Lab tour

Our group is based at two locations:

The Center for Light Activated Nanostructures (CLAN): a joint research laboratory created by the Università di Bologna and the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), and hosted in the premises of the Institute of Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (ISOF) of the CNR, in the Bologna Research Area.

The Dipartimento di Chimica “G. Ciamician” (CHIM) of the Università di Bologna: an institute with a long tradition (the first university chair on Chemistry in Italy was established in Bologna in 1737) dealing with most sectors of chemical sciences.

Renowned research groups with expertise in organic and inorganic synthesis, materials science, analytical chemistry, electrochemistry, photochemistry, molecular spectroscopy, crystal engineering, and computational chemistry are present in both institutes. Nanoscience is an area of intense activity because several of the above groups are strongly engaged in the investigation of nanodevices and nanostructured materials.

In these premises we have state-of-the-art laboratories for synthesis under normal and modified atmosphere, with several fumehoods, a dry box, adjacent offices, and instrument rooms for a full range of UV/VIS/NIR spectroscopic, photochemical and electrochemical techniques. We have direct access to the main characterization facilities available in the CLAN laboratory and in the CHIM and ISOF Departments (NMR, MS, HPLC, IR, Raman, XRD/SAXS, EPR, AFM, ITC, DLS, CD, optical/confocal microscope, rheometer, tensometer) as well as in other nearby University and CNR Institutes (HRMS, TEM, SEM, EDX, XPS).

You find below pictures of some pieces of instrumentation and parts of our lab at the CHIM site.

For information about the CLAN site, please visit the web site of the center.

Dry box for syntheses
under controlled atmosphere
Synthesis of semiconductor nanocrystals

Organic/supramolecular synthesis
Vacuum line and electrochemistry room

Electrochemical/ECL station
Circular dichroism spectrophotometer

Stopped-flow absorption/luminescence
Spectrofluorimeter with time-resolved module

Time-correlated single photon counting
UV-vis-NIR spectrofluorimeter with
linear polarizers
Fluorescence microscope

Nanosecond laser flash photolysis