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About StSPM19EV

The Italian Society for Microscopical Sciences (SISM), in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Nanostructured Materials (ISMN) of the CNR and the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (BiGeA) of the UniBo, organize the workshop "Science through Scanning Probe Microscopy 2019 – Extended Version (StSPM19EV)".

Every three-years, the event meets up Italian scientists working with Scanning Probe Microscopy (past editions in 2013 and 2016). This year StSPM is joined to the workshop "Scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy for mineral, biological and material sciences", organized by Prof. Giovanni Valdrè of BiGeA every two years, becoming StSPM19EV.

The workshop aims to illustrate the scientific progresses achieved in Italy thanks to SPM techniques. The scientific program will alternate sessions on "Materials Science" and "Life Science", highlighting how SPM contributes to such branches. This Extended Version includes two didactic lectures for degree/PhD students, accordingly to the educational approach of the "Scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy for mineral, biological and material sciences" workshop.

Talks of renowned scientists and established researchers will be mixed to talks of young researchers (PhD students and post-docs), giving them the opportunity to present their work in a stimulating and friendly environment. Talks and discussions will be in English.

The leading companies in SPM will present their latest instrumental innovations in both dedicated stands and a special session included in the scientific program.

The workshop is addressed to all professors, researchers, technicians and students interested in SPM microscopy, a fundamental tool for investigating the matter at the sub-micrometric, nanometric and atomic scale. Participants will receive an attendance certificate.

Nowadays the scientific program of StSPM19EV is full, so extra contributions will be accepted and presented as poster session.





Program Timetable

Detailed program

  • Registration

  • Welcome

  • Special Session

    Chair: Francesco Valle
    Giovanni Dietler (EPFL, Switzerland): Physics and Biology of Living Matter with the Atomic Force Microscope
  • Lectures on SPM basis - mat

    Chair: Giovanni Valdrè
    Fabrizio Bobba (UniSA): Basic principles of STM/S and applications to condensed matter physics
  • Coffee Break

  • Lectures on SPM basis - bio

    Chair: Giovanni Valdrè
    Giampaolo Zuccheri (UniBO): From single molecules to single cells: the AFM helps learning about biological structures
  • Lunch buffet

  • Session #1 EVFoundry

    Chair: Marco Brucale/Francesco Valle
    Paolo Bergese (UniBS): Extracellular Vesicles: the Nanotechnology of Cell Communication
    Gijs Wuite (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, NL): Competition between Bending and Internal Pressure Governs the Mechanics of Fluid Nanovesicles
    Pietro Parisse (Elettra): Interaction of Extracellular vesicles with model membranes
    Andrea Ridolfi (UniFI): Nanomechanics of single Extracellular vesicles
  • Session #2

    Chair: Cristiano Albonetti
    Renato Buzio (CNR-SPIN): Probing nanoscale superlubricity in functional materials by Friction Force Microscopy
    Gianlorenzo Bussetti (PoliMI): How the electrochemical-SPM has disclosed the ion intercalation mechanism in graphite
    Daniela Cavalcoli (UniBO): Electrically Active Defects in III-Nitride alloys investigated by AFM
  • Coffee Break

  • Companies' elevator pitches

    Chair: Giovanni Valdrè
    Quantum Design: In-Situ Correlative Analysis by combination of AFM and SEM of nanostructured materials
    Nanosurf: Applications of FluidFM Probe Microscopy
    Pra.Ma.-NT-MDT: Advanced integrated solutions based on atomic-force microscopy
    Anton-Paar: On the Effect of Thermal Annealing on the Surface Morphology of Functional Coatings for Displays
    Nanonics: Multiprobe SPM for Physical and Chemical Nanomaterial Characterization
    Zurich: Improve SPM quality with a very high performance lock-in amplifier
    Gambetti-Park: Better in Vacuum - how vacuum can improve investigation of 2D materials using conductive Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
    Schaefer-Asylum: NanomechPro™ Toolkit: Nanomechanical AFM Techniques for Diverse Materials
    Labtrek: FSM-Nanoview as a tool for high-performance/low-cost introductory courses in AFM teaching laboratory
    Elbatech: A promising method to drive open-loop piezo positioners in scanning probe microscopy
    Bruker: TBD
  • Social dinner

  • Session #3

    Chair: Francesco Valle
    Adele Sassella (UniMiB): Growth and study of thin films of organic semiconductors: what can be the role of AFM?
    Guglielmo Albani (PoliMI): Metal-tetra phenyl porphyrin single layer grown onto Fe(001)-p(1x1)O: molecular assembling properties and magnetic coupling
    Erica Iacob (FBK): AFM characterization of several multiscale nanostructured substrates for cell adhesion study
    Gabriele Ciasca (UCSC): In sickness and health, till death do us part: diagnostic and forensic applications of Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Short communications (Part1)

    Chair: Marco Brucale
    Cinzia Di Giorgio (UniSA): Elasto-mechanical study of MoS2 domes by Atomic Force Microscopy and Spectroscopy
    Maria Michela Giangregorio (CNR-Nanotec, Bari): Surface potential measurements for rationalizing charge transfer in metal nanoparticles/graphene/biomolecules hybrids
    Matteo Chighizola (UniMI): Studying the cell-microenvironment interactions by adhesive force spectroscopy with colloidal nanostructured probes
  • Coffee Break & Poster session

  • Session #4 Bologna SPM Workshop

    Chair: Giovanni Valdrè
    Alessandro Gambardella (IRCSS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli): Criteria for conformal deposition of thin films onto rough substrates under non-equilibrium conditions
    Francesco Decataldo (UniBO): Stretchable and Low-Impedance Polymeric Electrodes for Peripheral Nerves Recording
    Andrea Candini (CNR-ISOF): Morphology and surface potential study of photo-responsive materials
    Daniele Moro (UniBO): Nano-atomic scale hydrophobic/philic confinment of fundamental biomolecules by cross-correlated SPM and quantum mechanical DFT analysis
  • Short communications (Part2)

    Chair: Cristiano Albonetti
    Sara Morselli (UniBO): Characterization of the vitality of Lactobacillus delbruckii subsp. bulgaricus by atomic force microscopy
    Mariaconcetta Canino (CNR-IMM): 4H-SiC surface morphology after ion Al ion implantation and annealing with C-cap
    Michele Della Ciana (CNR-IMM): Study of the morphology of the metal/organic interface
  • Closing remarsk

  • Lunch buffet @ CNR canteen

  • Companies' Exhibitions




Participants, who would like to do a poster presentation at the workshop, must submit an abstract. Oral presentations already scheduled in the scientific program have to send the abstact as well for the "Book of abstracts". Authors are requested to use the abstract template for the submission. All abstracts must be submitted electronically via the link below (active from September 1st) or by email to Cristiano Albonetti (

Abstract submission

Social Dinner

La nuova fraschetta

Via Aristotile Fioravanti, 53 | Via Mazza, 5
40129 Bologna


  • Bruschetta
  • Orecchiette pomodoro e scamorza /
    Tortellini alla panna
  • Nodino di maiale ai ferri
  • Verdure grigliate
  • Acqua
  • 1/4 Vino
  • Caffè


Recently, hotel accommodations offer in Bologna has increased and there is now a greater range available at competitive prices. As a result, our annual agreements with hotels are no longer the best means for assuring lowest rates. Depending on time of booking, hotels if contacted directly may offer cheaper rates compared to those of our agreements. For this reason we now prefer to make available a detailed list of hotels selected by us (each facility has been visited to assess quality of services) so that you may choose and check prices independently.

How to reach us

CNR Area della Ricerca di Bologna
Via Gobetti 101, 40129

If you arrive by car

From the motorway: take Bologna Arcoveggio exit
From the ring road - "Tangenziale": take exit 5 "Quartiere LAME"

If you arrive by train

the CNR is a 5-minute taxi journey from "Bologna Centrale" Railway Station: ask for "CNR, via Gobetti 101".
You can also arrive by bus with line nr. 87 or nr. 37

Useful links:
TPER (Passenger Transport Emilia Romagna)
Trenitalia (National Railways)

If you prefer to walk

Recommended route on foot from Central Station (Via Carracci exit) to CNR

Train + bike

Recommended route by bike from Central Station to CNR (mostly formed by bike paths)

Useful links:
"C'entro in bici" Public bike rental
"MOBIKE" bike sharing in Bologna

If you arrive by plane

Take the AEROBUS BLQ and change to the 87 bus at the "Ospedale Maggiore" bus stop, or take a taxi: the CNR is a 10-minute taxi ride (ask for "CNR, via Gobetti 101").

Useful links:
AEROBUS BLQ timetable
Bologna Airport


COTABO (Cooperativa Taxisti Bolognesi) Tel. 051-372727
CAT Radiotaxi Bologna Tel. 051-4590

When there are no taxi available: Autoservices CAB, COSEPURI

Art at the nanoscale

Scientific Abstractionism: Art and Scanning Probe Microscopy

For further information

Dr. Cristiano Albonetti

+39 051 6398531

+39 051 6398540

Dr. Francesco Valle

+39 051 6398512

Dr. Marco Brucale

+39 051 6398518

Prof. Giovanni Valdrè