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Materials Meets Electronics: A New Paradigm for Automotive Components

Speaker: Nello Li Pira | Company: FIAT Research Centre | Date: 10-11 March 2021 | Full Presentation

This work discusses one of the main future challenge in automotive materials addressing the integration of embedded electronic functionalities and sustainability.

The cars of the future will have an elegant and ergonomic design with embedded sensors, touch surfaces and biomimetic multi-coloured components. E-mobility and autonomous driving are becoming fundamental demands in vehicles but at the same time, they have to merge with sustainability introducing biomaterials and strengthening the circular economy. This implies a continuous development of current products with increase of electronics contents meeting in parallel the main issues of economy of the future: limiting the presence of hazardous chemicals, increase uptake of recycled materials and developing bio-based plastics.

Nello Li Pira

Head of Materials Labs @ FIAT Research Centre


Nello Li Pira, Dr. General Physics, University of Torino, 2000. He obtained a PhD degree at the Polytechnic of Turin in 2010. He currently works as Global Materials R&I manager in FCA Material Engineering and additionally he is in charge of Electrics/Electronics and Multi-functional materials department in EMEA. He is the global manager of Advanced & Aesthetics Materials managing within the internal FCA Innovation Master plan on the development of novel innovative trims/solutions for different FCA projects including Alfa Romeo, Maserati, FIAT, and JEEP brands. He was involved in the development of interior trims and display materials for several FCA brands. Currently he is the reference for materials and optical assessment of display in FCA. He masters in surface and coating metrology and plastic electronics since 2009. He has international experiences in European projects as project coordinator: FP7 ICT PRIAM and scientific responsible in ICT, FOF and NMPB projects in the frame of H2020 and FP7 programs. He is inventor of more than 10 industrial patents and author of more than 10 international publications.

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