The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest public research institution in Italy, the only one under the Research Ministry performing multidisciplinary activities; its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country. CNR’s Scientific Network comprises 7 Departments which are organizational units, structured by macro – areas of technological and scientific research, with the task of planning, coordinating and monitoring research activities in the affiliated institutes, by assuring them the necessary financial resources. The 102 Institutes, located throughout Italy, grouping together these technical and scientific areas of expertise, have been given the task of managing programmes and implementing the scheduled research activities, coordinated by the departments. The Institutes are not dependent on the Departments but are autonomously responsible for their scientific research and duties. The geographical distribution of the Institutes, and their interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary features, enable them to contribute to the growth of regional innovation systems.
The Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems “Eduardo Caianiello” (ISASI-CNR) with its nanofabrication Lab has large experience in the field of design, fabrication and characterization of biosensors and nanodevices. The institute carries out research in the fields of Physical science, Life Science, Engineering in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary way joining the different expertise of its researchers. Research is focused on various topics including nano-photonics, the study of interface between nanotechnology and biology, development of optical methods for characterization of materials and systems, new strategies for manipulation of soft-matter at nano and microscale. The institute has several equipped laboratories including: photolithography laboratory, nanolithography laboratory with Electron Beam Lithography (EBL) system RAITH150 and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), laboratory of Integrated Optics with different coherent light sources, laboratory of Nanocomposites and Soft Matter, laboratory of Image Analysis and calculation.