Laboratories, infrastructure and INSTM

INSTM's contribution to Italian and foreign large-scale research facilities (for instance, in neutrons and synchrotron light) is considerable. This includes assistance in preparing the FERMI@ELETTRA project (Free Electron Laser at Elettra for International Multidisciplinary Research) for the installation at Elettra of a Free-Electron Laser (FEL) to create new opportunities for research in materials chemistry and technology.

Subsequently, and following the approval in 2004 of a request to establish the AREA Science Park in Trieste, INSTM signed an agreement with Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A. for the creation at Elettra of an INSTM Materials Science and Technology laboratory, the main aim of which is to encourage the use of synchrotrone light and FEL sources at Elettra by materials science specialists within the chemical sector. Within this consolidated and highly valuable scientific context, INSTM's new laboratory is an enterprise of great significance, interest and versatility, especially considering the site's rich potential for scientific interaction and its state-of-the-art equipment.

Since 2004, the Consortium has also supported an Italian-Japanese initiative, the "Research Institute for Nanoscience" (RIN). This laboratory is a joint project run with the cooperation of the Ceramic Physics Laboratory (CPL) of the Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT) and CNR's Institute of Ceramic Materials Science and Technology (ISTEC), as well as co-funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The laboratory is dedicated to the study of ceramic biomaterials and structural ceramics and the measurement of residual stress using Raman and SEM/electroluminescence techniques.

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