The Italy Chapter of The American Ceramic Society serves ACerS members in Torino and Italy for the purpose of promoting the arts and sciences connected with ceramics and glass science and engineering. Events such as workshops, industrial showcases, and seminars are planned to enhance and facilitate the interaction, technical discussions, and potential collaborations between ACerS members in Italy.  These will focus on the development of early career researchers  to present their work to our members, provide publicity for job opportunities, and the establishment of networking collaborations.

The Chapter is headquartered in Torino.


Co-Chair:  Monica Ferraris, Politecnico Di Torino 

Co-Chair:  Paolo Colombo, Università di Padova

Co-Secretary: Valentina Casalegno, Politecnico Di Torino 

Co-Secretary: Enrico Bernardo, University of Padova

Treasurer: Milena Salvo, Politecnico Di Torino 

If you would like to contact any of the Italy Chapter officers, visit the ACerS online membership directory for contact details.  You must be a member to access the directory.  Or, you may contact Karen McCurdy at for assistance.

The ACerS Italy Chapter hosts July Frontiers of Ceramics and Glass Webinar: Metallic Glasses: An overview of the state of the art and their application in the biomedical sector

July 20, 2022

10 a.m. EST

The discovery of metallic glasses has stimulated widespread research enthusiasm because of their technological promise for numerous applications. Their underlying mechanism of glass formation has opened doors in understanding the glass phenomena. The continuation of rapid growth in the field of metallic glasses can be attributed to advancement in fundamental understanding of their structure and deformation, and their ability to represent the liquid state. Thanks to their disordered atomic microstructure and unique glass-to-supercooled liquid transition, metallic glasses represent a new class of structural and functional materials with extraordinary properties including extreme strength, high corrosion and oxidation resistance, better cytocompatibility, ultra-soft magnetic properties, and more recently, their antibacterial properties.

This webinar covers the overview of metallic glasses, their processing techniques and its challenges including melt-spinning, suction casting, thin film deposition and additive manufacturing. The second part of the webinar focuses on their extraordinary properties such as mechanical behavior, corrosion resistance, and magnetic properties, and their applications as biomaterials. Specific focus will be paid for their application in the biomedical sector.

Dr. Sharifikolouei is a Marie Skłodowska–Curie Individual fellow at Politecnico di Torino, Italy with close collaboration with Austrian Academy of Sciences in Leoben, Austria. She completed her M.Sc in biomaterials at Ulm University in Germany. She conducted her master thesis on the development of “synthetic model cells” at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany and she was awarded with the best Masters ‘thesis award. She further received the Max Planck Society PhD fellowship to develop a new technique for the fabrication of metallic glass microfibers. In 2018, she completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Joachim Spatz at Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany

Her research interests are interdisciplinary fields where the engineering part of materials meet with in-depth surface and biological analysis for the development of the next generation biomaterials including but not limited to metallic glasses for biomedical industry. She is currently working on multiple projects from wound-healing applications to antibacterial properties in biomaterials.

The ACerS Italy Chapter celebrates the International Year of Glass 2022 with a series of “Lectures on Glass”, March – May 2022

The ACerS Italy Chapter is celebrating the International Year of Glass with a series of lectures on glass beginning in March 2022. Organized by Professor Vincenzo Sglavo of Trento University, the lectures, mostly given in English and through the Zoom® platform, are included in the course of Glass Engineering for the Master in Materials Engineering. Anyone interested in the Glass Age could attend.

For more information, please visit this website.

Visit this link for a list of speakers.

The ACerS Italy Chapter is organizing an Italian-French bilateral workshop on Ceramic Matrix Composites in Perugia, Italy, June 25.

If you plan to attend, please complete this form.

The ACerS Italy Chapter is organizing “The thousand lives of glass” in Venice, Italy in May 2022

The ACerS Italy Chapter is planning “The thousand lives of glass” in Venice, Italy, on May 20, 2022.

This workshop (in Italian) is free and available to researchers, industries and students interested in glass science and technology. The aim is to bring innovative ideas on the use of glass out of the laboratories and transfer them to anyone interested in developing what glass still offers- a few millennia after its birth! Visit this link for more details and the final program.

This initiative will also celebrate The International Year of Glass.

The invited speakers are:

1. Vincenzo Sglavo , University of Trento, Italy «Ion exchange processes in glass: mechanical reinforcement and functionality»
2.Guglielmo Macrelli 1, Arun K. Varshneya 2, John C. Mauro 3, (1)- Isoclima SpA -, Italy; (2)- Saxon Glass Technologies, Inc and Alfred University NY, USA; (3)- The Pennsylvania State University, USA «Ultra-Thin Glass for consumer electronics and photonics”
3.Alex Martucci, University of Padova, Italy «Biomimetic sol-gel coatings for functional applications»
4.Erika Iveth Cedillo Gonzalez, Cristina Siligardi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy ” Sanitization of ceramic glazes after bacterial contamination “
5.Diego Pugliese, Politecnico di Torino, Italy «Bioabsorbable calcium-phosphate glasses for applications in bio-photonics»
6.Marta Miola, F. Baino, E. Verne’, Politecnico di Torino, Italy «Bioactive glass and glass ceramics: new frontiers and applications»
7.Enrico Bernardo, University of Padova, Italy «Recycling glass waste in new sustainable construction materials»
8.Luisa Barbieri, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy «Glass from waste as fertilizer agent»
9.Monica Ferraris & colleagues, Politecnico di Torino, Italy «30 years of glass at Politecnico di Torino»
10.Federico Smeacetto, Politecnico di Torino, Italy «Glasses and glass-ceramics for energy conversion & storage»
11.Giorgia Franchin, University of Padova «Additive manufacturing of transparent glass components: challenges and solutions»
12.Giandomenico Soraru’ ,University of Trento, Italy «Properties and applications of Si-O-C glasses obtained by pyrolysis of siloxane precursors»

Antifragile Glass

November 17-19, 2022

In the framework of the initiatives for the UN International Year Of Glass 2022, Università Ca’ Foscari has planned a multidisciplinary congress on glass, which will bring together science, industry, art, architecture. ANTIFRAGILE GLASS is an international workshop dedicated to promote the technological, scientific and artistic role of glass in contemporary society.

Visit this website for more information, Application deadline is May 30, 2022.

Italy Chapter Workshop enjoyed by many

Over 40 people attended the workshop entitled “The thousand lives of glass” on May 17, 2019, on the island of Murano, Venice, Italy.  The event, co-sponsored by the ACerS Italy Chapter and the SSV (Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro, the Italian reference centre for glass technology), featured a number of experts from industry and academia for a full immersion into advanced applications of glasses.

The day-long conference showcased presentations that focused on a wide range of glass applications for advanced glasses, from photonics to biomedicine, from enery saving to waste management, for example.

Murano glasses have been well-known for centuries. According to Monica Ferraris, Co-chair of the Italy Chapter of ACerS, “It was just amazing to talk about new applications of this exciting material!  We are going to organize another “Thouand lives of glass” workshop in Murano in a couple of years.”

Click here to view the speakers and presentations. 

                                      Participants of the Italy Chapters workshop, “Thousand lives of glass”

Italy Chapter Represented at July 21 Meeting

The Italy Chapter of The American Ceramic Society was represented at Politecnico di Torino during the Institute of Materials Physics and Engineering Annual Meeting and poster session on July 21 in Torino, Italy.

Daniel Milanese, Monica Ferraris, Milena Salvo, Valentina Casalegno, and Federico Smeacetto discussed Chapter activities to colleagues. It was an informal event attended by 40 people from Politecnico di Torino, and was an occasion to exchange ideas in front of 35 posters showing the latest research results.

Check back soon for upcoming meetings and events!