LiCryL @ Rende (CS)

LiCrylRende

The CNR-Nanotec Cosenza establishment takes origin from the historical Liquid Crystals Laboratory – LiCryL, active in the soft matter sciences since the early 80’s.

The Unit is located in the Calabria University Campus, in close contact with the academic laboratories and with other CNR institutes.

The scientific activities are focused on the physics and chemistry of the soft matter and on its applications in nano-structured systems for advanced micro/nano- optics/photonics/fluidics.

New composite nanostructured materials are realized through bottom-up and hybrid bottom-up/top-down fabrication processes. Plasmonic materials, metamaterials and micro/nano structured materials in general, are engineered following different methods, to be used in many fields, such as the energy harvesting, new sensing platforms and bio-medicine.

The optical, structural and morphological properties of the innovative materials are studied with the support of the thematic laboratories installed at our facility, where the most advanced investigation techniques are available: ultra-fast time-resolved IR-VIS multi-modal non-linear optical spectroscopies, VASE ellipsometry, 2-photons Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy (2P-LSCM) integrated with a Scanning Probe Microscope system, Integrated Confocal Fluorescence Microscope / SNOM for simultaneous far and near field analyses, electronic microscopies (SEM, TEM), X-ray reflectometry (GID) and optical micro-manipulation. A special citation has to be devoted to the only Surface Force Apparatus installed in Italy, allowing for accurate measurements of inter-surfaces forces as small as 100 nN, with Å-accuracy in the separation gap control.

The Unit is also active in the theoretical and observational aspects of plasma turbulence and in the design of new scientific space missions. Advanced data analysis, theoretical modelling and numerical simulations of complex systems, ranging from bio-molecular complex systems to space and laboratory plasmas, are routinely carried out.

We care about the valorisation of the research outcomes through a constant patenting activity and by offering advanced research and technological services.  A large part of the research laboratories contributes to the CNR National User Facility Beyond-Nano – Polo di Cosenza and is accessible to external scientists.

Where we are

LiCryL

Sede Secondaria Cosenza

Ponte P. Bucci, Cubo 31/C

87036 Rende (CS)

Tel.: +39 (0)984 496008

Fax +39 (0)984 494401

Latest News

  • Scholar-in-Training Award dell’AACR a Marta Cavo

    Lecce, 15/01/2020
    Marta Cavo, ERC-postdoctoral research fellow at the CNR Institute of Nanotechnology in Lecce (ERC-StG INTERCELLMED No., 759959, PI: Dr. Loretta L. del Mercato), have been selected to receive a Scholar-in-Training Award (USD $625). The Scholarship will support her attendance at the Conference on The Evolving Landscape of Cancer Modeling, organized by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), to be held on 2-5 March 2020 in San Diego (California), where she will present the work “Quantifying stroma-tumor cell interactions in three-dimensional cell culture systems”. (more…)
  • I° meeting TecnoMed Puglia

    Lecce, 05 dicembre 2019 – Aula Rita Levi Montalcini – CNR NANOTEC Lecce

    Si terrà domani, giovedì 05 dicembre, con inizio alle ore 14.00 presso l’aula Rita Levi Montalcini del Cnr Nanotec, il “I° meeting TecnoMed Puglia: Tecnopolo per la medicina di precisione“. Il meeting mira a fare il punto sulle attività programmate, sullo stato di avanzamento e sugli highlights.

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  • Jam session Nanotec… note di scienza su scala nanometrica

    Lecce, 27 settembre 2019 – ex monastero degli Olivetani “CAR-T: l’alba di una nuova era”  con: Attilio Guarini (IRCCS Istituto Tumori “Giovanni Paolo II” di Bari)  introduce e modera: Marco Ferrazzoli (Ufficio Stampa CNR Roma) a cura di: Gabriella Zammillo 

    Le CAR-T (Chimeric Antigens Receptor Cells-T) sono cellule modificate in laboratorio a partire dai linfociti T. Rappresentano una nuova strategia di cura che sfrutta il sistema immunitario per combattere alcuni tipi di tumore come linfomi aggressivi a grandi cellule e leucemie linfoblastiche acute a cellule B. Il prof Attilio Guarini, ematologo all’Istituto tumori Giovanni Paolo II di Bari, le definisce la “vis sanatrix naturae della antica medicina salernitana”, trattandosi del potenziamento dell’attività citotossica dei linfociti del paziente opportunamente ingegnerizzati per riconoscere e contrastare alcuni tipi di cellule tumorali.

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