Laboratorio Materiali Polimerici Ecocompatibili (LMPE) born as a big challenge of the embarked upon Luca Landini and Prof. Emo Chiellini at the high of almost 35 years of collaborations.
Spin-off of the Interuniversity National Consortium for the Science and Tecnology of Materials (INSTM), it takes office in the Capannori Scientific Park at the end of 2016. In the first months of 2017, Eng. Francesco Sandias joins the team and few months later the Innovative Start-up’s work are begun.
Nowadays it’s a Benefit Corporation with high qualified staff dedicated to Research and Development, Analysis of Materials, processes and technologies in the field of polymeric materials with a focus on eco-compatible, biodegradable, and compostable manifactured goods, semi-finished and finished products, as well as the evaluation of environmental impact assessment of products.
LMPE uses the approach of technological transfer of know-how towards industry as a lever, with particular reference to product and process innovation and the Circular Economy. In fact, for this reason we have been signatory members of ICESP, Italian Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform.
Our lab takes place in a modern and well-equipped building, designed to meet the needs of different scientific areas. It has a range of spaces specialized for different purposes, such as chemical, biological, and physical laboratories. Consequently, each area is equipped with the necessary equipment and infrastructure to conduct advanced research.
Daily attended by a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified researchers that actively collaborate in the exchange of knowledge and skills. Such professionals, scientists, technicians, and research assistants, work together to achieve common goals.
We are strongly committed in collaborating with Research Institutes, Universities and other Companies in the sector. We are proud of the agreements signed with the Universities of Pisa, Teramo, Padova, Firenze, and other international universities. The partnership extends to the accompaniment of students and researchers in the path of master’s thesis and Ph.D..
These collaborations allow us to access a vast network of experts, exchange knowledge, and leverage synergies to address complex challenges. We also work directly with our customers to understand their specific needs and develop customized solutions that meet their requirements.
In addition, LMPE is Infhidro‘s official laboratory for their range of water-soluble products (films, bags, reels, etc.).
Our vision is to become a globally recognized leader in the field of polymeric materials, revolutionizing solutions to technological and environmental challenges.
Indeed, our ambition is to transform the way polymeric materials are developed, applied and used, opening up new opportunities for industries and society. Leveraging the power of multidisciplinary research, Academic Collaboration and innovation, we aim to develop advanced polymeric materials with superior properties in terms of strength, lightweight, durability, sustainability and functionality.
Through the application of customer-oriented solutions, we want to be a lead driver progress for polymer-using industries’. With this goal we want to enable them to realize more efficient, safe and environmentally friendly products.
Our vision embraces social responsibility and commitment to a sustainable future. In fact, we actively promote the adoption of eco-friendly polymer materials and the responsible management of the product life cycle.
The research and analysis laboratory is a state-of-the-art environment, where Science and Technology combine to promote knowledge and innovation.
Our mission is to offer the customer a leading, committed in investigation, discovery and scientific research.
In particular, we are dedicated to conducting high-quality research to better understand the world around us and solve a range of complex problems of business realities. We seek to develop innovative solutions that reduce environmental impact and promote sustainability in the industry.
Through dedication to scientific discovery, we aim to study the state-of-art of polymeric materials as a basis for making new polymers and improving the performance of the existing ones. The goal is to meet the needs of industries and contribute to the sustainable growth and conservation of natural resources. We are committed to providing tailored solutions based on a tight scientific approach, for our customers, supporting the development of safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly products.
We provide accurate and reliable analysis services and appropriate expertise to support our customers in their scientific and commercial objectives, thus contributing to their development and the progress of society.
We support active collaboration with Academic Partners, industries, and government organizations to promote innovation, spread knowledge, and promote the importance of scientific research and the adoption of advanced technologies. Our laboratory, driven by the passion for scientific excellence, integrity, and ethics in research in our work, is committed to being a benchmark in the field of polymer materials, and aspires to contribute to technological progress and the welfare of society.
1 Contributing to the Ecological Transition at the Global level, achieving as a Goal the improvement of Recyclability and Biodegradability in the Polymer Market, promoting the expansion of the Circular Economy, especially in Packaging, and opposing Greenwashing.
Increase turnover each year, reinvesting profits mainly in new Instrumentation and Share Capital
3 To be a scientific point of reference for the local productive fabric. In concrete, together with Local Partners, such as the Research Organization Lucense SCaRL, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and Comune di Capannori, has created, within the assigned spaces, the New Materials Laboratory that allows Local Companies or even ordinary citizens to start collaboration paths using knowledge and skills present in the structure or activated through the network of research and analysis centers connected to the Scientific Park and be followed in Product or Process Development Activities
4 The service offered by LMPE, according to the motto “Re-search for your ideas“, increases the environmental sustainability of the company Customer. The objective is to obtain an improvement in terms of Circular Economy or environmental impact as a result. For the Sustomer, all this materializes as a competitive advantage over their competition.
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2015, Master’s Degree in Government and Corporate Management in 2020.
He has been working at LMPE since 2023 where he works for Project & Sales Management.
He graduated in 2019 in Chemistry for Industry and the Environment from the University of Pisa, and in 2022 he obtained his Master’s degree in Industrial Chemistry with an experimental thesis about “The optimization of the extraction of bioactive components from sage and rosemary and their introduction into PVA films” carried out at the ICCOM institute of the CNR in Pisa in collaboration with the DCCI of the University of Pisa.
In 2023, he attended the SINT Master’s program sponsored by the QUINN Consortium in collaboration with the University of Pisa on “Integrated Management Systems for Sustainability” obtaining certification as Lead Auditor for ISO standards in Quality, Energy, Environment and Occupational Safety and Health and certification as Lead Auditor for SA 8000 standard about Business Ethics Certification.
Since 2023, he has been working at LMPE where he conducts R&D and collaborates within the management team for LMPE’s SGI.
She obtained the Diploma in Accounting at the Commercial Technical Institute of Pescia.
She has been working at LMPE since 2021 as Head of Accounting, after 23 years of experience gained in different realities.
Graduate in Psychological Sciences and Techniques.
She has worked at LMPE since 2018 and is responsible for administration, human resources, management and reporting of funded projects.
In 2021 he completed the Master EU Projects Design & Management 2021-2027
Graduated in Biological Sciences in 2019 at the University of Pisa and later graduated in the Master’s course in Science in Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Pisa and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa with an experimental thesis on polymer devices of the organ-on-chip for high-performance drug toxicity screening. Since 2021 she has been qualified to practice the profession of Biologist Section A at the University of Pisa.
He has been working at LMPE since 2022 as a biologist in the Research & Development section, carrying out research activities on the action of microorganisms on plastic products, extrusion and processing of polymeric materials, and device manufacturing techniques for biomedical applications.
She obtained a Diploma in 2018 in Industrial Chemistry at the E. Ferrari Technical Institute in Borgo a Mozzano.
She has been working at LMPE since 2019 as a laboratory technician in the Analysis & Services section, performing mainly chemical and instrumental characterization of polymeric materials and plastic products.
Since 2021 she has been qualified to the profession of Industrial Chemical Expert at the Order of Industrial Experts and Graduate Industrial Experts of Pistoia. Currently affiliate near the Faculty of Managerial Engineering.
Graduated in Industrial Chemistry in 2013 at the University of Pisa with a thesis on polymeric materials, he deepened the topic during his Ph.D. in Chemical and Material Sciences, awarded by the University of Pisa, held at the IPCF Institute of the CNR of Pisa where he worked until 2018.
He has been working at LMPE as a researcher since 2018 carrying out research activities on polymeric, water-soluble, and biodegradable materials, guiding the customer from the idea to the patent.
He is currently the Manager of the Research & Development section of LMPE.
Graduated in Applied Molecular Chemistry in 2010 and subsequently graduated from the Master’s course in Industrial Chemistry in 2012 at the University of Pisa with a thesis on intelligent polymeric materials for marine applications. He obtained a Ph.D. in Chemical and Materials Sciences, awarded by the University of Pisa, held at the IPCF Institute of the CNR of Pisa in the field of nanotechnological and polysaccharide-based products.
He has been working at LMPE since 2018, currently with the function of Laboratory Manager carrying out analysis activities on polymeric, water-soluble, and biodegradable materials. It also carries out consultancy activities for the development of sustainable products and in a Circular Economy key.
CEO, he leads the organization with competence and passion.
Expert in PVOH-based water-soluble polymers, of which he owns the first patents on the market since 1981. He is also the holder of many awards especially in the packaging sector linked to the applications of water-soluble films.
He has built and led many companies in the production of water-soluble polymers in Italy, Spain, the USA and Mexico.
It has contributed to the realization and engineering of systems for companies that process these products, developing not only the formulations but also a 5-stage process that starts from mixing the basic raw material up to the finished product (film – bags – pellets for molding by injection).
President Eng. Francesco Sandias, responsible for Business Development, Sustainability and Corporate Benefit Impact. For 30 years in the Top Management of Multinationals he innovated in Procurement, with R&D and Marketing, in FMCG companies including P&G in Brussels, Reckitt Benckiser in Venice and Seda Packaging in Naples. RINA certified as Sustainability&Innovation Manager
After graduating in Chemistry in 1963 at the University of Pisa in the research group of prof. Piero Pino (one of Giulio Natta’s main collaborators), carried out his academic career at the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of the University of Pisa and in European and non-EU Universities such as the University of Liverpool (UK), Moscow State University (Russia), University of Massachusetts at Amherst (USA), University of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo & Campinas (Brazil), University of Nagasaki (Japan) and University of Mogadishu (Somalia).
In 1980 he was appointed full professor of Chemical Foundations of Technologies at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Pisa, where he taught until 2010, teaching courses in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Materials Science and Technology. The passion for fundamental and applied research to the resolution of industrial and environmental problems has led prof. Chiellini to develop innovative research in the field of biodegradable polymers and to study their technological applications in the creation of new materials to be used in the biomedical and environmental fields.
He was among the promoters of the foundation and during his long career he also held the role of Member of the Scientific Council of the INSTM Consortium. He founded and coordinated the BIOlab (Laboratory of Bioactive Polymeric Materials for Biomedical and Environmental Applications) Reference Center of INSTM, where researchers with expertise in materials science and technology, organic chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, pharmaceutical technologies, microbiology and environmental chemistry. He was the founder and president of LMPE S.r.l. SB., spin-off of the INSTM Consortium, responsible for numerous research contracts financed by industries from the European Community and the Tuscany Region.
He is the author of more than 500 publications, holder of 35 patents. He has presented more than 300 invited lectures in scientific institutions and industries. He is editor/co-editor of 20 books and has been a member of the Editorial Board of several international scientific journals in the field of polymers. Particularly noteworthy was his participation, from 1996 to 2008, in the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) group, engaged in the program relating to “Sustainable development in developing countries and countries in transition” mainly focused on polymeric materials and related environmentally friendly plastic products. Professor Chiellini has been awarded various awards throughout his career, including the Giulio Natta Prize for Chemistry in 2018.