R2 - Functional and Complex Materials for Innovative Electronics and Sensing

Coordinator Nicola Manca

In recent years, several classes of novel compounds attracted the attention of the research community for their uncommon characteristics. This interest is not only related to a curiosity-driven scientific attitude, aiming to better understand the basic physical mechanism underneath their complex behaviour, but also to take full advantage from their properties to develop smart devices for next-generation electronics, sensors, and transducers.

CNR-SPIN has a strong expertise in all the processes related to growth, characterization, theoretical modelling, and integration into prototypical devices of novel compounds. Its varied community covers the most advanced fields of materials science, this include:

  • Transition Metal Oxides (bulk, nanoparticles, thin films, heterostructures, and interfaces)
  • 2D materials (Graphene, Transition Metal Dichalcogenides, Transition Metal Carbide/Nitrides, other Van der Waals materials)
  • Organic and hybrid materials (Organic-conjugated materials, Perovskite-based Van der Waals Organic-Inorganic Hybrids, and Hybrid Coordination polymers)

These different scientific directions rely on a wide set of common experimental characterizations (structural, optical, scanning-probe, magneto-transport, thermo-electrical, mechanical), and theoretical modelling comprising numerical and first-principles analysis. On top of this, advanced design and micro/nano-fabrication protocols allow to develop devices and prototypical systems for in-lab/in-field testing.

This Area is splitted into three research themes:



SPIN belongs to
Cnr - Department of Physical Sciences
and Technologies of Matter