Research Lines

Electron Crystallography

Electron diffraction tomography (EDT) is a novel technique, which allows single crystal electron diffraction data collections on crystal of size smaller the 1 micron. In our laboratory we have configured a transmission electron microscope Zeiss Libra 120 as a diffraction station for EDT. We are able to collect 3D electron diffraction data on a variety of different materials with the following peculiarities: the diffraction patterns can be collected in energy filtered mode, the diffraction pattern are collected in nanodiffraction mode with a minimum illuminated area of 150 nm in diameter, the patterns can be collected in parallel standard illumination or in precession mode.
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2D Material Engineering

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. Van der Waals heterostructures are built much like “Lego” at an atomic-scale, by vertically stacking 2D layered materials.
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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.