On the road to becoming an open source lab

NFFA-Trieste aims to create an open source repository of free-to-use design data, technical drawings, blueprints and specifications of advanced instrumentation for nanoscience.

Italy's strategic plans for research and innovation

Read the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and the National Research Program 2021-2027.

NFFA-Europe @ EuroNanoForum 2021

NFFA-Europe is part of the EuroNanoForum 2021 and EuroNanoForum Satellite Workshop. The conference will address the role of nano-enabled technologies and industries in the transformation towards EU prosperity.

Possible candidates for a job position at the LISA beamline at ESRF

The LISA beamline at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility is looking for expressions of interest for a one-year research grant (renewable) from potential candidates.

SINFONIA project kick-off

The interdisciplinary research project SINFONIA (Selectively activated INFOrmation technology by hybrid Organic Interfaces) has started on 1st April. Its goal is the development of a technology that allows the storage and transport of information at the nanoscale and at operating frequencies in the THz (terahertz) regime.

Italian Research Day


ICTP Workshop on 2D Materials for Spin-Orbitronics

The mini workshop will take place on 3-5 May 2021. It will cover selected spin-orbit phenomena in low-dimensional materials, comprising their potential and concrete realizations for spin-orbitronics, mostly from the computational-materials perspective, but including also experimental view and results.

XAS Workshop @ Diamond

Online workshop intended for new users of Diamond spectroscopy beamlines with a basic understanding of X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS).

Open Position - PhD

New open PhD position @ APE-HE beamline

NFFA-Europe PILOT kick-off

Kick-off of the NFFA-Europe PILOT project, funded by the European Union with fifteen million euros, for a period of five years. The project, coordinated by the Istituto officina dei materiali of the National Research Council (Cnr-Iom), involves twenty-two partners from nine Member States of the European Union and aims to increasing European competitiveness in nanosciences and nanotechnologies.

The new CNR-IOM website is online

The CNR-IOM (Istituto Officina dei Materiali - Materials Foundry) website reflects the mission of the Institute and the organization of research activities, with a brand new logo and an innovative visual identity.

Open postdoc position at the LISA beamline at ESRF

A post doc position at the Italian beamLine for x-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (Linea Italiana per la Spettroscopia d'Assorbimento x) in Grenoble

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

11 February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, an occasion to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology and promote equal opportunities.

Dario Nobili Award Call - Year 2021

The CNR-IMM Institute of Bologna announces the publication of the third edition of the Study Award in honor and in memory of Prof. Dario Nobili.

Follow NFFA-Trieste on social media!

Finally we landed on social media, follow us to stay updated on news and latest publications.

European Open Science Cloud - Interview to Giorgio Rossi

The European Open Science Cloud is entering an operational phase: Giorgio Rossi, coordinator of NFFA-Trieste and representative for Italy in the EOSC Governing Board, takes stock of the Italian contribution and the next steps in an interview for GARR News.

New FTIR analysis facility for NFFA-Trieste users

From today, 22 December 2020, NFFA-Trieste users will be able to request the use of the FTIR technique for their multidisciplinary projects.

Happy Holidays from NFFA-Trieste


NFFA-Europe as a pilot for new schemes of Research Infrastructure

NFFA-Europe next Spring will become PILOT for new schemes of Research Infrastructure: NEP (NFFA-Europe-Pilot).

NFFA-Trieste reaches 100 publications

Since 2015, 100 scientific articles have been published thanks to NFFA-Trieste instrumentation and experts.

New post-doc positions

Two new post-doc positions at CNR-IOM are opened

Great success for NFFA maze on nanotechnology @ Maker Faire

More than 500 players to NFFA game “In the labyrinth of nanotechnology” in Trieste

NFFA at Maker Faire

On Semptember 4 and 5 NFFA will be in the main square of Trieste for a maze game on nanotechnology.

Public consultation for the MIUR National research program

The public consultation for the National research program (PNR) 2021-2027 was launched by MIUR and will end on 11 September next.

#NFFA gems: Vacuum suitcases

NFFA-Trieste provides users with three vacuum suitcases designed in collaboration with Ferrovac for the transport of samples between the different experimental chambers.

Interview - Piero Torelli

Il Piccolo, the main daily newspaper in Trieste, dedicated a short article to one of our NFFA-Trieste experts, Piero Torelli.

Final Version of the RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines on Data Sharing

Under public health emergencies, and particularly the COVID19 pandemic, it is fundamental that data is shared in both a timely and an accurate manner. This coupled with the harmonisation of the many diverse data infrastructures is, now more than ever, imperative to share preliminary data and results early and often. It is clear that open research data is a key component to pandemic preparedness and response.

WEBINAR: How to move from FAIR principles to FAIR practice?

During the past year, the FAIR practice task force under the umbrella of the EOSC FAIR Working Group has been gathering its understanding of the current state of FAIR practices across diverse communities, and making recommendations aimed primarily at research funders and policymakers on how to ensure that “FAIR” provides maximum value in the European Open Science Cloud.

Ensuring the long-term sustainability of EU Research Infrastructures

The European Commission published the final report of the High-Level Expert Group to Assess the Progress of ESFRI and Other World Class Research Infrastructures Towards Implementation and Long-Term Sustainability.

Welcome to our new website!

We are proud to present the new NFFA-Trieste website! We have updated the look and some features, to make it easier and more intuitive to consult our nanosciences tool catalogue.

6 PhD projects available at CNR-IOM - Trieste

Six PhD projects are available at the Institute of Materials (IOM) of the National research Council, starting from November 2020. The fellowships are awarded by the University of Trieste and by the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), and are part of the PhD programs in Nanotechnology and Condensed-Matter Physics, respectively.

NFFA-Trieste operation in phase 2 of the COVID-19 pandemics

In the Phase 2 of the COVID-19 pandemics the activity of the NFFA-Trieste facility will be resumed with capacity limits due to the safety rules and social distancing of the researchers around the instruments.

NFFA-Europe at COVID-19 time

As an exceptional research effort is needed on SARS-CoV-2 and on COVID-19, NFFA-Europe offers the opportunity of submitting COVID-track proposals. Researchers from all over the world have the possibility to require Remote Transnational Access to NFFA-Europe facilities for any directly relevant research that may need nanoscience resources.

Scienta analyzer for APE-HE

APE-HE endstation replaced the analyzer for XPS characterisation, upgrading to the first Scienta R3000 analyzer installed with the 2D Delay Line Detector developed by the Electromagnetism Group of Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste.

Glovebox for NFFA-Trieste users

A state-of-the-art nitrogen glove box to prepare and store air- and water sensitive materials.

Data school time! - First steps towards quality Open Data in scientific research

The First EUSMI / NFFA Europe Joint School on Data Management, organized by CNR-IOM as part of the EUSMI and NFFA-Europe projects, has just ended. The event, attended by 56 participants, was hosted in the spaces of the ICTP Campus in Miramare on 10 and 11 December. The main topics were Open Data and FAIR principles for data management, concepts of growing interest for the new class of researchers.

1st EUSMI/NFFA-Europe Joint School on Data management

1st EUSMI/NFFA-Europe Joint School on Data management, taking place on 10-11 December 2019 in Trieste, Italy. Location: Former SISSA building, Via Beirut 2/4, 34151, Grignano TS

New laser-based facility for NFFA-Trieste

The novel NFFA-SPRINT facility (Spin Polarized Research Instrument in the Nanoscale and Time domain) is located in a new dedicated hutch-suite in the FERMI@Elettra hall, and has been developed in collaboration between IOM-CNR and T-Rex (Elettra) laboratories.

Workshop on Combining electrons with X-rays for integrated in-operando experiments (COEX) 23-24/09/2017 in Trieste (Italy)

The Workshop on Combining electrons with X-rays for integrated in-operando experiments (COEX) will take place 23-24 September 2017 at in Trieste (Italy).

Workshop on Time-resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy in Trieste Italy, January 25-27, 2017

The NFFA-Trieste and T-Rex Facilities of Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste and IOM-CNR are proud to announce the first International Workshop on Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

Workshop on Technologically relevant Quantum Materials: growth, experiments and theory in Trieste Italy, December 19-20, 2016

Workshop on Technologically relevant Quantum Materials: growth, experiments and theory will be held in Trieste Italy, December 19-20, 2016.

Neutron Scattering facilities in Europe - ESFRI, PSE SWG

European Landscape of Research Infrastructures: Neutron scattering facilities in Europe - Present status and future perspectives.

NOXSS-Workshop on The Free Electron Laser for Ultrafast Imaging at the Nanoscale in Erice Italy, June 5-10, 2016

NOXSS - Workshop on The Free Electron Laser for Ultrafast Imaging at the Nanoscale will be held in Erice, Sicily, ITALY, June 5-10, 2016.

NFFA-Europe Kick off meeting

The NFFA-Europe Kick-off meeting will be held in Milan (Italy) on 11-12 April 2016.

The ESFRI Roadmap 2016 -launch

The ESFRI Roadmap 2016 has been presented and is now available.

NFFA Europe - Proposal submission is NOW OPEN

NFFA Europe - Proposal submission is NOW OPEN in the

New light source for NFFA

The novel NFFA-SPRINT facility (Spin Polarized Research Instrument in the Nanoscale and Time domain) is located in a new dedicated hutch-suite in the FERMI@Elettra hall hosting the NFFA-SPRINT (CNR) and T-Rex (Elettra) laboratories.

Ultraspin completes first step of commissioning

The Ultraspin project is moving to the next step as the first commissioning phase has come to its conclusion.

Season's greetings


Workshop on Imaging with Femtosecond Electrons and X-ray pulses - IFEXS

1st International Workshop on Imaging with Femtosecond Electrons and X-ray pulses (IFEXS) will be held in Trieste Italy, February 1-3 2016.

The first user project - completed

On November 21st 2015, the first USER project within the NFFA-Trieste demonstrator has been successfully completed.

ARPES with a new VLEED detector

Spin and angle-resolved ARPES spectra were measured for Au(111) with a new VLEED detector at APE LE beamline.

MIUR-DAAD Joint Mobility Program

MIUR-DAAD Joint Mobility Program application is opened. The dead line is 16th November 2016.

New Chair ESFRI - Prof. Giorgio Rossi

Our warmest congratulations to Giorgio Rossi!

NFFA Europe - Grant Agreement was signed by Coordinator. (H2020-INFRAIA-2014-2015)


NFFA technology products

Biderectional UHV sample transfer systems

Characterization of the new HE grating

The diffraction efficiency of the new VGD VLS grating (900l/mm) was measured along the VGD profile, at Metrology beamline at SOLEIL for the photon energy range between 100eV and 1600eV. The measured results are presented below, compared to the calculation.

Interview with Prof. Giorgio Rossi -GSO

GLOBAL RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES (GSO) interview with Giorgio Rossi, present Chairman of GSO and Deputy Chairman of ESFRI.