Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino
Simone Lantean graduated in Materials Engineering in 2017 at Politecnico di Torino. During his master thesis, he specialized in photocurable polymers and 3D printing; part of the thesis was performed at Technische Universität of Vienna. Since November 2017, Simone Lantean has a double PhD partnership with Politecnico di Torino and Ecole Polytechnique (France) signed by a co-tutoring agreement and financed by Compagnia di San Paolo.
The PhD project, called “A novel approach to fabricate bioinspired programmable composite materials: the 3D Printing way”, aims to develop a 3D printer able to control the orientation of anisotropic fillers during the printing process, in order to produce complex and hierarchical microstructures in the printed parts. Taking advantage of self-assembly processes of magnetic particles, it’s possible to 3D print soft-polymeric nanocomposites with controlled microstructure and magnetic anisotropy, which undergo precise motion when exposed to external magnetic forces. Due to the shape-modification properties of the printed objects, this work also inserts in the 4D printing research field. The entire project is supervised by Marco Sangermano, Ignazio Roppolo (Politecnico di Torino) and Giancarlo Rizza (Ecole Polytechnique).