Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology, IIT) is a scientific research center established by Italian law in 2003 in order to promote excellence in both basic and applied research, and to facilitate national economic development. IIT scientific activities started in 2006 with a very strong approach to technology transfer.
About half of the researchers (44%) come from abroad: 29% are scientists from more than 50 foreign countries and 15% are Italian researchers who have come back to Italy after a professional experience abroad. IIT has a vast experience in managing and supervising research projects: its portfolio is more than 340 external funded research projects, 157 of which financed by EU funding programs (FP7 and H2020) - 18 are funded by European Research Council (ERC). IIT has produced more than 8500 publications and 211 inventions resulting in more than 500 patent applications. Its research activity led to the creation of 17 spin-offs, with additional 26 under due diligence. Research is carried out in the Central Research laboratory in Genoa (IIT headquarters), in 11 satellite centers across Italy and in 2 outstations in US. IIT scientific vision is interdisciplinary, based on the concept of “translating evolution into technology”, that is mimicking natural solutions to develop new technologies.
Participation to the project will be through the Centre for Sustainable Future Technologies based in Turin. The mission of the Centre is to study, design and realize demonstrators for the future generation of materials, processes and components for several applications addressing the circular economy and the fight against Climate Change.
IIT will serve as coordinating party. Prof. Pirri’s group has a long running cooperation experience with ACEA, HST, KRJ, UNOTT, HYDRO, UVA on the grounds of several previous EU, national or industrial projects.
The Centre for Sustainable Future Technologies (CSFT) that Prof. Pirri manages at Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), laboratories are engaged in fundamental studies on carbon activation to APR catalysts, APR reformer testing the optimization of bioreactor process conditions, the monitoring of the test campaign at ACEA with catalyst materials ageing and microorganisms stress analysis. IIT will also have a primary role in the testing up to TRL4 of the most promising Acetobacturium wodii strains developed at UNOTT for the production of acetone