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Experimental facilities

New Experimental Labs (@ Bovisa Campus)

At the beginning of 2015, new labs have been inaugurated in the Bovisa Campus. Building B18 offers 3000 m2 of experimental area for radiochemistry, radiation protection, radiation measurements and instrumentation, testing of electronic devices and radiation monitors, including a bunker for irradiation.

The labs will be used both for R&D activities and education & training.

Micro- and Nanostructured Materials Labs (@ Cesnef, Leonardo Campus)

The Micro- and Nanostructured Materials Lab is located in Building 19 (Leonardo Campus), better known as the Cesnef (Centro Studi Nucleari Enrico Fermi) building, i.e. the hystoric place where Nuclear Engineering has been taught for decades at Politecnico di Milano. 

The NanoLab mission is the synthesis and study of novel materials for the understading of fundamental physical phenomena and for technological applications, also in the nuclear field. The labs will be used both for R&D activities and education & training.


Access to TRIGA Research Reactor (@ LENA lab)

Politecnico di Milano collaborates with the LENA lab (Pavia, close to Milano), which operates a TRIGA Reactor (250 KW).

The POLIMI researchers and students can exploit the research reactor for their R&D as well as for training purposes in the NE MSc and PhD programmes.


Nuclear Safety experimental facilities (@ SIET labs)

SIET-lab was founded in 1983 with the primary purpose of carrying out safety tests on components and systems for nuclear power plants.

SIET is located inside a power station, allowing the lab to exploit a huge space in volume to accommodate experimental facilities (full scale in height), key services like superheated steam and demineralised water at high flow rate, high pressure, high temperature, as well as large electrical power supply (up to 10 MWe) for experimental purposes.
These capabilities are still unique at international level.

Politecnico di Milano, shareholder of SIET, exploits those exceptional features for R&D and educational purposes.

Hadrontherapy at CNAO Foundation


The National Centre of Oncology (CNAO) was created with the goal of treating tumors by using protons and carbon ion particles belonging to the category of hadrons. Only few centres of this type are currently in operation in the world.

The CNAO Foundation is also a Centre of Research and Development, whose activities range from clinical and radiobiological research to translational research with the objective of providing continual improvements in the capacity to cure.

Politecnico di Milano is partner of CNAO, especially for patient’s positioning and radioprotection. On-site visits and training are organised within the MSc and PhD programmes.