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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Physics supporting bone cancer diagnosis

News 04/03/2020

A collaboration between the Cnr Institute of biophysics and the Department of translational research and new technologies in medicine and surgery of the University of Pisa has allowed to demonstrate that Raman spectroscopy is able to diagnose the various levels of malignancy of the chondrosarcoma. The research is published in the journal Scientific Reports

Security threats: Cnr-Nano project Terasec funded with a ERC grant

News 20/01/2020

Among the 76 recipients of the ERC Proof of Concept grants – third round 2019, the ‘Terasec’ project proposed by Francesco Giazotto (Cnr-Nano) will develop an innovative device for the detection of security threats of European citizens and infrastructures


Event from 06/09/2020 to 09/09/2020

Since 1987, EUROSENSORS Conferences have been a unique forum for scientists and engineers from academia, research institutes and industry to present their latest results in the field of Sensors, Actuators, Microsystems and Nanosystems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Theory and modelling, Reliability Advanced Materials for Sensing and Actuating Micro- and Nanofabrication Technologies MEMS & NEMS Physical sensors and Actuators  Chemical sensors Biological sensors, Microfluidic Lab on Chip, Micro Analysis Devices Bio(medical) Sensors

Solid states actuators for micro/nanorobotics

Institutional Area

Cnr-Spin coordinates this project aimed at exploring new materials and working principles for high-performance micromechanical actuators in view of applications in the growing field of micro and nanorobotics. The project has been selected as significant research project within the Executive Programme of Cooperation in the field of science and technology between the Italian government of Italy and the government of Japan for the years 2017-2019

Graphene Factory

Institutional Area

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

National Enterprise for nanoScience and nanoTechnology

Institutional Area

NEST is an interdisciplinary research and training centre where physicists, chemists and biologists investigate scientific issues at the nanoscale. This knowledge is exploited to develop innovative nanobiotechnological tools, nanoelectronic and photonic devices and architectures. The Italian Natounal Research Council supports the NEST initiative with the Institute of nanosciences