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ItalNanoNet – National Research Network on Nanoscience

This project aims at realizing an Italian Nanoscience Network (ItalNanoNet) specialized in scientific and technological research for the production, engeneering and application of transversal nanostructures/nanotechnologies, with clear involvements in Nanomedicine and Production Technology. ItalNanoNet, structured on eight poles, will be able to afford important researches at a national and international level and at the same time to represent a complementary instrument for development of the current biomedical technologies and for a transfer on the application level, of still laboratory prototypical materials and methodologies to some industrial divisions (Advanced Manufacturing Transports, Mechanics, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biotechnologies). The Project is essentially articulated in the following research phases: development of nanoparticles and their nanofunctionalization aimed to a more specific and efficient drug delivery; realization of materials with new functions (nanocomposites) involved in transport division; synthesis of nanostructured catalysts for Sustainable Chemical processes; surface nanofunctionalization for thin and thick coatings assigned to mechanics, transports and advanced manufacturing divisions; realization and implementation of biodiagnostic and imaging methodologies and technologies able to answer to a more and more persisting necessity of an immediate diagnosis of specific patologies; development of nanorganized systems and devices for advanced manufacturing; modelling by computational methods in order to support and realize multiscale integration of properties. The Project aims to establish an effective cooperation between public and private organizations and stimulate an efficient integration of research centers and some structures of the National Productive System interested in applying results and products derived from nanosciences development. An aspect of crucial importance in this Project is the realization of a “supradisciplinary” education from Life Science to Materials Science for young researchers, providing basic know how and development of technologies in a wide range of advanced divisions, so that single researchers coming from “traditional” disciplines could rapidly achieve the essencial background for research and improvement at nanoscale dimension.