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Nanomaterials and enabling processes for sustainable manufacturing

ISMN is internationally recognized as an institution of excellence in the field of nanomaterials and enabling processes. In this strategic field, the research activities are mainly focused on organic and hybrid electronics, optoelectronics, photovoltaics, mechanics, sensors and nano-medicine. The aims of this research line are:

  • The development of top-down, bottom-up and hybrid technologies for the fabrication of thin films and nanostructured systems integrated in nano and micro devices such as electronic components (OFET, LED, OLETs), functional coatings (smart surfaces), sensors (optical, thermal, biological), devices for information storage (TAG, memristor).
  •  The growth of thin films, functionalized surfaces, nano-structured coatings with tribological, innovative, functional and aesthetic –decorative properties using advanced, low-impact, processes (i.e. wet methods, vacuum sublimation and ablation).
  • The development of methods for physic/chemical, morphological and structural characterization of nanostructured systems using state of the art, spectroscopic (UV / Vis, PL, NMR, CD); microscopic (optical and probe); surface (XPS, AES, XRF, UPS, SEM-EDS, AFM) and diffraction (XRD) techniques.

These activities are applied to:

  • multifunctional and multitopics materials (i.e. selective recognition of metal);
  • functional nanoparticles (metallic, magnetic, fluorescent, etc.);
  • organic and inorganic semiconductors, complex oxides;
  • metals;
  • polymers;
  • supramolecular systems;
  • chiral systems (i.e. enantioselective sensors);
  • hybrid, multifunctional magneto-electric devices, operating as sensors, memories and logic-gates;
  • natural fibres for the intelligent tissues;
  • control of surface wetting properties for technological applications (Es. self-cleaning surfaces) and functional membranes (i.e. the separation of immiscible fluids);
  • functional ceramic materials (i.e. for the manufacture of airborne radars).



Progetti Attivi

 AcronimoTitoloResponsabile scientifico

CNR-PAN Polonia

Development of smart magnetic-field responsive fluids based on surfactant binary mixtures

Dr. Calandra


Nanomax-integrable sensors for pathological biomarkers diagnosis

Dr. Cavallini

Progetti Conclusi

 AcronimoTitoloResponsabile scientifico

Nanostrutturazione di superfici funzionali per la movimentazione di gocce

Dr. Cavallini


Intelligent Cell Surface

Dr. Cavallini


Rete Nazionale di ricerca sulle neuroscienze

Dr. Ingo,
Dr.ssa Padeletti


Italian technology for industrial biomanufacturing

Dr. Toffanin


Laser Induced Synthesis of polymeric nanocomposite materials and development of micro–patterned hybrid light emitting diodes (led) and transistors (let)

Dr. Muccini


Packaging basato su nanomateriali per ricevitori ed exciter compatti per applicazioni radar con antenna a scansione elettronica del fascio

Dr. Ingo


A common European approach to the regulatory testing of nanomaterials

Dr.ssa Bergenti

Rolling CIGS

Roll to roll deposition of flexible CIGS based solar cells

Dr. Albonetti

CNR-PAN Polonia

Experimental and theoretical aspects of electrospray and its application for thin deposition

Dr. Calandra


Quantum coherent drive of energy transfer along helical structures by polarized light

Dr.ssa Castriciano


Difesa dell'individuo tramite fabbricazione di tessuti agenti da protezione attiva e passiva

Dr.ssa Padeletti

Università Italiane:
Università degli Studi di Firenze
Università degli Studi di Bologna
Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Università degli Studi della Basilicata
Università degli Studi di Bergamo
Università degli Studi della Calabria
Università degli Studi di Catania
Università degli Studi di Messina
Università degli Studi di Milano
Università degli Studi di Padova
Università degli Studi di Palermo
Università degli Studi di Pisa
Università degli Studi di Siena
Università degli studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”

Univeridad Autonoma de Madrid
CSIC Institut Catlà de Nanociènica I Nanotecnologia, ES
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, DE
University of Lund, Svezia
Swarthmore College, PA, USA
University of Nijmegen, The Netherland