The Török Tibor Medal 2020 of the Hungarian Chemical Society will be awarded to Dr. Alessandro D'Ulivo (ICCOM Pisa) for his achievements in the field of atomic spectroscopy. The conferment will take place during the opening ceremony of the XVII Italian-Hungarian Spectrochemical Symposium (XVII IHSS) to be held in Turin from 15 to 19 June 2020. Dr. D'Ulivo will hold a Plenary Lecture based on his results in the field of spectroscopy and its applications.

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Bar-Ilan University's Nano Institute Hosted a three-days Workshop on November 25-27, 2019 in Tel Aviv, to boost Israel-Italy Scientific Cooperation in 2D Materials.

This week researchers active in 2D materials studies from the two countries gathered at Bar-Ilan University in order to form meaningful bilateral collaborations to boost this growing field. Recognizing Israel's significant contributions to science and technology, the Italian Embassy in Israel initiated the three-day Israel-Italy 2D Materials Workshop, hosted by Bar-Ilan's Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA). "Italy and Israel share many cultural and economic similarities", said Italian Ambassador to Israel Gianluigi Benedetti in his opening remarks. "On the economic front Israeli innovation and Italy's large manufacturing system complement one another, making the two nations destined to work together. Windows of opportunity such as this can only develop if we push from the bottom up, listening to scholars, researchers and experts and help them consolidate their ideas and proposals into long-term collaboration", he added. Prof. Dror Fixler, Director of BINA, provided an overview of the Institute, and welcomed the opportunity to forge future collaboration with Italy. 2D materials have attracted extensive interest in recent years due to their thickness from a single to a few atoms that result in exotic electrical, optical and mechanical properties and new physical phenomena. This includes the coupling of linear momentum to electron spin, electrical control of energy bandgap of semiconductors and many other exciting new effects that attract the interest of a very large community. 

"In the last decade alone two Nobel Prizes were awarded for the discovery of the first two-dimensional material -- graphene -- and measurement of its properties, as well as the definition and discovery of Topological Insulators, most of which are two-dimensional layered materials," said Prof. Doron Naveh, of Bar-Ilan University's Kofkin Faculty of Engineering. Prof. Naveh co-organized the Israel-Italy Workshop with Prof. Oded Hod, of Tel Aviv University, Dr. Andrea Ienco of CNR-ICCOM, Dr. Stefan Heun of CNR-NANO and Prof. Stefano Ventura, Scientific Attaché at the Italian Embassy. "The Workshop will forge new partnerships in bilateral and European frameworks in this up-and-coming field, and we are grateful to be part of this exciting development," said Dr. Maurizio Peruzzini, Head of the Department of Chemical Sciences and Materials Technologies, CNR-DSCTM.

"New materials chemistry is opening very interesting opportunities of innovation and, therefore, collaboration between our two countries," said Prof. Ventura. "The Workshop's open and closed meetings will allow researchers to explore common ideas and applications to develop science, technology and even industrial collaborations between us." Participants in the Israel-Italy Workshop include researchers from Bar-Ilan University and the majority of Israel's universities (The Weizmann Institute, Tel Aviv University, Technion, Hebrew University and Ben Gurion University), as well as the Italian National Council for Research CNR-ICCOM (Institute for the Chemistry of OrganoMetallic Compounds), CNR-DSCTM (Department of Chemical Sciences and Materials Technologies, CNR-NANO (Istituto Nanoscienze Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche), CNR-IMM (Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems), Università Degli Studi Di Padova, The Polytechnic University of Milan, and The University of L'Aquila. Bar-Ilan University's Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials most recent international cooperation agreements were signed with scientific institutes in China, Finland, Portugal and France. 


At the forty-seventh Congress of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI), held in Bari from the 9th to the 12th September 2019, the president Francesco Paolo Fanizzi delivered a special plate of acknowledgment to Dr Carlo Mealli for its continuous activity in the community of the Italian inorganic chemists.

Dr. Mealli was "Dirigente di Ricerca" at the CNR-ICCOM Institute till the year 2011, when he retired after forty consecutive years of activity. Since then, he continued his passionate work as an Associate Researcher of the Institute with the attainment of new scientific results of international impact in the field of structural and theoretical chemistry. In particular, by working in symbiosis with some still in career researchers, various frontier aspects of the chemical bonding and reactivity were tackled and understood, also allowing the collaborators to reach a higher degree of maturity.

 Dr. Alessio Dessì, ICCOM-CNR Researcher, received the Young Investigator Award (YIA) 2019 in the "Chemistry for Renewable Energy" section.

The award, established by the Department of Chemical Sciences and Technology of Materials (DSCTM) of the CNR, is awarded annually to young researchers who have distinguished themselves in the fields of Green Chemistry, Renewable Energy, Health, Advanced Materials, Computational Modeling and Cultural Heritage.

The YIA 2019 Mention of Honour in the "Chemistry for Renewable Energy" section was assigned to Dr. Maria V. Pagliaro, Postdoctoral Fellow at ICCOM-CNR.

The award ceremony took place during the DSCTM-CNR 2019 Conference, held in Bressanone (BZ) on 28-30/10/2019.

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The Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the CIS XLI-L LAMLIBS Local Organizing Committee awarded Dr. Vincenzo Palleschi, ICCOM-CNR Senior Researcher, the LIBS Award 2019 for his outstanding scientific contribution and his commitment to the education and dissemination of the LIBS (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) spectroscopy technique. The Prize was awarded during the Colloquium Spectroscopicum Internationale XLI (CSIXLI) and first Latin-American Meeting on Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LAMLIBS), which was held in Mexico City from 9 to 14 June 2019.


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