Hybrid materials, carbon nanotubes and ultra-high vacuum
PaGES has completed the second round of its activities
23rd-26th February 2016 – Trieste, Gorizia, Cervignano del Friuli – Italy

Ilaria Rago presenting the Hybrid Materials to the students of the Liceo Scientifico A. Einstein in Cervignano del Friuli

During its second cycle of training sessions in the 4th week of February, the students participating in the project PaGES went deeper into the scientific topics core of the project, moving a step forward towards the experimental activities that will take place in the laboratories of the CERIC Italian Partner Facility – Elettra, where the students will learn how to create composite hybrid materials and grow carbon nanotubes.

During the training, Loredana Casalis, Andrea Goldoni and Ilaria Rago, scientists at Elettra, gave a first explanation about the nature of these materials and provided some examples of their possible applications. The specific properties of the organic/inorganic hybrid materials were also considered, specifically in reference to so-called “tissue engineering”, which entails evolution from “mechanical prosthetics” to “tissues regeneration”. Finally, the importance of the inorganic material nanostructure was analyzed, in order to exploit the best performance of the hybrid material.
The students were also introduced to the world of carbon nanotubes, through the presentation of their structures, their peculiar properties and their possible use in everyday life applications. The construction of carbon nanotubes using the Catalyzed Chemical Vapor Deposition (CCVD) technique was also outlined and will be directly performed by the students during the next PaGES meeting, as part of the experimental activities foreseen by the project. The participants had the chance to get some insights also on ultra-high vacuum. After having summarized the historical development of the scientific laws describing the way ultra high vacuum (UHV) works, Fabio Mazzolini recalled the experiments on vacuum performed by Otto von Guericke in the seventeenth century, to end up with the main concepts of the ultra high vacuum technology.

Loredana Casalis at the Liceo Scientifico G. Galilei in Trieste

Andrea Goldoni at the Liceo Scientifico G. Galilei in Trieste