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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How "cubic" silicon carbide could revolutionize power electronics

Nwes 30/04/2020

Researchers from the Institute for microelectronics and microsystems (Cnr-Imm) of Catania have demonstrated, by means of theory and experiment, ways of "controlling" crystal imperfections inside the cubic silicon carbide.The ability to manipulate this material, which reveals higher electronic performances with respect to silicon or hexagonal silicon carbide, could have a revolutionary impact on the field of microelectronics.The study is published in the journal Applied Physics Reviews and has been selected by the editorial board as a "Featured Article".

Cnr-Spin and Covid-19

Institutional area

The Cnr-Spin Institute launched a website aimed at understanding the current pandemic and providing support to scientists, policy makers and society at its large, by comparing and interpreting publicly available data with an original approach

Metis coronagraph first light

News 24/04/2020

While the Solar Orbiter spacecraft is on its way toward the Sun, solar coronal images at the Hydrogen Ly-alpha wavelength have been acquired for the first time during a success full test of the UV channel of the Metis instrument. The National Research Council of Italy has been involved in the Metis instrument with the researchers of the Padova section of the Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies (Cnr-Ifn)


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