Institute of structure of matter (ISM)



o Theoretical analysis and modeling:
Density Functional Theory (DFT) for the study of electronic and chemical properties of materials.
Numerical micromagnetism.
Simulation of STM images.

o Low-density and low-dimensional systems and "quantum control":
Dynamics of atomic and molecular processes, of functionalized surfaces, of interfaces, molecular recognition and catalysis.
Structural, electronic and optical properties of surfaces and low-dimensional systems.
2D materials.

o Nanostructured materials:
Magnetic and hybrid nanostructured materials.
Magnetic, electronic and functional properties of atomic scale clusters.

o Materials and devices for applications in renewable energy:
Hybrid materials for molecular photovoltaic processes.
Carbon based devices and materials.
Heterogeneous catalysis for energy and the environment.

o Development of instrumentation and methods:
Design, management and development of instrumentation for synchrotron radiation and free-electron lasers.
Innovative technologies and systems for training and technological support to government and businesses.

Production and synthesis of materials

o Laser ablation with short pulses (ns - fs) for production of nanomaterials.
o Chemical (CVD) and physical (PVD) vapor deposition methods assisted by plasmas.
o Synthesis of nanostructures and functionalized surfaces under UHV conditions with MBE methods.
o Synthesis of graphene layers on surfaces by CVD.
o Deposition and characterization of nanostructured films for biomedical applications
o Deposition of thin films by various techniques (LB, spin-coating, evaporation, etc.).
o Chemical preparation methods of nanoparticles and magnetic nanocomposites.
o Design and installation of mini reactors.
o Chemical synthesis, in solution and in the solid state, of organometallic compounds, metal nanoparticles, metal alloys and oxides and hybrid nanocomposite materials.
o Design of new materials, based on phthalocyanines and their analogues, with unusual properties.

Instrumentation and techniques

o X-ray and neutron reflectometry and diffraction.
o AFM / SNOM scanning microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy.
o Optical spectroscopy.
o X-rays and ultraviolet spectroscopy (both absorption and emission).
o Photoemission spectroscopy with high angular and energy resolution.
o Pump & probe spectroscopy.
o Infrared interferometry.
o Development of instrumentation for the production of effusive and supersonic beams, and the detection and transport of electrons, ions and photons.
o Use and management of beam lines at a synchrotron radiation facilities.
o Ultra-high vacuum techniques.
o Mass Spectrometry.
o Microanalytical determination of trace elements (Elemental and ICP-MS analysis).
o Magnetometry and cryogenics for the study of magnetization processes in magnetic materials and/or superconductors.
o Development of instrumentation for the measurement of magnetic fields, magnetization and magnetic susceptibility.
o Design, implementation and optimization of the properties of detectors and energy converters based on advanced semiconductors.
o Electronic engineering for interfacing and automation of experimental apparatuses and systems for deposition on and treatment of materials and/or devices.
o IT infrastructure and platforms for training, for mathematical computation, for the development of simulation models, and for information management using techniques based on knowledge management systems.