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The mission of the school is to provide students with knowledge and training in the field of nanotechnology and to provide the necessary background to become 21st century scientists and technicians.

credits to:a) M.M. Vega, V. Sergo,b) S. Velari, A. De Vita, c) V. Zannier, S. Rubini, d) M.Nkoua, L. Casalis.


The main objective is to teach researchers to plan, build, use and test nanotechnological tools and devices that meet the growing needs of the society in diverse fields of application:

  • the development of new experimental techniques to investigate, process, manipulate and visualize nanostructured materials on a nanometric scale,
  • the development of spectroscopic techniques to detect isolated molecules on nanostructured substrates,
  • the study of the relations between microstructure and the properties of materials and the engineering of nanostructured materials,
  • the synthesis of nanostructures,
  • the applications of nanotechniques to energy-focused research,
  • the multiscale molecular modelling of materials and relevant phenomena through computational simulation techniques,
  • human health with particular attention to the study and treatment of tumours and degenerative diseases,
  • nanotechnological applications to medical, pharmacological, biomedical and food areas.


This is made possible by the availability of top rate facilities and equipments in the University laboratories and in the public and private research bodies partnering with the University, i.e. the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnologies (ICGEB), Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, the Oncological Referral Center in Aviano (CRO), and the Advanced Technology and Nanoscience National Laboratory TASC- INFM- CNR just to cite a few.


The approach is inter-disciplinary: physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers, physicians, pharmacologists, odontologists, biotechnologists and agronomists combine and reinforce their specific competences and skills while developing the ability to carry out their research in synergy and in a wider perspective.

PhD graduates will be professional researchers and technological developers. They will apply their knowledge and their critical evaluation skills to the development of methods to design, produce and evaluate new materials and to improve the existing ones. The target is to make industrial production more efficient, economical and sustainable both in terms of consumption of resources and environmental impact.





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​The call for the admission to the PhD Course in Nanotechnology is now open. Deadline for the online application June 19, 2017.

All information at the web page: 


ANNUAL MEETING 2017 - AWARDS30/01/2017

Valentina MASCIOTTI received the 2017 "Fernando Tommasini Award" for the most comprehensible presentation.

The "Best career award" 2017 was assigned to Zhijing FENG.

Special mention to Cesare GRAZIOLI for the excellent and numerous scientific publications during the three years of PhD.

Annual Meeting of the PhD Course in Nanotechnology23/01/2017

The annual meeting 2017 of the PhD Course in Nanotechnology will be held ​January 24-26, 2017 in Room 2B, second floor of Building H3.

Tuesday January 24 lecture of

Dr. Wolfgang Frietzsche, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany, on: "Bioanalytics using single plasmonic nanosctructures"

Wednesday January 25, lecture of

Prof. Maurizio Prato, University of Trieste, on: " Novel functional carbon interfaces".

Thursday January 26 two awards will be assigned:

the "Fernando Tommasini award" to the student of the first or second year which delivered the most comprehensible communication

the "best student career award" will be assigned to the student of the last year with the best career.

PhD students XXXII cycle17/11/2016

​Welcome to the students, XXXII cycle, who joint  the PhD course in Nanotechnology:



COTTA Valerio

CRINGOLI Maria Cristina

D'ELIA Alessandro


IACUZZI Valentina



All the best whises for 3 years of exciting research work and success.

GRADUATION DAY 201614/06/2016

​Friday June 10th in the Aula Magna of the University of Trieste was held the Graduation Day.

In the picture some of the new Doctors in Nanotechnology with the Rector, Prof. Maurizio Fermeglia, former director of the PhD school and the coordinator, Prof. Lucia Pasquato.IMG_141.jpg


 Departments and research centers involved