With a scientific network largely distributed all over Italy, embracing a wide variety of research topics –energy management, medicine, environment, food and agribusiness, life sciences, physics, Ict and more- the National Research Council of Italy has a unique background of knowledge and skills to be exploited by society at all levels. 

Sharing its best results and know-how, Cnr contributes in fostering new opportunities of growth and social development fot the whole Country.


Shining infrared light on brain astrocytes

Press release 27/04/2020

In the work published in the Faseb Journal, researchers from the Institute for Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity and the Institute for the Study of Nanostructured Materials of the National Research Council of Bologna, in collaboration with the University of Vanderbilt, with the University of Bari and the University of Bologna have shown that a flash of infrared laser light of only 8 thousandths of a second can modulate the function of astrocytes

The Loggia of Cupid and Psyche

Institutional Area

The Visual Computing Lab of Cnr-Isti developed an interactive web system to explore the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche, frescoed by Raffaello Sanzio, and other paintings of  Villa Farnesina (Rome). The system allows to immerse in the paintings, examining and discovering -both from an historical, artistic and scientific point of view- the 170 species of the vegetal festoons, and the 50 animal species represented in the vault 

Numerical analysis of COVID-19 pandemic

Institutional Area

The Cnr-Spin Institute launched a website aimed at understanding the current pandemic and providing support to scientists, policy makers and society at its large, by comparing and interpreting publicly available data with an original approach

Spectroscopy and Data mining: the Cnr-Ifac expertise

News 04/05/2020

Our research group is part of Istituto di fisica applicata "Nello Carrara". Our expertise is in visible and NIR spectroscopy as well as in experimental data mining. Our current activity is in food analysis, but we also collaborated in environmental and industrial applications of optic mesurements

How "cubic" silicon carbide could revolutionize power electronics

News 30/04/2020

Today, an international team of researchers led by Antonino La Magna and Giuseppe Fisicaro from the Institute for microelectronics and microsystems (Cnr-Imm) of the National Research Council of Italy (Catania) has demonstrated through a theoretical and experimental study ways of "controlling" the crystal imperfections inside cubic silicon carbide or 3C-SiC. Among the various structures of SiC (called polytypes), 3C-SiC is at the same time the most similar to silicon and the most promising for a series of applications. The study is published in the journal Applied Physics Reviews

Cnr Libraries

Institutional Area

This section offers information on the Cnr libraries located in the Research areas which are connected to various research Institutes located all over Italy

Towards a circular economy: interview with Nicola Armaroli

Institutional area

Nicola Armaroli, research director at the National Research Council of Italy and member of the Sunrise consortium (Solar energy for a circular economy), explains how the solar energy can contribute to make the circular economy a reality. The interview is published on the Sunrise website

Cnr Publishing

Institutional area

Cnr publishing activity consists of institutional documentation, scientific serial collections, Conference Proceedings, outreach and educational products, scientific games

Science Communication

Institutional Area

Part of the Cnr activities are devoted to the dissemination of science, with the aim of stimulating public knowledge and excitement around the research activities of its scientific community

Scientific and interactive exhibitions

Institutional area

By organizing exhibitions, the National Research Council aims to provide new opportunities for cultural growth and renovation by starting a dialogue with the audience of all ages and contributing to the development of the knowledge society

Cnr History

Institutional Area

The National Research Council of Italy was founded as legal person on 18 November 1923 (Royal Decree 2440/1923). Originally, it became member of the International Research Council, with offices in Brussels