The NAST Centre for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology & Innovative Instrumentation is a multidisciplinary research and training centre designed to promote research and advanced training at the forefront of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
NAST projects focus on nanoscale structures and development of innovative instrumentation, aiming at providing new impact and ideas to life sciences, healthcare, space sciences, cultural heritage, materials, ICT, energy and environment, and to the sustainable use of resources. The Centre promotes scientific innovation and technological excellence through its multi-disciplinary research laboratories, provides opportunities and support for multidisciplinary research among investigators from a variety of disciplines and from different research sectors, including academia, industry and laboratories. NAST mission is to favor transfer and transformation of basic knowledge in nanoscience to nanotechnology in Italian industry, to assist in the creation of spin-off companies and catalyze innovative projects in existing Italian companies and to commercialize the products of the research.
The research activities in nanoscience and nanotechnology address fundamental issues in life science, space sciences, cultural heritage, materials, energy and environment. The Centre houses a wide range of research equipment with a wide range of specialized tools for synthesis, characterization, and integration of hard and soft nanomaterials and for the design and construction of innovative instrumentation. It offers accommodation for researchers with common areas to promote interaction among staff, long-term research guests, and users.