The use of labs and common facilities by scientists from all the research platforms strongly strengthen the interdisciplinary nature of the center and reinforce the cross-fertilization among the scientific projects.
Inorganic and hybrid nanomaterials Lab
This Laboratory focuses on the synthesis of metal, metal oxide, semiconductor, and hybrid nanostructures including design and synthesis of nanoparticles and their characterization. It comprises: chemistry laboratory with characterization facility (UV-Vis-IR spectrometer, DLS, ICP-AES, BET, NTA, CE, HPLC, steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopies). The characterization of nanomaterials allows the complete analysis of their properties before and after the biological assay, assuring a precise classification of the nanomaterials used for the tests.
This Laboratory focuses on the understanding of the interactions at nanoscale between nanostructured substrates/nanoparticles and living systems. It includes instruments for molecular biology, cells and bacteria cultures. It uses the Proteomic facility that comprises the production of recombinant proteins, 2D-DIGE technology, Typhoon scanner, Maldi-TOF-TOF, Spot picker, nanoHPLC, AKTA purifier systems. A Drosophila Lab stores both transgenic and mutated strains in a tropicalized room for nanotoxicology studies.
Imaging of Nanostructures and Living Systems
This facility comprises: TEM, SEM, EDS, sample preparation, Fluorescence and Confocal microscopy, Super-resolution microscopy (SP8 Time-gated STED).
Nanofabrication, bioMEMS and nanodevices
Clean room Facilities
This facility is composed of about 100 sqm for front-end micro and nanotechnology tools and 100 sqm for back-end equipment for characterization, test and packaging. The laboratory is equipped with state of the art micro and nanofabrication tools enabling MEMS technology on both silicon (8" wafers) and soft substrates (optical and electron beam lithography, deep RIE ), 3D two-photons nanolithography, wet benches, thermal evaporators, magnetron sputtering, profilometer, spin and spray resist coaters, critical point dryer). The back end facility includes a laser Doppler vibrometer, parylene coater, dual beam FIB-SEM, dicer, pull shear tester, flip-chip bonder, micro-bonder, wafer bonder, laser assisted solder bumper and aging chamber.
Computation and nanostructures Lab
The laboratory focuses on theoretical support to guide understanding and modeling of new principles, behavior and experiments for nanoscale materials and their hybrid interface with biological matter. It includes a Linux Cluster (from ClusterVision) for High Performance Computing (HPC) with 20 nodes (dual Intel-Nehalem quad-core cpu, 24GB ram) and 2 TeraFlops of computational power; Infiniband interconnection network; cluster-file-system storage.
Dye solar cells Lab
This laboratory is devoted to the fabrication of dye solar cells in different formats (both small area test cells and module prototypes). It also provides the photophysical, electrical and electrochemical characterization of constituent materials and devices. The laboratory is divided in two main areas dedicated to fabrication and characterization, respectively. The facility comprises electrolyte filling machine, test cells assembly machine, dispenser and cell sealing machine, profilometer, sun simulator and I-V test work-station, quantum efficiency measurements station, potentiostat/galavanostat, surface area and porosimetry measurement system, rheometer.