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Paolo Colombo is a professor of Materials Science and Technology at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, Padova, Italy. He graduated from the University of Padova with a degree in chemical engineering in 1985 and a diploma in Glass Engineering in 1988.
He was an assistant professor at the University of Padova from 1990 to 1998 and then an associate professor at the University of Bologna, until 2005.
He is also an adjunct professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, a visiting professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of University College London, UK, a member of the World Academy of Ceramics, a member of the European Academy of Sciences and a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College (UK).
He was a Foreign Scientist at INSA, Lyon, France in 2015, and a DGF Mercator Professor at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany in 2016.
He was elected Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics (2006), Academician of the European Academy of Sciences (2016), Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (2010), Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (2011), Fellow of the European Ceramic Society (2017).
He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for the Pennsylvania State University in 1991, the Pfeil Award (The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London, UK) in 2007, the Global Star Award (The Engineering Ceramics Division of the American Ceramic Society) in 2010, the Edward C. Henry Award (The Electronics Division of The American Ceramic Society) in 2011, the Verulam Medal & Prize (The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London, UK) in 2013 and the Global Ambassador Award (The American Ceramic Society) in 2016.
He was Principal Investigator for PRIN, Vigoni, Galileo projects and has been involved in European Projects (FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020). He was Principal Investigator for several research contracts with national and international companies.
He published more than 260 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 9 book chapters and holds 10 international patents. He is co-editor of a book on cellular ceramics, a book on polymer-derived-ceramics and 11 proceedings books. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Open Ceramics (Elsevier), and is in the editorial board of 9 international scientific journals (Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Materials Letters, Ceramics International, Journal of Porous Materials, Journal of Materials Research, Journal of Asian Ceramic Societies, Advances in Applied Ceramics: Structural, Functional and Bioceramics, Journal of Ceramic Science and Technology).
h index: 58 (Google Scholar, 15/4/2020).
He has co-organized several international conferences (>90), has given numerous invited talks in the field of porous ceramics and polymer-derived-ceramics (>40), and has been the guest editor for special issues devoted to those topics (6). He was the convener of the XVI conference of the European Ceramic Society (Turin, Italy, 16-20/6/2019).
Paolo Colombo’s research interests include novel processing routes to porous glasses and ceramics (currently focusing mainly on Additive Manufacturing, using different technologies), the development of ceramic components from preceramic polymers and geopolymers, and the vitrification and reuse of hazardous industrial and natural waste.


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  • Monday from 14:00 to 17:00
    at via Marzolo 9
    Edificio ex-Fisica Tecnica (00135) stanza 02 017



Last 17 papers
1) C. Bai and P. Colombo, “Processing, properties and applications of highly porous geopolymers: a review,” Ceram. Int., 44 (2018) 16103
2) L. Brigo, J.E.M. Schmidt, A. Gandin, N. Michieli, P- Colombo, G. Brusatin, “3D Nanofabrication of SiOC Ceramic Structures,” Adv. Sci., 2018, 1800937
3) H. Elsayed, A. Zocca, J. Schmidt, J. Guenster, P. Colombo, E. Bernardo, “Bioactive Glass-Ceramic Scaffolds by Additive Manufacturing and Sinter-Crystallization of Fine Glass Powders,” J. Mater. Res., 33, (2018) 1960
4) M.D.M. Innocentini, R.F.Botti, P.M. Bassi, C.F.P.R. Paschoalato, D.L. Flumignan, G. Franchin, P. Colombo, “Lattice-shaped geopolymer catalyst for biodiesel synthesis fabricated by additive manufacturing,” Ceram. Int., 45 (2019) 1443
5)J. Schmidt, A. Alpay Altun, M. Schwentenwein, P. Colombo, “Complex mullite structures fabricated via digital light processing of a preceramic polysiloxane with active alumina fillers,” J. Eur. Ceram. Soc., 39 (2019) 1336
6) C. Bai, H. Li, E. Bernardo, P. Colombo, “Waste-to-resource Preparation of Glass-containing Foams from Geopolymers,” Ceram. Int., 45 (2019) 7196
7) S. S. Ramirez Caballero, S. Tadier, L. Grémillard, A. Montembault, E. Maire, L. David, T. Delair, H. Elsayed, P. Colombo, “Fabrication and characterization of hardystonite-chitosan composite scaffolds,” Ceram. Int., 45 (2019) 8804
8) L. Gorjan, R. Tonello, T. Sebastian, P. Colombo, F. Clemens, “Fused deposition modeling of mullite structures from a preceramic polymer and γ-alumina,” J. Eur. Ceram. Soc., 39 (2019) 2463
9) H. Elsayed, A. Chmielarz, M. Potoczek, T. Fey, P. Colombo, “Direct Ink Writing of Three Dimensional Ti2AlC Porous Structures,” Add. Manuf., 28 (2019) 365
10) H. Elsayed, J. Schmidt, E. Bernardo, P. Colombo, “Comparative Analysis of Wollastonite-Diopside Glass-ceramic Structures Fabricated via Stereo-Lithography,” Adv. Eng. Mater., 21 (2019) 801160
11) O. Santoliquido, P. Colombo, A. Ortona, “Additive Manufacturing of ceramic components by Digital Light Processing: A comparison between the “bottom-up” and the “top-down” approaches,” J. Eur. Ceram. Soc., 39 (2019) 2140
12) C. Durif, M. Wynn, M. Balestrat, G. Franchin, Y.-W. Kim, A. Leriche, P. Miele, P. Colombo, S. Bernard, “Open-celled silicon carbide foams with high porosity from boron-modified polycarbosilanes,” J. Eur. Ceram. Soc., 39 (2019) 5114
13) J. Schmidt, L. Brigo, A. Gandin, M. Schwentenwein, P. Colombo, G. Brusatin, “Multiscale ceramic components from preceramic polymers by hybridization of vat polymerization-based technologies,” Add. Manuf., 30 (2019), 100913
14) N.R. Brodnik, J. Schmidt, P. Colombo, K.T. Faber, “Analysis of Multi-scale Mechanical Properties of Ceramic Trusses Prepared from Preceramic Polymers,” Add. Manuf., 31 (2020) 100957
15) R. Cuccato, S. Mukherjee, S. Bin Mujib, G. Franchin, P. Colombo, G. Singh, “Electrospun SiOC Ceramic Fiber Mats as Freestanding Electrodes for Electrochemical Energy Storage Applications,” Ceram. Int., 46 (2020) 3565
16) S. Corradetti, S.M. Carturan, G. Maggioni, G. Franchin, P. Colombo, A. Andrighetto, “Nanostructured titanium carbide/carbon composites as irradiation targets in nuclear medicine,” Ceram. Inter., 46 (2020) 9596
17) H. Elsayed, A. Rincon, Romero, M. Picicco, J. Kraxner, D. Galusek, P. Colombo, E. Bernardo, “Glass-ceramic foams and reticulated scaffolds by sinter-crystallization of a hardystonite glass,” J. Non-Cryst. Sol., 528 (2020) 119744

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