Nanoscience Foundries & Fine Analysis (NFFA) - Trieste is an open access infrastructure to perform experiments in nanoscience involving growth, characterization and advanced spectroscopies at synchrotron radiation and pulsed laser sources.
NFFA-Trieste, operational for national and international users since 2015, is the first research facility offering direct integration between nanofoundries and analytical large scale facilities.
The project, therefore, offers advanced off-line tools for sample growth (PLD, MBE, PVD) and for characterization (STM, XPS, MOKE, SEM, XRD) of nanosystems, in combination with spectroscopic techniques (ARPES, Spin-ARPES, XPS, XMCD, XAS, Ambient-pressure XAS, FTIR analysis) at Elettra synchrotron radiation and FERMI free electron laser facilities.
From 2018 users may apply for the use of SPRINT laboratory, where pulsed laser sources are used to perform time-resolved valence band photoemission spectroscopy and spin polarization polarimetry.
Moreover, from December 2020 SISSI-Bio, the Chemical and Life Sciences branch of the SISSI infrared beamline, is accessible through the NFFA-Trieste project.
The Open Access is regulated by a proposal system and international peer-review, that considers specific projects that need integrated access to different techniques in the nanoscience research. There are no deadlines and proposals are continuously accepted and evaluated.
NFFA-Trieste represents the Design Study of NFFA-Europe, a H2020 Integration project coordinated by CNR-IOM providing transnational open access to a distributed nanoscience infrastructure (more than 20 partners all over Europe), where many nanofoundries are co-located with Analytical Large Scale facilities, as NFFA-Trieste.