Giorgia Franchin, PhD Candidate

Giorgia Franchin

Visiting Researcher
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Giorgia Franchin is a Visiting Student at the Mediated Matter research group, MIT Media Lab, where she has joined the Glass Printing project, partially supported by a grant from the A. Gini foundation. She graduated magna cum laude in Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Padova (Italy), where she also obtained a Master’s degree in Materials Engineering, graduating magna cum laude in 2013. During her Master degree, she was awarded an Erasmus Study Abroad Fellowship and had the chance to study at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany) for 6 months. This experience stimulated her passion for innovative processing technologies and their ability to tailor the properties of engineering components by enabling new and complex shapes. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Industrial Engineering Graduate School at the University of Padova, working with Professor Colombo on robocasting and stereolithography using preceramic polymers to produce highly porous ceramic lattices and bioceramic scaffolds for bone regeneration. Giorgia is also experimenting with direct extrusion-based 3D printing of geopolymers to develop advanced components for air and water filtration purposes. She is a delegate of the President’s Council of Student Advisor of the American Ceramic Society for the 2015-2016 term. With the Mediated Matter research group, she is further expanding her knowledge in additive manufacturing and advanced shaping technologies by taking into account the design aspects and tackling the fabrication of architectural-size components using a more traditional, but fascinating material with unique properties: glass.


2015   Additive Manufacturing of Optically Transparent Glass


Title: Methods and Apparatus for Additive Manufacturing of Glass
U.S. Patent No: US14697564
Filed: April 27, 2015
Inventors: John Klein, Giorgia Franchin, Michael Stern, Markus Kayser, Chikara Inamura, Shreya Dave, Peter Houk and Neri Oxman


Aldo Gini scholarship, A. Gini foundation, Padova, Italy (2014)
Best Poster Award, Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics (ISTEC) and Italian Ceramic Society (2014)
ERASMUS Study Abroad Fellowship for Materials Engineering Studies in Erlangen, Germany (2012)



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