2nd NFFA-Europe Summer School
Nanoscience Foundries and Fine Analysis (NFFA), available instruments and techniques

Basovizza, Trieste - Italy | July 9-13, 2018

PRUAB-UAB is glad to announce the second edition of NFFA-Europe Summer School devoted to "Nanoscience Foundries and Fine Analysis (NFFA), available instruments and techniques" that will follow the 2016 edition held in Barcelona.

The school is one of the training activities organized by NFFA-Europe, a Research and Innovation Action under the H2020 Work Programme. It is open to graduate students, post-docs and young researchers, but including technicians, engineers and in general to all scientists from academic and industrial communities interested in acquiring knowledge and hands-on experience of the NFFA-Europe instruments and techniques, emphasizing the possibilities and synergies of combining Nanotechnology and Fine Analysis techniques.

This second edition of the NFFA-Europe Summer School is organizing in Trieste (Basovizza and Miramare) and will be devoted to growth techniques, to characterisation methods with selected focus on neutron scattering, microscopy and time-resolved spectroscopy, and to data management methods for compliance with FAIR criteria and EOSC goals

Every topic will be developed in a one-day format with introductory lectures (30-45 minutes plus discussion, or multiples), lectures on specific applications/methodologies, visits and/or tutorials. A poster session will be organized to allow students and participants to share their results and stimulate discussion.

The school aims at promoting the use of instruments and the knowledge of techniques available within the NFFA-Europe consortium through the research topics given by top-scientists involved in the NFFA-Europe consortium from all Europe:

  1. Complex Growth techniques for “quantum materials”
  2. Scientific Data Management
  3. Neutron methods for surface and nanostructured systems
  4. Microscopy and Spectroscopy at the nanoscale: Scanning Probes and Synchrotron radiation
  5. Time-resolved optical and electron Spectroscopies : Pulsed source and Free electron lasers

The NFFA-Europe school is organized as follows:

  1. Each topic will be covered by 4-5 lectures and some practical work.
  2. Visits will be made to see first-hand all the relevant infrastructures at Triestre available for NFFA-trans-national access (lab-tours): Elettra-Synchrotron, FERMI-Free electron laser Radiation, specific labs at IOM-CNR (Istituto Officina dei Materiali), Supercomputer at SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies).
  3. Poster sessions: participants will have the opportunity to widely discuss with lecturers and colleagues through two-scheduled poster sessions (including a best poster award).


Monday, 9th July
Registration and coffee
Welcome and practical information | Giorgio Rossi and Nuria Barniol
MBE semiconductors | Silvia Rubini
MBE metal oxides | Alexandr Petrov
PLD perovskites | Pasquale Orgiani
Transmission ElectronMicroscopy | Regina Ciancio
In-situ fabbrication of simple devices | Piero Torelli
Lab Tour 1: MBE, PLD, TEM
Tuesday, 10th July
Introduction to scientific data management, FAIR and EOSC compliance | Stefano Cozzini
Introduction to IDRP (Information and Data Repository Platform) | Rossella Aversa
Tutorial on how to use IDRP | Stefano Cozzini, Rossella Aversa
Exercises on IDRP | Stefano Cozzini, Rossella Aversa
Lab Tour 2: supercomputer
Wednesday, 11th July
Poster session and COFFEE
Fundamentals of the interaction of neutrons with matter. Neutron scattering Theory. | Francesco Sacchetti
Polarisation Analysis and Techniques | Werner Schweika
Poster session+coffee
Neutron Reflectometry | Stefan Mattauch
Imaging and Cold Neutron Imaging | Frédéric Ott
Thursday, 12th July
Scanning Probe Microscopies | Cristina Africh
Scanning probe Spectroscopy | Mirco Panighel
Synchrotron Radiation properties and nanoscience | Giancarlo Panaccione
IR microscopy and nanoscopy with Synchrtotron Radiation | Lisa Vaccari
Spectromicroscopy with Synchrotron Radiation | Andrea Locatelli
Lab Tour 3: Elettra microscopy beamlines
Friday, 13th July
Pulsed sources lasers | Riccardo Cucini
TR spectroscopies | Tommaso Pincelli
TR spectroscopies | Martina Dell'angelo/Federico Cilento
Free electron lasers | Claudio Masciovecchio
Lab Tour 4: FERMI
NFFA-Europe opportunities for young researchers - Closing and poster awards

Description of the Programme

The first day

The first day will be devoted to the growth of “quantum materials” that are at the core of much effort in nanoscience and that can be synthesised in ultrathin film, or even in nanowire, configurations that allow to add quantum confinement to the features of these materials that display peculiar behaviours as a consequence of electron correlation (metal oxides, perovskites), spin-orbit effects (Rashba materials) and topology (topological insulators). 2D-3D aspects are reflected in their electronic properties and multiple phases that are displayed as a function of strain or applied fields (multiferroics). The study of the electronic, transport, magnetic, ferroelectric and superconducting properties require advanced spectroscopy, diffraction and microscopy to be carried out on clean surfaces and this requires the availability in-situ cleavage of oriented bulk samples or as-grown film shaped samples for fine analysis by in situ microscopy and spectroscopies with synchrotron radiation or neutron radiation. Growth techniques based on Molecular Beam Epitaxy and Pulsed Laser Deposition in-situ or UHV transferred into fine analysis spectrometers, diffractometers and scanning probe apparatuses. Lectures are presented on MBE on Semiconductors as a function of dimensionality (3D-2D-1D) by Dr. Silvia Rubini from CNR-IOM (Italy), on MBE of metal oxides and perovskites by Dr. Alexandr Petrov from CNR-IOM (Italy), and on in-situ PLD of topological insulators and oxides by Dr. Pasquale Orgiani from CNR-IOM (Italy). In the afternoon a lecture on high resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM, STEM) of these classes of materials by Dr. Regina Ciancio from CNR-IOM (Italy), and a lecture on the in-situ fabrication of simple devices for in-operando fine analysis by Dr. Piero Torelli from CNR-IOM (Italy), will precede a laboratory tour of the MBE and PLD facilities at IOM-TASC and NFFA-APE beamlines or of the TEM laboratory at IOM will complete the programme of Day-1.

The second day

The second day will be fully dedicated to the state-of-the-art issue of advanced scientific data management. It will be held at the premises of the SISSA school for advanced studies in Miramare (Trieste) and will feature lectures on FAIR (findable accessible interoperable and retrievable) data and compliance with the prescriptions of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), and on the IDRP (Information and Data Repository Platform) by Dr. Stefano Cozzini from CNR-IOM and DEMOCRITOS (Italy), followed by tutorials and exercises on the implementation and use of the IDRP by Dr. Rossella Aversa from CNR-IOM (Italy). A laboratory tour on the HPC supercomputing facility of SISSA will complete the programme of Day-2.

The third day

The third day will include the poster session of the school with two time slots in the morning and during the midday break. The participants of the school will present their research results and projects.

The module on Neutron Methods, on Day-3, is structured to provide students with a general introduction to neutron interaction with matter and the fundamentals of neutron scattering. This topic will be covered by Dr. Francesco Sacchetti, Emeritus of the University of Perugia. Then the focus will be on polarization techniques, spanning from production, analysis and some application examples possibly taken from on grazing-incidence small-angle neutron scattering with a lecture by Dr. Werner Schweika of JCNS-Jülich (Germany). In the afternoon two more lectures on Neutron Reflectometry by Dr. Stefan Mattauch also from JCNS- Jülich (Germany), and on Imaging and Cold Neutron Imaging by Dr. Friedrich Ott from Lab. Léon Brillouin CEA/CNRS (France). By this choice of lectures, we would like to emphasize the impact that novel neutron scattering techniques and sources can have on in-situ and in-operando surface studies and nanostructured systems, and the advantages of a synergetic multi-techniques approach like that pursued under NFFA.

The fourth day

The fourth day will be dedicated to scanning probe methods for surface microscopy and local spectroscopy of quantum materials, and to synchrotron radiation methods applied to X-microscopy and spectro-microscopy completed by a lecture on in-situ nanofabrication of samples for in-operando spectroscopy application on quantum materials (multiferroics). An introductory lecture on scanning tunnelling microscopy will be given by Dr. Cristina Africh, from CNR-IOM (Italy), followed by a lecture on Scanning Tunnelling Spectroscopy presented by Dr. Mirco Panighel from CNR-IOM (Italy). A lecture on the relevant properties of synchrotron radiation for the study of nano (quantum) materials will be given by Dr. Giancarlo Panaccione, from CNR-IOM (Italy). A lectures on synchrotron radiation based infrared microscopy and nanoscopy will be presented by Dr. Lisa Vaccari from Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste (Italy) and a lecture on spectro-microscopy with soft x-rays will be presented by Dr. Andrea Locatelli from Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste. Day-4 will be completed by a site visit on the microscopy beamlines of Elettra.

The fifth day

The fifth day presents time-resolved optical and electron spectroscopies with an introduction to the ultrashort pulsed sources in the UV-Soft X rays from high harmonic generation of lasers and free electron lasers that are at the basis of pump-probe methods and with lectures on photoelectron based methods and photon-in photon-out methods applied to the study of phase transitions in ferromagnetic metal surfaces and in quantum materials. One lecture on laser based ultrashort pulses will be presented by Dr. Riccardo Cucini from CNR-IOM followed by one lecture on time resolved electron spectroscopy by Dr. Tommaso Pincelli from Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy) and a lecture on time resolved optical spectroscopy by Dr. Martina Dell’Angela from CNR-IOM (Italy). One lecture on Free Electron Lasers will be presented by Dr. Claudio Masciovecchio from Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste (Italy).

A laboratory tour of the FERMI@Elettra FEL will follow, completing the science programme of Day-5.

The closing session will feature a discussion of the opportunities for young researchers as users or collaborators of NFFA-Europe and the presentation of the “best poster” award.

School organisers

  • Nuria Barniol, UAB, nuria.barniol@uab.cat
  • Francesc Torres, UAB, francesc.torres@uab.cat
  • Elisabetta Travaglia, CNR-IOM, travaglia@iom.cnr.it

Poster sessions

Participants are invited to present a poster related to their work and the framework of the NFFA-Europe project items.

Important note: sending a poster proposal is mandatory for students that apply for a travel support


Rooms will be booked at Center Hotel, Basovizza, Triestre for all the registered participants.

Registration fee

The registration fee includes: coffee breaks and lunches.

Early registration (until 15 June 2018): 100€
Late registration (from 16 June 2018): 150€

Deadline: 30 June 2018

Please notice that school attendance will be limited to 40 students and the participation will be assessed on a first-come/first-serve basis, subjected to acceptance from the Organizing Committee.

Student travel support

Students can apply for free registration and travel support (plane ticket and accommodation) before the 15th of June 2018. The allocation and amount (up to 400€) will be proportionally allocated to a maximum of 20 students on a first come first served basis. The support will never exceed the actual costs incurred.

Important note: sending a poster proposal and a letter from the students’ supervisor is mandatory for all applicants.

Further information and instruction will be sent regarding award of student travel support. For questions or additional information please contact: p.nffa.ee@uab.cat