Chemical Sciences for Nanostructures and Biological Applications

The program “Chemical Sciences for Nanostructures and Biological Applications” involves 11 researchers with main objective to coordinate multidisciplinary research at the molecular, macromolecular and mesoscopic scales with diverse applications in pharmaceuticals, nanomedicine, biotechnology and environment. he main topics of current research include synthesis, characterisation, biological and computational studies of molecules, materials and processes.


Cultural Heritage

Cultural Heritage Program includes 9 researchers involving Physical, Chemical, Geological and Biological Science with Archaeology. The main objective of the Cultural Heritage Program is to carry out state-of-the art research dedicated to the development and application of scientific methods for “reading the past“ in order to extract Historical, Cultural, Social and Environmental information. A further objective is to address major new challenges in the international community regarding the further integration of scientific study in archaeology view to the conservation of tangible cultural heritage.


Magnetism and Superconductivity: Advanced Materials and Applications

The scientific aims of this program, involving 15 researchers, are (i) the synthesis of novel magnetic and superconducting materials, in bulk form (powder/ single crystals), as well as thin films and nanoparticles, (ii) functionalization of nanostructures with selected properties (iii) their detailed experimental and theoretical study at both microscopic and macroscopic levels. The ultimate goal is to exploit their intrinsic magnetic, electronic, optical and structural properties in innovative applications, such as magnetic information storage systems, electromechanical devices, microelectronics/nanoelectronics, spintronics, energy storage, environmental protection, biomedical applications, photocatalysis and medical applications.


Nanochemistry and Nanomaterials

“Nanochemistry and Nanomaterials” comprises a set of discrete yet complementary and strongly interacting groups. The activities of the program are multifaceted and span across all R&D steps, from design, synthesis and characterization of novel molecular and supramolecular entities and nanostructures to high-end process design and applications through multi-scale modelling. In more detail, the research groups formed by 24 researchers are: Functional Nanomaterials of Organized Structure, Advanced Ceramics and Composites Laboratory, Materials and Membranes for Environmental Separations Laboratory, Molecular Thermodynamics and Modelling of Materials Laboratory, Transport of matter phenomena in polymers, Nanotechnology Processes for Solar Energy Conversion & Environmental Protection, Catalytic - Photocatalytic Processes (Solar Energy - Environment).


Nanoelectronics, Photonics and Microsystems

This program covers a large field of research in nanoelectronics, photonics and microsystems, starting from materials and devices and going into corresponding circuits and systems. Research is carried out in 16 different projects, involving 24 scientists. In the field of materials, the focus is in semiconductor nanostructures (quantum dots, nanowires, 2-D materials), as well as in dielectrics, organic and molecular materials, photonic and phoxonic materials etc. Fabrication processes include thin film deposition, chemical and plasma processes, as well as advanced patterning techniques for nanofabrication. The combination of the existing important expertise and know-how with the available infrastructure, which includes full silicon processing facility in clean room, electron beam lithography, micromachining, and advanced characterization methods, constitutes the basis for the development of advanced devices and microsystems. In the field of devices the current focus is in electronic memories, RF and mm-wave passive devices, sensors (including bio-sensors), and energy harvesting devices, including different types of solar cells. Microsystems include mechanical, thermal, optical microsystems, microfluidics etc.