10th Jun 1968

In the Beginning...

the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy, restructuring the "National Center for Macromolecular Chemistry" (CNCM), decreed the creation of the "Laboratory of Research on Polymers Technology and Rheology" (LTPR), located in Naples. The lead Neapolitan scientists, including Prof. Paolo Corradini (one of the main collaborators of the Nobel Prize winner Prof. Giulio Natta), Prof. Alfonso Maria Liquori and Prof. Giovanni Astarita, contributed to the creation of LTPR.

  • 1st Jan 1969 The LTPR starts starts its activities in Arco Felice (Na), where along with three other CNR institutes, resulting in the creation of the first "research area" of CNR in Italy. The main aim of the new institute was the development of skills in the field of polymer science and technology.

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  • 1969-1979

    This theme was recognized by the Committee for Chemical Sciences and the deliberative bodies of CNR, as reflected by the primary objectives set out in the statute: "... To correlate the chemical structure, the physical structure and the morphology of polymeric materials with their thermodynamic, thermal, mechanical and rheological properties, in order to define a ‘system of structure/property relationships in polymeric materials’ and then to develop a series of studies aiming at improving technological properties and applications of polymeric materials ".

    To identify these research topics it was taken in account that two different schools contributed to the foundation of LTPR, one with a purely chemical background, represented by the Chemistry Institute of the Faculty of Sciences of the University "Federico II", and the other with an engineering background, represented by the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, of the same university. This dualism was reflected by the composition of the first Scientific Council (CS): Prof. Paolo Corradini was appointed Chairperson of the CS while Prof. Alberto Ciferri was chosen as the Director.


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    20th Dec 1979 LTPR was promoted to the rank of Institute (ITPR).

  • 1981

    In Catania was founded the Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Polymeric Materials (ICTMP) initially directed by Prof. Giorgio Montaudo. Also Prof. Montaudo contributed substantially to the development of polymer science. He can be counted, along with Corradini, Astarita and Liquori, among the founding fathers of the Italian school of macromolecular sciences that had its epicentre in southern Italy.

    • 17th Dec 1993  the name was changed to Institute of Research and Technology of Plastics (IRTeMP); The decree included a new statute with a redefinition of the research plan and objectives: "... The Institute will carry out permanent and programmed research activities in the field of technology of plastics, in harmony with the general plans and directives of the CNR."

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  • 1996

    The Institute for Technology of Composite Materials (ITMC), was created following the strong need to coordinating experience and knowledge in the field of advanced materials. The ITMC activities were carried out in close collaboration with the Department of Materials Engineering and Production (DIMP) of the University of Naples "Federico II", were it was hosted. The skills gained at the DIMP provided a fertile cultural substrate on which the core of the starting ITMC was based, and for the development of activities that were innovative and original with respect to many others inside CNR. An example is the science and technology of composite materials, which for over twenty years has been an authentic excellence of Italian research, projecting it at the international upper level in strategic sectors such as aerospace and automotive.

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    12th Oct 2001  The Institute for Composite and Biomedical Materials (IMCB), became officially active. In fact, at that time, during its reorganization, CNR merged the Institute for Technology of Composite Materials (ITMC) of Naples and the Center for the Study of Multiphasic and Biocompatible Macromolecular Materials of Pisa. The subsequent combination with Pisa UOS enriched the expertise of the ITMC further consolidating its scientific strengths. Prof. Luigi Nicolais was the first Director.



ICTMP and IRTEMP were merged into a single Institute: ICTP (Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Polymers).

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    2012  Prof. Luigi Nicolais becams the Presiedent of CNR.

  • 2013

    Prof. Luigi Ambrosio becams the director of the Department of Chemical Sciences and Materials Technologies (DSCTM).

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    1 Marzo 2014  The ICTP and IMCB were merged into the Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB). Prof. Cosimo Carfagna was the first director.

  • 2015

    In May was created the new unit in Lecco that guarantees the continuation of the activities already launched in the following sectors: health and rehabilitation, environment, aerospace, construction industry and navigation. The goal is to further enhance the cooperation with the industrial and manufacturing realities in Northern Italy.

  • 2016-........

    To be Continue...................

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