Workshops, Conferences and Schools


Upcoming Events

  • 03-07 -> 09-07-2022, ERICE, SICILY - ITALY: EPIOPTICS-16"POSTPONED 2022"

    The school, which will be held at the Ettore Majorana Centre, will bring together researchers from universities and research institutes who work in the fields of (semiconductor) surface science, epitaxial growth, materials deposition and optical diagnostics relevant to (semiconductor) materials and structures of interest for present and anticipated (spin) electronic devices.
    The deadline for abstract submission is 01-05-2022
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Past Events

  • 08-10 -> 11-10-2018, Scuderie Aldobrandini per l'Arte - Piazza Marconi, 6 - Frascati (Rome), Italy : Biomaterials and Novel Technologies for Healthcare

    The 2nd BioMaH Conference is an international interdisciplinary forum of major experts in the field of healthcare sciences, contributing in solving challenging problems in medicine. The second conference edition is designed to facilitate medical doctors, scientists, and professionals in the field in sharing their needs and in discussing possible research solutions, in an international atmosphere, with keynote, oral and poster presentations. The topics covered are bioactive materials, novel technologies and tissue engineering strategies for: -Cancer: 3D models for tumour research; -Cardiovascular system; -Dentistry; -Musculosceletal apparatus / Orthopaedics; -Spectroscopy based technologies for Clinics; -Translating biomaterials discoveries to the clinic: are there alternatives to animal models? (debate). However, the conference also accommodates any topic in biomaterials science research.
    The deadline for abstract submission was 15-06-2018
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  • 10-09 -> 12-09-2018, Inrs Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications 1650, boulevard Lionel-Boulet, Varennes (Québec) J3X 1S2, Canada: Nanomaterials for devices - Italy/Canada bilateral workshop

    The workshop will cover a range of topics in the area of nanomaterials, ranging from the design, to the synthesis, to the characterization of structure and properties and finally to their integration in devices. Both experimental and theoretical aspects will be discussed. Emphasis will be given to new two-dimensional nanomaterials, as well as quantum dots and nanowires. These systems are being increasingly used in applications such as electronic and photonic devices, biomedical technologies and sensors. The Workshop aims at bringing together an outstanding and diverse group of scientists at the forefront of research on nanomaterials, with an interdisciplinary point of view. Researchers and students are encouraged to present posters on their activities. The workshop stems from a bilateral project funded by the italian ministry of Foreign affairs (Maeci) on the study of surface confined polymerization and it is organized by the Institute for the structure of matter - Cnr and Institut national de la recherche scientifique - Inrs, jointly with the Embassy of Italy in Canada. The Opening Keynote lecture will be given by John C. Polanyi from the University of Toronto, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (1986).
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  • 14-07 -> 20-07-2018, ERICE, SICILY - ITALY: EPIOPTICS-15

    The school, which will be held at the Ettore Majorana Centre, will bring together researchers from universities and research institutes who work in the fields of (semiconductor) surface science, epitaxial growth, materials deposition and optical diagnostics relevant to (semiconductor) materials and structures of interest for present and anticipated (spin) electronic devices.
    The deadline for abstract submission was 30-04-2018
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  • 18-05-2018, Science Department- Roma Tre University: From Biomolecules in gas phase to Biosensors

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  • 17-09 -> 23-09-2017, Thessaloniki (GR): EUROMAT 2017

    This symposium intends to bridge the gap between the available modern X-ray synchrotron radiation techniques and innovative materials research. It aims at fostering the dialog between materials scientists and experts in X-ray methods. Thanks to orders of magnitude improvements in source brilliance and increased availability, great progress in the application of X-ray methods to materials science has been made. An improved control of the space-time structure of the probing X-ray photons and the concurrent development of sophisticated experimental set-ups and data analysis schemes is resulting in highly refined characterization of materials and devices.
    The deadline for abstract submission was 31-01-2017
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  • 12-12 -> 16-12-2016, Aci Castello (Catania): 2016 will be the first Italian National Conference on Materials Science and Technology. It will be held from December 12th to 16th, 2016 in Aci Castello, Sheraton Catania Hotel. This conference represents a great opportunity to gather the large community of scientists involved in materials science and related applications, working at Universities and Research Institutions. This first edition is promoted by the Physics and Chemistry Departments of the National Research Council of Italy, the Italian Institute of Technology and by the CNISM and INSTM consortia.

    Major Topics

    • Energy and Environment
    • Electronics and Photonics
    • Health
    • 2D Materials
    • Soft Materials and Biomaterials

    The deadline for abstract submission was 15-09-2016
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  • 17-10 -> 20-10-2016, Rome - Aula Convegni CNR: BIOMATERIALS FOR HEALTHCARE

    Biomaterials for Tissue and Genetic Engineering and Role of Nanotechnology

    17-20 October 2016 - Aula Convegni CNR


    • To promote the development of innovative "smart" nanomaterials for tissue regeneration. Novel nanomaterials design and fabrication inspired by Nature.
    • To move towards comprehensive knowledge of biomaterial-cell interactions.
    • To call attention to advanced methods and instrumentation at nanoscale
    • To advantage genetic tissue engineering and biotechnology
    • To forward novel approaches for tumour imaging diagnostics and therapy
    • To suggest innovative strategies for biomedical prosthetic surgery, aiming to tissue regeneration and rehabilitation by means of novel implants and medical equipment.
    • To encourage multidisciplinary solutions to face non-linear complex phenomenon, engaging materials science, biophysics, biophotonics, quantum physics and chemistry, and biology.
    • To support genetic and preventive medicine studies including such disciplines as epigenetics, nutraceutics, etc
    • To involve biomedical prosthetic, pharmaceutical and thermal spring companies, paying special attention to the lifestyle.
    • To organise thematic Symposia, Roundtables and Forum of International Biomaterials Societies.

    The deadline for abstract submission was 30-06-2016
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  • 24-07 -> 30-07-2016, ERICE, SICILY - ITALY: EPIOPTICS-14

    The school, which will be held at the Ettore Majorana Centre, will bring together researchers from universities and research institutes who work in the fields of (semiconductor) surface science, epitaxial growth, materials deposition and optical diagnostics relevant to (semiconductor) materials and structures of interest for present and anticipated (spin) electronic devices.
    The deadline for abstract submission was 01-06-2016
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  • 20-05-2016, 0re 11:00 Biblioteca ISM (Edificio 15) Montelibretti: The magnetism of oxides

    The magnetism of oxides By Josep Fontcuberta
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  • 22-03 -> 25-03-2016, Rome - National Research Council: Optical Nanospectroscopy III

    Optical Nanospectroscopy III, the third annual conference of COST Action MP1302, will take place from March 22-25, 2016 at National Research Council, Rome, Italy.
    The deadline for abstract submission was 15-12-2015
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  • 09-12-2014, ore 10:00 Aula B. Brunelli - C.R. ENEA via E. Fermi 45 Frascati: INTERAZIONE LUCE - MATERIA : CHIRALITÀ MOLECOLARE E ALTRI ASPETTI

    Giornata scientifica in occasione dell'80&edeg; compleanno della Prof.ssa Anna Giardini
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  • 24-11 -> 25-11-2014, CNR, P.le A. Moro 7, Roma : Magnetism vs Large Scale Facilities

    L'obiettivo del Convegno, promosso dall'Associazione Nazionale di Magnetismo (AIMagn) e organizzato in collaborazione con l'Istituto di Struttura della Materia del CNR, è presentare e discutere i risultati recenti di indagini magnetiche effettuate mediante le grandi infrastrutture di luce di sincrotrone, di campi magnetici intensi e di sorgenti neutroniche e di muoni. Il Convegno fornirà quindi un panorama delle applicazioni delle grandi infrastrutture allo studio dei fenomeni magnetici fondamentali e delle proprietà macroscopiche e microscopiche dei materiali magnetici. Verranno inoltre illustrate le specifiche opportunità per i ricercatori offerte dalle diverse infrastrutture nazionali ed europee e le modalità di accesso alle stesse.
    The deadline for abstract submission was 22-09-2014
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  • 24-09 -> 26-09-2014, Aula Convegni Area della Ricerca CNR Roma 2 Via del Fosso del Cavaliere, 100 - 00133 Roma: Training School on Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), and Scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy (SNOM)

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  • 19-09-2014, hour 10:00 Biblioteca ISM (Ed. 15) Area della Ricerca di Roma 1 - Montelibretti: ELECTRON INTERACTION WITH MOLECULES REPRESENTING BUILDI BLOCKS OF BIOPOLYMERS


    dr. Aleksandar Milosavljević
    Institute of Physics, Belgrade, Serbia

    A review o of recently reported absolute differential cross sections (DCSs) for electron interaction with several different molecules representing building blocks of DNA and proteins will be given [2-5]. The crossed electron/molecular beams apparatus, placed at the Institute of Physics Belgrade and procedure to measure absolute DCSs will be explained in more details. The e experimental procedure includes three independent measurements, namely at a fixed incident electron energy as a function of scattering angle, at a fixed scattering angle as a function of the incident electron energy and the relative flow technique, with Ar of Kr as reference gases. The lecture will discusses previously obtained results, comparison between the experiment and the theory, as well as different target molecules and their properties. The difficulties and drawbacks of the experimental procedure will be also elaborated. Beside a fundamenta al interest to o investigate e processes of electron interaction with molecules and to test theoretical methods, the results are also of interest to the research on radiation damage in biomolecular systems, where a primary high-energy ionizing particles produces on its track a large number of secondary low-energy electrons.

  • 18-09-2014, ore 10:15 Biblioteca ISM ( Ed. 15) Montelibretti: Meeting in the framework of the Joint Research Project of "Particular Relevance" Serbia-Italy

    Meeting in the framework of the Joint Research Project of "Particular Relevance" Serbia-Italy

    'Nanoscale Insights in Radiation Damage'
    Ministero degli Affari Esteri (MAE)

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  • 16-09-2014, Ore 10:30 Sala Conferenze Area della Ricerca di Roma 1 Montelibretti: 1st Meeting in the framework of the MAE Mobility Project between Arab Republic of Egypt - Italy

    Multifunctional Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials based on Metal Phosphonates

    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 CNR-Montelibretti Conference Hall
    Chair Elvira M. Bauer, Dina Fouad
    Prof. Dr. Mohammed Abdel-Sameea Rector of Assiut University
    Prof. Dr. Ahmed Abdu Geies Vice-Rector of Assiut University
    Prof. Dr. Mohamed Mohamed Abdullahtif Coordinator of International Cooperation, Assiut University
    Dr. Lorenzo Avaldi Director of ISM
    Dr.ssa Jolanda Lamberti Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Scientific and Technological Cooperation Unit
    Dr.ssa Lucilla Alagna National Research Council (CNR),International Relations Office
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  • 26-08 -> 01-09-2014, Erice (TP), Italy: International Workshop on Photoionization and Resonant Inelastic X-Ray Scattering

    In Las Vegas, May 2011, the two communities active in the field of photoionization and resonant inelastic X-ray scattering decided to combine the International Workshop on Photoionization and the International Workshop on Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering into a single workshop. The first venue of this joint workshop is in Sicily (26th August - 1st September, 2014). The aim of the workshop is to discuss excitation and ionization of a variety of targets by photon impact , as well as the decay of these photoexcited and photoionized species and the use of photon-in-photon-out techniques. Areas of interest range from atoms to molecules, ions, radicals, clusters, liquids, adsorbates and solids. They include fundamental studies, insights into applied systems, and research areas with significant cross-over between different research fields, such as studies on biomolecules/biomaterials, clusters and nanomaterials, or liquid/solid interfaces. Strong emphasis is also placed on novel instrumentation approaches for excitation (new light sources such as free electron lasers and fs/as lasers), detection (spectrometers) and sample preparation (liquid jets, nanoaggregate and biomolecule beams).
    The deadline for abstract submission was 30-09-2014
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  • 26-07 -> 01-08-2014, ERICE, SICILY - ITALY: EPIOPTICS-13

    The school, which will be held at the Ettore Majorana Centre, will bring together researchers from universities and research institutes who work in the fields of (semiconductor) surface science, epitaxial growth, materials deposition and optical diagnostics relevant to (semiconductor) materials and structures of interest for present and anticipated (spin) electronic devices.
    The deadline for abstract submission was 01-06-2014
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  • 19-06-2014, ore 16:00 Aula IB09 - CNR, Area della Ricerca Roma2: Charge transfer processes in organic nano- and hetero-structures

    Alberto Morgante IOM-CNR, Italy & Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Trieste, Italy The performances and efficiency of organic material based devices are strongly affected by charge transfer processes at interfaces (organic-organic and organic-inorganic). To improve the device performances, these processes and their correlation with the electronic structure of the interfaces must be understood. Spectroscopic studies based on synchrotron radiation experimental techniques of these hetero-structures will be presented, in particular the application of the Resonant PhotoEmission Spectroscopy (RPES) to various organic molecule based systems. The chemical specificity and the possibility to conduct experiments that provide a time scale for charge dynamics, make the RPES a powerful tool to study organic heterojunctions and in particular to probe the charge transfer processes at organic interfaces. Some specific cases of interest for organic photovoltaics and molecular electronics that will be presented are the study of the role of inter-molecular interaction on through-space charge transfer characteristics in ?-stacked molecular systems, the electronic coupling, morphology and charge transfer rates at the donor-acceptor (D/A) interfaces between C60 and either flat- or contorted hexabenzocorones (HBC) and the relation with improved internal (IQE) and external (EQE) quantum efficiency of devices based on these shape-matched molecular systems. The case of ammine terminated organic overlayers will be discuss in connection with recent results of break junction experiments. In this case the comparison of RESPES and break junction results could elucidate the link between the quantum and the meso-scopic properties of such systems.

  • 09-06-2014, Ore 10:30 Biblioteca ISM (Edificio 15) Montelibretti: Celle a combustibile a ossidi solidi e polimeriche: sviluppo di nuovi elettroliti

    Le celle a combustibile sono una via di mezzo tra i motori a combustione interna e le pile chimiche. Infatti, come i primi esse hanno bisogno di essere continuamente rifornite di combustibile (sia esso idrogeno o prodotti dello steam reforming di idrocarburi) e di aria (il comburente). Ma, in quanto celle elettrochimiche, esse condividono con le seconde un'alta efficienza dovuta alla conversione diretta di energia chimica in energia elettrica. Nel seminario si discuteranno inizialmente le caratteristiche di funzionamento di due tipi di celle a combustibile: ceramiche (SOFC, o ad ossidi solidi) e polimeriche (PEMFC). Le Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) necessitano, per un impiego su larga scala, di ridurre la temperatura di esercizio per poterne abbassare il costo di produzione e l'affidabilità. A tal fine, la Scienza dei Materiali è chiamata a sviluppare sia materiali, in particolare l'elettrolita ceramico, dotati di adeguate conducibilità ioniche a temperature di 500-700 °C, sia processi di produzione più economici. Nel seminario verranno approfonditi i recenti risultati ottenuti impiegando perovskiti a base di gallato di lantanio drogato con Sr e Mg, impiegati in forma di film anodo-supportati, e preparati mediante deposizione elettroforetica. Le Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs) sono il cuore dell'auto a idrogeno e possono, in linea di principio, essere usate anche per impianti stazionari di produzione di energia elettrica. I costi elevati dell'attuale tecnologia però non ne consentono un uso diffuso. Infatti, i materiali polimerici costituenti l'elettrolita disponibili sul mercato (tipicamente ionomeri non proprio economici a base di acidi perfluorosulfonici, PFSA) lavorano bene a temperature intorno agli 80-90 °C. A queste temperature, i processi elettrodici sono piuttosto lenti e richiedono l'uso di catalizzatori a base di Pt, nonché di combustibile (H2) molto puro, con infime quantità di monossido di carbonio, che rappresenta un veleno per il Pt. L'innalzamento della temperatura di esercizio può consentire minore resistenza interna dell'elettrolita (grazie alla maggiore mobilità del protone), di ridurre la quantità di catalizzatore (e dunque il costo) e, infine, di usare fuel da steam reforming meno puro in quanto, a temperature più alte, l'adsorbimento di CO sul Pt risulta meno favorito. Per conseguire questi obiettivi è però necessario modificare gli ionomeri attualmente disponibili o svilupparne di nuovi, per poter operare la fuel cell a T ≥ 100 °C senza sacrificare l'idratazione della membrana polimerica e, conseguentemente, la possibilità di trasporto protonico al suo interno. Nel seminario verranno discussi i recenti risultati ottenuti sia nello sviluppo di membrane polimeriche solfonate, più economiche ed alternative ai polimeri PFSA (ad es. Nafion©, Aquivion©, ecc.), sia nella ottimizzazione mediante reticolazione delle loro proprietà funzionali, al fine di renderle impiegabili con successo a temperature superiori ai 100 °C.

  • 29-05-2014, 0re 10:30 Biblioteca ISM (Edificio 15) Montelibretti: Deposizione di rivestimenti aderenti di diamante CVD su carburo di tungsteno cementato

    dr. Riccardo Polini di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche - Università di Roma Tor Vergata
    Dal lavoro pionieristico del Dr Karl Schroeder della Osram nel 1923, il "metallo duro" (Hartmetall), ovvero il carburo di tungsteno cementato con cobalto (WC-Co) o altri metalli di transizione, ancora riveste un ruolo di primo piano nell'industria manifatturiera. Infatti, più del 50% del tungsteno utilizzato attualmente a livello globale è impiegato nella produzione di componenti e utensili di metallo duro. Il ricoprimento di WC-Co con materiali super-duri quale il diamante CVD può estendere ulteriormente il campo di applicazione del metallo duro, nonché la durata in esercizio dei componenti realizzati con questo materiale, che abbina un'elevata resistenza all'usura ad una buona tenacità. Tuttavia, la deposizione di rivestimenti di diamante su utensili e componenti antiusura in WC-Co mostra alcune criticità, quali la solubilizzazione - alle temperature di deposizione CVD - del carbonio nella fase legante (Co, ma anche altri metalli di transizione quali Ni o leghe FeNiCo), nonché la formazione di carbonio grafitico all'interfaccia, con grave pregiudizio per l'adesione del film di diamante. Nel seminario verranno illustrati i vari approcci per superare i problemi legati alla presenza della fase legante, modificando composizione e morfologia superficiale del WC-Co, al fine di ottenere rivestimenti di diamante sufficientemente aderenti da sopportare le notevoli sollecitazioni che si hanno in condizioni di esercizio particolarmente gravose (ad es., tornitura a secco di compositi o grafite). Il superamento dei classici pretrattamenti chimici del WC-Co che fanno ricorso a reagenti tossici e corrosivi è un'esigenza industriale non secondaria, volendosi evitare rischi per l'ambiente e costi di stoccaggio e smaltimento. L'uso di interlayer opportuni tra substrato e rivestimento di diamante rappresenta un valido approccio alternativo all'etching chimico, in particolar modo se l'interlayer può essere depositato nel medesimo reattore HFCVD impiegato per la deposizione successiva di diamante. Infine, verranno illustrati i recenti sviluppi nell'utilizzo di laser a diodi di alta potenza (cw-HPLD), che consentono di ottenere una superficie corrugata, mediante ricristallizzazione dello strato superficiale di carburo, ed esente da fase legante. La morfologia superficiale del carburo dopo trattamento con laser a diodi dipende anche dall'atmosfera protettiva in cui il trattamento viene effettuato, suggerendo un'influenza del gas sul fenomeno di ricristallizzazione del carburo e, in definitiva, sull'adesione del rivestimento di diamante CVD.