Gas discharges

Plasma sources based on discharges created by direct current, capacitively coupled radiofrequency, inductively coupled radiofrequency and microwaves are characterized by thermal non-equilibrium condition and therefore modelled by kinetic approaches: polynomial expansion, state-to-state and particle-based (Particle-in-Cell, Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics) methods.

gas discharges

Low- & High-Pressure Electric Discharges

In many technological plasmas formed in electrical discharges, the onset of non-equilibrium conditions significantly affect the EEDF (electron energy distribution function) determining large deviation from Maxwell distribution. The shape of the EEDF depends not only on the gas composition, but also on the level distribution. The synergy between electrons and excited states is investigated by a self-consistent approach, instead of the common assumption electron-impact process rates depending only on the applied reduced electric field (E/N). Self-consistent model demonstrate a very large impact in the post-discharge phase (E/N=0), where excited states transfer energy to free electrons through superelastic collisions, creating pronounced structures in the EEDF as peaks and plateaux.

Different gas discharge configurations (DC glow, DBD, RF capacitive and inductive, MW and helicon discharges) have been studied using multidimensional Particle-in-Cell/Monte Carlo Collisional (PIC-MCC) approach [1, 2]. The methodology allows the characterization of plasma-gas dynamics and kinetics in the self-consistent electromagnetic field taking into account volume and surface processes. Self-organized structures and non-equilibrium effects of electron distribution function, ion distribution function, molecular vibrational distribution function and production of hot atoms have been detected in the different cases. The same numerical technique has been applied to model zoomed region of the different discharges studied (sheath regions in ExB glow discharges, plume expansion, extraction region in RF-inductive negative ion source) and experimental diagnostic methods (electrostatic probe, laser photodetachment).

CO2 Destruction

The plasma assisted conversion of greenhouse gases, such as CO2, is collecting a large interest in the community both for its scientific relevance and also for technological applications in energetic and environment fields. CO2 dissociation is the first step in the global conversion process. Discharge mechanisms that promote dissociation through vibrational excitation can maximize the energy efficiency of the conversion.
This is a new research line and the results, due to their relevance in the modeling community, have been published as a Fast Track Communication in the Plasma Sources Science and Technology Journal

Nucleation and growth of nanoparticle in plasma

Laser ablation of solids in liquids is considered a very efficient technique for the synthesis of nanocrystals. The most important feature is the extreme confinement effect of liquid, i.e., the liquid restricts the expansion of the plasma plume. The extreme confined conditions and induced high-pressure region favor the formation of unusual metastable phases. These advantages allow the designer to combine selected solid targets and liquid to fabricate compound nanostructures with desired functions. The kinetic approach to model the nanoparticle nucleation and growth is based on the explicit sequential nanoparticle charging, ion adhesion and atom evaporation as the nanoparticle grows and as the plasma parameters (density and temperature) in which it is immersed change. Particle-based numerical models has been chosen to simulate this process

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  1. N. Oudini, N. Sirse, F. Taccogna, A. R. Ellingboe and A. Bendib, Photo-detachment signal analysis to accurately determine electronegativity, electron temperature, and charged species density, Appl. Phys. Lett. 109, 124101 (2016); doi: 10.1063/1.4963138
  2. L. D. Pietanza, G. Colonna, V. Laporta, R. Celiberto, G. D’Ammando, A. Laricchiuta, and M. Capitelli, Influence of Electron Molecule Resonant Vibrational Collisions over the Symmetric Mode and Direct Excitation-Dissociation Cross Sections of CO2 on the Electron Energy Distribution Function and Dissociation Mechanisms in Cold Pure CO2 Plasmas, J.Phys. Chem. A, 120 (2016) 2614–2628, Doi: 10.1021/acs.jpca.6b01154
  3. L. D. Pietanza, G. Colonna, G. D’Ammando, A. Laricchiuta, M. Capitelli, Non equilibrium vibrational assisted dissociation and ionization mechanisms in cold CO2 plasmas, Chem. Phys. 468 (2016) 44, Doi: 10.1016/j.chemphys.2016.01.007
  4. L. D. Pietanza, G. Colonna, G. D’Ammando, A. Laricchiuta, M. Capitelli, Electron energy distribution functions and fractional power transfer in “cold” and excited CO2 discharge and post discharge conditions, Phys. Plasmas, 23 (2016) 013515  Doi: 10.1063/1.4940782
  5. G. Colonna, V Laporta, R Celiberto, M Capitelli and J Tennyson, Non-equilibrium vibrational and electron energy distributions functions in atmospheric nitrogen ns pulsed discharges and μs post-discharges: the role of electron molecule vibrational excitation scaling-laws, Plasma Sources Science and Technology, 24 (2015) 035004,  Doi: 10.1016/j.chemphys.2016.01.007
  6. G. D’Ammando, G Colonna, M Capitelli and A Laricchiuta, Superelasticcollisions under low temperature plasma and after glow conditions: A golden rule to estimate their quantitative effects, Phys. Plasmas 22 (2015) 034501, Doi: 10.1063/1.4913670
  7. M. Capitelli, G. Colonna, G. D’Ammando, V. Laporta, A. Laricchiuta, Non equilibrium dissociation mechanisms in low temperature nitrogen and carbon monoxide plasmas,ChemicalPhysics 438 (2014) 31-36, Doi: 10.1016/j.chemphys.2014.04.003
  8. M. Capitelli, G Colonna, G D’Ammando, V Laporta and A Laricchiuta, The role of electron scattering with vibrationally excited nitrogen molecules on non-equilibrium plasma kinetics, Phys. Plasmas 20 (2013) 101609, Doi: 10.1063/1.4824003
  9. F. Taccogna, Non-classical plasma sheaths: space-charge-limited and inverse regimes under strong emission from surfaces, Europ. Phys. J. D 68(7), 199-206, (2014); ISNN: 1434-6060; doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2014-50132
  10. M. Capitelli, I. Armenise, E. Bisceglie, D. Bruno, R. Celiberto, G. Colonna, G. D’Ammando, O. De Pascale, F. Esposito, C. Gorse, V. Laporta, A. Laricchiuta, Thermodynamics, Transport and Kinetics of Equilibrium and Non-Equilibrium Plasmas: A State-to-State Approach, Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing 32 (2012 427),doi:10.1007/s11090-011-9339-7


MWPECVD: Microwave Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition – Progetto Strategico ATS PS_136 (2007 – 2010)

Progetto Partenariati Regionali per l’Innovazione – PUGLIA Fesr (2007-2013)

APULIA SPACE: Esperti nell’uso di tecnologia abilitanti nel settore dello spazio,  PON03PE_00067_6, (2014-2016)

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Technology Trasfer in Nanotechnology

Technology Transfer in Nanotechnology: Challenges and Opportunity

Lecce, 18/19 ottobre 2018

CNR NANOTEC c/o Campus Ecotekne

JRC in collaboration with the National Research Council (Cnr) is organising a workshop on Technology Transfer in Nanotechnology,

which will take place in CNR Nanotec (Lecce, Italy) on 18 and 19 October. This workshop is organised in the framework of the TTO-CIRCLE initiatives.   The aim of this event is to explore how technology transfer activities can be used as a mechanism to help EU industry, particularly Start-ups and SMEs, and Government in deploying and adopting Nano-technology. Practical examples will be presented to illustrate the potential of technology transfer in this area.   The workshop will gather technology providers, industry executives, technology transfer officers, policy makers and financial intermediaries to share experiences and lessons learned. One of the key objectives is to discuss policy implications at all levels that could help accelerating the adoption of Nanotechnology by the European manufacturing industry. More informations: Download Locandina

Nanotechnology Transfer Day

26 Luglio 2018 - Lecce

CNR NANOTEC c/o Campus Ecotekne Siglato l’accordo lo scorso maggio tra CNR NANOTEC e Pairstech Capital Management, ha preso il via la collaborazione con PhD TT per la valutazione della ricerca

E’partita la collaborazione con PhD TT per la valorizzazione della ricerca sulla base dell’accordo siglato lo scorso Maggio tra CNR NANOTEC e Pairstech Capital Management, società di gestione patrimoniale che fornisce agli investitori istituzionali e privati un insieme di veicoli di investimento, al fine di valorizzare i risultati della ricerca svolta all'interno dell'Istituto.

Giovedì 19 Luglio dalle ore 11 alle ore 14 nella sede del CNR Nanotec di Lecce si è tenuto un incontro sul trasferimento tecnologico nel settore delle nanotecnologie applicate al settore biomedicale.

L’evento è stato organizzato dall’ufficio di Trasferimento Tecnologico del CNR Nanotec che ha inaugurato con questa giornata un ciclo di eventi mirato a presentare agli attori dell’ecosistema dell’innovazione nel settore delle nanotecnologie i vari modelli e alcune best practice di trasferimento tecnologico. In questa prima giornata il dott. Heber Verri e la dott.ssa Paola Urbani hanno presentato il nuovo modello di trasferimento tecnologico PhD TTãIndex Model.

PhD TT è una realtà italiana completamente indipendente specializzata in trasferimento tecnologico, è un acceleratore organizzato per il Go to Venture Practice, orientata al mondo delle Lifes Sciences.

PhD TT ha sviluppato un nuovo modello di trasferimento tecnologico: il PhD TT©INDEX MODEL dedicato alla generazione di valore dell'innovazione, focalizzato alla riduzione dei rischi delle opportunità di investimento a sostegno della ricerca.

I ricercatori intervengono attivamente nell'analisi iniziale di fattibilità e nella costituzione della futura società (start-up), con l'obiettivo di attrarre capitale di rischio utile a sostenere la fase del trasferimento tecnologico nella visione della "Research for go-to-market".

Il modello PhD TT nasce da un bisogno del mercato, quello di far dialogare due mondi estremamente diversi tra loro: il mondo della ricerca e il mondo degli investimenti.

PhD TT supporta tutte le attività in collaborazione con il TTO - CNR Nanotec con un team di lavoro esperto e grazie a un comitato scientifico-economico qualificato.

In occasione dell'evento del 19/7 u.s. al CNR Nanotec di Lecce, PHD TT ha presentato il proprio track record, dove si sono potuti valutare in dettaglio i casi di successo di intervento del PhD TT©INDEX MODEL.

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Disordered serendipity: a glassy path to discovery

A workshop in honour of Giorgio Parisi’s 70th birthday

September 19-21, 2018 - Roma

Sapienza University

With the occasion of celebrating Giorgio Parisi 70th birthday, the conference "Disordered serendipity: a glassy path to discovery" brings to Rome many among the world-leading experts in the field of complex systems. In order to properly represent the many fields of research where Giorgio Parisi gave a relevant contribution in his studies of disordered systems, the conference covers a broad spectrum of topics: from  fundamental and rigorous analysis of the statistical mechanics of disorder systems to applications in biology and computer science. These subjects are deeply interconnected since they are characterized by the presence of glassy behavior.