Curriculum

Roberto PANTANI Curriculum

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Roberto Pantani was born in Nocera Inferiore (Salerno) in 1971. In 1989 he took with full marks a diploma of scientific high school (Liceo Scientifico). From 1989 to 1995 he was a student at University of Salerno, Department of Chemical Engineering. In this period he took part to the Erasmus project for 6 months at University Of Glamorgan, Pontypridd - Wales, and gained an internship of 3 months at European Technical Centre of Procter & Gamble in Brussels. In 1995 he graduated "cum laude" defending a thesis on shrinkage in injection moulded PolyStyrene. From 1997 to 1999 he was a PhD student in "Technology of New Materials" at University of Palermo. In this period he spent some research periods abroad (1998: City College of City University of New York, 1998: Technical University of Eindhoven, 1999: University of Minho Pt). He gained the PhD degree in February 2000, defending a thesis entitled "Analysis of Shrinkage Development in Injection Moulded Samples". From 1999 to 2001 he gained a research fellowship at University of Salerno, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, in "Processing and Characterisation of Polymeric Materials". From September 2001 to September 2007 he has been an assistant professor of Transport Phenomena at University of Salerno, Dept. of Chemical Engineering; from October 2007 to September 2017 he has been is Associate Professor at the same Department.
Since October 2017 he is Full Professor at the Dept. of Industrial Engineering at the University of Salerno.
He is a lecturer of Transport Phenomena and of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, and is currently the Director of the Dept. of Industrial Engineering
His main research interests focus on:
- analysis and simulation of injection moulding of thermoplastics
- structure development in polymer processing,
- volume accuracy and stability in polymer processing
- processing and degradation of biodegradable polymers.

Coordinator in Projects:
2002
---. in the framework of a program for young researchers, he gained a funding from University of Salerno on the subject "Effect of Pressure on the Viscosity of Thermoplastics".
2005
---. funding from Regione Campania on the subject "Morphology evolution in injection moulding".
2012
---. Local Unit Coordinator of a 3 year-long project on "Production technologies for polymer composites" funded by the Ministry of Research in the framework of PON Projects.
2013
---. Local Unit Coordinator of a 3 year-long project on "Developing polymeric smart foams with behavior controlled by the magnetic field" funded by the Ministry of Research in the framework of PRIN Projects
2016
---. Local Unit Coordinator of a 3 year-long project on "Development and Application of Advanced Materials in the Automotive Sector" funded by the Ministry of Economic Development
2017
---. Local Unit Coordinator of a 3 year-long project on "Characterization of morphology evolution in injection molded POM samples" funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency in the framework of Bridge 22 projects
2018
---. Local Unit Coordinator of a 4 year-long project on "Online Polyolefin structuring during Cast Film Extrusion (OP_CaFE)" funded by DPI Dutch Polymer Institute

2021
---. Local Unit Coordinator of a 4 year-long project on "A microstructural insight in polyethylene based bioriented mono-materials: from fundamental to processing (PER-MANENT)" funded by DPI Dutch Polymer Institute

Networking:
He takes or took part to several research networks: EC COST Action P12 "Structuring of Polymers"; EC Coordinated Action "PIAM - Polymer Injection Advanced Molding"; Italian Interuniversiy Consortium on Materials Science and Technology INSTM. From 2017 to 2019 he was council member of the GRICU (Italian Group of Chemical Engineering of University).

He is International Representative for Italy of the Polymer Processing Society and for this society he is a member of the Committee for the Early Career Award.

Research activities and Achievements:
Research interests:

  • Effect of thermomechanical history on final morphology and properties of polymeric materials

  • Analysis of the injection moulding process of thermoplastic materials. Applications to technological advanced objects

  • Injection molding of biodegradable polymeric products for large consumption applications with low environmental impact

He is the author of two patents, of more than 100 publications on international peer reviewed scientific journals, of some book chapters and of about 200 publications on proceedings of international conferences.

Editorial Boards

Since 2012 he is member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Applied Polymer Science.
From 2016 to 2017 he has been member of the Editorial Board of SpringerPlus Journal.
Since 2016 he is member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Polymer Engineering
Since 2018 he is member of the Section Board for 'Polymer Processing and Performance' of Polymers

Special Issues or volumes
2015.
----. Volume of AIP Conference Proceedings on Polymer processing with resulting morphology and properties: feet in the present and eyes at the future
----. Special Issue of The Journal of Applied Polymer Science on Manufacturing of advanced biodegradable polymeric components
2016.
----. Special Issue of International Polymer Processing on The 70th Birthday of prof. Giuseppe Titomanlio
2017.
----. Special Issue of Polymers on Processing-Structure-Properties Relationships in Polymers
2018.
----. Special Issue of Polymers on Foaming and Injection Moulding in Polymer Processing
2019.
----. Special Issue of Polymers on State-of-the-Art Polymer Science and Technology in Italy
2020.
----. Special Issue of Polymers on Processing-Structure-Properties Relationships in Polymers
----. Special Issue of The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering on GRICU 2019

Invited, Plenary and Keynote Lectures
2015.
----. invited keynote on "Effect of Processing Conditions on Degradation and Biodegradation of PLA" at the conference "Materiais 2013" in Coimbra (Portugal)
2014.
----. invited Lecture on "Effects of processing conditions on the degradation and biodegradation of PLA: an overview" for the "Conference de chimie" at the Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand (Fr)
2015.
----. plenary Lecture on "Mutual Effects of Flow and Crystallization: Analysis of Morphology Development and Hardening in a Polypropylene" at the world conference of The Polymer Processing Society in Jeju Island (Korea)
2016.
----. Keynote on "Tuning the Hydrolitic degradation of PLA to more durable applications" in Symposium "Biobased Plastics for materials and renewable Energy" at the world conference of The Polymer Processing Society in Lyon (Fr)
2018.
----. Invited Presentation at the First International Conference on 4D Materials and Systems, August 26-30, 2018 | Yonezawa, Japan
----. Invited Presentation at the P70 - Polymer Engineering International/ UK-China AMRI, Bradford (UK) 18-20 September 2018
----. Keynote on "Injection molding with time modulation of mold surface temperature: analysis and modeling of pressure and temperature evolutions" at the world conference of The Polymer Processing Society in Taipei (Taiwan)
----. Keynote on "The effect of carbon fillers on the performance of PLA composites" at the world conference of The Polymer Processing Society in Taipei (Taiwan)
2019.
----. Invited Lecture at the BlueSky Conference, June 24-28, 2019 | Sorrento-Naples, Italy
----. Invited Presentation at the International Discussion Meeting on Polymer Crystallization, San Sebastian (ES) 20-23 October 2019

2021.
----. Invited Lecture at the Polymer Engineering and Science International, May 30- June 3, 2021 | Kenting, Taiwan

Conference organization
2008.
----. coordinator and chairman of a symposium on "Precision Injection Moulding, New Moulding Technologies" for the world conference of The Polymer Processing Society.
2012.
----. participation to the Scientific Commettee of the 5th International Conference PMI2012 "Polymers & Moulds Innovations"
2013.
----. coordinator and chairman of the symposium on "Foam Injection Molding" for the world conference of The Polymer Processing Society
2014.
----. participation to the Scientific Commettee of the 6th International Conference PMI2014 "Polymers & Moulds Innovations"
----. coordinator and chairman of the symposium on "Benign Polymers" for the Asian Workshop on Polymer Processing in Taiwan
2015.
----. Organizer of the International Conference "Polymer processing with resulting morphology and properties: feet in the present and eyes at the future" held in Salerno, November 15-18
2016.
----. Head of symposium on Injection Moulding & Moulds of the 7th International Conference PMI2016 "Polymers & Moulds Innovations"
----. coordinator and chairman of the symposium on "Polymer Foams and Lightweight structures" for the world conference of The Polymer Processing Society
----. Program Chair of the workshop on bio-nanomaterials BIONAM 2016
2017.
----. coordinator and chairman of the symposium on "Biopolymers and Natural Fibers" for the International conference of The Polymer Processing Society in Cancun (Mexico)
2018.
----. coordinator and chairman of the symposium on "Benign polymers and processes" for the International conference of The Polymer Processing Society in Taipei (Taiwan)
----. Chair of symposium on Injection Moulding & Moulds of the 8th International Conference PMI2016 "Polymers & Moulds Innovations" - Guimaraes (PT) September 2018
2019.
----. Member of the Organizing Committee of the Workshop PLASTICS AND ENVIRONMENT at the Conference Chemistry meets Industry & Society (CIS2019), held in Salerno from 28th to 30th of August ----. Co-Organizer of Conference "Convegno GRICU 2019" held in Palermo from 30/06/2019 to 03/07/2019

Awards
2015.
----. Moran Lambla Awardee of the International Polymer Processing Society
----. With the project SMARTVASE, in which a biodegradable pot for plants was designed and developed, winner of the STARTCUP CAMPANIA competition and the PNI - National Innovation Prize - in the category CLEANTECH & ENERGY
2016.
----. Sebetia ter international Award for Research, Ecology and Industry
----. With the project SMARTVASE, winner of the NATIONAL AWARD FOR INNOVATION conferred by the President of the Italian Republic at the Quirinale Palace

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