Press release

EUREKA! TT s.r.l., the investment company of “Eureka! Fund I – Technology Transfer” that finances Proof-of-Concept (POC) projects of Italian universities and research centers, has chosen to fund through an innovation contract the CNR – Microelectronics and Microsystems Institute.

The Proof of Concept project named PerovSKY, targets the development of solar cells based on new Perovskite-based materials. The proposing team, leaded by the Senior IMM Researcher Alessandra Alberti, in tandem with the company KENOSISTEC srl (a leading company in the vacuum production process sector), using innovative techniques of deposition and treatment of materials, intends to overcome the current limits of stability and the cost of photovoltaic cells based on Perovskite.

The innovative deposition technique, already protected by an international patent allows the dimensional scalability and the conformability of the deposit on any kind of substrate. The tangible breakthrough is opening the possibility to cover large areas that enables new applications such as in wearable electronics and in the architectural field to power household utilities.

PNPA 2020 1st Workshop on Progress in Nonlinear Photonics and Applications

The first Workshop on Progress In Nonlinear Photonics and Applications (PNPA 2020) is being organized in conjunction with ICTON2020 at the Polytechnic University of Bari on 19-23 July 2020. The workshop will be dedicated to nonlinear photonics and its applications with regard to both the fundamental aspects and the devices’ design and implementation. Further information is available at PNPA2020


The 22nd International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks ICTON 2020 will take place in Bari on July 19-23, 2020. The scope of the Conference and related events is focused on the applications of transparent and all-optical technologies in telecommunications, computing, sensing, and novel fields. March 31, 2020 is the deadline to submit abstracts. Detailed information about programme and accommodation is available on the Conference web site: icton2020

LACONA “Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks”

The biannual International Conference series LACONA is focused on advances in photonic techniques for diagnostics and conservation-restoration of cultural heritage which will be held in Florence on September 14-18, 2020, with the aim of strengthening and enriching the tradition of the Conference by encouraging the submission of contributions on the most advanced photonic tools and methods, their rigorous validation, and exemplary applications in safeguarding cultural heritage. Programme and useful information are available at the conference link lacona13


The XXXIV edition of the EUROSENSORS Conference will be organized on September 6-9, 2020 in Lecce.  Scientists from academic institutions and industry will meet to present results related to both theoretical and applied research in the field of Sensors, Micro-Nanosystems. Abstract deadline is on March 31st , 2020.

For more information: eurosensors2020


Giovedì 23 settembre 2020 si terrà nell’Aula Convegni del CNR il Workshop RICERCA PUBBLICA, IMPRESE E FINANZA: QUALI FORMULE PER L’INNOVAZIONE?

L’incontro è rivolto alle Imprese, alle associazioni delle imprese industriali e delle piccole e medie imprese, ai broker e ai centri di servizi tecnologici, alle banche, alle Fondazioni bancarie e agli investitori privati, ai responsabili e agli esponenti della ricerca pubblica, al personale CNR interessato alla valorizzazione dei propri risultati della ricerca, agli amministratori e ai rappresentanti delle Camere di commercio, ai Digital Innovation Hub.

Maggiori informazioni, programma dell’evento e modalità di iscrizioni (sia in presenza che in collegamento streaming) sono disponibili sulla seguente pagina web:

La partecipazione è gratuita ma è necessario iscriversi compilando il form di registrazione cliccando sull’apposita icona riportata nella pagina web, in seguito al rinvio dell’evento non è ancora disponibile il termine per le iscrizioni.

Photonics4Automotive – End User Industrial Workshop

The End-User  Industrial Photonics4Automotive dedicated to photonics technologies for the Automotive Value Chain will be hosted at Politecnico di Torino – Lingotto building , via Nizza 230 on July 3rd 2019, from   9 am to  2 pm.

The workshop is co-located with the conference Automotive 2019 . Photonics4Automotive is organised by CORIFI-AEIT and CNR and supported by the Horizon2020 project NextPho21 and by the Photonics Public Private Partnership Photonics21, with the support of Politecnico di Torino, University of Parma and the industrial clusters Torino Wireless, MESAP and Polo ICT.

Attendance to the workshop is free upon registration. The official language is Italian, the simultaneous English translation will be available upon request. For all information and registration, refer to the Automotive 2019 webpage:

XXX Annual SISN Congress June 24-26 2019

The SISN congress will take place in Rome on June 24-26 2019 at the Department of Architecture of University Roma 3. The aim of the event is to gather the Italian community using neutron infrastructures to discuss different applications and results. The programme includes scientific seminars and open discussions. A lectio magistralis to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table will be given by Prof. Luigi Dei, Dean of Florence University. For more information:

Call for Proposals: Early User Experiments at the European XFEL

Deadline: 27 June 2019 16:00 Hamburg/Schenefeld time – CEST

The European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility (European XFEL, encourages the scientific community worldwide to submit proposals for Early User Experiments via the User Portal to the European XFEL (UPEX) until Thursday, 27 June 2019 16:00 (local Hamburg/Schenefeld time – CEST)

Beamtime will be allocated to successful proposals from January to June 2020.

Please refer to the announcement and the full text of the call on our homepage for details.

General queries can be directed to the European XFEL User Office:


Phone: +49 (0)40 8998-6937 or -6767

EPS2019 – Milan – 46th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics

The 46th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics (EPS 2019) will be held at the University of Milano-Bicocca, on July 8-12, 2019. This year it will be jointly organized by the Plasma Physics Division of the European Physical Society (EPS) and the Institute for Plasma Physics of CNR, the University of Milano – Bicocca and the International Center “Piero Caldirola”. The programme will cover the wide field of plasma physics ranging from nuclear fusion to low temperature, astrophysical and laser plasmas. Further information can be found on the web site

E-MRS Spring Meeting 2017, Symposium F

The 2017 E-MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit will be held in the Convention Centre of Strasbourg (France), from May 22 to 26, 2017. The conference will consist of 26 parallel symposia with invited speakers, oral and poster presentations and a plenary session to provide an international forum for discussing recent advances in the field of materials science.

Further information at EMRS_Spring2017

2017 MRS Spring Meeting: Symposium ED11 – Phase-Change Materials and Their Applications- Memories, Photonics, Displays and Non-von Neumann Computing

The 2017 MRS Spring Meeting will be held in Phenix, Arizona, from April 17-21 and will cover advances in devices for optical and electronic applications, as well as in material science. It will bring together the technological and scientific communities, being of interest to electronics and process engineers, physicists, chemist and materials scientists working on emerging electronics, including novel nanoscale integration with 2D materials and also nanophotonics and plasmonics.

Further information at MRS.Spring2017

FisMat 2017

FisMat 2017, the Italian national conference on condensed matter physics and related fields will be hosted by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics and SISSA in Trieste from 2 to 6 October 2017.

Abstract submission is now open.

Further information at FisMat2017


FOTONICA 2017 is the Forum of the National photonics community where the most advanced and recent results in all photonics sectors are presented with a particular attention to their broad applications.

Further information at CALL FOTONICA 2017

Master class on “Neutron precession techniques”



Course directors: Peter Falus (ILL, Grenoble) and Klaus Habicht (HZB, Berlin)

1st – 8th of July 2017


1st – 8th of July 2017

The IVth Course is primarily aimed at young researchers, instrument and development scientists at international and national neutron facilities who have a basic understanding of neutron scattering but have less background in polarized neutron instrumentation. Graduate students or postdocs at universities with an interest in neutron instrumentation projects are also highly welcome.
Erice School “NEUTRON SCIENCE AND INSTRUMENTATION” (Directors: Carla Andreani, Roberto Caciuffo and Robert McGreevy)

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN via the form at the link below and closes on 10th May 2017


(Please note, that you will receive an automated confirmation e-mail, if you do not, please contact one of the organisers listed below.)

The Course on Neutron Precession Techniques aims to provide students with the fundamental concepts and the theoretical framework of neutron precession methods. It is organized as a master class and offers both, a coherent set of introductory lectures for PhD students or young researchers at the postdoctoral level as well as expert discussions led by senior scientists with the aim to exchange experience and develop novel instrumentation ideas. The specialized topic focusses on neutron instrumentation techniques which are based on the Larmor precession of the neutron magnetic moment in dedicated magnetic field arrangements. a It comprises neutron spin-echo techniques as well as novel Larmor labelling methods such as SESANS, SEMSANS and MIEZE.

Selection criteria for applications to the course
The number of applications usually exceeds the number of places available on the course, thus there is a selection procedure for allocating the places. To apply send a ‘personal statement’ and a ‘statement from your supervisor’. The criteria used in making the selection are as follows:

  • Preference is given to applicants who, in the judgement of the selection committee will make a major use of neutron scattering in their studies or work.
  • Preference is given to early stage researchers from neutron facilities, universities or other research institutions.

We encourage applicants to submit a strong ‘personal statement’ emphasising the significance of neutron scattering and especially precession techniques in their research.

The course includes accommodation at the Ettore Majorana Foundation (EMFCSC). Click here to download the neutron course flyer in PDF format. For further details please visit the course website or contact the organisers:

Course Directors
Peter Falus, Klaus Habicht
School Secretariat

Nanoporous Materials: Synthetic vs Natural: Diatoms Bioderived Porous Materials for the Next Generation of Healthcare Nanodevices (Adv. Healthcare Mater. 3/2017)

Low cost and large available biogenic silica from diatoms and diatomaceous earths represents an innovative material for successful development of next generation healthcare devices, overcoming the limitation of synthetic inorganic and polymeric materials production. This is demonstrated by Luca De Stefano and co-workers in article 1601125. The cover picture shows some examples of bioengineered nature-derived silica nanodevices with biomedical functionalities for biosensing and subcellular drug delivery applications.