European Metrology Research at the Nanoscale

Hall 216 Friday 27th- Morning (h. 09.15)



The workshop is focused on European Metrology Research at the nanoscale and aims to disseminate the results of the EMRP and EMPIR Projects. The two Programmes have been launched and developed by EURAMET, the consortium of European National Metrology Institutes, in conjunction with the European Commission between 2009 and 2020. These Joint Research Projects (JRPs) focus on priority areas, known as Targeted Programmes (TPs), to address the EU’s Grand Challenges in Health, Energy, Environment and Industry, and to progress fundamental measurement science.


Metrology research by its own nature, strongly emphasizes excellent science.
All measurements must be “traceable” to a primary realisation of the relevant SI unit(s). Such realisations are done by performing calibrations according to the units. The quality of a primary realisation sets the ultimate limit of all associated measurements. Developments related to primary realisations of units are always at the forefront of science. Thus, metrology is intrinsically a key enabling tool for fundamental research, often supporting progress into new, and hitherto unknown realms of possibility.
The “fundamental science” module of EMPIR will see European metrology institutes working in close cooperation with universities and other research institutions to bring European metrological sciences into the internationally leading position. This part of EMPIR will give room for creating science with the sole specific objective of attaining excellence at the frontiers of measurement technology and subsequent broad applicability.
The European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR) has been developed as an integrated part of Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. 
The EMPIR calls, launched between 2014 and 2020, have an allocated total budget of 600 M €, with 300 M € from the participating states and up to 300 M € from the European Commission using Article 185 of the European Treaty.
The workshop offers a selection of invited speakers, coordinating some of the projects with major impact in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology in the EMRP/EMPIR calls.

Some of the topics covered by EMRP/EMPIR projects:

  • New measurements for new electronics, Traceable characterization of nano structured devices (NEW01)
  • Improving Raman spectroscopy, Metrology for Raman spectroscopy (NEW02)
  • Nanomaterials in biological environments, Chemical and optical characterization of nano materials in biological systems (NEW03)
  • Exploiting nano-object properties, Traceable measurement of mechanical properties of nano-objects (NEW05)
  • Supporting nano-electro- mechanical devices, Metrology with/for NEMS (NEW08)
  • Reliable measurements for functional materials, Metrology of electro-thermal coupling for new functional materials technology (NEW09)
  • Nanoscale measurements for small electronic devices, Novel electronic devices based on control of strain at the nanoscale (IND54)
  • Portable quantum resistance standards, Quantum resistance metrology based on graphene (SIB51)
  • Nanoscale length measurement, Crystalline surfaces, and self assembled structures, and nano-origami as length standards in (nano)metrology (SIB61)
  • Towards quantum computing, Measurement and control of single-photon microwave radiation on a chip (EXL03)
  • Exploiting electron spin, Spintronics and spin-caloritronics in magnetic nanosystems (EXL04)


People and companies working in the field of R&D in nanoscience and nanotechnology, standardization and process and product optimization, University, Research Centres and SMEs.


Metrology, Nanoscale, Nanofabrication, Nanomaterials, Measurements



INGO BUSCH Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt,
Braunschweig, Germany
Novel Approach for Dimensional Standards at Nanoscale by Self Organisation of Nature
ALEX SHARD NPL Surface and NanoAnalysis 
National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, Middlesex, UK  The EMPIR Project Innanopart
FRANCESCO MINARDI National Research Council, National Institute of Optics (CNRINO) and European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS) New Frontiers in Phisics and Metrology: Correlated Atoms in Near-Field Lattices
FEDERICO FERRARESE LUPI INRiM Nanofacility, Divisione Nanoscienze e Materiali, Torino, Italy Toward Diblock Copolymer based Metrology Standard
ANDREA GIOVANNOZZI INRiM Surface Science and Food Quality, Divisione Quality of Life, Torino, Italy The EU project SetNanoMetro



Luca Boarino,
Nanofacility Piemonte, Nanoscience & Materials Division
Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica
Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Turin, Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)11 3919343-640 Fax: +39 (0)11 346384

Elisabetta Melli,
Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica
Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Turin, Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)11 3919524-523 Fax: +39 (0)11 346384