Second International School on NanoAlloys (ISNA-2)


Second International School on NanoAlloys (ISNA-2)

Organized by Alessandro Fortunelli (CNR-ICCOM Pisa)
Co-organizers: Claudio Evangelisti (CNR-ICCOM Pisa) & Luca Sementa (CNR-IPCF Pisa)
Hands-on Session: exp – Beatrice Campanella & Emanuela Pitzalis (CNR-ICCOM Pisa);
theo – Giovanni Barcaro (CNR-IPCF Pisa) &Daniele Rapetti (Dip.Fisica, Univ. Genova)
Administrative/technical support: Manuela Cempini & Alessio Pacifici Pace (CNR-ICCOM Pisa)
within the BIKE MSCA ITN project
(«Bimetallic catalyst knowledge-based development for energy applications»)
funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme
under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action – International Training Network (MSCA-ITN)
(Grant Agreement 813748)

Location: Hotel Repubblica Marinara – Pisa

 Dates: 20 – 25 January 2020


Nanoalloys, i.e, alloyed metal nano-structured materials, play an increasingly important role in materials science and technology, with applications ranging from catalysis to electronics and optical and magnetic devices. They possess unique and uniquely tunable properties, differing from those of single-metal systems because composition and atomic ordering of the aggregates provide additional freedom in determining their response and properties, while the nano-scale régime assures them a range of electronic and structural features which are unknown to bulk alloys.
The Second International Training School on NanoAlloys (ISNA-2) is organized within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action – International Training Network (MSCA-ITN) “Bimetallic catalyst knowledge-based development for energy applications (BIKE)” Grant Agreement 813748, and will focus on the structure and properties of NanoAlloy materials, with specific attention to their use in catalytic applications.
ISNA-2 is a follow-up of the First International Training School on NanoAlloys (ISNA) School held in 2012 in Pisa within the COST Action on “Nanoalloys”, and will be held in collaboration with the French International Research Network (IRN) on Nanoalloys: “Nanoalloy properties and their relationship with structure and environment”. Along lines similar to the first ISNA, the goal of ISNA-2 will be to provide the participants (PhD students or early-stage post-doc researchers) with an overview of general concepts, background information, and advanced tools to deal with nano-scale alloys from the theoretical/computational, experimental and industrial points of view. Collaboration and synergy between theory, experiment and industry is crucial for the development of this exciting field. One of the aims of the School is indeed to create and spread a common language and a common knowledge ground to experimentalists and theoreticians working in academia, industry or education to facilitate exchange and communication in future developments of the field. ISNA-2 targets are: (i) to contribute preparing a new generation of young researchers knowledgeable of the theoretical and experimental advances of the field; (ii) to update previously developed educational tools with latest progress, in particular in the fields of predictive theoretical modelling of nano-alloys under realistic conditions, in-situ and operando characterization, advanced preparation methods, and industrial applications. Our efforts will be directed so that participants achieve knowledge of latest progress, in particular regarding in-situ real-time characterization, predictive theoretical modelling under realistic conditions, and optics (synchrotron and time-dependent spectroscopies).
The School will extend for one full week and comprise lectures intercalated by two parallel “hands-on” sessions on Friday afternoon with practical demonstrations (one with an experimental and one with a theoretical/computational focus).


Pascal Andreazza, CNRS & Université d’Orléans, Orléans, France
Florent Calvo, CNRS & Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
Vladimiro Dal Santo, CNR-SCITEC, Milano, Italy
Claudio Evangelisti, CNR-ICCOM, Pisa, Italy
Riccardo Ferrando, University of Genova, Italy
Alessandro Fortunelli , CNR-ICCOM, Pisa, Italy
Jordi Llorca, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Hamish Miller, CNR-ICCOM, Firenze, Italy
Richard Palmer, Swansea University, Swansea, UK
Laurent Piccolo, CNRS & Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France
Stephen Poulston, Johnson Matthey, Reading, UK
Luca Sementa, CNR-IPCF, Pisa, Italy
Mauro Stener, University of Trieste, Italy
Stefan Vajda, Prague, Czech Republic
Tejs Vegge
, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark


BIKE ESR participants are supported by the BIKE project. Participants external to BIKE are welcome (no financial support is available). No inscription fee is required, however external participants are required to pay for coffee-breaks (5€ each) and lunches (12€ each) for each day of attendance. These food (and, optionally, accommodation) expenses will be paid directly by external participants to the to the Hotel site of the School: hence, external participants should contact the Hotel to book these services and any other optional one such as accommodation, specifying “External participant to the ISNA2 School” in your booking (contact info at the link, credit card needed). An oral session open to all participants’ contributions will be held with 5’ allocated to each presenter (send your pdf slides to: The School will start on Monday January 20th at 9:00 AM and finish on Saturday January 25th 2020 at 13:00. On Friday January 24th afternoon 15:00-19:00 two parallel hands-on sessions (one experimental and one theoretical) will be held at CNR-ICCOM-Pisa located in Pisa CNR Research Area. The lectures will have a break with free time for external participants on Tuesday morning 09:00-13:00 for a BIKE project internal event. ALL participants (BIKE ESR, lecturers, and external participants) should register via the link WITHIN 15th December 2019. Registration of BIKE ESR and participants and ISNA-2 lecturers is accepted by default. External participants will receive a confirmation email that their registration has been accepted within few days. For more information, you can send an e-mail to
The program of ISNA-2 can be downloaded by clicking here

ISNA-2 will be followed on January 27th 2020 by BIKE Training Event, in the frame of  COURSES ON TRANSFERABLE SKILLS, open also to external participants (with the same rules as ISNA-2: no fees for the scientific part, but direct booking and payment to the Hotel for food/accommodation) on the topic:
For more information please check the Event Web site at

This event is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action – International Training Network (MSCA-ITN), grant agreement 813748.

Disclaimer: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendation expressed in this website are purely those of the authors and may not be regarded as representing those of the European Union, their personnel or the Funding Agencies participating in the BIKE-MSCA-ITN Project.

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