Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino
Andrea Cosola was born on February 19, 1994 in Turin, Italy. He received his M.Sc. in Materials Engineering at Politecnico di Torino in 2017, working on his master thesis “Synthesis and characterization of sulfonated polysulfone membranes for forward osmosis applications” under the supervision of Prof. Alberto Tiraferri (DIATI, Politecnico di Torino) and Prof. Marco Sangermano (DISAT, Politecnico di Torino). He started his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Technology in November 2018, in the frame of the initiative “Joint Research project with Top Universities” funded by Compagnia di San Paolo. His Ph.D program, focused on “Biocompatible Materials for light induced 3D printing” and layed within the BioMa3D project, will be performed between Politecnico di Torino and the Grützmacher Group at ETH Zürich (Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, D-CHAB, ETH Zürich) spending half of the Ph.D period in both universities.
His research focuses on the development of new formulations for the production of biocompatible 3D printed structures starting from the synthesis of new efficient photoinitiators (PIs). In his first research period at ETH Zürich, he worked on molecular chemistry to synthesize molecules which carry a number of photoactive groups and which should be interesting photoactive building blocks for new polymers. These new molecules will be investigated as PIs for 3D Printing applications in his follow-up studies at Politecnico di Torino.