The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest public research institution in Italy. Within it, the Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems (IMM) has been founded in 2004 and it is distributed over 7 units: two in Catania (with the headquarters), Lecce, Naples, Rome, Bologna, Agrate Brianza. Today it counts about 120 scientists and 70 collaborators (technical and administrative personnel).

The mission of CNR-Catania is to create a center of excellence for basic and applied research on advanced nanotechnology. The main aim is to perform leading fundamental research in key areas for the technological development. The ambition is to become an internationally recognized center in the research areas of competence. To this aim strict contacts with both industry and academia are strategic for the development and success of CNR-Catania.

The research group responsible for the WATER project is composed of 10 researchers of IMM-Catania and 5 professors from the Department of Physics of the University of Catania associated to CNR.

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Role in WATER project: coordination of the action