Prof. Paolo Zannini was born in 1952.
He graduated in Chemistry from the University of Modena in 1976 and began his career at the Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, subsequently receiving a study grant from the Italian National Research Council C.N.R. On 1/11/81, he began serving as a researcher at the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, Chemistry Department, of the University of Modena, working in the field of General Inorganic Chemistry, and from 2002 onwards Analytical Chemistry. Since 2005 he has held the position of Associate Lecturer at the Chemistry Department of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
To date he has published more than 100 scientific papers in national and international journals and has given numerous presentations at international congresses, often as a guest speaker or as chairman.
He has been head of Strategic Project Operating Unit of C.N.R. and is an Expert Scientific Inspector appointed by C.N.R. for the screening of the activities of the Operating Units, Materials sector. He has received research funding and is the Scientific Director of numerous research agreements between the Chemistry Department and outside companies.
He is a scientific expert appointed by the Italian Trade Commission I.C.E. for promotion and cooperation initiatives in the field of Manufacturing Goods – Ceramics.
His most recent research activities have mainly involved analytical chemistry in the field of traditional ceramic materials and materials for cultural heritage. For this purpose he has cooperated with the Scientific Laboratory of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, OPD Florence, ICVBC – CNR Sesto Fiorentino, META-HERA Municipality of Modena, ARPA Emilia Romagna, ISTEC-CNR of Faenza, Centro Ceramico Bologna, TNO of Eindhoven and numerous leading companies in the ceramic and ceramic machinery sectors.
He has been a member of the technical/scientific or editorial committees of various industry journals (Journal of European Ceramic Society, Ceramica Informazione, Industria Italiana dei Laterizi, International Ceramic Journal, Ceramic World Review).
He is the Director of Cu.Be.– Interdepartmental University Centre for Research Applied to the Cultural Heritage.
He is Chairman of the Italian Ceramic Society and a member of the Executive Board and Committees of E.Cer.S. (European Ceramic Society) and of the Directory Board of ICF – International Ceramic Federation.
He is a member of the Board of the Order of Chemists of the Province of Modena.