• Bio-Nanomaterials


    Nanomedicine, “the application of nanotechnology to health” has been growing exponentially in the last two decades. In this regard, multifunctional nano-scaled materials have been developed for applications in fields such as drug delivery, diagnostics, biosensing and bioengineering.

  • Crystal Engineering

    Crystal Engineering

    Crystal Engineering (CE) aims at understanding intermolecular interactions in the context of the crystal packing and utilize such understanding in the design and synthesis of new solid-state functional structures with desired physical and chemical properties.

  • Fluorine Chemistry


    Fluorinated chemicals find widespread use in hundreds of applications, such as anti-corrosion or anti-icing coatings, liquid-repellent textiles, oil/water separation, fire-fighting foams, paints, pharmaceuticals, and surfactants.

  • Supramolecular Chemistry

    Supramolecular Chemistry

    Since its discovery, supramolecular chemistry has completely revolutionized the concept of synthesis, allowing for manipulation and production of nanostructured materials based on molecular components held together by noncovalent intermolecular forces.


SupraBioNano Lab

SupraBioNano Logo h147pxWelcome to the Laboratory of Supramolecular and Bio-Nanomaterials (SupraBioNanoLab) where we take inspiration from Nature to engineer the self-assembly and self-organization of biomimetic supramolecular and nanostructured materials with applications ranging from crystal engineering to nanomedicine.

The SupraBioNanoLab



  • A Short-Chain Multibranched Perfluoroalkyl Thiol for More Sustainable Hydrophobic Coatings


    Read our latest article on the use of a short-chain multibranched perfluoroalkyl thiol for the preparation of more sustainable hydrophobic and superhydrophobic coatings.

    This paper is featured in the Virtual Special Issue “Festschrift in Honor of István T. Horváth”, published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

  • Happy Birthday Prof. Metrangolo!

    Congratulations to Professor Metrangolo for his 46th birthday from the whole SBNLab group. We wish you all the best!

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  • MINIRES won ERC Proof of Concept

    MINIRES is a new compound (bioelastomer) usable in cosmetics and biomedical devices; it is structurally simple and easy to produce at low costs; it takes inspiration from resilin, an elastomeric natural protein which is at the basis of the mechanism of jumping and flying in insects.
    This technology was developed by Pierangelo Metrangolo, Francesca Baldelli Bombelli and Andrea Pizzi from the Department of Chemistry, Material and Chemical Engineering "Giulio Natta" of Politecnico di Milano. The project was granted with an European Research Council  Proof-of-Concept (€ 150.000)

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  • From Molecules to Materials: Engineering New Ionic Liquid Crystals Through Halogen Bonding

    Our last paper 'From Molecules to Materials: Engineering New Ionic Liquid Crystals Through Halogen Bonding' has been published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments, JoVE.

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