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.

Upcoming Events

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,

Past Events Sponsored by the ACerS Italy Chapter

The Italy Chapter recently participated in the Annual Research Group Meeting on July 20, 2022.  The Annual Research Group Meeting has been held annually since 1991.

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 covered 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.

The ACerS Italy Chapter co-organized the Italian-French bilateral workshop on Ceramic Matrix Composites in Perugia, Italy, June 25.

Members of the ACerS Italy Chapter, the POLITO’s Glance Group and Advanced Joining Technologies Group (J-Tech), collaborated with the Research Group on Ceramic Matrix Composite Materials (GDR CMC2) and the CNRS LCTS Lab to organize the first Italo-French in person event since the COVID pandemic.

The meeting took place on June 25, 2022 in Perugia, Italy and featured presentations about Ceramic Matrix Composites research and technical developments in Italy, France and Germany. 

The Italian Ceramic Society and the ACerS Italy Chapter host “Thousand lives of glass” Symposium

More than 60 participants attended the “Thousand lives of glass” Symposium on May 20, 2022 in Venice, Italy. Introduced by Professor Elti Cattaruzza, University Ca’ Foscari of Venice and broadcasted live and online, representatives from universities, research centers and companies heard 12 oral presentations and reviewed 14 poster sessions. The final program can be viewed at this link.

The Best Poster Award Winners were:

  • Angelica Luceri, First Place
  • Alessandro De Zanet, Second Place
  • Elisa Zanchi, Third Place

The next “Thousand lives of glass” is scheduled for May 2024!

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.

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!