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Advanced Physical Technologies and New Materials Department

The Advanced Physical Technologies and New Materials Department operates in the following areas:

  • Management and Safety of Technology and Energy Infrastructures
    Objectives: To support the Country system faced with the challenges of globalisation, privatisation of large technology infrastructures, and market liberalisation by using an organic system of knowledge on Critical Infrastructure Protection, ICT technologies, and solutions developed with a view to reduce their vulnerability, methodologies and models
  • New Materials for the Energy Sector
    Objectives: Development of new materials – particularly nanophase and nanostructured – for advanced solutions in such sectors as: technologies for very-high-temperature applications, thermochemical-cycle hydrogen production, hydrogen store in metal hydrides and its use in fuel cells, technologies for alternative sources of energy and energy saving, third-generation photovoltaics, solid-state lighting.
  • Technologies for Cultural Heritage
    Objectives: Setting-up of a national lab network for risk diagnostics, monitoring and prevention by improving the facilities existing in its research centres and creating a shared information system; training of professional staff required for the sector’s development; fine-tuning of technologies for the fruition of cultural heritage.
  • Health Technologies
    Objectives: Development of basic know-how, methodologies, procedures and technologies with the aim of transferring the national health system and industries products, drugs and leading systems for the diagnosis and therapy of high-social-impact pathologies – radiobiology and technologies for radiotherapy; technologies and biomarkers for medical diagnostics; plants as biofactories for biodrug production).
  • Transport Materials
    Objectives: Study and development of metal, ceramic and polymer materials much more resilient to higher temperatures and weight-saving allowing for lighter components to be produced.
  • Building Materials
    Objectives: Testing and application of new building materials and solutions for civil engineering, and development of innovative methods for structural diagnostics and monitoring.
  • Ionising and Coherent Radiation for the Study of Matter
    Objectives: Study and development of particle and radiation beam sources for applications in a wide range of sectors: study of matter, sensoristics, environmental analyses, biomedicine, advanced diagnostics, innovation of industrial processes, cultural heritage.
  • Optical and Electro-optical Technologies, Materials and Applications
    Objectives: Study and development of optical and electro-optical technologies for applications in a wide range of sectors: study of matter, sensoristics, environmental analyses, biomedicine, advanced diagnostics, innovation of industrial processes, cultural heritage.
  • Robotics: Testing activities and development of frontier’s competence
    Objectives: Development of new methods and principles in several sectors of autonomous Robotics, especially as related to: neural network technologies, cooperative robotic systems targeted to the exploration of totally unknown and/or dangerous environments, man-robot multichannel communication.
  • Quality of chemical and biological measurements
    Objectives: Development of metrology applied to chemistry and biology and transfer of stringent metrology criteria related to: characterisation and qualification of materials and processes, exploitation and conservation of the environmental and cultural heritage, safety and health, agro-food sector.
  • Security Technologies
    Objectives: Integration of automation and control technologies with optical technologies for generating products and/or services needed to help intelligence and surveillance and security authorities prevent terrorist attempts, monitor at-risk demonstrations, keep sensible plants or sites under surveillance.
  • ICT and Computing
    Objectives: Enhancement of computing facilities and technologies for instrument networking and geographically-distributed data management for internal and external as well as public and private users. The main application sectors are: engineering, bioinformatics, materials science, nuclear fusion, critical infrastructure protection, the environment, and climate.
  • Antarctica Project
    ENEA conducts experimental research on climate change and technological research within the PNRA (National Programme of Research in Antarctica). Together with CNR (the National Research Centre), OGS (the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics), and INGV (the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology), it is partner of the PNRA S.C.r.l. consortium a CNR, OGS, INGV) with a 28% share. It coordinates two out of twelve PNRA research sectors – Glaciology and Technology – and is member of the National Scientific Committee for Antarctica.
ENEA - Casaccia Research Centre
Via Anguillarese, 301
00123 S. Maria di Galeria (Rome)
Tel. +39-06-30486039
Fax +39-06-30484290