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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3rd edition of chem2Dmat International Conference

Event from 31/08/2021 to 03/09/2021

The third edition of the chem2Dmat International Conference will be held in Bologna, hopefully in a face-to-face edition at the CNR Research Area of Bologna, from 31 August to 3 September 2021. This edition is organized by the National Research Council (Italy), Phantoms Foundation, Spain), Technische Universität Dresden (Germany) and Université de Strasbrourg (France). The conference will cover all areas related to 2D materials' chemistry spanning their synthesis as well as their functionalization, using covalent and non-covalent approaches, for composites, foams and coatings, membranes, (bio-)sensing, (electro- and photo-)catalysis, energy conversion, harvesting and storage, electronics, nanomedicine, biomaterials. Check here the conference deadlines

Mechanics of the infinitely small: NanoGear, towards a molecular gear

Press release 17/05/2021


Oscillatory and rotational motions of different parts are combined in a newly conceived artificial  molecule, paving the way for the construction of devices capable of transforming and transmitting  movements on the nanometer scale. The nanodevice was designed, synthesized and tested by a team of  researchers of the University of Bologna led by Massimo Baroncini and Alberto Credi. This is a result of  the Center for Light Activated Nanostructures (Clan), a joint laboratory between the University and Cnr Isof in Bologna. The study is published by the prestigious journal Chem

Learning from meteorites to improve bone replacements

Press release 08/04/2021

A study by the Cnr Crystallography Institute in collaboration with the Sapienza and Roma Tre universities and with ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (UK), made it possible to obtain the first complete characterization of whitlockite, a mineral also present in meteorites. The results will contribute to obtaining more performing materials for biomedical use. The study is published in Crystals

Match, materials common house

Institutional area

Match is a coordination and support action to promote the creation of strong, sustainable, inclusive network where any european materials players as Industry, research and academia feels comfortable and gains real value for its interest, and the integration of concerted and strategic actions responding to national and european challenges in the materials field

NewTimes. New trends in materials science and engineering

Institutional area

The meeting (June 14 – June 18th 2021 in virtual format at aims at providing a forum on new trends on materials science and engineering from the Italian community and beyond. The scope is to gather engineers, physicists, chemists and materials scientists working on innovative materials and their applications. The scientific program will feature selected talks related to topics covering advanced materials and related applications in sensing, water treatment, energy conversion, surface science, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. Deadline abstract submission May 21th, 2021

Technology transfer office

Institutional area

Technology transfer represents the Cnr’s second mission, after the scientific research. Cnr-TTO is responsible for all the activities related to TT, namely protection of research results, IPR management and exploitation, promotion and support for spin-off creation, marketing and promotion of research results

Foresight: from society to research

Institutional area

Foresight is a interdepartmental project of the National Research Council of Italy, aimed at elaborating coherent research strategies and addressing socially relevant problems related to environment, health, food, energy, security and transportation