The CNR-NANO research activities will be developed within the National Enterprise for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology NEST at the Scuola Normale Superiore, the leading Italian higher education institute for physics and exact sciences. NEST is a research and training centre where physicists, chemists and biologists investigate scientific issues at the nanoscale. This knowledge is exploited to develop innovative nano-biotechnological tools, nanoelectronic and photonic devices and architectures. With a total staff of 120 people NEST activities address a rather broad range of research activities that span from semiconductor/superconductor nanostructure design, photonics, growth and experimental investigation to single-molecule studies in live cells and tissues, with a unique close cultural integration of its multidisciplinary teams which is characteristic of nanoscience.

CNR-NANO highlights include: internationally leading contributions in the development of the first Terahertz quantum cascade lasers, patented and industrially-licensed, development and implementation of the first nanowire and graphene THz room- temperature nanodetectors and spin rectifiers, the development of THz waveguides, seminal contributions in the field of tunable, ultra-narrow, aperiodic and random THz QC lasers, near field THz microscopy.

Main contact: Dr.  Miriam  Serena  Vitiello – Email: miriam.vitiello(at)

Piazza San Silvestro 12
56127 Pisa, Italy
phone +39 050 509418/525