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CNR: Alamanacco della Scienza


N. 16 - 17 ott 2012
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali


Happy birthday Cnr-Nano!

The Cnr-Nanoscience Institute (Nano) celebrates two years of research activity. On this occasion it issues its first Activity Report, offering an overview of its activities and facilities, as well as of its main achievements. A selection of the most interesting and innovative research results is given in the 'Highlights section', followed by facts and figures on the Institute. In the section 'CnrNano Life' a time chart presents the events organized for the scientific community and the general public, from conferences to exhibitions to open laboratories, together with the awards received or other achievements, showing the qualities of this young and lively Institute.

Cnr-Nano has been established since February 2010 and its primary aim is the fundamental study and the manipulation of systems at the nanometric scale. Its wide and multidisciplinary research activity includes the synthesis and fabrication of nanostructures and devices, the experimental and theoretical-computational study of their properties and functionality, and of their interfaces at a microscopic and mesoscopic scale, as well as their integration in complex functional systems. Knowledge and expertise are used to develop applications in several fields, from energy and environment to nanomechanics, nano(bio)technologies, nanomedicine, with special attention to projects and advanced technologies of industrial interest.

Lucia Sorba, director at Cnr-Nano says: "A strength of our research comes from convergent contributions of scientists with background in different disciplines, and from combining advanced experiments and simulations. Among the main features of the Institute we point out its number of research infrastructures at high technological content and the presence of a critical mass able to pursue research activities in the framework of the program 'Horizon 2020'. The Institute is also strongly committed to the promotion of communication and education in the area of nanoscience".

It shares common projects with several Italian and foreign research institutions and companies. Prominent in the Cnr-Nano is the presence of young researchers and students. The Institute has 59 permanent and 21 fixed-term staff members, and about 50 young researchers among PhD students and post doctoral fellows. Furthermore, 130 affiliated researchers (50 of which with a permanent position) participate in the research activities of the Institute.

A full description of Cnr-Nano activity, production, news and events is available on www.nano.cnr.it.

Maddalena Scandola