Research projects

Executive Programme Italia -South Korea 2019-2021

Within the framework of the Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Italy and the Government of the Republic of Korea, signed in Rome on February 3, 1984, the Directorate General for Country Promotion (Economy, Culture and Science) – Unit IX – of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), and the International Cooperation Bureau of the Korean Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT), launch a call for proposals for the 12th Executive Programme of Scientific and Technological Cooperation for the years 2019 – 2021.

The University of Naples Federico II (Prof. Martino Di Serio) – National Busan University (Prof. OK-Sang Jung) Project (MOF materials for the removal of emerging organic contaminants from waste water) has been selected for the financial support.


NICL is active in National and International Research Projects.

PRIN 2017 – The project CARDIGAN is focused on the use of  Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus L.) that is a dicotyledonous herb hailing from the Mediterranean area  In CARDIGAN project different parts of cardoon (seeds, leaves and roots) will be processed by enzymes, microbial whole-cell biocatalysts or environmentally friendly catalysts to obtain biopolymers, plasticizers and bioactive molecules for the development of innovative packaging materials. This multidisciplinary approach, where different technological expertise is combined, will enable a more efficient use of natural resources, reducing the overall environmental impact, according to the circular economy paradigm. Partner of the project are:

Università di Napoli Federico II, Università di Milano Bicocca, Università di Triestre, CNR. The Principal Investigator of the Natonal Project is Prof. Martino Di Serio


The CABIO project of NICL was financed by University of Naples Federico II (Finanziamento della Ricerca di Ateneo (FRA)) in 2016 (PI Prof. Riccardo Tesser)

CArdoon seed oil-based industrial BIO-products (CABIO) Project deals with the use of Cardoon seeds oil as feedstock for chemicals production in alternative to petroleum. The research aims to the optimization of the epoxidation of Cardoon oil and in particular on the development of heterogeneous and structured catalysts for the Cardoon seeds oil epoxidation reaction.



NICL was partner of BIOPOLIS project (PON03PE_00107_01 – MIUR, PON R&C 2007-2013 D. D. Prot. N. 713/Ric. 29/10/2010): Development of green technologies for production of BIOchemicals and their use in preparation and industrial application of POLImeric materials from agricultural biomasses cultivated in a sustainable way in Campania region.





NICL was Project Partner of COPIRIDE , an EU-project (Grant agreement ID: 22885) that focuses on developing new technologies, processes and manufacturing concepts for the “plant of the future” for the Chemical Industry.