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NWI Laboratories until 2014

Several laboratories up to twelve constitute the core of the research efforts of the NWI, namely


Nanotubes and Nanoparticles Lab. includes: fume cupboard, inflammable reagents and solvents closet, anti-deflagration refrigerator, HPLC, spectrophotometer, CVD.

Conductive Polymers Lab. includes: LB trough, vapor rotator, analytical balance, FTIRspectrophotometer Bruker Equinox 55 with Grazing Angle; Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR), two detector one of which is Photovoltaic MCT.

Nanobiosystems lab. posesses: a set-up for biomolecule immobilization by means of electrosedimentation, an optical bench, and a set-up for optoelectronic characteriz. of immobilized biomolecules on solid supports, constituted by Hg(Xe) lamp, fiber optics, monochromator, electrometer (but-pA), data acquisition software; nanogravimetric measurement system using the piezoelectric oscillators (sensibility of 0.57 ng/Hz).

Nanoelectronics Lab. includes: filter for infrared, accessory lenses, photomultiplier with signal amplification system, Keithley electrometer, ozone waste system, contact printer, spin coater, logic state analyzer, recirculating air filter pump, oscilloscopes, function generator, welding equipment.

Nanomechanics Lab. includes: Brewster Angle Microscopy, microscopes AFM/STM and SPM equipped with acquisition and images processing units.

Nanogenomics Lab. includes: bench centrifuges, ultracentrifuge, incubators, 2 PCR, chromatograph, peristaltic pumps, FPLC, electrophoresis equipment, system for electrophoresis gel production, agarose gel camera, sonicator, liophylizer, dewar, Differential Scanning Calorimeter DSC, CD spectropolarimeter, pHmeters, technical and analytics balances, vortex and magnetic stirrels, ultrafiltration equipment, UV/Vis spectrophotometers with control system of the temperature and of the magnetic agitation, rooms for hybridization of microarrays, apparatuses for hybridization at a controlled temperature, fume cupboards, cells incubators, water production, milli-Q for production of distilled water, fluorescence microscope with CCD camera, waste systems, equipment for sterilization at high temperatures, machine for ice production, microwave apparatus for gel solubilization for elettrophoresis.

Nanoproteomics Lab. includes: bench centrifuges, refrigerators and incubators at adjustable temperature (thermostat), analytical balance, two optical microscopes, fume cupboard, trough LB, automated system for the nanocrystallization, a MALDI/TOF mass spectrometer model Autoflex (Bruker) with a laser source capable to work in linear and reflector mode.

Nanocatalysis Laboratory includes: Milliq for production of distilled water, Trough LB with multidipping and Protective Plate system.

Molecular and Cellular Biophysics Lab. includes: NMR Bruker 500Mhz spectrometer with graphical station for acquisition and processing of 1D/2D/3D spectra, an air compressor, dedicated lines for gaseous nitrogen, compressed air and gaseous helium, laminar flow cupboard, two incubators, one hot sterilizing stew, analytical balance, stirrer, two reversed microscopes.

Biophysics informatics Lab. is equipped with Sun (Sparcstation SUN20 and SUN Ultra), SGI workstations (Octane 2, and O2), personal computers dual/quadriprocessors, PC for image processing and computational chemistry. Moreover is equipped with software packages devoted to the analysis of crystallographic structures (QUANTA, CCP4, Mosflm, Amore, Scala, Fit2d, CNS), molecular modeling (Gramm, Molmol, Rasmol, Procheck, Whatif).

NANOWORLD INSTITUTE from 2011 to 2014

NANOWORLD INSTITUTE  from 2011 to 2014

The strategic alliance under the name of NanoWorld Institute was initialised in 2001 by the Fondazione El.B.A. having legal site in Rome, formalizing with several research and academic institutions and several large and middle-size industries an ad hoc agreement having the proper ground rules which has remained valid until 2010. This led to the acquisition of numerous instrumentations , laboratories and detached personnel within the above agreement based until now in Genova University on the cooperation existing since 1994 with the Institute of Biophysics at the Medical School. It was indeed first the Institute of Biophysics created in 1990 (merged in 2000 into the Department of Biophysical M & O Sciences and Technologies initially directed by Professor Nicolini until 2003, and now from 22 July 2010 returned alone as Biophysics Unit of the Medical School Dean’s Office) and subsequently from 2004 to 2010 the CIRSDNNOB (Center Interuniversitary Research and Didactic Services on Organic Biological Nanotechnology and Nanosciences) to host in Genova University the NanoWorldInstitute initiative of the Fondazione El.B.A. Nicolini along with INBB, PNB, PST-ELBA and ABB, giving birth on 5 October 2001 to the strategic alliance until July 22 2010 when CIRSDNNOB shared by the Universities of Genoa and Sassari ceased its activities involving over the six years also Centro Ricerche FIAT, Tattile, STMicroelectronics, Montedison, ACEA, EDISON, FKL Engineering, IBM, Orlandi, Antibioticos, Ausimont, Safilo and Farmitalia. NanoWorldInstitute (NWI) was born indeed in 2001 thanks to the award of a large ad hoc grant (FIRB) aimed to the integration between the public and the private from the Italian Ministry of University and Research which has de facto recognized in an open competition the NWI as Center of Excellence for Bio-Organic Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences. Until his existence on July 22 2010 NWI won numerous research grants from the Italian Ministery University and Research ( large FIRB2001, FIRB 2004, FIRB 2008, three FISR , three PNR, including the FIRB resulting from a cooperation with Harvard University at Cambridge-USA) , from the European Community and from national and multinational Industries. From 2009 until the closure of its scientific-technological activities on 22 July 2010 and of this website at the University of Genova effective two months from today, the NWI relied strictly on the scientific and technological cooperation between the University of Genoa Eminent Chair of Biophysicsand the Fondazione El.B.A. Nicolini, involving FKL Engineering, ELBATECH, Marburg University, ESRF, Moscow State University, and Harvard University. It is worth to notice that NWI prove to have a structure well tested also in the conduction of higher education up to the of Master and Ph.D. Following the decision of Professor Nicolini to formalize in April 21 2010 a request to Genova University for two years sabaltical leave for exclusive research until October 31 2012 mostly abroad formally granted by the Medical Faculty on July 16 2010 and the subsequent events triggered by the Rectoral Decree of July 21 2010, the Board of Trustee of the Fondazione ELBA Nicolini decided on 10 December 2010 to carry on a drastic rethinking and reorganization of the entire NanoWorldInstitute initiative effective January 2011 placing its headquarter in Bergamo and opening several new laboratories worldwide. The new structure is shown in the Flow Chart 1 having as President Professor Claudio Nicolini and as coordinator for each joint laboratory site one member of the new International Scientific Committee of the Fondazione El.B.A.Nicolini in place since 2001 and very recently changed. Still under negotiations are the agreements with the indicated industrial , research and academic institutions.