MIST E-R S.C.R.L.
Type: Private research centre
Key Enabling Technologies Activities
Technology Readiness Levels
MIST E-R is a laboratory of industrial research and technology transfer of the High Technology Network of Emilia-Romagna Region. MIST E-R is a public private partnership company created in 2009. MIST E-R manages the Bologna CNR -AMBIMAT technopole, located inside the CNR campus in Bologna. The main topics of the AMBIMAT technopole are environment (consortium PROAMBIENTE) and materials (consortium MISt E-R). MIST E-R develops cutting edge technologies in the fields of innovative materials and micro and nano sensors for the industries.
Main Activities and services: Sensors & Microsystems based on inorganic materials (MEMS, MOEMS, Detectors, Lab-on-Chip); Flexible Sensors & Devices based on Polymeric or Biological materials (OLED, Solar Cells, Lab-on-Chip); Devices based on nanostructured materials; Chemical functionalization, tailoring and testing of biomedical materials.
The skills of its main shareholder, the CNR, are the most relevant in Italy. MIST E-R is the referent for these technologies in the Regional High Technology Network.
MIST E-R' s staff is composed by multidisciplinary researchers dedicated full time to industrial research and technology transfer.
MIST E-R is member of three regional CLUST-ER: "Mechatronics an Automotive", "Health and Wellness Industries", "Cultural and Creative Industries"
MIST E-R is Partner in several regional projects for strategic innovative research (ERDF-ROP 2014-2020)
MIST E-R is Partner in european projects as CNR linked third party:
- Low-cost/energy Efficient Oleds for lighting – LEO” nell’ambito della call H2020-ICT-2014-1
- RAW MATERIALS KICK PROGETTO PIMAS
MIST E-r owns small laboratories dedicated to the industrialization (from TRL4 to TRL7) of sensors developed by its academic partners. These labs are used for project and design of optical, mechanical and microfluidic systems, packaging, front-end and communication electronics and software.
Moreover MIST E-R has access to the facilities of the BOLOGNA CNR AMBIMAT technopole, and can use them to support and develop industrial projects.
Clean Room for sensors and microsystems
The largest public facility in Italy for the micro and nano manufacture of silicon devices and other materials; it consists of 500 m2 of Clean roon including 250 m2 of class 100 and 250 m2 of class 1000 and 100000. In the White room the main technologies necessary for the production of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical-System), NEMS (Nano-Electro-Mechanical-System) and MOEMS (Micro-Optical-Electro-Mechanical-System) are available.
Clean Room for organic electronics
For the development of hybrid and flexible organic electronics over a large area. The white room covers an area of 80 m2 and is divided into two areas. The ISO6 zone is equipped with everything needed for the cleaning and patterning procedures of the substrates used in the manufacture of optoelectronic devices. In the ISO7 zone organic and hybrid devices are manufactured and characterized. There is a 10 meter long glove-box with controlled atmosphere.
Clean Room for thin films growth
The laboratory is used for the manufacture of organic thin film optoelectronic devices such as OLEDs and OPVs of small (<1 cm2) and medium (<10 cm2) dimensions.
The Agilent DD2 NMR System 500 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer is a tool that allows to perform both conformational and configurational studies of molecules of interest. NMR studies can be performed at different temperatures, in the range from -80 ° to 130 ° C.
The system allows for quantitative and non-destructive compositional analysis of industrial samples such as coating and thin films by means of X-ray photoemission electron spectroscopy (XPS).
Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory
UltraFast Laser spectroscopy laboratory equipped with SOLSTICE-F-1K-230V femtosecond laser instrumentation complete with TOPAS Prime Newport Spectra Physics Parametric Amplifier and Hamamastsu Synchroscan streak camera for resolved luminescence measurements.
Design laboratory and synthesis of functional organic materials
The laboratory is used to perform organic synthesis procedures of molecular, macromolecular and organic-based hybrid systems. The laboratory is equipped with instrumentation suitable for both conventional organic synthesis (ambient atmosphere, controlled atmosphere and vacuum) and unconventional (microwave assisted synthesis).
The BIOMED laboratory includes facilities for cell cultures, cell physiology and molecular biology combined with facilities for the characterization of biomaterials and biodiagnostic devices.
Structural characterization laboratories
The laboratories are equipped with:
SmartLab Rigaku diffractometer with multifunctional rotating anode (9KW) dedicated to the structural characterization of thin films, bulk materials, powders and nano-structured materials.
Electronic Scanning Microscope (SEM) Zeiss LEO 1530 equipped with GEMINI IR electronic column that guarantees excellent brightness and high current of the electronic beam. The instrument is also equipped with an EDS spectrometer that allows compositional analyzes on a sub-micrometer scale.
Electronic Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) FEI TECNAI F20 used to characterize the microstructure of very high spatial resolution materials.
Bidimensional Systems Laboratory
The laboratory is used for the synthesis, functionalization and processing of new two-dimensional materials such as graphene and boron nitride. The synthesis techniques used (sonication - grinding - homogenization) are easily scalable from an industrial point of view. In addition to the synthesis, the laboratory is also equipped with specific equipment for the characterization of the materials made. The analytical techniques used are: probe microscopy, laser granulometry, surface area and electrical measurement. Furthermore, in the laboratory it is possible to make polymer composites with graphene and other 2D materials both as thin films and in bulk.
Ion Implantation Laboratory
The laboratory is equipped with a Tandetron 4117HC HV Accelerator from High Voltage Engineering Europe B. V. installed in 1993. The machine, through a Sputter 860 source, can produce ion beams from solid phase materials (the main ions produced are: H, B, C, N, O, F, Al, Si, P, Cl, Ti, Cu, As and Au) accelerated by a central terminal that can generate a maximum voltage of 1.7 MV.
Electric and functional characterization laboratory
The laboratory is equipped with a probe-station of the Micromanipulator for the parametric characterization of electronic, electromechanical and / or semiconductor devices (I-V, C-V, doping profiles, etc). The probe station has a 4 " thermo-chuck that can be adjusted in temperature in the room temperature range up to 300 ° C.
MIST E-R is dedicated to industrial research and technology transfer to foster innovation in companies of the territory thanks to the use of state-of-the-art technologies to be used in their products and processes.
In particular, MIST E-R supports companies in the choice of more advanced measurement systems, data acquisition,vision and lighting among those available on the market and that are more suited to their needs and can develop a complete system up to TRL7 or more.
In the absence of a product available off the shelf MIST E-R explores, choses and offers the research results of its academic partners to develops new products for companies exploiting the technologies available at the CNR AMBIMAT technopole of Bologna.
Some examples are:
The miniaturization of fluidic devices with the consequent on-chip integration of different functions (Lab On Chip) finds increasing applications especially in the biomedical field. MIST ER has a complete platform for rapid prototyping of a wide variety of microfluidic devices based on PDMS (Polydimethylsiloxane), a transparent, biocompatible and flexible silicone polymer that has established itself as a first choice material for its ease of use and costs content. The devices in PDMS are generally produced by replication molding of masters manufactured with various technologies depending on the resolutions necessary for the specific application.Through the use of clean room equipment available to MIST E-R, channel resolutions of the order of a few μm are achieved
MIST E-R develops special RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) solutions in the industrial field as an anti-counterfeiting system and for the wireless transfer of information to and from sensors. In fact, RIFD can be integrated into components or sensitive products with high added value in order to protect their originality and monitor their life cycle at a distance. MIST E-R studies, designs and characterizes custom antennas for particular applications and environmental conditions.
MIST E-R develops, in cooperation with its technological partners, customized solutions on customer needs for sensors and implementation.
MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) and MOEMS (Micro Opto Electro Mechanical Systems) are microelectronic devices (Chip) able to monitor various physical quantities (temperature, pressure, acceleration, gas concentration, etc.) and to perform small mechanical and hydraulic operations or electromagnetic with high precision.
MIST E-R and its partners have a long experience in this field and are ready to make it available to meet the needs of the various industrial supply chains. MIST E-R follows the development of products from simulation and design with the most sophisticated applications, up to the manufacture of devices at the IMM Institute's Clean Room at the CNR in Bologna, the characterization of devices and their packaging. MIST E-R also has the possibility to support small productions of microelectronic devices for pilot projects or limited series (custom).
Fabrication of organic devices that can be used as components highly integrated into technological platforms to be used in biosensors for the high-throughput analysis of molecules with pharmacological and / or toxicological activity, and as innovative therapeutic approaches in the therapeutic biomedical field for regenerative medicine ( biosensors, integrated Lab-on-Chip systems)
The Mister laboratory offers the expertise and a wide range of graphene derivatives to develop new nanotechnology products with industrial partners
Some graphene derivatives produced by MISTER can be used as additives for antistatic, flameproof, lubricants, anticorrosive, to improve the mechanical, thermal and electrical properties of polymers and ceramic materials, increase the impermeability to liquids and gases, for conductive inks and paints. They can also be used as surfaces coating and for porous materials in the biological, sensorial, energetic fields, etc.