Summary: SCIENTIFIC REPORT 2001-2003
NEST, the National Enterprise for nanoScience and nanoTechnology, was established
in May 2001 by the Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia at Scuola Normale
Superiore in Pisa following selection of the proposal by an international panel.
NEST was designed to compete with the centers of excellence being established in
the most technologically advanced countries in the field of nanoscience and to
become a reference point and a resource for the INFM community. As stated in its
original proposal, "cultural and scientific advancement are its main targets in an effort
to contribute to fulfill INFM mission".
NEST absorbed the Physics Laboratory of Scuola Normale Superiore and is
temporarily located in the Laboratory's original home in Via della Faggiola, a historic
building adjacent to Piazza dei Cavalieri, the main seat of Scuola Normale Superiore.
At present NEST occupies two floors of the building over an extension of about 900
square meters. Additional laboratories are located at the Physics Department of the
University of Pisa and at TASC-INFM in Trieste. NEST has largely outgrown its
available laboratory and office space. Its new home is currently being built by Scuola
Normale Superiore in the San Silvestro complex, a significant financial effort that
will adequately house NEST and its ambitious growth goals.
These first two years have seen an extraordinary development from all points of view:
new personnel, new scientific lines and, above all, scientific results that have much