• Emperor Frederick II the Swabian, founder of the University of Naples in 1224

  • The Science Campus of the Federico II University

  • The Department of Chemical Sciences, Federico II University

  • The High Throughput Experimentation lab of LSP

  • Computational modeling of industrial Ziegler-Natta catalysts

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Italy has been the cradle of polyolefins since the very beginning. The pioneering work of Giulio Natta and his team of incredibly talented scientists, who discovered isotactic polypropylene in 1954, and soon afterwards synthesized and structurally characterized practically all possible stereoregular polyolefins and polydienes, is at the foundation of the polyolefin industry, and of entire areas of polymer science (a monumental contribution for which Giulio Natta was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1963).
 
The study of catalytic olefin polymerization has always been cultivated at the utmost level by a number of Italian university schools established by former Natta’s co-workers. One of the most prestigious was founded at the University of Naples in 1961 by Prof. Paolo Corradini, the X-ray crystallographer who elucidated the crystal structure of isotactic polypropylene, with its now famous 31 helix. In recent years, a second generation of Neapolitan Ziegler-Natta chemists have followed, and here we are!

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