CIVEN is an association between the University of Padova and the University Ca'Foscari of Venezia devoted to the promotion of research and training activities in the field of nanotechnology. Founded in March 2003, it is fully funded by the Government of the Veneto Region. CIVEN is part of Veneto Nanotech, the Italian high-tech cluster of nanotechnologies applied to materials.
The integrated project PACE will explore the utilization of the simplest technically feasible elementary living units to build evolvable complex information systems. The Center will create, analyse and investigate the applications of such systems that process information by self-organization starting at molecular scales. They will explore the collective properties of artificial cells and demonstrate that they are the right material for building nanoscale robot ecologies.
The goal of ECSIN is to carry out research and studies to evaluate whether and which could be the backlash upon human and environment health, due to the exposition to nanoparticles and/or nanomaterials.
The Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) is actively involved in research into nanomaterials safety, identification and detection. In particular it focuses on a science-based understanding of nanomaterial properties and effects, alongside development of improved measurement and testing methods.
The main aim of CNR, based in Rome, is the study and fabrication of advanced devices for photonics, optoelectronics and electronics. Nanotechnologies play a prominent role in these research fields. The combined expertise in nanofabrication, materials and photonics creates a synergy able to compete in this very new and challenging field.
ICCOM consists of a head office and laboratories in Florence and two stations located in the Universities of Pisa and Bari. Reserach areas include fuel cells, nanostructured metal-based materials, high-tech polymeric materials, green chemistry, and molecules of pharmaceutical interest.
The Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies establishes a large scale facility for bio-molecular and organic materials and nanoscale biomolecular interactions. The main target is the development of nanostructured materials with advanced mechanical, chemical and electronic functionalities and the investigation of the cellular toxicity of such nanostructured compounds, in view of future nano-safety standards of certification.
The research activity at CNST is in the broader context of Nanoscience and regard two platforms of the IIT scientific plan: Energy and Smart Materials. In particular, the Center operates at the forefront of science and technology of nanomaterials for optoelectronics, focusing on applications in the fields of photovoltaic conversion, photo-detection, and biomimetic systems.
The center is an interdisciplinary R&D center dedicated to the investigation and exploitation of phenomena at the nanoscale. It is organized in three Divisions: Nanomedicine, Power Nanosystems, and Nanoscale Processes and Tools.