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, 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.

INSTM's management of three Networks of Excellence led to the formation of three structures with the aim of integrating this European-wide joint scientific research for the longer term. These are:

  • From Nanofun-poly: The European Centre for Nanostructured Polymers (ECNP)
  • From MAGMANet: The European Institute of Molecular Magnetism (EIMM)
  • From IDECAT: The European Institute of Catalysis (ERIC)

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