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Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica

Laboratori Integrati di Electrospinning, Microfluidica e Nanoscienze

Responsabile Scientifico: Prof. Dario Pisignano tel. 0832 298104, email: dario.pisignano@unisalento.it.
Website: www.nanojets.eu. Laboratorio finanziato dallo European Research Council (ERC).


Il laboratorio è parte dell'Euromediterranean Center for Nanomaterial Modelling and Technology (ECMT) - Infrastruttura del Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica “Ennio De Giorgi” e del CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze- e dispone di piattaforme sperimentali avanzate e competenze tecnico-scientifiche per la produzione di (i) nano e micro-filati, (ii) litografie su larga area applicate a materiali polimerici e biologici (cellule, proteine), (iii) materiali a base carbonio (ad es. nanofibre di carbonio), (iv) micro-oggetti 3D, e per la caratterizzazione chimica (composizionale), biologica, morfologica e ottica di micro e nanomateriali. Tra la strumentazione si evidenzia: 1. Sistema di elettrofilatura multimateriale, 2. Sistema doppio uso per la litografia ottica e l’allineamento di precisione, 3. Pressa di precisione, 4. Fornace ad alta temperatura in alto vuoto per processi di carbonizzazione, 5. Sistema di stereolitografia multifotone con laser a femtosecondo, 6. Sistema di Microscopia Confocale Nikon Eclipse TI, 7. Sistema per microscopia elettronica a scansione (SEM, alto e basso vuoto) con sistema EDX per analisi composizionale, 8. Spettrofotometria UV-Vis e FTIR, 9. Stereomicroscopi e microscopi per imaging in tempo reale ad elevato frame rate, 10. Sistemi laser impulsati per misure di proprietà ottiche non lineari.

Linee di ricerca

Nanotecnologie e nanobiotecnologie, Fisica della materia, Fisica dei Materiali, Microfluidica e Nanofluidica, Tecniche Spettroscopiche, Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali Polimerici ed Organici


"The research efforts of our group focus on micro- and nanotechnologies applied to soft matter, polymers, fluids and biomolecules through a highly interdisciplinary research program. In our broadest approach, we aim at the elucidation of the basic structural, rheological, fluidic, and optoelectronic properties of soft and plastic materials, the implementation of novel methods for patterning molecules and enhancing their functionality, and the realization and development of devices relying on organic building blocks, and especially polymer nanofibers. Controlling and manipulating organic systems at nanoscale is the key feature of the Converging Sciences Approach, merging organic materials science, advanced lithographies, nanophotonics and electronics, microfluidics, regenerative medicine and biomimesis, for fundamental studies and innovative processes, devices, and applications.

In this framework, the NANO-JETS project (www.nanojets.eu) funded by the European Research Council ultimately targets the application of polymer nanofibers in new lasers. To this aim, it wants to tackle the still unsolved issues of the electrospinning process in terms of product control by means of the parameters affecting the dynamics of electrified jets. Electrospinning is based on the uniaxial elongation of polymeric jets with sufficient molecular entanglements, in presence of an intense electric field. It is a unique approach to produce nanofibers with high throughput. Notwithstanding almost two decades of research, the process is still largely suboptimal, and the most of nanofibers production is still carried out on an empirical basis. While being operationally simple, electrospinning is in fact complex, and the behavior of electrified jets depends on so many experimental variables making fully predictive approaches still missing. NANO-JETS aims to elucidating and engineering the electrospinning of solutions incorporating active materials, with a tight synergy among modeling, fast-imaging characterization of electrified jets, and process engineering. Once optimized with molecules or nanomaterials exhibiting optical gain, nanofibers will offer an effective, well-controllable and cheap material for building new laser systems. These architectures will enable enhanced miniaturization and portability, and enormously reduced realization costs."


Senior Staff: Dr. Andrea Camposeo email: andrea.camposeo@cnr.it; Dr. Luana Persano email: luana.persano@nano.cnr.it; Dr. Vincenzo Resta email: vincenzo.resta@unisalento.it; Dr. Maria Moffa email: maria.moffa@nano.cnr.it; Dr. Giovanni Morello email: giovanni.morello@unisalento.it; Dr. Anna Giovanna Sciancalepore email: annagiovanna.sciancalepore@nano.cnr.it. Research Fellows: Dr. Vito Fasano email: vito.fasano@unisalento.it. PhD students: Martina Montinaro email: martina.montinaro@unisalento.it; Alberto Portone: alberto.portone@unisalento.it; Luigi Romano email: luigi.romano@unisalento.it

Collaborazioni Esterne

We thank our colleagues in Italy and throughout the world for their continuous support and friendship helping us in developing exciting, internationally-recognized research. International collaborations include the groups of J. Anthony (U. Kentucky), I. Coluzza (U. Vienna), Y. Dzenis (Nebraska U.), M. Farsari (FORTH), A. Ferrari (ETH Zurich), Z.-Y. Li (Chinese Academy of Sciences), R. Lindken (Delft U.), L. Loo (Princeton U.), W.E.G. Schröder (Mainz U.), C. C. Perry (Nottingham Trent U.), J. A. Rogers (U. Illinois), R. Sapienza (King’s College London), H. C. Schröder (Mainz U.), P. Spearman (Kingstom U.), J. M. Yeomans (Oxford U.), Y. Xia (GeorgiaTech), D. Weitz (Harvard U.).


Il laboratorio è fortemente integrato con le attività didattiche erogate dall'Universita' del Salento per mezzo dei Corsi di Laurea in Biotecnologie Mediche e Nanobiotecnologie (Presidente CCL Prof. P. Alifano) e di Fisica (Presidente CCL Prof. C. Pennetta). La stretta integrazione e la sinergia tra formazione e ricerca ha condotto finora al completamento di 40 Tesi di Laurea, tra triennali e magistrali, e di 16 Tesi di Dottorato di Ricerca nei settori della Fisica, delle Biotecnologie, della Scienza dei Materiali e delle Nanotecnologie.


Funded projects include:
2013-2018: Next-generation polymer nanofibers: from electrified jets to hybrid optoelectronics (NANO-JETS), ERC Ideas Starting Grant - Grant agreement no.: 306357. 2013-2016: National coordination of the Project “Social Innovation Cluster through a Nanotechnology Cross-displinary Platftorm for Environmental Monitoring and Helthcare (SOCIAL-NANO)”, Call “PAC - Piano di Azione Coesione 436 13.03.2013-Start Up” of the Ministry of Education, University and Research. Coordinator: Dr. Luana Persano.
2010-2014: National coordination of the Project “Active Multifunctional Polymer Nanofibers for Photonics and Electronics”, Call “Future in Research”, Fund for Investments in Basic Research (FIRB) of the Ministry of Education, University and Research.
2010-2014: National coordination of the Project “Biomedical Nanofibers for Tissue Engineering by Renal Stem Cells, Call “Medical Research in Italy”, Fund for Investments in Basic Research (FIRB) of the Ministry of Education, University and Research.
2009-2011: CNR coordination of the Apulia Regional Project ""Regional laboratory for novel nano- and biotechnologies of water filtration: design and manufacturing of biomimetic membranes for industrial, commercial and environmental applications (WAFITECH)"" (Reg. Dec. N. 1396, 30.12.2008, CNR coordinator: Dr. Andrea Camposeo.
2009-2011: ISUFI coordination of the Apulia Regional Project “Nanocomposite materials and processing techniques for functional and structural applications” (Reg. Dec. 30.12.2008 n. 1396).
2007-2011: INFM coordination of the Projects: “Innovative materials for the articular bio-prostheses development” and “Polymers and other materials suitable for device fabrication on flexible substrates” of the National Research Program-FIRB of the Ministry of University and Research (D.M. 234/Ric. 21.02.2007).
2006-2011: INFM-CNR coordination of the Regional Strategic Projects: “Development of renal adult stem cell banking for promoting translational research of stem cells. Design and development of nanotech biodevice for hemodialysis” and “Development of polymer nanocomposites materials for optical, electronic and sensor applications” (Reg. Dec. 22.03.2006 n. 55 and 19.10.2006 n. 134).
2006-2009: INFM Coordination of the EU Projects: “Integrated microfluidic bench technologies for active control of unconventional fluid by functionalised material interface of complex geometry microchannels (INFLUS)” and “Biomineralization for lithography and microelectronics (BIO-LITHO)”, NMP Priority, FP6 (Contracts #NMP3-CT-2006-031980 and #NMP4-CT-2006-031541).
2007-2008: Regional coordination of the Project: “Technologies of fabrication and packaging of monolithic organic lasers” (Reg. Dec. 23.01.2006 n. 13).
2006-2007: Coordination of the “Joint Laboratory of Microfluidics” Italy-U.S.A., together with the Harvard University-Boston -Project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs l.401/90 2006.
2005-2006: Coordination of the project “Competition between random lasing and amplified spontaneous emission in nanoparticles/conjugated polymer hybrid systems” for accessing to the Ultraviolet Laser Facility of FORTH, Heraklion, Greece (ulf-forth001220, within the European Network LASERLAB-EUROPE, contract RII3-CT-2003-506350).


A complete lists of our recent publications can be found at the following links:http://www.nanojets.eu/publications.html (The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement n. 306357, ERC Starting Grant “NANO-JETS”), and http://www.nanojets.eu/publications-since-2012.html.

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Data ultimo aggiornamento: 13/02/2018