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The Region of Veneto is the centre of the technological cluster for nanotechnologies, with strong scientific and productive competences, along with great application potentials in its industrial environment. Moreover, Veneto boasts the highest entrepreneurship rate in Italy, and a high concentration of businesses that are mostly interested in nanotechnology. The aforementioned characteristics of the region rendered it the most attractive site to develop the nanotech cluster.  Its establishment and the creation of Veneto Nanotech in 2003, was done after a careful valuation and analysis of the Italian business reality regarding innovation and technology transfer, and has grown to coordinate the activities of the hi tech cluster of nanotechnology.

Founders were the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, the Veneto region, Industrial Association, Chambers of Commerce, local bodies and private companies.

Veneto Nanotech was established with the objective to build international excellence in research, to foster the application of nanotechnology, and to support the development of start-ups in the focus sector.

After less than 7 years of activity, the Cluster has its own structures, laboratories, research personnel and administrative staff with a group of some 100 persons. It proposes itself as a link at an institutional level and as a referee for companies and research institutions, in order to create innovative hi-tech products.

Nanotechnology research in Veneto is very advanced. More than 600 Professors, Researchers and PhD Candidates are employed in local Universities and Research Centers. Such concentration of competences can also count on a series of links and collaborations with international Universities and Research Institutes.

Great part of Veneto Nanotech’s mission is dedicated to support R&D activities, to strengthen the existing infrastructure and to leverage the present regional competences.
The Cluster, through its research facilities, is organized in Technologies Areas where the Technology Platforms are developed. The Technology Platforms are the bases for the synergies and scientific collaborations. The different technologies are developed through research projects and technology applications for the various industrial sectors. The projects have different applications for the most attractive industries. The three main Technological Areas of the Cluster focus on:

  • Materials
  • Nanofabrication
  • Nano-bio

and have an added-value impact on the Technological Platforms of the Cluster. The impact of the Technological Areas (materials, nanofabrication and nanobio) is “horizontal” as it comprises the surface treatments, nanostructured polymers and powder metallurgy, sensors and biochemical sensors, nps synthesis and functionalisation, risk assessment, lithography and electronics. Measurements, characterization and standardisation are common procedures to all the above mentioned technological platforms.


The research activities and technology transfer model of the Cluster follow two different approaches. The first one, is top down approach, and starts from the knowledge to arrive to the technology innovation. The technology applications arrive to the enterprises through the Cluster’s laboratories tools (including human capital such as researchers, and instruments). The scientific support is assured by the universities belonging to the Cluster. The second is the bottom-up approach, which uses the technology innovation toward the knowledge. Start ups, spin off and technology enterprises take advantage from the IP support, cross fertilization and promotion developed in the Cluster and supported by the Cluster’s staff and infrastructures.

The success of the technology transfer activities is shown by the growth of the orders from companies and the related incomes. Some figures confirms the validity of this model adopted since 5 years: 53 scientific articles, 62 presentations at scientific conferences, 48 scientific partnerships, 32 research projects started and 16 already concluded, 180 orders for a total value of 3,06 millions euro.


Key Personnel Assigned to the Project:

N. Trevisan, CEO of VN has a long experience in developing collaborative projects and especially in establishing  the relationships with Latin-American Organizations;
F. Lodato, Responsible for External Relations;
E. Sisti, Responsible of the Technology Transfer of the Cluster;
D. Basset, Scientific Director of the Nanofab;
Prof. F. Romanato, is working in nanophotonics, plasmonic and metamaterials;
I. Olivato, is working in the study of the impact of nanoparticles in the Human Health;
E. Talarico, she works in the Technology Transfer area;
G. Baldon, responsible of the IT.