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The new drug delivery system of NEST Laboratory and the Center for Nanotechnology Innovation of IIT@Nest

The study conducted by a group of researchers of the NEST Laboratory and the Center for Nanotechnology Innovation of IIT@Nest in Pisa was awarded of the prestigious frontispiece of the international journal SMALL. The study deals with the developing of a new drug delivery and controlled release system of active agents based on gold nanostructures. This innovative nano-material exploits a multi-photon effect observed for the first time in the laboratories, which makes possible the release of biomolecules with common continuous low-power lasers at wavelengths close to the "optical window" in the visible range. This pioneering study provides an important achievement towards the development of a new class of promising anticancer and therapeutic agents. For more details, read the following link"

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 December 2011 16:51

Top Tech visits the Center for Nano Science and Technology of IIT@PoliMi

The Center for Nano Science and Technology of IIT@Polimi is one of the research centers of the multidisciplinary national network of IIT; the conducted research activity regards two technological platforms of the IIT scientific plan: energy and smart materials.

The TV journalist Gabriele Di Matteo of Top Tech program, visited the CNST, where he met several researchers: Guglielmo Lanzani, Coordinator of CNST, who presented the general goal of the center, underlining also the relationship with industrial contributor in photovoltaic research; Mario Caironi, team leader, who came back from Cambridge for developing advanced plastic electronics; Sai Santosh Kumar Raavi, PhD student coming from India; Maria Rosa Antognazza, senior post-doc focused on the development of artificial retina; and Stefano Perissinotto, junior technician working in the femto-second laser laboratory.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:59


Doctoral school Humanoid & Life Technologies XXVII Cycle

Please find below the admission tables in PDF format for the Doctoral Courses "Neuroscience", "Drug Discovery", "Robotics" and “Nanosciences” Doctoral School on “Humanoid and Life Technologies” XXVII Cycle

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 November 2012 13:08


London Science Museum: iCub meets people at Robotville

During the four day event "Robotville", starting on 1st December at the Science Museum in London, people will meet the humanoid robot iCub and some of its authors: Giorgio Metta, Lorenzo Natale and Francesco Nori, researchers at the Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department of IIT.

"Robotville" is the festival of robots conceived to celebrate the most cutting-edge in European robot design and innovation and to explore the cultural significance of robots. iCub will be present at the event as example of Italian robotics excellence.

IIT researchers will show the cognitive abilities of iCub everyday from Thursday 1st December to Sunday 4th December, from 10 am to 6 pm. Entrance is free.

The event is promoted by EUNIC London, in partnership with the EU Cognitive Systems and Robotics Programme and the European Commission Representation in the UK. For more information about the festival please visit:

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 17:20

On Nature Photonics cover: the IIT Nanostructures innovative Single Molecule Detector

The study, carried out by the Nanostructures research group led by Enzo Di Fabrizio, was featured on the cover of the November issue of Nature Photonics.

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The study, that describes the invention of a new device for single molecule detection, was published on the same journal issue in a paper entitled "Breaking the diffusion limit with super-hydrophobic delivery of molecules to plasmonic nanofocusing SERS structures".

The cover shows a representation of a water droplet containing molecules at ultralow concentrations on a nanostructured superhydrophobic surface. A significant image, since the new sensor deploys the "lotus effect" reproduced by the nanostructured surface to detect and analyze about ten molecules within a volume of one thousandth of cubic centimeter.

The device description was also positively commented in the "news&views" section of the journal: "This new concept is sure to promote the development of nanosensors with exceptional sensitivity".

You may read the entire article here.

You can find a further description of the study here.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 November 2011 13:59


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