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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Cermodel2017 will take place at the department of civil, environmental and mechanical engineering of the University of Trento, from July 26 to July 28, 2017. Key points will be: constitutive modelling, computer simulation and design, experimental calibration and validation of the ceramic forming process and of innovative ceramic products. Important deadlines: March 15 abstract submission, March 30 abstract acceptance notification, May 15 early bird registration, July 18 late registration

Graphene Flagship General Assembly 2017 in Bologna


The Graphene Flagship General Assembly 2017 will be held 5 – 6 April at Flagship partner Cnr – Research Area of Bologna, Italy. On both days, there will be sessions open to Partners, Associated Members and Partnering Projects, to discuss future strategies, development related to the Graphene Flagship as well as the results achieved

CEn 2017. Second International Forum on Ceramics and Inorganic Materials


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.
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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

Jagged Platinum nanowires achieve record mass activity and cost reduction for hydrogen fuel cells

Press release 21/12/2016

An international team including a Cnr-Iccom researcher has demonstrated how shaping platinum into the form of nanoscale wires exhibiting jagged structure allows for a 50-fold reduction in the amount of this precious metal used as catalysts in hydrogen fuel cells thus dramatically lowering their cost and potentially enabling e.g. widespread use of cars fueled by hydrogen...

Vitamins and aminoacids regulate stem cell biology

Press release 16/02/2017

An International Reserach Team coordinated by Igb-Cnr discovered a key role of Vitamins and amoinoacids in pluripotent stem cells. The research is published in Stem Cell Reports and may provide new insights in cancer biology and regenerative medicine

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...