are located in the Department of Materials Science.

Prof. Igor Villa
tel: 02 6448 2008

Deputy Director:
Prof. Marco Martini
tel: 02 6448 5166


The University Research Center in Optics and Optometry of Milano-Bicocca (COMiB), established in 2015 at the Department of Materials Science, is a platform for the coordination and aggregation of the various skills that operate in the field of vision science.

The main objectives of the Center are:

  • Promote and develop new research in the field of optometry and contact lenses, supporting the interaction and collaboration between different disciplines such as Optics and Optometry, Physics, Materials Science, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, IT, Biostatistics
  • Activate collaborations with public and private bodies (eg schools, sports centers, companies) for the creation of screening and visual analysis in the field
  • Activate both national and international research projects in the field of vision science.
  • Organize events, seminars, training activities for professionals in the sector, also proposing itself as an Academy to companies interested in training courses of high professional level by making available the structure and skills of the Center.


Prof. Alessandro Borghesi
tel. 02 6448 5161


The Laboratory for Epitaxial Nanostructures on Silicon and Spintronics (L-NESS) is an Inter-University research center of the University of Milano Bicocca and the Polytechnic of Milano, founded in 2012 by Prof. Leo Miglio of the Department of Materials Science, with colleagues from the Physics Department of the Polytechnic of Milano (Prof. Franco Ciccacci and Prof. Alfredo Dupasquier) and Prof. Hans von Känel from the Physics Department of the Zurich Polytechnic (ETH Zürich). The Scientific Committee sees the participation, by the Department of Materials Science, of Prof. Simona Binetti, Prof. Leo Miglio, Prof. Francesco Montalenti and Prof. Stefano Sanguinetti.

The registered site, at the Polo di Como of the Polytechnic of Milano, hosts the MBE and the LEPECVD deposition systems, a cleanroom with optical lithography, an X-ray diffraction apparatus, two atomic force microscopes, an electrical station and a e-beam lithography apparatus. Additional L-NESS sites are present at the Department of Physics of the Polytechnic of Milano and at the Department of Materials Science of the University of Milan Bicocca. In Milano Bicocca University instrumentation and skills of photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy, growth and modeling of epitaxial heterostructures and three-dimensional nanostructures, growth and characterization of PV cells are present.
The current research activities are aimed at the development and study of devices realized by the integration of semiconductors of the IV-IV and III-V groups for microelectronic, optoelectronic, quantum photonics and energy applications. A relevant line of research, dedicated to graphene and its applications in the field of electronics, is also active and well inserted in the EU flagship.
Several researchers, or professors, of the Como site are foreigners. L-NESS thus provides a unique opportunity to work in an international environment, fully equipped with high-tech deposition and micro-manufacturing tools.

Prof. Stefano Sanguinetti (Deputy director)
tel: 02 6448 5156

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The ABCD  research center of University of Milano – Bicocca  promotes and disseminates gender research and gender studies.

The main aims of the Center are:

  • to encourage scientific cooperation between scholars from different disciplines, with the aim of identifying new directions for gender-sensitive research, at both national and international level;
  • to disseminate gender-sensitive knowledge through research projects and research publications;
  • to organize conferences, seminars, meetings and to support events to disseminate gender knowledge and gender studies;
  • to facilitate opportunities for discussion within and outside the University about gender issues and to support cooperation with communities, associations, and institutions for a better integration of the gender dimension in research programs
  • to promote education activities on gender differences and inequalities


Delegate of the Department of Material Science in the Scientific Committee of the ABCD Center:
Prof. Simona Binetti
phone: +39 02 6448 5177

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BIPAC encourages the Third Mission of the University System and the University Social Responsibility. Promotes infotainment, public engagement programs as well as cultural and educational activities on Cutural Heritage in the wider possible contexts. Members of BIPAC are 12 over 14 departments of UNIMIB:

  • Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali;
  • Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Ambiente e del Territorio;
  • Dipartimento di Fisica,
  • Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e Comunicazione;
  • Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione “Riccardo Massa”;
  • Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale;
  • Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza;
  • Dipartimento di Psicologia;
  • Dipartimento di Biotecnologie e Bioscienze;
  • Dipartimento di Economia, Metodi Quantitativi e Strategie di Impresa;
  • Dipartimento di scienze economico-aziendali e diritto per l’economia;
  • Dipartimento di statistica e metodi quantitativi.

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Interdepartmental initiative to strengthen Quantum Technology research and innovation, training, and technology transfer in University of Milano-Bicocca. The initiative encompasses research on superconducting quantum devices, advanced quantum materials, non-classical single photon sources and detectors, semiconductor spin qubits, quantum computing and artificial intelligence.

The initiative leverages collaborations with national and international research institutes, such as Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca Metrologica (INRiM), National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST), and Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center (SQMS) at Fermilab.

Scientific Committee: Prof. Marco Fanciulli (Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali), Prof. Claudio Ferretti (Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e Comunicazione), Prof. Alberto Leporati (Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e Comunicazione), Prof. Angelo Nucciotti, Scientific Director (Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini”), Prof. Stefano Sanguinetti (Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali), Prof. Alberto Zaffaroni (Dipartimento di Fisica “G. Occhialini”).