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Alfonso Maffezzoli, Coordinator

Alfonso Maffezzoli received his master degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1987 and the Ph.D. degree in Materials Technology at University of Naples in 1991, working also as associate researcher at University of Washington (Seattle, USA). In 1991 he won the Young Scientist Award of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS). In 1992 he joined to the University of Salento as lecturer and presently he is full professor at the department of engineering for innovation. He leads a research group of about 20 people operating in the area of technology of polymers, composites, ceramics and biomaterials, working on many research project either supported by public institutions either supported by private companies. His didactic activity covered the general aspects of materials science and technology and polymer science at the engineering faculty.
He is actually teaching courses on composites science and technology and process modelling. In the last years he chaired the course of materials engineering and was the director of the Department of Engineering for Innovation, being actually the coordinator of the Ph.D. program in “Materials and structure engineering and nanotechnology”.
His research interests are related to polymer, composites and biomaterials. Original contribution were developed in the field of thermoplastic and thermosetting matrix composite processing, photopolymerization, rapid prototyping, cure monitoring of thermosetting resins, rotational moulding, polymer recycling, ultrasonic characterization of polymers and polymer matrix nanocomposites. He is author of about 180 papers on international journals besides to several patents and many presentations at international conferences. He acts as reviewer for more than 20 international journals. He participated to project evaluation for EU M-ERA.NET consortium, the Swiss Science Foundation and the Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica of Chile, the Italian Ministry of University and Research and several Italian regional authorities.
At the end of 2016 he had an h-index, according to Scopus equal to 30 and according to Google scholar equal to 37. According to Scopus he received more than 3300 citations.


Publications on International Journals


  1. Antonio Greco, Francesca Ferrari, Alfonso Maffezzoli, "Effect of the epoxidation yield of a cardanol derivative on the plasticization and durability of soft PVC, polymer degradation and stability", vol 134 pp. 220-226 (2016) DOI 10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2016.10.010
  2. Antonio Greco, Francesca Lionetto, Alfonso Maffezzoli, “Orientation of graphene nanoplatelets in thermosetting matrices”, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, (2016), DOI: 10.1109/TNANO.2016.2553361
  3. C. Demitri, V.M. De Benedictis, M. Madaghiele, C. Esposito Corcione, A. Maffezzoli, “Nanostructured active chitosan-based films for food packaging applications: effect of graphene stacks on mechanical properties” Measurements vol. 90 pp. 418-423 (2016) doi:10.1016/j.measurement.2016.05.012
  4. Carlos Espinoza-Gonzalez; Carlos Avila-Orta; Guillermo Martinez-Colunga; Francesca Lionetto; Alfonso Maffezzoli, “A Measure of CNTs Dispersion in Polymers with Branched Molecular Architectures by UDMA” IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, vol 15 , pp. 731-737, (2016), DOI: 10.1109/TNANO.2016.2530697
  5. Antonio Greco, Alfonso Maffezzoli, “Cardanol derivatives as innovative bio-plasticizers for poly-(lactic acid)” Polymer Degradation and Stability, Vol 132, pp. 213-219 (2016), DOI: 10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2016.02.020
  6. Maria Rosaria Acocella, Carola Esposito Corcione, Antonella Giuri, M. Maggio, Alfonso Maffezzoli, Gaetano Guerra “Graphene oxide as a catalyst for ring opening reactions in amine crosslinking of epoxy resins” RSC Advances Vol. 6, pp. 23858–23865, (2016), DOI: 10.1039/C6RA00485G
  7. Francesca Lionetto • Riccardo Dell’Anna • Francesco Montagna • Alfonso Maffezzoli “Modeling of continuous ultrasonic impregnation and consolidation of thermoplastic matrix composites“ Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing vol. 82 p. 119-129 (2016), DOI:10.1016/j.compositesa
  8. E. Pérez, C.J. Pérez, C. Bernal, A. Greco, A. Maffezzoli “Mechanical behavior of fibers and films based on PP/quartz composites” Polymer Composites (2015) DOI:10.1002/pc.23731
  9. A. Greco, A. Maffezzoli, “Rotational molding of biodegradable composites obtained with PLA reinforced by the wooden backbone of opuntia ficus indica cladodes”, Journal of applied polymer science 42447 (8 pages), (2015) DOI: 10.1002/APP.42447
  10. A. Turco, C. Malitesta, G. Barillaro, A. Greco, A. Maffezzoli and E. Mazzotta, J. Mater. Chem. A, “Magnetic and highly reusable macroporous superhydrophobic/superoleophilic PDMS/MWNTs nanocomposite for oils sorption from water” vol. 3 pp. 17685–17696 (2015), DOI: 10.1039/C5TA04353K
  11. Antonio Greco and Alfonso Maffezzoli “Rotational Molding of Poly(lactic acid): Effect of Polymer Grade and Granulometry” Advances in Polymer Technology (2015) DOI:10.1002/adv.21630
  12. Antonio Greco and Alfonso Maffezzoli, “Analysis of the suitability of poly-lactic acid in rotational molding process” Advances in Polymer Technology vol 34 n. 3, 21505, p.1-8, (2015) DOI: 10.1002/adv.21505
  13. F. Lionetto, R. Dell’Anna, F. Montagna, A. Maffezzoli “Ultrasonic assisted consolidation of commingled thermoplastic/glass fiber rovings” Frontiers in Materials: composite materials, Volume 2, article 32, pp. 1-9 (2015) DOI: 10.3389/fmats.2015.00032
  14. Silvio Pappadà, Andrea Salomi, Jeanette Montanaro, Alessandra Passaro, Antonio Caruso, Alfonso Maffezzoli, “Fabrication of a thermoplastic matrix composite stiffened panel by induction welding” Aerospace Science and Technology, Volume 43, (2015), Pages 314-320, DOI: 10.1016/j.ast.2015.03.013
  15. G. Scarselli, E. Castorini, W. Panella, R.Nobile, A. Maffezzoli “Structural behaviour modelling of bolted joints in composite laminates subjected to cyclic loading”, Aerospace Science and Technology vol 43 pp. 89-95, (2015) , DOI 10.1016/j.ast.2015.02.017
  16. Antonio Greco, Francesca Lionetto, Alfonso Maffezzoli, “Processing and Characterization of Amorphous Polyethylene Terephthalate Fibers for the Alignment of Carbon Nanofillers in Thermosetting Resins” Polymer Composites vol. 36 pp 1096-1103, (2015) DOI 10.1002/pc.23366
  17. Francesca Scalera, Carola Esposito Corcione, Francesco Montagna, Alessandro Sannino, Alfonso Maffezzoli “Development and characterization of UV curable epoxy/hydroxyapatite suspensions for stereolithography applied to bone tissue engineering” Ceramics international, vol 40 pp. 15455-15462 (2014) DOI: 10.1016/j.ceramint.2014.06.117
  18. Marco Mauro, Maria Rosaria Acocella, Carola Esposito Corcione, Alfonso Maffezzoli, Gaetano Guerra, “Catalytic activity of graphite-based nanofillers on cure reaction of epoxy” Polymer, vol. 55, (2014) pp. 5612-5615 DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2014.09.019
  19. Antonio Greco, Alfonso Maffezzoli, Giovanni Casciaro, Flavio Caretto, “Mechanical properties of basalt fibers and their adhesion to polypropylene matrices” Composites: Part B 67 pp. 233–238(2014), DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2014.07.020
  20. Marta Madaghiele, Marotta Francesco, Christian Demitri, Francesco Montagna, Alessandro Sannino, Alfonso Maffezzoli, “Development of semi- and grafted interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) based on poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate and collagen” Journal of applied biomaterial and functional materials Volume 12, pp 183-192, (2014), DOI:10.5301/jabfm.5000187.
  21. L. De Lorenzis, F. Grancagnolo, A. L’Erario, A. Maffezzoli, A. Miccoli, S.Rella M. Spedicato, G. Zavarise, “analysis and characterization of the mechanical structure for the i-tracker of the mu2e experiment” Nuclear Physics B (Proc. Suppl.) 248–250 pp. 134–136 (2014)
  22. A. Greco, M. Frigione, A. Maffezzoli, A. Marseglia, A. Passaro “ A perspective on the Prowaste concept: efficiente utilization of plastic waste through product design and process innovation” Materials vol. 7 5385-5402 doi:10.3390/ma7075385
  23. F. Lionetto, E. Calò, F. Di Benedetto, D. Pisignano, A, Maffezzoli “A methodology to orient carbon nanotubes in a thermosetting matrix“ Composite Science and Technology vol. 96, pp. 47-55 (2014) DOI:
  24. A. Greco, A. Maffezzoli, S. Forleo ”Sintering of PLLA powders for rotational molding” Thermochimica Acta, vol.582 pp. 59–67 (2014) DOI:
  25. R. Gennaro, M. Christmann, A. Greco, G. Rieber, P. Mitschang, A. Maffezzoli, “Experimental Measurement of Transversal Micro- and Macro Permeability During Compression Molding of PP/Glass Composites” Polymer Composites Vol. 35 pp. 105–112, January 2014, DOI: 10.1002/pc.22639 (2014)
  26. A. Greco, G. Romano, A. Maffezzoli "Selective reinforcement of LLDPE components produced by rotational molding with thermoplastic matrix pultruded profiles” Composites: Part B Vol. 56 pp. 157–162 (2014).
  27. F. Lionetto, A. Maffezzoli "Monitoring the Cure State of Thermosetting Resins by Ultrasound” Materials, Vol. 6, pp. 3783-3804; (2013) doi:10.3390/ma6093783
  28. R. Assiro, L.Cappelli, M.Cascella, L.DeLorenzis, F.Grancagnolo, F.Ignatov, A. L’Erario , A. Maffezzoli, A.Miccoli, G.Onorato, M.Perillo, G.Piacentino, S. Rella, F.Rossetti, M.Spedicato, G.Tassielli, G.Zavarise, "Ultra-low mass drift chambers" Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A” vol 718 pp. 443–445 (2013) DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2012.10.047
  29. M. Pollini, F. Paladini, A. Licciulli, A. Maffezzoli, A. Sannino, L. Nicolais "Antibacterial natural leather for application in the public transport system" Journal of Coatings Technology and Research, Vol. 10 Issue: 2 pp. 239-245 (2013) DOI: 10.1007/s11998-012-9439-1
  30. A. Greco, A. Maffezzoli "Two-dimensional and three-dimensional simulation of diffusion in nanocomposite with arbitrarily oriented lamellae" Journal of Membrane Science, Vo. 442, Pages 238–244 (2013), DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2013.04.038
  31. Carola Esposito Corcione, Alfonso Maffezzoli "Transport properties of graphite/epoxy composites: thermal, permeability and dielectric characterization" Testing, Vol. 32 pp. 880–888 (2013), DOI: 10.1016/j.polymertesting.2013.03.023
  32. Salomi, A., Greco, A., Pacifico, T., Rametta, R. and Maffezzoli A. "Processing and properties of a polymer/composite double/layer laminate" Adv. Polym. Technol., Vol. 32 pp. E32-E43 (2013) DOI: 10.1002/adv.20267
  33. R. Gennaro, A. Greco and A.Maffezzoli "Micro and macro impregnation of fabrics using thermoplastic matrices" Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Material, Vol. 26(4) pp. 527–543 (2013), DOI: 10.1177/0892705711425849
  34. Antonio Greco, Alfonso Maffezzoli, Giuseppe Buccoliero, Flavio Caretto and Giacinto Cornacchia "Thermal and chemical treatments of recycled carbon fibres for improved adhesion to polymeric matrix" Journal of composite materials vol. 47 (3) pp. 369–377 (2012) DOI: 10.1177/0021998312440133
  35. Carlos Ávila-Orta, Carlos Espinoza-González, Guillermo Martínez-Colunga, Darío Bueno Baqués, Francesca Lionetto, Alfonso Maffezzoli "An overview of progress and current challenges in ultrasonic treatment of polymer melts" Advances in Polymer Technology vol. 32, issue S1, pp. E582–E602, (2012) doi: 10.1002/adv.21303
  36. Carola Esposito Corcione, Fabrizio Freuli, A. L’Erario and Alfonso Maffezzoli "The aspect ratio of epoxy matrix nanocomposites reinforced with graphene stacks" Plastics Research Online DOI 10.1002/pen.23292 (2012)
  37. Silvio Pappadà, R. Rametta, A. Largo, A. Maffezzoli "Low velocity impact response in composite plates embedding Shape MemoryAlloy wires" Polymer Composites vol. 33 (5) (2012) pp. 655-664
  38. Antonio Greco, Alessia Timo and Alfonso Maffezzoli "Development and Characterization of Amorphous Thermoplastic Matrix Graphene Nanocomposites" Materials (ISSN 1996-1994) vol. 5 (2012) pp. 1972-1985doi:10.3390/ma5101972
  39. Francesca Lionetto, Roberta Del Sole, Donato Cannoletta, Giuseppe Vasapollo and Alfonso Maffezzoli "Monitoring Wood Degradation during Weathering by Cellulose Crystallinity" (ISSN 1996-1994) vol. 5 (2012) p. 1910-1922
  40. Greco, A.,Maffezzoli A., Calò E., Massaro C., Terz, R, "An investigation into sintering of PA6 nanocomposite powders for rotational molding" Journal of thermal analysis and calorimetry vol. 109 (3) (2012) pp. 1493-1502
  41. Conversano F, Soloperto G, Greco A, Ragusa A, Casciaro E, Chiriacò F, Demitri C, Gigli G, Maffezzoli A, Casciaro S., "Echographic detectability of optoacoustic signals from low-concentration PEG-coated gold nanorods." Volume 2012:7 Pages 4373 – 4389 (2012) DOI: 10.2147/IJN.S33908
  42. Pollini M, Paladini F, Licciulli A, Maffezzoli A, Nicolais L, Sannino. “Silver coated wool yarns with durable antibacterial properties. Journal Of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 125, p. 2239-2244 (2012), ISSN: 0021-8995, doi: 10.1002/app.36444
  43. A. Greco, A. Maffezzoli “optimization of parts placement in autoclave processing of composites” Applied Composite Materials DOI 10.1007/s10443-012-9265-8 (2012).
  44. E. Calò, C. Massaro, R. Terzi, A. Cancellara, E. Pesce, M. Re, A. Greco, A. Maffezzoli,P.I. Gonzalez-Chi, Andrea Salomi “Rotational molding of polyamide-6 nanocomposites with improved flame retardancy” International Polymer Processing, vol. 27, pp. 370-377 (2012)
  45. A. Greco, M. Rizzo e A. Maffezzoli, Effect of the addition of organically modified nanofiller on the relaxation behavior of a thermoplastic amorphous matrix, accepted for publication on Thermochimica Acta vol. 543, pp. 226-231 (2012) DOI: 10.1016/j.tca.2012.05.030
  46. E. Calò, A. Greco, A. Maffezzoli, “Effects of diffusion of a naturally derived plasticizer from PVC” Polymer degradation and Stability, vol. 96 pp. 784-789 (2011).
  47. F. Conversano, R. Franchini, C Demitri, L. Massoptier, F. Montagna, A. Maffezzoli, A. Malvasi, S. Casciaro “Hepatic Vessel Segmentation for 3D Planning of Liver Surgery: Experimental Evaluation of a New Fully Automatic Algorithm” Academic Radiology, vol, 18 (4), p.461-470, (2011).
  48. Carola Esposito Corcione, Anna Cavallo, Emanuela Pesce, Antonio Greco, Alfonso Maffezzoli, Evaluation of the degree of dispersion of nanofillers by mechanical, rheological and permeability analysis, Polymer Engineering and Science, 51(4); p. 1280–1285, (2011)
  49. Antonio Greco, Alessandra Strafella, Carola La Tegola, Alfonso Maffezzoli, “Assessment of the Relevance of Sintering in Thermoplastic Commingled Yarn Consolidation” Polymer Composites Vol. 32(4), Pages: 657–664, (2011)
  50. R. Gennaro, F. Montagna, A. Maffezzoli, S. Fracasso, F. Fracasso “On-line consolidation of commingled polypropylene/glass roving during filament winding” Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials vol 24 p. 789-804 (2011).

Others Publications...



Publications on book chapters


  • L. Torre, J.M. Kenny and A. Maffezzoli "Degradation behavior of a composite material for thermal protection systems" in "Polymer Analysis and Degradation" edit from A. Jimenez e G.E. Zaikov, Nova science publishers NY, USA (2000) p. 145-158.
  • A. Maffezzoli, "Rapid protoyping: an overview" in Rapid Prototyping Materials & Technologies edito da S. Meriani e L. Nhanala, ICS (International Centre for Science and High Technology) UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), Trieste 2002
  • F. Lionetto, V.A.M. Luprano and A. Maffezzoli "Chracterization of polymers by ultrasonic dynamic mechanical analysis" in "Recent Research Developments in Applied Polymer Science" S.G. Pandalai Ed. 2002 Vol.1, Part I, pp.135-156.
  • C.Esposito Corcione, A. Greco, M.Martena, A. Maffezzoli "Ceramic components built by stereolitography", Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Technologly, E. Kuljanic (Ed.), CISM Courses and Lectures N0. 437, Springer Wien New York, (2002), 731-739
  • C. Esposito Corcione, Mariaenrica Frigione, Antonio Greco, Alfonso Maffezzoli "Kinetics of cationic photopolymerization", in "Quantitative Level of Chemical Reaction", G.E. Zaikov and A. Jimenez, editors, Nova Science Publischers, New York. (2003), 21-39
  • A. Maffezzoli, L. Torre, "Materiali compositi a matrice polimerica: micromeccanicae macromeccanica" in "Transportation and design engineering" libri per l'innovazione serie Design, ed. CETMA BR pp. 17-39
  • A. Maffezzoli, Ruggero Serrano, "Modellazione dei processi di trasporto di quantità di moto nei processi di produzione di compositi a matrice polimerica" in "Materiali e tecnologie avanzate per i mezzi di trasporto" libri per l'innovazione serie Materiali e Tecnologie, ed. CETMA Brindisi pp. 225-254
  • Ruggero Serrano, Massimiliano Calò e A. Maffezzoli, "Simulazione FEM dei fenomeni di trasporto di Quantità di moto modellazione dei processi di trasporto di quantità di moto nei processi di produzione di compositi a matrice polimerica con il software PAM-RTM" in "Materiali e tecnologie avanzate per i mezzi di trasporto" libri per l'innovazione serie Materiali e Tecnologie, ed. CETMA Brindisi pp. 255-275

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