New frontiers in down-scaled materials and devices: realization and investigation by advanced methods


Following the experience of the previous years, the International School on the “New frontiers in down-scaled materials and devices: realization and investigation by advanced methods” this year is jointly organized by the Department of Physical Sciences and Technology of Matter and the Department of Chemical Science and Materials Technology, National Research Council, and will be held in Otranto (Italy) in the period 15-20 September 2014.

The School will cover some fundamental aspects of :

  • synthesis of nanomaterials and nanostructures
  • modelling and fabrication of nanodevices;
  • characterization through advanced structural, spectroscopic, magnetic and electronic characterization methods, including modelling.

In a frame of down-Otranto Maggio 2010scaling approach, the School is thought to give a perspective on some of both fundamental and new frontiers activities in the fields of materials science, technological processes,  devices, industrial applications with an emphasis on their connections. The consequences and impact of the multidisciplinary aspects will be analyzed in several different contexts.

Aims of the school are:


  1. To broaden and deepen the background knowledge of young researchers, early-career scientists, PhD students and post-docs, in the general areas of the fabrication and characterization of: colloidal nanomaterials, nanostructures, graphene-based materials, oxides, nano-materials for energy and sensing applications, organic spintronics and biosensors, nanodevices, through a series of advanced lectures given by well recognized experts in these fields.
  2. To provide a perspective of the latest research and new frontier trends in these areas.

The schedule of the School is intensive with a rich program including formal lectures and discussion sessions, including a session for young researchers poster presentation. Some social events will help to create a stimulating and friendly atmosphere for interaction and learning. The daily program typically runs from 09.00-13.00 and from 17.00-20.00, with afternoon sessions being a combination of non-lecture activities, seminars and poster discussions.

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