Meet the Partners

Chemical Department “Ugo Schiff” – Florence University (coordinating beneficiary)


Being the result of merging between the former Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Departments, the Chemistry Department “Ugo Schiff” ranks among the largest University Departments. Presently, the academic staff consists of more than 90 scientists.

The academic interests are distributed over a high number of chemical areas among which:

  • Biological Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Material Science
  • Medicinal Chemistry / Drug Design and Synthesis
  • Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Nanosystem Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Science for Cultural Heritage
  • Structural Chemistry
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Synthetic Chemistry
  • Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

The Chemistry Department is equipped with modern laboratory and computational instrumentation and up-to-date experimental apparatus. The combination of expertise and scientific knowledge makes the Chemistry Department a center of excellence of the University of Florence.

In the 2010 year the Department of Chemistry has been granted of more than 2,000,000 Euros as financial support for research, including funding from the European Research Council. A strong collaboration has been also developed with private firms, resulting in large financial revenues.

Several academics of the Chemistry Department have been acknowledged with national and international awards during the last years, thus testifying the high quality of the scientific results obtained in this Department.


Chemical Institute of organometallic compounds of CNR


Development of novel analytical instrumentation and methodology based upon chemical separation science, hyphenated techniques, and multidimensional detection systems.

Selective, sensitive characterization and determination of thiolic compounds and proteins by fluorescence spectrometry and hyphenated techniques.

Development and application of a Dynamic Surface Tension Detector (DSTD) to the study of proteins and polymers at water/air interfaces and as detection system of surfactants for FIA and HPLC instrumentation.

Characterization of supramolecular Polyphenol-Chromium(III) Clusters by Molecular Dynamics Simulations Atomic spectrometry techniques (Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry); liquid chromatography (LC); hyphenated techniques (LC-AFS); development of analytical methods; protein analysis.

Flow Injection Analysis, surface tension measurements, polymer and protein surface activity, process analysis.

Molecular fluorescence and Trp phosphorescence spectroscopy, analysis of protein dynamic Spectroscopic techniques (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Circular Dichroism, UV/Visible spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy), protein conformational analysis.

Electrochemistry (Differential Pulse Polarography and Voltammetry).

Development of analytical methods for the analysis of nitrosothiols and nitrosoproteins in biological fluids by chemical derivatization techniques and enzymatic reactions.

Conformational analysis of proteins by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR).


Asociación de Investigación para la industria del calzado


INESCOP, Technological Institute for Footwear and Related Industries is an independent organisation of scientific-technical services aimed at companies in the footwear sector and related industries like tannery’s sector. The activities carried out by INESCOP concentrate on satisfying the needs of the industries in these sectors, with regards to the carrying out of tests, quality control, studies of materials, the development and implantation of new technologies, training, information and documentation, the Environment, industrial design, fashion and applied investigation.

Specifically, the Environmental Department at INESCOP develops different activities within the environmental field offering its services with the aim to provide a comprehensive solution to companies in the footwear sector and similar sectors: Environmental Management Systems, Clean Tanning Technologies, atmospheric and noise emissions, Ecological Labelling, sewage, industrial waste and training for the companies.

In short, INESCOP has wide experience on the study of environmentally-friendly tanning technologies as well as the development of innovative leather tanning processes, in addition to having different pilot installations available aimed at the technical and environmental improvement of leather tannin processes.

Likewise, the Environmental Department at INESCOP has participated in several projects as much in investigation and development as in the introduction of new technologies both at a national and international level.



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Relying on many years of experience we have dealt with many kinds of leather using various tanning techniques, always with the greatest care for the environment, and leading market trends. Client assistance is a primary concern of Newport. Thanks to a first-rate technical staff, the most advanced laboratory instruments, and specialized studies in fashion trends, Newport collaborates with its clients to meet all their technical, stylistic and productive requirements needs. A winning “Made in Italy” that skilfully blend tradition with modernity to obtain the very best. Very carefully selected raw materials, innovative technology, effective products, a flexible and efficient plant. Newport attentively follows all phases of production to guarantee products that offer the best possible performance. Cutting edge equipment, specialized and qualified human resources. From tanning to retanning, Newport has been constantly committed to studying, experimenting and proposing the most suitable formulations for the various requirements of production.

Technology, creativity and innovation applied to every kind of product.
Exclusive creations for a unique quality intended for a high-end market.
For Newport, ecology and quality are inseparable. The rationalization of productive processes, products that have a low impact on the environment, chemical-physical testing of leathers, respect for anti-pollution standards. Newport creates fashion while respecting the environment.

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