Hunting for excitonic insulators

Cnr Nano researchers report evidence compatible with the long sought excitonic insulator in a monolayer two-dimensional material, WTe2. Their result, just published in Nature Physics, has been cited in a News and Views article focusing on topological excitons.

Ready for a new series of Nano Colloquia!

The 2022 first semester series of our Nano Colloquia is now planned. 13 lectures by our young researchers established to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

Novel quantum states of matter disclosed with near-field microscopy

Cnr Nano researchers observed for the first time a new type of light-matter excitation linked to the exotic behaviours of topological insulators, thanks to the development of advanced microscopy techniques at terahertz frequencies. The study appears in Nature Communications

Graphene as a solid lubricant becomes super-slippery

Cnr Nano researchers studied the friction properties of graphene deposited on a material, identifying extreme lubricity conditions.
The goal is to reduce friction in the design of nano gears through new solid lubricants

On the 2021 Nobel Prize and TRPV1 and PIEZO receptors

The seminal discoveries of TRPV1, TRPM8 and Piezo ion channels awarded with the Nobel Prize launched intense research activities focused on understanding their functions. Our Barbara Storti studied the TRPV1 with different nanoimaging techniques

Anyons in quantum Hall interferometry

The quantum Hall effect is a unique playground to exploit quantum coherence of electrons for various applications, from metrology to quantum computation. A Review article by Cnr NANO researchers gives a sur­vey of the main results achieved in Quantum Hall interferometry

Nanotechnologies and AI for precision oenology

The “VIOLoC” project has been launched, it aims to optimize wine production processes by exploiting micro and nano-technologies and artificial intelligence, thanks to UniPisa, UniTuscia and Cnr Nano

RAITH Micrograph Award 2021

Congratulations to Sedighe Salimian and Isha Verma for their honorable mentions at the RAITH Micrograph Award 2021 – Special Edition, one of the most important award in the world on e-beam lithography.

Hyperbolic Metamaterials on the cover

Cnr Nano researchers explored a large class of layered materials with highly anisotropic optical activity, and identified a number that may foster previously unexplored optical/mechanical applications.