Paolo Colombo graduated in chemical engineering, with a specialization in materials, from Padova University, Italy. He worked as a Research Associate at Padova University from 1990 to 1998, and as an Associate Professor at Bologna University from 1998 to 2005. Since 2005 he is a Professor of materials science and technology at Padova University. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University and a Visiting Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department of University College, London. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Pennsylvania State University in 1991-1992. He is a Member of EPSRC and has been elected to the World Academy of Ceramics. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 4 book chapters, and holds three patents. He coedited the book Cellular Ceramics: Structure, Manufacturing, Properties and Applications WILEY-VCH, 2005. He has been Guest Editor of several special issues devoted to porous materials for various journals. He coorganized several international conferences in the field of porous ceramics and ceramic materials from preceramic polymers, and has given several invited talks at various international conferences. He was awarded the Pfeil Award 2007 of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He is on 6 editorial boards and is a reviewer for 22 journals. He has been also principal investigator in numerous international, bilateral research projects in the field of ceramic materials. His research interests center on the synthesis and characterization of porous ceramic materials, in particular produced using preceramic polymers. He has worked on novel processing methods (ion irradiation, microwave heating, laser pyrolysis) and products (thin films, joints, microporous components, foams, microtubes) from preceramic polymers. He is also interested in exploring novel applications and production processes for cellular ceramics, as well as in the inertization of industrial wastes in glass matrices.
Biography Updated on 13 December 2007