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MIUR International Project NFFA (Nanoscience Foundries and Fine Analysis)

NFFA - Nanoscience Foundries and Fine Analysis is the project for a European distributed nanoscience infrastructure integrating an open-access nanofoundry structure with the matter analysis tools based on big pulsed radiation sources. NFFA develops the facilities needed for the synthesis, nanofabrication, nanometrology and manipulation of matter with atomic resolution aimed at the research in the fields of energy (hydrogen, superconductors, catalysis), health (nanobiology, biomedicine) and environment (water cycle). Italy has the European coordination of the project which includes as participants UK, Switzerland, Austria and Spain. NFFA is the only open-access project for nanoscience involving European Research Infrastructures with direct integration between nanofoundries and radiation sources. In 2012, NFFA has been selected as topic for Horizon 2020.

Following the conclusion of the NFFA Design Study, several European institutions signed an agreement for the development of a demonstrator NFFA phase, coordinated by the TASC laboratory of the CNR-IOM Institute.

Other organizations and stakeholders involved

NFFA started with a FP7 Design Study coordinated by Italy (INFM-CNR) with the participation of STFC (UK), OEAW (A), CISIC (E), PSI (CH).
NFFA-Europe now sees the participation of 20 institutions from 10 European countries.

Strategic objectives

  • Realize a distributed European infrastructure for nanoscience linked to the analytical infrastructures (synchrotrons, FELs, neutron sources).
  • Offer user open access to advanced infrastructures, clean rooms, atomic resolution microscopic probes with beamlines optimized for the study of nanostructures both for fundamental science purposes as well as for the development of applied research projects.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:09