The MaTeRiA project, funded under the National Operational Programme"Research
and Competitiveness" (POR 2007-2013), is a joint initiative between University
of Calabria (UNICAL) and National Interuniversity Consortium for the Physical
Sciences of Matter (Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze
Fisiche della Materia-CNISM). The project aims to create an international
Research and Services Centre for the study of innovative materials for advanced
Technological heart of MaTeRiA is
(Southern Europe TBS source for Applied Research), an advanced X-ray
source based on the Thomson Backscattering (TBS), which, combined with the
laboratories and expertise of UNICAL and CNISM, represents a facility of great
interest for scientific and industrial community.
The presence of STAR places the MaTeRiA project in the framework of the European
Research Area (ERA
MaTeRiA is therefore a regional hub of a wide network for the study of advanced
materials (Elettra, ESRF, DESY, Alba, SOLEIL, SRS, MAX-lab, etc.).
In particular, MaTeRiA promotes technology transfer to link academic basic
research and industrial applications, encouraging the commercial exploitation of
research and development results and the development of new business start-up
Research and service activities provided by MaTeRiA fall within the so-called
Key Enabling Technologies (KET), considered strategic in the
European Competitiveness Report 2010
ENERGY TO SMART GRID
The target of the overall E2SG project is to devise and
design mechanisms and policies to assemble, monitor and control smart grids,
i.e. a set of interconnected nodes whose primary goal is to generate, exchange
and consume electrical energy in the most efficient and reliable way by
exploiting distributed information that is sensed, transmitted and processed
over the same set of nodes and links. From this point of view, E2SG is
complementary with respect to ERG that focuses on nodes with generation
abilities whose interfaces are the main topic of common interest.
E2SG aims at addressing most of the challenges entailed in evolving the concept
of smart-grid to the level needed by both the industrial players and the society
of the next decades, and the uprising environmental awareness which will lead to
the increasing exploitation of removable energy sources.
The ESG group will work on the 1st objective maned “Optimal power transfer to
the grid from innovative devices or systems” and more specifically on the
modeling and implementation of simulation tools for Si-based switching devices,
and in the development of efficient optimization tools. Moreover it will
investigate robust methods to address signal synchronization problems arising in
grid voltages and currents.
Il caos a scuola.
costruttivista per l’insegnamento/apprendimento della Teoria del Chaos
Initiatives for the dissemination of scientific culture. Annual projects - Call
ex art.4 Legge 6/2000. Funded by MIUR - Ministry of Education, Universities and
Research, Department of University, Higher Education in Art, Music, Dance and
Project coordinator Professor Eleonora Bilotta
ENERGY FOR A GREEN SOCIETY: FROM SUSTAINABLE HARVESTING TO SMART DISTRIBUTION.
EQUIPMENTS, MATERIALS, DESIGN SOLUTIONS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS.
The research, development and demonstration activities planned for the ERG
project focus on the solar energy supply chain, starting form solar cells and
proceeding along with innovative energy extraction (harvesting) techniques, high
efficiency power conversion and finally managing the energy distribution inside
a smart grid, with the target of different classes of applications, from house
to small area, as well as applications to specific “local grids” (healthcare,
By considering the full solar energy supply chain, the aim of the project is to
produce relevant improvements of the industrial state-of-the-art in the
efficiency of solar cells, in the optimization of energy generated by
photovoltaic systems, in the loss reduction of power converters and, finally, in
energy management strategy. The task of UNICAL is the task 3. Novel
architectures for high performance silicon cells. Leader: ST
Modelling of emitter wrap through, metal wrap through, back-junction solar cells
(IUNET, UNICT, UNICAL)
Physics-based electro-optical simulation of solar cells can provide relevant
information concerning the impact of available technological options on the
conversion efficiency. As of today, the PV community adopts 1-D simulators
specifically developed and optimized for the analysis of PC cells. On the other
hand, advanced cell architectures adopting Selective-Emitter and
Rear-Point-Contacts lead to inherently 3-dimensional devices that cannot be
realistically simulated by means of the conventional approaches.
In this project we will adopt a commercial 3D electrical device simulator (S-Devices
Synopsys) with physical models tuned through comparison with available
experimental results for PV cells, coupled to an in-house developed optical
simulator based on Rigorous Coupled Wave Analysis (RCWA) method.
For the Si PV cell parameter optimization algorithm, the optimal cell design
problem will be tackled by using advanced evolutionary algorithms for the
optimization of geometric and physical parameters in PV cells. In particular, we
will use the Constrained Immunological Algorithm, a new population-based
algorithm which has proven to be more performant than other state-of-art
approaches like Controlled Random Search (CRS), Divide Rectangle (DiRECT) and
the Real Coded Genetic Algorithm (RGA).
MODERN (MOdeling and DEsign of
Reliable, process variation-aware Nanoelectronic devices, circuits and systems)
is a ENIAC JOINT UNDERTAKING, within the 7th Framework Research Programme of the
European Union. The project coordinated by STMicroelectronics SA (France),
involves 29 partners (both Industries and Universities) among which the
University of Calabria (ESG group), and aims to develop new paradigms in
integrated circuit design which will enable the manufacturing of reliable, low
cost, low EMI, high-yield complex products using unreliable and variable devices.
LAST-POWER (Large Area silicon carbide Substrates and
heTeroepitaxial GaN for POWER device applications) is a ENIAC Joint Undertaking.
The proposal aims to make EU independent from other developed countries on wide
band gap semiconductors high quality material (150mm SiC and GaN), equipment and
advanced processing. This field is of strategic importance since it involves the
development of high efficient systems (of high revenue) for applications
whenever an electric power is needed: from telecommunication to automotive, from
consumer electronics to electrical household appliances, from industrial
applications to home automation. In particular, the consortium will develop an
European technology including equipments (growth, processing and
characterization), processing (growth and device fabrication) and
characterization (methods and equipments) till some of the possible applications.
In this field the processing technologies for switching devices (MOSFET,
normally off JFET) will be developed and demonstrators fabricated. Devices
working at temperatures over 150°C will be developed including also necessary
The task of UNICAL will be the development of accurate device simulation tools
for SiC and GaN materials, which are not available in the market. Due to this
task complexity, involving physical and numeric aspects, the
UNICAL will be supported (as external consultant) by the Group of Applied
Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science – Università
di Catania. STMicroelectronics S.r.l. (Coordinator) (Italy); LPE S.p.A. LPE
(Italy); Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto per la Microelettronica e
Microsistemi (Italy); Epitaxial Technology Center S.r.l. (Italy);
Foundation for Research & Technology-Hellas - Institute of Electronic Structure
& Laser (Greece); Novasic S.A. (France); Consorzio Catania Ricerche (Italy);
Instytut Wysokich Cisnien PAN Unipress (Poland); Università della Calabria
(Italy); SiCrystal AG (Germany); SEPS Technologies AB (Sweden); SenSiC AB (Sweden);
Acreo AB Department Nanoelectronics (Sweden); Aristotle University of
network of excellence
Network of Excellence is a project for the realization of an instrument to strengthen excellence
by tackling the fragmentation of European research.
The aim is to supply electronic contents on the basis of academic knowledges and to investigate different e-Learning environment and related communications lines.
EXu.net is a Network that involves 9 partners from seven different countrys:
• Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany;
• Universidade do Minho, Portugal;
• University of Sao Paulo, Brazil;
• University of the Basque Country, Spain;
• Universität Rostock, Germany;
• Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil;
• Universita degli Studi di Trento, Italy;
• University of Maribor, Slovenien;
• Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
- COMPLETED PROJECTS-
(Scientific Scenarios and Art) is an EU
project promoted by Culture 2007-2013
. The central idea
consists in developing and building three emblematic scenarios at the
intersection of Science & Art, in order to create artistic objects (musical pieces,
digital art objects, etc). The project is coordinated by Prof. Pietro Pantano (Department
of Mathematics, University of Calabria, Italy), and it involves: • Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava; • Virtual Image
Publishing, United Kingdom; • Institutul Pentru Tehnica de Calcul, Romania; •
Electronic Media Reporting, Netherlands.
The researches project concerns the application of Mathematics to the electronic
industry, and in particular the theoretical development, study and numerical
implementation of mathematical models in order to obtain: 1) new applications of
electronic industry to communication; 2) new phenomena in the transition from
micro to nano-electronics.
The project coordinated by prof. Prof. Pietro Pantano of the University of
Calabria, involves: • Università di Catania, Dipartimento di Matematica ed
Informatica e Dipartimento di Elettronica e Sistemistica; • Università di
Firenze Dipartimento di Matematica Applicata “G. Sansone”; • Politecnico di
Torino, Dipartimento di Elettronica. Inoltre fa parte dello stesso progetto il
seguente partenariato internazionale: • Bergische Universität Wuppertal,
Fachbereich Mathematik, Germany; • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Department
of Mathematics and Computer Science, Netherlands; • Technische Universität
Kaiserslautern, Fachbereich Mathematik Germany; • Universität Mainz, Fachbereich
Mathematik und Informatik, Germany; • Universität Münster, Institut für
Numerische und instrumentelle Mathematik,Germany; • University of California at
Berkeley, Electronics Research Laboratory, United States; • George Mason
University, College of Arts and Sciences, United States.
European Culture through New Technology (NETConnect) is a project
promoted by Culture 2000 European Programme. The main objectives of the
project are the following: - the sharing and highlighting of common
Cultural Heritage of European significance; - the use of
state-of-the-art technology to make European heritage more visible and
accessible; - the improvement of access and participation in culture and
in new technologies for all citizens of the EU; - cooperation activities
between cultural operators and technological experts for spreading
European culture through the newly established International network.
The project coordinated by prof. P.A. Bertacchini of the University of
Calabria, involves: • Fraunhofer-Institut for Computer Graphics, Germany
(www.igd.fhg.de); • Center for Advanced Computer Graphics
Technologies - GraphiTech, Trento, Italy (www.graphitech.it); • Römisch-
Germanische Kommission, Germany (www.dainst.org); • Visual
Communication and Interaction Technologies Centre – VICOMTech, Spain
(www.vicomtech.es); • Institute of Archaeology of Warsaw
University, Poland (http://www.archeo.uw.edu.pl).
NETConnect web site
COMSON (COupled Multiscale Simulation and Optimization in Nanoelectronics) is a
Marie Curie Research Training Network supported by the European Commission in
the framework of the programme "Structuring the European Research Area" within
the 6th Framework Research Programme of the European Union.
coordinated by Prof. Michael Günther Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Germany),
inolves: "Politehnica" University of Bucharest (Romania); Università degli Studi
della Calabria (Italy); University of Catania (Italy); Technische Universiteit
Eindhoven (The Netherlands); Infineon Technologies AG (Germany); Philips
Semiconductors - NXP (The Netherlands); STMicroelectronics (Italy).
The project "Mathematical Modelling of Natural and Artificial Behavior" unifies
interdisciplinary competences and defines methods and instruments for natural
and artificial behaviors modelling. It's based on the idea that from the
processes of organogenesis of the central nervous system to the higher cognitive
processes, the architectural components that manage these functions are
articulated into structures (patterns), at different scales, and that these
models are emergent and self-organized, even if the stuff of the architecture of
a determined process can be different. The aim is to create a virtuous circle
between the comprehension of the biological phenomena through simulation, and a
broadening of understanding through the power of the artificial representation
of biological processes and the modelling techniques at present available. link :
PRIN web site
virtual museum net of magna graecia
The objective of the "Virtual Museum Net of Magna Graecia” project is to provide
an unitary image of the archaeological heritage of Calabria (a Southern Italian
region), through Computer Technology, Multimedia Designing and Virtual
Reconstructions. The project aims to encourage the technological transfer of the
most advanced researches in the exploitation and conservation sector of the
Cultural Heritage. The ”Virtual Museum Net of Magna Graecia” project is included
in the context of Knowledge Media Design for Museums. This project links the
museum scenery and multimedia, in order to use technology as system of
PIA Innovation is an intervention
aimed at the “industrialization of results” within the framework of initiatives
in Southern Italy.
The project "Environments softwares to carrying out sounds and music based on dynamics and continuous systems " is financed within PIA Innovation program. It's realized by Longo & Longo society
with the scientific collaboration of ESG group.
The research project concernes the implementation of e-learning mobile platform.
The project coordinated by prof. P.Pantano of the University of Calabria, in collaboration of CONNEXXA system
integrator company, involves also small and medium concerns.
The aim of the MASC (Music and Sound by Chaos) project, is to combine different knowledges to study music as cooperating processes.
The project coordinated by prof. Bilotta of the University of Calabria, involves the MacGill University of Montreal.
Interfacce Multimodali in software musicali e contesti museali (IMISM)
aim of the project is to create a musical virtual community and to promote
new way of interaction using advanced user interfaces. This project foresees
a closely collaboration between the Longo&Longo ltd, and the ESG group.