About us

The Center for Nanotechnology Innovation (CNI) is an interdisciplinary R&D center dedicated to the investigation and exploitation of phenomena at the nanoscale. The center is embedded in the NEST laboratories of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa and is part of the network of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) whose headquarters are in Genova. CNI research lines span from molecular medicine to new nano-diagnostic, from 2D materials engineering and design to electron crystallography and new advanced microscopy methods.

Within the center which is coordinated by Mauro Gemmi, Camilla Coletti works also as indipendent PI developing the 2D Materials Engineering research line.

Laboratories

  • TEM Lab
  • Synthesis Facilities
  • NMR
  • Confocal Microscopy
  • SEM
  • 2D materials Characterization
  • 2D materials Synthesis
  • Cars Microscopy

The CNI is embedded and shares its research facilities with the NEST lab: NEST facilities.

Research Lines

The Center hosts two research lines:

The mission of 2D Materials Engineering is to synthesize, investigate, and tailor two-dimensional materials and their heterostructures to pave the way for a new era of transparent and flexible technology. The discovery of graphene has led to a resurgence of interest in other two-dimensional materials, and an ever-growing portfolio of atomic sheets, (such as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) and layered oxides) is being actively theoretically and experimentally studied.

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Electron Crystallography research line develops new transmission electron microscopy techniques for the investigation of inorganic, organic and biological materials. Thanks to the strong interaction of the electrons with matter and the capability to focus electrons in nanometric bright beams, electron diffraction is the only single crystal diffraction technique that can be performed on nanocrystals.

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Projects

  • INAIL-BRIC
  • DIAMANTE
  • FELIX
  • GLIOMICS
  • MRS foundation 2017 Voliani
  • SB2D-CNI-BGU
  • AIRC MFAG 2017 Voliani
  • SMART@LIGN

5DNanoPrinting has started!

The 5D NanoPrinting project has started with its first virtual kick-off meeting held in the IIT - Center for MicroBioRobotics in Pontedera the 21st of September. The goal of the project is to create an innovative technology for the rapid-prototyping realization of micro(nano)machines and components that will find several cutting-edge applications in fields like consumer electronics, automotive and healthcare. 5dNanoPrinting was granted a budget of 3.58 million euros under the EU’s Horizon 2020 FET Open Program. CNI is participating to the project with a team of researchers of the Electron Crystallography research line coordinated by Mauro Gemmi.