Engineering Department – University of Ferrara
Via Saragat 1, 44100 Ferrara

Ph.D. in Engineering Science
Department of Engineering – University of Ferrara
Date: 8/4/2015
Thesis title: Rheology of Wood Polymer Composites.

Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering
University of Ferrara
Date: 22/6/2010
Thesis title: Valutazione del comportamento tribologico di riporti termici in WC-12Co e Cr3C2\37WC-18Me ottenuti mediante spruzzatura HVOF


1/2/2019 – present:  Assistant Professor, Dept. of Engineering, university of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

1/2/2015 – 31/1/2019: Research Fellow Dept. of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

1/11/2013 – 31/07/2014: Research activity abroad at Laboratoire Rhéologie et Procédés, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France, Supervisor Prof. Nadia El Kissi

1/10/2010 – 30/9/2011: Research Fellow Dept. of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

“Best Young Researcher Award” during the 7th International Conference – Times of Polymers and Composites (TOP 2014) Ischia 22-26 June 2014 for the oral presentation “Rheological and Thermal Properties of PP-based WPC”

Invited speaker during the 8th International Conference – Times of Polymers and Composites (TOP 2016), Ischia, Italy, June 19-23 2016 with the oral presentation “In – line vs. off – line rheological characterization of Wood Polymer Composites”


A.A. 2019/2020 – present
“Innovative materials for design”, II year, Bachelor Degree in Industrial Product Design, University of Ferrara, 48 hours teaching

A.A. 2018/2019 – A.A.  2017/2018
“Physical characterization of materials for design”, II year Bachelor Degree in Industrial Product Design, University of Ferrara, 48 hours teaching

A.A. 2016/2017 – A.A. 2017/2018
“Physical characterization of materials for design”, II year Bachelor Degree in Industrial Product Design, University of Ferrara, 24 hours teaching

A.A. 2015/2016 
“Composite Materials” II year Bachelor Degree in Industrial Product Design, University of Ferrara, 24 hours teaching

Polymeric and composite materials, manufacturing and compounding processes, innovative plastics filled with natural fibers, mechanical properties, rheological properties, thermal properties, 3D printing, ageing and degradation phenomena, tribology and wear, dental materials

20 applied research contracts with private companies


Polymer Composites, Bioresources, Journal of Composite Materials, Journal of Manufacturing Processes, Polymer Testing, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Polymers, Materials, Applied Sciences, Plastics, Rubber and Composites: Macromolecular Engineering, Fibers and Polymers, Materials Today: Proceedings, Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, Polimery

Number of citations: 449 from Scopus

ISI h-index: 10


  1. Malagutti L., F. Mollica, Mazzanti V. Error amplification in capillary viscometry of power law fluids with slip. Polymer Testing. Vol. 91, Art. Num. 106816 (2020)
  2. Mazzanti V., Salzano de Luna M., Pariante R., Mollica F., Filippone G. Natural fiber-induced degradation in PLA-hemp biocomposites in the molten state. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Vol.137, Art. Num.105990 (2020)
  3. Mazzanti V., Malagutti L., Santoni A., Sbardella F., Calzolari, A., Sarasini, F., Mollica, F.Correlation between mechanical properties and processing conditions in rubber-toughened wood polymer composites. Polymers, Vol. 12, Art. Num. 278 (2020)
  4. Santoni A., Bonfiglio P., Fausti P., Marescotti C., Mazzanti V., Pompoli F. Characterization and vibro-acoustic modeling of wood composite panels. Materials, Vol. 13, Art. Num. 1897 (2020)
  5. Lombardo L., Toni G., Mazzanti V., Mollica F., Spedicato G. Author, Siciliani G. The mechanical behavior of as received and retrieved nickel titanium orthodontic archwires. Progress in Orthodontics, Vol. 20, Art. Num. 1 (2019)
  6. Mazzanti V., Pariante R., Bonanno A., Ruiz de Ballesteros O., Mollica F., Filippone G. Reinforcing mechanisms of natural fibers in green composites: Role of fibers morphology in a PLA/hemp model system. Composites Science and Technology, Vol. 180, pp. 51-59 (2019)
  7. Santoni A, Bonfiglio P., Fausti P, Marescotti C., Mazzanti, V., Mollica F., Pompoli F. Improving the sound absorption performance of sustainable thermal insulation materials: Natural hemp fibres. Applied Acoustics, Vol. 150, pp. 279-289 (2019)
  8. Lombardo L., Ceci, M., Mollica F., Mazzanti, V., Palone, M., Siciliani, G. Mechanical properties of multi-force vs. conventional NiTi archwires. Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics, 2019, Vol. 80, pp. 57-67 (2019)
  9. Mazzanti V., Mollica F., Rheological behavior of wood filled poly (lactic acid): Temperature and concentration dependence. Polymer Composites, Vol. 40, pp. E169 - E176 (2019)
  10. Mazzanti V., Malagutti L., Mollica F. FDM 3D printing of polymers containing natural fillers: A review of their mechanical properties. Polymers, Vol. 11, 94 (2019)
  11. Fortini A., Mazzanti V., Combined effect of water uptake and temperature on wood polymer composites. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol. 135, 46674 (2018)
  12. Santoni A., Bonfiglio P., Mollica, F. Fausti, P. Pompoli, F., Mazzanti, V., Vibro-acoustic optimisation of Wood Plastic Composite systems. Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 174, pp 730 – 740 (2018)
  13. Mazzanti V., Mollica F., Pressure dependent wall slip of wood flour filled polymer melts. J. Non-Newtonian Fluid Mech., Vol. 247, pp 178 – 187 (2017)
  14. Mazzanti V., Mollica F.In-process measurements of flow characteristics of wood plastic composites. J. Polym. Environment, Vol. 25, pp. 1044–1050 (2017)
  15. Lombardo L., Martines E., Mazzanti V., Arreghini A., Mollica F., Siciliani G. Stress relaxation properties of four orthodontic aligner materials: A 24-hour in vitro study. Angle Orthodontist, Vol. 87 (1), pp 11 – 18 (2017)
  16. Mazzanti V., Mollica F., El Kissi N. Rheological and mechanical characterization of polypropylene-based wood plastic composites. Polymer Composites, Vol. 37 (12), pp 3460 – 3473 (2016)
  17. Lombardo L., Sacchi E., Larosa M., Mollica F., Mazzanti V., Spedicato G.A., Siciliani G. Evaluation of the stiffness characteristics of rapid palatal expander screws. Progress in Orthodontics, Vol. 17 (1), Article 36 (2016)
  18. Mazzanti V., Mollica F.,In-line rheometry of polypropylene based Wood Polymer Composites.Polymer Testing, Vol. 47, pp. 30 – 35 (2015)
  19. Merlin M., Soffritti C., Vazquez R., Mazzanti V., Garagnani G.L., Analytical treatment of uncertainties for a macroscopic tribology instrumentation. Metallurgical Analysis, Vol. 33, pp. 74 – 80 (2013)
  20. Mazzanti V., Merlin M, Rizzoni R., Martensitic thin wires under restrained recovery: Theoretical and experimental aspects, Technische Mechanik, Vol. 2, pp. 535-545 (2012)



  1. Mazzanti V., Cavalcoli V., Balbo A., Mollica F. Hygrothermal degradation effects on a rubber toughened WPC. Materials Today: Proceeding. In press
  2. Occari M., Mazzanti V., Mollica F., Munari E., Pinelli M., Suman A. Numerical simulations of a centrifugal pump with a non-Newtonian fluid: Influence on performances of different rheological modelling. ASME-JSME-KSM Vol.2 (2019)
  3. Occari M., Pinelli M., Munari E., Mollica F., Mazzanti V., Suman A. Experimental tests with centrifugal pumps: Degradation of performance, instability and dynamic phenomena with non-Newtonian suspensions of kaolin in water. ASME-JSME-KSM Vol. 3B-2019, Art. Num. 4939 (2019)
  4. Mazzanti V., Malagutti L., Blanchard M., Yi S., Mollica F. In-line rheological properties of rubber toughened Wood Polymer Composites. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering Vol. 634, Art. Num. 012043
  5. Mazzanti V., Mollica F. Exit effects in the wall slip of polymeric concentrated suspensions. AIP Conference Proceedings 1981, Art. Num. 020092 (2018)
  6. Mazzanti V., Bonanno A., Mollica F., Filippone G. Influence of alkaline treatment on hemp fibers filled poly(lactic acid). AIP Conference Proceedings 1981, Art. Num.020016 (2018)
  7. Mazzanti V., Mollica F., Rheology of Wood Flour Filled Poly(lactic acid), Procedia Engineering Vol. 200 pp 61-67 (2017)
  8. Mazzanti V., Mollica F., Bending Properties of Wood Flour Filled Polyethylene in Wet Environment, Procedia Engineering Vol. 200 pp 68-72 (2017)
  9. Aldi, N., Buratto, C., Casari, N., Dainese, D., Mazzanti, V., Mollica, F., Munari,E.,  Occari, M., Pinelli, M., Randi, S., Ruggero Spina, P., Suman, A., Experimental and Numerical Analysis of a Non-Newtonian Fluids Processing Pump, Energy Procedia Vol. 126 pp 762-769 (2017)
  10. Mazzanti V., El Kissi N., Mollica F., In – line vs. off – line rheological characterization of wood polymer composites, AIP Conference Proceedings Vol. 1736 pp 020003-1-4 (2016)
  11. Mazzanti V., Mollica F., El Kissi N.,Rheological and Thermal Properties of PP-based WPC, AIP Conference Proceedings Vol. 1599 pp 274-277 (2014)

Author of about 20 international conference presentations

Ferrara, Italy 28/9/2020

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