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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Projects

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

CNI is back in operation!

From today 4th of May CNI has started its way to go back to normal operation. Following the recommended safety procedures for COVID-19, the researchers started their activities in the TEM, Raman spectroscopy, 2D materials growth and characterization laboratories. Soon chemical synthesis and nanoteranostic will follow. The number of researchers that enter the lab every day is still limited but as the things will go better it will growth to normal condition. We hope also that soon PhD students and master student can join us prosecuting their thesis projects.