Gian Luca Garagnani, is full professor in Metallurgy at the Department of Engineering, University of Ferrara (Italy).

Presently, he is the head of the “Aldo Daccò” Corrosion and Metallurgy Research Centre of the University of Ferrara.

Is teacher of the courses of Metallurgy I (first level degree in Mechanical Engineering) and Surface Treatments and Coating of Metallic Alloys (master degree in Mechanical Engineering).

Graduated in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Bologna in the year 1979, from 1983 to 1997 as been Researcher in metallurgy at the Faculty of Industrial Chemistry – Bologna University.

From 1998 to 2004 was Associate Professor and from 2005 is Full Professor in Metallurgy at the Department of Engineering of the University of Ferrara.

In the academic years 2010/11 – 2014/15 he has been the coordinator of the Council of Study courses in Mechanical Engineering.

From the academic year 2014/15 to present is the Head of the Joint Commission of the Engineering Departments of Ferrara University.

In the period 2010-2014 he has been member of the board of AIM (Italian Association of Metallurgy)

From 2009 to 2016 has been member of the scientific committee of “La Metallurgia Italiana - The International Journal of the Italian Association for Metallurgy”.

He is member of the Scientific Committees of Network Laboratories - Tecnopolo of Ferrara “Terra&AcquaTech” e  “TeknèHub”.

Is vice-chairman ASM Europe, Italy-Switzerland Chapter, since 2010.

Is the president of AIM Scientific Committee “History of Metallurgy” Study Centre and member of AIM Scientific Committee “Light Metals” Study Centre, since 2012.

From 2018 to present is member of the Executive Committee (EC) of FEMS (Federation of European Materials Society (FEMS) as the Italian representative designed by Italian Association of Metallurgy (AIM).


The main research activities, leading to the publishing of more than 180 papers on national and international journals, regarded the following fields:

1) Study of advanced casting and joining processes of aluminium alloys and metal matrix composites.

2) Study of the influence of process parameters and thermal treatments on the microstructural and mechanical properties of Aluminium Alloys produced by Additive Manufacturing.

3) Study of the effects of metallurgical processes, thermal and mechanical treatments on the microstructural and mechanical properties of metallic alloys (high strength low alloy steels, duplex stainless steels, shape memory alloys, aluminium matrix composites, cast irons, etc.)

4) Tribological and microstructural characterization of innovative coatings and surface treatments.

5) Analytical and microstructural characterization of metallic artefacts of archaeological and historical interest.