The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest public research institution in Italy, the only one under the Research Ministry performing multidisciplinary activities. CNR has more than 8.000 employees, of whom more than half are researchers and technologists, working in more than 100 Institutes.

CNR-Team involved in the MAGENTA Project comprises researchers coming from Istituto di Struttura della Materia (ISM) and Istituto Superconduttori, Materiali Innovativi e Dispositivi (SPIN). ISM has a large experience in the preparation of nanostructured materials by chemical and physical methods, study of surface/interface properties with photoelectron spectroscopies, investigation of microstructural properties through several microscopy techniques and study of magnetic properties. The research activity of SPIN institute focuses on oxides, organic, hybrid and other complex materials exhibiting superconducting, magnetic and other properties for the development of novel nano- and micro-device concepts and prototypes.

CNR-Team will lead WP2 (Ferrofluid design) and WP 8 (Dissemination, exploitation and communication) and it will give significant contribution in WP2 (Ionic Liquid Synthesis) and WP 6 (Theory and Numerical Simulations).

Dr. Davide Peddis (ISM-CNR) Chemist, CNR Unit leader: graduated magna cum laude in Physical chemistry (2003) and received his PhD in Physical Chemistry (2007) at the University of Cagliari (Italy). He has worked on the context of several international collaborations: he was visiting professor at the Le Mans University (2010), Extended Guest Lecturer at the Uppsala University (2012) and visiting scholar at the University of Delaware (2013). He has worked in the framework of Solid State Physical-Chemistry and Condensed Matter Physics, studying the relationship between physical properties, crystalline structures and morphological features of nanostructured magnetic materials. DP’s activity focuses on the design of magnetic nano–hetero-structures (nanoparticles, particles embedded in matrix, core shell structures, hollow nanoparticles, anisometric particles) and the study of their magnetic properties. Recently, he oversees several Italian research projects as leading scientist. The scientific activity of D. Peddis is presented in more than 70 publications (h index 18), four book chapters, and over 100 communications, including invited (34) and oral presentations (33) to national and international conferences.

Dr. Alessandro Triolo (ISM-CNR) obtained a Chemistry Diploma at the University of Palermo (Italy) in 1994. In 1998 he obtained a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Palermo. He was then a TM Researcher at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK) and later served for two years as Instrument Responsible Research Associate at the Neutron Spin Echo spectrometer at the Berlin Reactor (BENSC). In 2001 he became Researcher at the Institute for Chemical-Physical processes of the Italian National Council of Research (CNR) and since 2010 he moved to Institute Structure of Matter of CNR, where he coordinates the activity of the Laboratorio Liquidi Ionici. He is active in the research on soft matter and, in particular, on structure and relaxation processes in ionic liquids, exploiting instrumentation at Large Scale Facilities, such as synchrotron or neutron sources. He is member of the proposal evaluation panel at the ESRF synchrotron and CNR representative at the Instrument Collaboration Board of the to-be-built European Spallation Source (ESS). In 2010 he obtained a FIRB-FiR grant from MIUR. He is author of >100 ISI papers, including 6 Highly Cited Papers and one Perspective article on the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.

Dr. Elisabetta Agostinelli (ISM-CNR) is a CNR staff senior researcher dedicated to the preparation of materials (mainly thin films) and study of magnetic and structural properties in disordered magnetic materials, diluted magnetic systems, spin-glasses, magnetic nanoparticles, high anisotropy magnetic thin films and exchange coupled systems. Since 1989 E.A. is the Head of the “PLD” laboratory of the ICMAT-CNR Institute. She has worked in several world-class laboratories in USA, France, Spain, Argentina. Her research attracted over 1.0 M€ of external grants from EU, MIUR and MAE with her as the principal investigator. Presently E.A. is the manager of the MLIB-branch of the ISM Institute and is the Chairman of the International Committee on Nanostructured Materials (ICNM: E.A. has been Associated Editor for the Journal Materials Chemistry and Physics (2011-2014), and has chaired in several international Conferences (among them, in 2010 the International Conference on Nanostructured Materials NANO 2010 and in 2003 the International Conference on Magnetism ICM 2003). E.A. is the author of more than 85 papers including chapters of books (6) and encyclopaedia (1 Landolt-Bornstein) and 140 Conference presentations, including 21 invited. She is referee for a number of scientific journals and member of international scientific evaluation panels.

Dr. Gaspare Varvaro (PhD in Material Science 2007, University “La Sapienza” of Roma, Italy) works as research at the National Research Center (Italy) since 2010. He is member of the Nanostructured Magnetic Material Lab (ISM – CNR) and head of the thin film deposition lab since 2015. His interests span from the fabrication to the characterization of magnetic and magneto-transport properties of nanostructured magnetic materials including single-phase, magnetic composites and hybrid/multifunctional systems (thin films, multilayers, nanoparticles and nano-patterned systems) for fundamental studies and applications (information storage, energy, sensors, biomedicine). His research activity is witnessed by about 40 papers, 2 book chapters and more than 120 contributions to national and international conferences and workshops. He is co-editor of a book titled “Ultra-High-Density Magnetic Recording: Storage Materials and Media Designs” (Pan Stanford Publishing, 2015). He has been visiting scientist in many international labs (Un. Augsburg, IKBFU, CONICET, Un. Delaware, Trinity College of Dublin and CNRS-Lab. Louis Néel) and has been involved in several national and EU projects. He regularly serves as referee for international journals and independent expert evaluator for international projects and has been member of the organizing, program and scientific committees of several conferences. Also, he has been involved in teaching and didactic activities for high-school students, PhD students, post-graduates and research professionals in the area of magnetism.

Dr. Andrey Varlamov, Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics. He worked as a researcher, associate professor, and full professor of the Department of Theoretical Physics of the Moscow Institute for Steel and Alloys (Technological University, then as the fellow at the Condensed Matter Theory Group of Argonne National Laboratory (USA). Since 1999 he has been the principal investigator of the Institute of Superconductivity, Innovative Materials, and Devices of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-SPIN). Andrey Varlamov was awarded the USSR State Prize in Physics for young scientists (1986), the degree of Doctor of Sciences (Habilitatus) in Condensed Matter Physics (1988), degrees of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa of Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics (Ukraine, 2011), Mediterranean Institute of Fundamental Physics (Italy, 2014), title of the “Honorable Scientist of the Russian Federation” (2016). He is also a member-correspondent of Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere (Milano, 2009). His book “Le kaleidoscope de la Physique” was awarded Prix Grand Public Roberval (France, 2015). His main fields of scientific interests are: superconductivity, theory of metals, theory of phase transitions, and nanophysics. The author of fifteen books, five monographic review articles, 140 scientific papers, A. Varlamov is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Genova Festival of Science, the Editorial Board of the Russian Academy of Sciences popular science magazine “Kvant” (where for many years he executed the duties of the vice-Editor in Chief).

Dr. Dino Fiorani, Chemist, Associate researcher at ISM-CNR, doctor in Chemistry (1970, University of Rome) and PhD in Physics (1984, University of Grenoble). He was Director of the ISM Institute (July 2008 – May 2013) and Coordinator of the EU project “Self assembled nanoparticles and nano-patterned arrays for high density magneto-recording” (2002-2005) (Awarded with a Descartes Prize). Actually he is Fellow of the American Physical Society (2013); Chairman of the Italian Magnetism Society (2011-2015.) Chairman of the Joint European Magnetic Symposia (JEMS) International Advisory Committee (2013-2018). He has worked in the study of magnetic nanoparticles, magnetic films for magneto-recording media; spin-glasses. The scientific activity of D. Fiorani is presented in about 250 publications (h-index 30), book chapters, and several communications, including invited and oral presentations to national and international conferences.

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