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Functional Nanomaterials

Since the last few years, there is a growing interest in the realization of nanostructured materials that absolve specific functionalities. The progress in the synthesis techniques and in fabrication methods has permitted to develop this new class of materials. Thus peculiar electrical, optical, magnetic and chemical properties have been exploited by finding applications in several fields.

CNR-IMM Institute has developed a great experience in several classes of functional nanostructured materials, whose functionalities are applied in microelectronic, sensing, energy, optoelectronics, water purification and so on. An accurate control of the synthesis is obtained by sophisticated techniques and by low cost chemical and electrochemical methods, always potentially scalable at industrial and commercial level. The Institute is also devoted to the development of tailored and innovative detection techniques and devices in order to control the materials properties at the nanometric scale. Therefore the correlation between the properties and the process parameters is our main strength for the development and application of all the nanostructured materials.

In this research area, a great part of the activity is carried out inside national and international projects. The major areas of work at IMM are below reported.

Synthesis of innovative nanostructured materials


1. Nanoparticles produced by pulsed  laser

In this activity we will develop Pulsed Laser Ablation in Liquid (PLAL) methodologies to produce metal (Au, Ag (Fig. 1(a))) and metal...

Photocatalytic nanomaterials for water purification

The main concept of the present activity is the synthesis and application of photocatalytic nanostructured materials for water treatment. Nanomaterials are indeed very efficient photocatalysts due...