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Posted: Feb 13, 2013
Nanotechnology in Italy - companies, research, and degree programs
(Nanowerk News) Although the strategic importance of nanotechnologies has been recognized in Italy, and there is substantial and growing activities in research as well as in industry, there is no strategic government plan and it is difficult to find up to date information.
AIRI/Nanotec IT has been carrying out its first "Census of Italian Nanotechnology" in 2006. The third census has been published in 2011, reporting data for the period 2006-2009.
Currently, there are two major nanotechnology conferences and exhibitions that take place in Italy: The Nanoforum on September 18-20, 2013 in Rome, and NanotechItaly on November 21-23, 2013 in Venice.
Currently, there are 19 companies in Italy involved in nanotechnology-related business activities.
In addition, there are 40 nanotechnology and nanoscience-related research and community organizations in Italy.
Directa Plus is a technology company pursuing the development and marketing of innovative manufacturing processes for the production of graphene. Their G+ is a continuous, simple and scalable manufacturing process which leads to products based on graphene with its specific technical characteristics.
Silicon Biosystems has developed a set of proprietary solutions called lab-on-a-chip technologies, targeted at miniaturized cell-biology testing. Silicon Biosystems exploits the microelectronics potential in order to produce miniaturized cellular biology laboratories.
The company manufactures state-of-the-art instruments using optical and electrooptical technology for scientific and industrial applications. Key target areas are: fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy.
The company designs and fabricates vacuum equipment for thin film deposition in nanotechnology, renewable energy, telecommunications, micro electronics, optical instrumentation, and automotive. Their most important products are: Sputtering System, ARC-PVD System, PECVD System, In-line System, RIE System, E-Beam Thermal Evaporation, and Gas Sensor Testing System.
Kolzer manufactures and supplies vacuum treatment plants and is a market leader in the high-vacuum treatment field with over 900 units currently operating worldwide. Kolzer produces a complete range of machinery, offering different types of processes: metallization, sputtering, plasma and PE-CVD.
Producer of nanomaterial enhanced semifinished and finished products for applications in a number of fields such as structural sections, electrical devices, engine and aerospace components, consumer accessories, biomedical prosthesis.
Nano-Cat provides its industrial customers with nano-hybrid materials and is a complete-service provider and offers turn key solutions as well as solutions to specific tasks in the area of Energy, Health, Transport, Environmental, Defense, Security, and Space Sectors. The spectrum of services ranges from consulting in Materials engineering, production, applications support, all the way to materials characterization.
Founded in 2003, Organic Spintronics is a spin-off company of the Italian National Research Council. Organic Spintronics is not only focusing its research on spintronics, but also in development and commercialization of advanced nanomaterials; tools and systems for thin film deposition.
SCRIBA Nanotecnologie Srl is a knowledge-intensive company with expertise in nanofabrication and processing of multifunctional materials. Scriba Nanotecnologie also develops identification, anticounterfeit, security and health products based on nanotechnology.
The technology employed by Tethis for the production of nanostructured materials - nanostructured thin films - is based on a Pulsed Microplasma Cluster Source (PMCS) that was developed and patented by three of Tethis' co-founders.
Veneto Nanotech, the Italian Cluster of Nanotechnology, and IMAST, the Italian technological district on Engineering of polymeric and composite materials and structures, are organizing an annual competition - Nanochallenge - together with Polymerchallenge, an international business plan competition for the best project on nanotechnology and on advanced polymer-based materials.
(website in Italian) Nanodiagnostics is a scientific consulting firm in the areas of medicine, industry and ecology. Its main activity is the discovery and measurement of micro and nanoparticle in products, foods, pharamaceuticals, cosmetics etc.