BASALTO (2016-2018)

BASALTO project:


Working group: UdR INSTM Brescia, UdR INSTM Trieste, UdR INSTM Bologna, XearPro

This project proposes a new solution for air particulate matter entrapment, based on a new porous hybrid material derived from silica fume and alginate. In particular it was been shown that it is possible to use it to remouve PM. It can be also employed as a filter.

The solution is:

economic sustainable innovative well-designed

This project was financed by INSTM and Regione Lombardia

A new material for air particulate matter entrapment was proposed

Applications of the new porous material

Kickoff meeting of the project was on 3 November 2016.

See the basic idea of BASALTO project (also in English).

All the research activity was unpublished before the patent deposition request.

This activity allowed to deposit in January 2018 a PCT request.

The first two papers about results were recently approuved.

The first paper about the material "A new porous hybrid material derived from silica fume and alginate for sustainable pollutants reduction" has been approuved as "open access" article by Frontiers in Chemistry at the end of February 2018. The article achieved a milestone of more than 1700 total views one month after publication online of the full paper. The article was mentioned by several media:







The Indian Express

Millennium Post


Global Times


Science Newsline



The Hindu

Frontiers Blog


Tech explorist

Water and wastes digest


Belarus News

Building centre



Coherent Chronicle


Chemical Processing

Environmental Monitor

Chemical Industry Digest

Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Results

Scientific European

National Agency for Science and Technology Information of Vietnam

The second paper about new porous material (A. Zanoletti, F. Bilo, L.E. Depero, D. Zappa, E. Bontempi, The first sustainable material designed for air particulate matter capture: An introduction to Azure Chemistry, Journal of Environmental Management) shows that it can remove till to 2407 (± 581) μg/cm2 of air particulate matter particles, with dimensions lower than 1 μm (ultrafine particles). This value corresponds to about 24 (± 6) g/cm2, i.e. about two orders of magnitude more than the amount of PM that can be trapped by leaves!

Another important paper was pubished on October 2018: SUNSPACE, A Porous Material to Reduce Air Particulate Matter (PM)

News about this research acttivity was published on Science for Environment Policy, that is a free news and information service published by Directorate-General Environment, European Commission. See here the news.

The project was also awarded by a special recognition at the presence of Italian President (ITALIADECIDE). The project researchers were invited (12th February 2018) to the Camera dei Deputati in Rome for the prize. See the news about the prize.

The project was awarded by another prize: the OSCAR MASI prize, from the Italian Association of Industrial Research (AIRI) on 24 May 2018. See the news about the prize and the Video Interview.

The project also obtained:

- the ITWIN prize (on 9 November 2019)

ITWIIN is an association of women innovators and inventors aiming to help other women with ideas and innovations to achieve their aspirations, improve self-esteem and motivation, and broaden their horizons and experiences. The Association aims to bring together different skills and experiences of women from all over Italy and Europe in different areas including: intellectual property rights, trademarks and patents, industrial and academic research, technology transfer.


- the GAETANO MARZOTTO 2018 prize (22 November 2018)