Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari (“CNR-ISTM”)

SmartMatLab Research Institution Partner

The Institute of Molecular Science and Technologies, ISTM-CNR, which is member of the Department of Chemical Science and Materials Technology of the Italian CNR, has its head office in Milano (at both the Chemical Department of the University and the Polo Scientifico Tecnologico), and two other Operative Units in Padova and Perugia. The Milan Unit of the ISTM has established expertises in the context of functional materials: design, synthesis and characterization of precursors and organic and metallorganic functional molecules, particularly for the synthesis of pigments for DSSC photovoltaic cells, non polimeric molecules for organic solar cells, luminescent and photostable organic molecules and lanthanide and transition metals complexes for sensors and electro-optic devices; development of inorganic semiconductor materials (black TiO2, Fe2O3, ZnO, etc.) for the photocatalytic production of hydrogen; morphologic, structural and composition characterization of nanomaterials. It owns technologies for the synthesis of materials (metals, oxides, composites, etc.) nanostructured materials (nanoparticles, nanostructured films, nanoarchitectures, etc.) and has expertises in the theoretical modeling of functionalities in nanostructured systems of biological and technological interest in the field of energetics, environment and nanotechnology (materials for H-storage, solid electrolytes for fuel cells, electro-optic, magnetoresistive and magnetoelectric materials, nanogrephenes, Au nanoparticles) through ab-initio methods and large-scale semiclassical techniques.

A key target of ISTM-CNR is to realize the technology transfer between academia and industrial reality that is one of the primary missions of the same CNR: the need even more urgent given the difficult times that the country’s system is living.

Nearly 20 ISTM-CNR research scientists are involved in the SmartMatLab activities