Nanoscience (the study of materials on the nanometer scale) and Nanotechnology (the manipulation of matter on the atomic, molecular and supramolecular scale, aiming at fabricating novel products) have the tangible opportunity of promoting new economical progresses and societal advances. The range of applications is measureless, encompassing fields as diverse as Chemistry, Materials and Environmental Science, Physics, BioMedicine, AgroFood and Pharma. Control over formation mechanisms and functionalities of engineered nanomaterials (organic, inorganic and hybrid) calls for the comprehension of properties distribution such as atomistic arrangement, crystal structure and defects, surface relaxation, size and shape, phase composition and supramolecular organization. Characterizing these complex systems at different length scales is crucial but still a challenging task.

The Summer School “To.sca.lake 2.0: Total Scattering for Nanotechnology on the Como Lake” offers an extended overview on Total Scattering Techniques (from X-rays to visible light) for Nanotechnology, complemented by lectures on synthesis and applications of advanced nanomaterials. Theoretical, experimental and modeling aspects of Wide and Small Angle scattering methods will be integrated by hands-on tutorials on well renowned programs for DSE and PDF Analysis (Debussy and PDFGui) and Demo sessions on SAXS and Light Scattering. The Workshop is open to all aspiring scholars and scientists in any area related to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and it is especially addressed to PhD students and young postdocs. The aim of the school is to deepen into both theoretical and applied frontier developments in these fields.

This is the 2nd edition of the school: click here to visit the news and reports of the 1st edition (2015).

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IUCr Scientific Freedom Policy Statement

The Organizing Committee of the To.Sca.Lake 2.0 shall observe the basic policy of non-discrimination and affirms the right and freedom of scientists to associate in international scientific activity without regard to such factors as ethnic origin, religion, citizenship, language, political stance, gender, sex or age, in accordance with the Statutes of the International Council for Science.

At this meeting no barriers will exist which would prevent the participation of bona fide scientists.

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