Pirelli and Politecnico di Milano: professorship created for innovative materials for tyres

Pirelli to finance, in addition, five Ph.D research grants

Milan, 22 April 2008 - The Pirelli Group and the Politecnico di Milano University signed an agreement for creation of a chair in "Chemical Foundations of Technology of Rubber and Composites". The new chair aims at the study of innovative materials and application of nanotechnologies for development of next generation tyres.

Under the agreement, Pirelli will also finance five grants for reasearch Ph.Ds over a ten-year period at the "G. Natta" Department of Chemistry, Materials, and Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano.

The convention is part of a framework of collaboration between university and industrial research, with the aim of creating value from synergies deriving from academic activity applied to the corporate world. The agreement comes in addition to other collaboration actitivies the Pirelli Group has with Milan universities: among these the consortia CORECOM (with the Politecnico di Milano) and CORIMAV (with Milan's Bicocca University), which conduct research on, respectively, second generation photonics and new materials, stand out in particular.