Michele Dondi accomplished his M.Sc. graduation in Geological Sciences at the University of Bologna in 1985 (110/110 cum laude).
Since 1988, Michele Dondi is a researcher at the ISTEC Faenza (Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics) that is part of the CNR (Italian National Research Council). Successive professional steps have been the following:
- Project Leader on Ceramic raw materials since 1993.
- Industrial Liaison Officer on Traditional ceramics since 1995.
- Project Leader on Product and process innovation in traditional ceramics since 1997.
- Head Researcher of the Group of Traditional Ceramics since 2001.
His scientific activity is particularly focused on the behaviour of raw materials, the properties of ceramic materials, and the product and process innovation. It is witnessed by approximately 250 publications (more than 60 on international journals), books, and several lectures to scientific and technical congresses. Part of his activity is especially dealing with technological transfer, technical consultancy and services to industries, bringing about numerous contracts with companies manufacturing wall and floor tiles, ceramic glazes and pigments, machinery, bricks and roof tiles, tableware, refractory and technical ceramics. Michele Dondi has coordinated many international scientific and technological collaborations, including bilateral agreements, with the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom.