PhD school in nanoscience and nanotechnology
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The Graduate School in Nano- and Physical Sciences was established in Modena in 2005 by the University (, in close collaboration with the INFM-CNR National Research Center S3 ("nanoStructures and bioSystems at Surfaces",

The focus of the School is on development and application of advanced experimental and theoretical/computational methods for the study of matter and systems at the micro- and nano-scale. The faculty and the program have strongly interdisciplinary character, from physics to chemistry, to biology and engineering. The students will take advantage of a lively international environment, with access to state-of-the-art experimental/computational facilities and participation in major international projects and collaborations. The School is structured in two 3-year PhD curricula:

(a) PhD in Physics. This course is devoted to advanced research in the physics of condensed matter and materials science and electronics, through experimental and theoretical techniques. Examples of specific subjects include: surface science; electronic, optical and ionic spectroscopies and microscopies; quantum many-body theory; physics of high correlated and magnetic systems, electronic transport in materials and devices, etc.

(b) PhD in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology. This is a strongly multidisciplinary course which is open to students with different backgrounds (physics, chemistry biology, engineering, etc.). Students will learn about fundamental phenomena that are relevant at the nanoscale, approaches to the fabrication and the analysis of nanostructures, as well as advanced nanotechnology applications.

Both curricula emphasize fundamental science as well as applications within information technologies (nanoelectronics, nanomagnetism, nanomechanics, nanotribology, etc) and within life sciences (biotechnology, medicine, diagnostics and drug design).

For some examples of current research activities see