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NIMS signs a sister institute agreement with URTV

(Oct. 13, 2009) The workshop Nanostructured Materials for Sustainable Development was held at Villa Mondragone, University of Rome Tor Vergata (URTV).

"Prof. Renato Lauro of URTV (right) and Vice President Tetuji Noda of NIMS at the signing ceremony" Image

Prof. Renato Lauro of URTV (right) and Vice President Tetuji Noda of NIMS at the signing ceremony



The workshop was organized by Prof. Silvia Licoccia (NAST Centre for Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Advanced Instrumentation) and Prof. Enrico Traversa (MANA-NIMS). The speakers from MANA-NIMS were Drs. Katsuhiko Ariga, Yuji Miyahara, Yoshio Sakka, Eiji Takayama-Muromachi, and Ajayan Vinu. The workshop was well attended by numerous researchers, not only from URTV, but also from the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy and ENEA.

On this occasion, a comprehensive collaborative agreement between NIMS and the University of Rome Tor Vergata was signed by the Rector of URTV, Prof. Renato Lauro, in the presence of the NIMS Vice President, Professor Tetsuji Noda. The agreement stems from the invitation of Prof. Traversa to be a Principal Investigator at the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), where he has been engaged in research since January 2009.

This agreement will reinforce the existing collaboration between NIMS and URTV, and will also provide the opportunity to expand into new fields such as polymeric fuel cells and nanotoxicology. Exchanges of researchers and students between the two “Sister Institutions” are foreseen, together with the organization of joint workshops. A joint Doctorate Course is also envisaged.