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July 8, 2020

Artificial intelligence, Italy proposes a plan

The European Commission puts forward a European approach to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics. It should deal with technological, ethical, legal and socio-economic aspects to boost EU's research and industrial capacity and to put AI at the service of European citizens and economy. Italy has appointed in 2019 a group of 30 experts to set up a national strategy for AI. This document containes about 80 propositions formulated by the groups of experts to the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. Ansa Mise PDF

June 12, 2020

Women in the STEM workforce

Women are still already a minority in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) professions. A new report from The Australian Academy of Science has found the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing them further to the margins. In Italy, recent data (2019) show the following situation: women generally have a higher education compared to men (in Italy, among graduated students, girls are 56% of the total). However if we consider graduated in STEM only, we have a male/female ratio of 59/41 at graduation level, a 64/36 ratio among researchers and a 81/19 ratio among full professors. Here the recent document “Donne per un Nuovo Rinascimento” by the Task Force set up by the Italian Dipartimento per le Pari Opportunità. PDF

Oct 27-30, 2020
Clermont-Ferrand, France


Attention: the dates have changed. The conference will take place in the end of October (27th-30th).
International Conference on Physics of Light-Matter Coupling in Nanostructures.

June 26, 2020
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A successful kick off meeting of newly launched FETOPEN project PHEMTRONICS
Active Optical Phase-Change Plasmonic Transdimensional Systems Enabling Femtojoule and Femtosecond Extreme Broadband Reconfiguarble Devices

The 26th June marked the successful kick-off meeting of the European Commission H2020 FETOPEN project PHEMTRONICS (grant agreement No 899598), coordinated by the Institute of Nanotechnology of the Italian National Council of Research that engages 8 partners from Germany, Ireland, Austria, Spain, Romania, France.
H2020 FETOPEN PHEMTRONICS heralds a new era in the fields of mobile communications, optical computing, ultrafast athermal switching for neuromorphic computation, tuneable nanopixel displays, covering the whole value chain, from a novel class of plasmonic phase-change materials, to fabrication, design, modelling tools and integration to new device architectures.
Within this context, PHEMTRONICS aims at delivering innovative ultrafast phase-change switches, dynamically reconfigurable antennas and adaptive multiple-band detectors surpassing the current paradigms of speed, energy and frequencies.
July 12, 2020
Probing the pH Microenvironment of Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Cultures on Additive‐Manufactured Scaffolds
Despite numerous advances in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, monitoring the formation of tissue regeneration and its metabolic variations during culture is still a challenge and mostly limited to bulk volumetric assays. Here, a simple method of adding capsules‐based optical sensors in cell‐seeded 3D scaffolds is presented and the potential of these sensors to monitor the pH changes in space and time during cell growth is demonstrated. This is particularly relevant for the investigation of 3D cellular microenvironment alterations occurring both during physiological processes, such as tissue regeneration, and pathological processes, such as cancer evolution.
April 21, 2020
Thermoplasmonic‐Activated Hydrogel Based Dynamic Light Attenuator
This work describes the morphological, optical, and thermo‐optical properties of a temperature‐sensitive hydrogel poly(N‐isopropylacrylamide‐co‐N‐isopropylmethacrylamide) [P(NIPAm‐co‐NIPMAm]) film containing a specific amount of gold nanorods (GNRs). The light‐induced thermoplasmonic heating of GNRs is used to control the optical scattering of an initially transparent hydrogel film. A hydrated P(NIPAm‐co‐NIPMAm) film is optically clear at room temperature. When heated to temperatures over 37 °C via light irradiation with a resonant source (λ = 810 nm) to the GNRs, a reversible phase transition from a swollen hydrated state to a shrunken dehydrated state occurs. This phenomenon causes a drastic and reversible change in the optical transparency from a clear to an opaque state.
Advanced Optical Materials - 21/04/2020

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