Presentation video of the SALTLESS project


Welcome to our group!

The multi-Scale ModeLing Laboratory - SMaLL - is an engineering research group launched at Politecnico di Torino with the aim to propose and promote innovative solutions for applications related to the energy sector. The lab is led and composed by young researchers with different backgrounds in engineering, mathematics and physics.

Our activities span over modeling, numerical simulations and experimental tests, mostly focusing on sea water desalination and purification using solar energy and waste heat recovery. We work on materials modeling techniques at different scales (from atomistic to continuum), model-order reduction techniques, coarse-graining (up-scaling) methods for colloidal suspensions for bio/nano-technologies, energetic efficiency and more.
Check out our research and projects!


The SMaLL team

M. Fasano receives the ENI award 2017 from the Italian president

Prof. Asinari's interview on 4Rete

P. Asinari, M. Fasano and E. Chiavazzo

SMaLL at the Researchers' night in Turin




Contact us

Prof. Pietro Asinari


Energy Department

Politecnico di Torino

Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24

10129 Turin - Italy



Phone: +39 011 090 4434

Telefax: +39 011 090 4499


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5 October 2017
Matteo Fasano receives the ENI Award 2017 from the Italian president at the Quirinale in Rome! Matteo wins the "Young Researcher of the Year" prize for its work on heat and mass transfer effects at the nano-scale, with particular focus on water diffusion in nano-confined environments.

Congrats Matteo, ad maiora!


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3 October 2017
Matteo Fasano wins the "Young Researcher of the Year" prize of the ENI Award 2017! Congrats Matteo from the SMaLL group! Matteo gives a Lectio Magistralis on "Heat and Mass Transfer of Water at Nanoscale Solid-Liquid Interfaces" on Tuesday 3 October at 10:30h in Sala Consiglio di Facoltà, Politecnico di Torino. Come and assist with us!


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20 September 2017
Matteo Morciano, Matteo Fasano, Eliodoro Chiavazzo and Pietro Asinari published an experimental paper on Scientific Reports about "Efficient steam generation by inexpensive narrow gap evaporation device for solar applications". Read the article!


Schematics and section of the solar steam generator
M. Morciano et al. Scientific Reports 7 11970 (2017)
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21 June 2017
Eliodoro Chiavazzo published a paper on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America about "Intrinsic map dynamics exploration for uncharted effective free-energy landscapes". Read the article and see the news on the Poliflash Magazine and on the Italian press...


iMapD exploration procedure for molecular dynamics
E. Chiavazzo et al. PNAS 2017 114 (28) E5494-E5503.
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21 March 2017
Prof. Pietro Asinari presents the NANOSTEP project - NANOfluid-based Solar absorption for Thermal Energy and water Purification - at the research @polito day (giornata della ricerca). Check out more on this and other projects!


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3 October 2016
Matteo Fasano, Eliodoro Chiavazzo and Pietro Asinari published a paper on Nature Communications about the "Interplay between hydrophilicity and surface barriers on water transport in zeolite membranes" in collaboration with the Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT). Read more...


Water intrusion in silicate pore
M. Fasano et al. Nature Communications 7 (2016) 12762.
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6 February 2014
Eliodoro Chiavazzo, Matteo Fasano and Pietro Asinari published a paper on Nature Communications about the "Scaling behaviour for the water transport in nanoconfined geometries". Read more...


Confined water molecules (molecular dynamics)
Image copyright - SMaLL 2017



6 October 2017
Congrats to the students of the team SUNFLOWER, winner of the Maker Competition 2017 @POLITO! The team wins a ticket for the Maker Faire 2017 in Rome! Good job also for the other teams (FLEGO, FREEZE, PINGU and PARABOLIC), for their excellent prototypes for water desalination!


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29 September 2017
The SMaLL team presents experimental activities on water desalination and purification at the European Researchers' night "Notte Europea dei Ricercatori" in Turin: find out photos and videos of the event on our Facebook page!


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22 August 2017
The SMaLL team, in collaboration with Ale Strachan's Group at Purdue University, published an online tool for computing thermal conductivities of carbon nano-tubes on the NanoHub platform. Two versions of the tool are available: a "scientific" version for fast computations and a tutorial version for students interested in learning molecular dynamics. Find out more and try the tool on NanoHub!


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7 April 2017
In the framework of the EMMC-CSA project, Pietro Asinari and Luca Bergamasco took part in the organization of the first International Workshop of the European Materials Modeling Council (EMMC) in Vienna (Austria). Read more...


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10 October 2016
Politecnico di Torino hosts the first edition of the Maker Competition, where four selected groups of students from the master courses "Applicazioni Avanzate di Fisica Tecnica" and "Accumulo e trasporto di energia" present their prototypes for water desalination devices. The winners will get a ticket for the Maker Faire 2016 in Rome!


Engineering students present their prototypes for desalination at the Maker Competition
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18 November 2015
The SMaLL team installed at Politecnico a brand-new solar concentrator with double-axis sun-tracking system for studying the behaviour of water and nanofluids under concentrated solar radiation Discover more...


The new solar concentrator on the rooftop at Politecnico di Torino