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IMG 9972-450pxCollaboration with IIT Departments and Centers:

Neuroscience and Brain Technologies: development of opto-neuronal interfaces with the main goal of advances in artifical retina. CNST is responsible for the material science research, and NBT (Fabio Benfenati) for the neuroscience part of the project.

Nanochemistry: study of electron-hole dynamics in nanocrystals (Liberato Manna).

CBN@UniLe: realization of new solid state light energy conversion devices and nano-material characterization (Giuseppe Gigli).

Scientific Collaborations


  • Besides the natural close collaboration with Politecnico di Milano, CNST has collaborative projects with Università di Bologna (on DSC and hydrogen photogeneration), Università delle Marche (on liquid crystals), Università di Padova (on carbon nanostructures), Università di Genova (on photonic crystals), CNR Bologna (on cell photoexcitation) and Donegani Reserach Center-ENI (on hydrogen production). A collaboration has also been established with the Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Merate (IT) to study materials for photosensitive chipless RFID tags.


  • A MoU was signed with the Nanyang Technical University of Singapore. Common activities are carried out in the field of nanostructured oxides for water splitting, also through the exchange of scientists. This agreement also allows the co-tutoring of PhD students who can attend labs at both CNST and Nanyang University.
  • Contacts have been established with the scientific community in Cuba (Prof. Jesus Rubayo Soneira) for researchers and PhD students exchange.
  • Collaboration with VTT-Technical Research Center of Finland is active within the project PRINCESS for the development of photosensitive chipless RFID tags (Dr. Pekka Pursula).
  • Collaboration on solid state DSC and interface engineering is running with Oxford University (UK) (Prof. Henry Snaith).
  • With Dr. Jenny Clark, at the University of Cambridge (UK), a collaboration on studies about the fundamental properties of conjugated molecules is active.
  • A collaboration with Dr. Sergei Tretiak, of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA) regards theoretical simulation of ultrafast dynamics in nanostructures.
  • A collaboration on Bio polymer and protein structures is active with Prof. Peng Wang of the Harvard Medical School (USA).
  • Student exchange within the Ultrafast Spectroscopy activity is established with Prof. Paulo Barbeidas Miranda of Universidade Sao Paulo (BR).
  • A collaboration on printed electronics is active with Prof. Yong-Young Noh of the Hanbat National University (KR).
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