Physical sciences and technologies of matter

The Cnr Department of Physical science and material technologies coordinates the physical-material area. The fundamental thematic research areas are the development of nano-structures based on semiconductors, oxides, organic and magnetic materials, superconductors and hybrids, laser and photonic systems, sensors and devices with microelectronics applications, energy, health care and ict; advances instrumentation and new methods of investigation in order to extend the knowledge regarding the science of soft condensed material, the complex material and the biological systems at all levels.

In the quantum science and technology field, the technologies that concern the manipulation and transfer of information have a great part, having the ultimate aim of contributing to the realization of devices for the data processing, with unmatchable characteristics, if compared to the classical systems.

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Micro-spectroscopy opens new routes for diagnostics

Press release 09/02/2018

Just like mechanical properties and chemical compositions of materials are of fundamental importance in buildings, the cells that build up every living organism have different properties and shapes depending on their function and state. Uncontrolled modifications in the cells elasticity, or in the elasticity of any biological tissues in general, are symptoms and effects of pathologies: hardened coronary arteries causing heart problems, weakened bones inducing orthopedic complications, elastic changes in corneal tissue provoking ocular pathologies, etc. An experimental technique, whichin a non-invasive way can probe in-situ the elastic and the biochemical properties of cells and tissues, would be a strategic diagnostic tool

Joint meeting of the german and italian sections of The Combustion Institute

Event from 23/05/2018 to 26/05/2018

The Joint Meeting of the German and Italian sections of the Combustion Institute, including the 41st Annual Meeting of the Italian Section (Asici), will take place in Sorrento (Italy), May 23-26, 2018

XTOP 2018. XIV Biennial Conference of High Resolution X-ray Diffraction and Imaging

Event from 03/09/2018 to 07/09/2018

The XTOP 2018 - XIV Biennial Conference of High Resolution X-ray Diffraction and Imaging - will be held in Bari. XTOP is an historical conference, the row starting in 1992 in Marseille, the last one was held in Brno (Czech Republic). The main scope of the conference was set already in 1992 to x-ray topography and high resolution diffraction, however during the time the conference has covered also other related topics like x-ray tomography, phase sensitive scattering, scanning techniques

Zero Gravity Graphene: experiment live on the blog


Meganne Christian from Imm-Cnr is involved in an exciting experiment in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) to test the viability of graphene for space applications. Follow her activity on the blog of the experiment

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

Graphene Factory


Graphene Factory is a Cnr portal focused on graphene and two-dimensional materials research. The aim is to promote and support this research throughout the CNR network, offering information and services to the scientific community, industrial partners and citizens