1951- 1973

University degrees and academic activities:

  • In 1951, at 23 years of age: University degree in physical chemistry awarded by the University of Florence.

Teaching positions:

  • In 1958, teaching position as assistant professor Industrial Chemistry;

  • From 1956 to 1970, hired at the Milan Polytechnic to teach Industrial Chemistry in the university degree course in Chemical Engineering.


  • Member of the “Chemistry Committee” at the National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – C.N.R.).

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                                 Research activities:



Full-time basic research at the Department of Industrial Chemistry at the Milan Polytechnic, directed by Giulio Natta.
After three years of basic research in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, in early 1954 began research in the field of stereospecific polymerization, which resulted in filing some revolutionary patents.
Was included, along with Giulio Natta, in practically all the patents (particularly those filed in 1954, 1955, and 1956) regarding new polymeric materials, including isotactic polypropylene (marketed in Italy under the name MOPLEN). Was also one of the inventors of ethylene-propylene rubbers (marketed in Italy under the name DUTRAL).


In 1963, Giulio Natta was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research in the field of stereospecific polymerization.

Published many papers works in a variety of scientific journals, and presented conferences at many international meetings.


Part-time activity at the Milan Polytechnic; this activity gradually diminished as engagement in the industrial sector intensified.

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