Founded in October 2016, Plume Srl is an innovative start-up company, a spin-off from the University of Milano-Bicocca. Plume was established by Claudia Riccardi, Elisa Dell’Orto and Stefano Zanini, all who are part of the Physics Department at the University of Milano-Bicocca. Plume aims at developing, producing and marketing innovative and high-tech products and services based on plasma processing. These technologies and know-how have been achieved with the aid of several applied researches carried out at the
Plasma Prometeo Center of the University. Such technologies concern several surface plasma processes, including Nano-coatings and surface functionalization, some of which have been patented and industrially competitive in the fields of energy, green economy and manufacturing. Plume relies on several pieces of equipment and plasma systems suitable for the development and validation of processes, ranging from laboratory to industrial scale.

Our business activities are mainly centred around three core fields:



Board of Directors

Emanuele Oliva, Legal and Administrative Manager of Plume

Claudia Riccardi , Scientific Director of Plume, Innovation Manager
    Physicist, PhD. Knowledge management strategy,
marketing strategies based on Technologies.

    Mapping of IP protection strategy. Business Plan Elaboration. 

Technical Management

Stefano Zanini, Processing and Analysis Manager
    Chemist, PdD. Technical design and specifications of the operational conditions for the surface

    treatment purpose, operational  feasibility validation. Surface Analyses.

Elisa Dell’Orto, Processing and Project Manager
     Physicist, PhD. Demonstration and Pilot Test Plans, Protocols for executing demonstration

     and pilot test runs. Assessment of the technical needs. Feasibility Report and Business Plan.

Sales Management

Emanuele Oliva, Sales Manager
Claudia Riccardi, Marketing Manager


University of Milano-Bicocca was founded as autonomous organization on the 10th of June 1998. In the Times Higher Education rankings 2015, dedicated to the best hundred universities with less than 50 years, the University was ranked 24th in the world and 1st in Italy. The core aim behind the establishment of the University was to make Research the strategic foundation of all institutional activities. Research is meant as an expansion of knowledge, an enhancement of training, a vehicle that gives a strong contribution to the development of the productive systems. The University of Milano-Bicocca pays special attention to the territory in which it operates, at the same time, focusing on the international dimension. Today, the University of Milano-Bicocca is a multidisciplinary University which trains professionals in various fields: economics and statistics, legal, scientific, medical, sociological, psychological and pedagogical. It is a young, dynamic and innovative University, which in a short space of time, has created an extensive network that includes many world-famous universities, research centres and top corporations. It has also created several spinoff companies such as Plume Srl.

Department of Physics

Department of Physics carries out research in Theoretical Physics, Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology, Biophysics and Plasma Physics. Moreover, within Applied Physics, important progress has been made in areas of basic research, such as Parallel Computing and Computational Physics, Environmental Radioactivity, Plasma technological applications, Neutron Spectroscopy, Physics applied to Medicine. It is the Physics department that led to the conception of Plume Srl. 

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