Nanoparticles, nanomaterials and nanostructures

The synthesis of nanoparticles at CIMaINa dates back to the studies on carbon fullerenes in the 90s at the Molecular Beam and Nanocrystalline Materials Laboratory (LGM) of the University of Milan. At present CIMAINA uses different PVD techniques. In particular, a patented cluster source (Pulsed Microplasma Cluster Source - PMCS) was developed and used in Supersonic Cluster Beam Deposition (SCBD) apparata, for fundamental studies on free clusters, and for the fabrication of cluster-assembled films. Other techniques such as evaporation, ion beam or magnetron sputtering, are used to integrate PMCS depositions. A flame pyrolysis facility is used for the production of nano-powders. A large variety of elements and composites has been investigated, for different applications, spanning from bio-medical to microfluidic, friction reduction, energy storage etc. Two spin-off companies (i.e. Tethis and Wise) were created in the years developing ideas generated in CIMaINa experimental activity.

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