Chemical sciences and materials technology

These research topics -although pertaining to many Cnr research groups  and Institutes- find a systematic exploitation in the Cnr Department of Chemical Science and Materials technology (Dsctm).

Research topics range from sustainable chemistry to advanced materials and key enabling technologies, as well as nanomedicine. A great importance has also the area of biotechnologies and bio-materials, that situates the Department in an advanced position in the 'living technologies' field, particularly for the development of nanotechnologies bottom-up with an high excellence impact in flexible electronic and optoelectronics, hydrogen technology and fuel cells, sustainable processes with high efficiency and new generation manufacturing. 

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Touching the smell: when does a mouth become a nose?

Press release 14/04/2017

Recent studies on the mechanisms of chemical communication in aquatic environments undermine the traditional distinction between the chemical senses (olfaction and gustation) based on spatial criteria

Phosphorene and 2D companions

Event 08/05/2017

Since its first discovery in 2014, few layers black Phosphorus, as well as its monolayer, called phosphorene, attracted great interest in the scientific community because of its direct band gap, easily tuned with the number of layers, its high reactivity and its puckered structure, which lead to anisotropic transport properties. Two years after the ”Fosforene day” in Florence (July 17th 2015), we are glad to invite you to “Phosphorene and 2D companions” workshop in Rome...

CEn 2017. Second International Forum on Ceramics and Inorganic Materials

Event 07/06/2017

Ceramics for energy (CEn 2017) aims to provide a unique platform of researchers, technologists and industrial participants to discuss the latest advances and breakthroughs in ceramic-based and inorganic materials linked to hydrogen, low carbon and high efficiency energy technologies.

Unit for the internationalization of research


The unit is in charge of the Department internationalization research activities. In particular carries out the following tasks: promoting the participation of the Department in EU and international research projects through training and information; cultivating ongoing interactions with the European Commission, National Delegates of H2020, APRE, Italian representatives in expert groups of H2020, and other International stakeholders (research centre, universities, SMEs) ; analysing and processing strategic vision documents, such as position papers, as well as technology foresight studies

Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market

Towards FP9


While the ninth framework program adoption seems to be far to come, some ideas are already there and the relevant stakeholders are getting around to intercept signals which can allow to predict reliable scenarios for the next programming period. What seems to emerge is a scenario that appears to be very little reassuring, apparently absent, in fact, the great protagonist who, since the first framework program, constituted a significant source of funding for the European RTD performer in general: research in cooperation...