NanoItaly Association and the organizing secretariat of NanoInnovation are located within the Department of Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering (SBAI) of Sapienza University of Rome. The department carries out research activities mainly on topics of chemical, physical and mathematical disciplines that have a significant application in different fields. Important are the theoretical and experimental activities that aim at advancing knowledge, an essential factor to stimulate a scientific environment necessary to any innovation process. The simultaneous presence of the competences of mathematics, physics, chemistry and of laboratories with advanced equipment make the SBAI Department an important and unique center of competence for Sapienza University of Rome. In addition, SBAI Department contributes in an essential way since its foundation to the Research Centre for Nanotechnology applied to Engineering (CNIS) and Sapienza Nanotechnology & Nanoscience Laboratory (SSN Lab) where state-of-the-art instrumentation is installed.
The Research Centre for Nanotechnology applied to Engineering (CNIS) has been founded in 2006 and now involves over 90 professors and researchers, coming from different Departments of the Faculties of Engineering, Sciences and Medicine. The vision and goal of CNIS is to support a multidisciplinary user base of researchers of Sapienza and co-workers of other universities or private laboratories. It also promotes scientific collaboration activities with external research centers and other universities and with industries operating in the field of industrial and information engineering. CNIS promotes, coordinates and carries out research and training activities in the field of nanotechnology applied to engineering. To achieve its objectives, the Center develops research activities on topics such as modeling and experimental characterization of multifunctional properties at microscopic and macroscopic scales of nanostructured materials, devices and systems, development of techniques for the design of nanostructured and nanometric materials and much more.
The new Sapienza Nanotechnology & Nanoscience Laboratory (SNN Lab) is the core-facility devoted to nanoscience and nanotech multidisciplinary applications in materials science, life sciences, engineering and solid state physics. It gathers state-of-art instrumentation for nanotechnology together with an experienced staff that will perform the structural and functional characterization of all the materials, devices and systems in the framework of the foreseen project activities. It is a central research infrastructure to support the design, realization and characterization of nanostructures and innovative micro/nano-devices for different fields of applications. It also represents a reference structure for territory and companies responding to the research and technological development needs of the research programs at regional, national and international levels.
The aim of the ATOM Project (Open Infrastructure for Advanced TOmography and Microscopies) is the foundation of an open research infrastructure for materials and devices characterization, using advanced tomography and microscopy techniques. The presence in the region of a cluster of scientific instrumentation operating at the nanoscale is one of the fundamental requirements for fast technological transfer in the field of nanotechnology. The ATOM project is jointly presented by the Department of Basic and Applied Sciences for Engineering of Sapienza University of Rome, together with other institutions of the same University (CNIS - Research Center for Nanotechnologies applied to Engineering and the Department of Chemistry), and by the Rome Unit of the CNR Institute of Nanotechnology. ATOM has been founded with the aim of investigating in detail the 3D structure of materials, devices, components and biological tissues, from the mesoscopic to the nanoscopic scale, through functional and dynamic nanocharacterization.
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