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Micro-energy Day 2014

Perugia, June 26th, 2014


Celebrated the 2014 edition of the Micro-energy day (see in difference cities in Europe.

In Perugia the team of NiPS Lab has organized a stand at the "Pian di Massiano - Percorso verde" park and organized a "vibrational energy" competition.

This is part of the outreach activities developed within the ICT-Energy coordination action, funded by EC within the FET Proactive program (see

“Micro and Nano Energy Harvesting": NiPS lab got first on Soft-landing Porgramme Evaluation Result

The project “Micro and Nano Energy Harvesting” presented by NiPS Laboratory has been selected by the expert of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation to be presented during the meeting on 22-26 June in Hong Kong.


Background of the Project:

The main goal of our work is the invention, design and prototipation of a new class of micro-powering systems for the energy consumption of stand-alone micro-electronic apparata like sensors or actuators. These powering systems are aimed at integrating/substituting the standard batteries even in electronic mobile devices of bigger dimensions. The principle of operation of these new micro-generators is based on the exploitation of energy present in the ambient (e.g. vibrations) and its conversion into electric power by using non-linear dynamics approach. The powering systems devised and prototyped by NipsLab can be used for all the stand-alone applications where a continuous energy supply is needed (wireless sensors…) and offer a good response in terms of dimension, duration, performance and environmental impact.

Traditional batteries cannot be used for micro-devices for their big dimensions and for the environmental pollution caused by the heavy metals and polluting elements with which they are made. In electronic apparata the traditional batteries offer a short-time duration and their performances decrease in time for the number of usage cycles.

Our powering systems can be well produced and scaled in micro-dimensions and are made mostly of recyclable or low polluting materials.

More information here.

Luca Gammaitoni, Paris Est, Spring 2014, Lectures


Luca Gammaitoni, director of NiPS Laboratory, presents a set of 5 lectures at the Universitè de Paris Est.

12 - 21 May, 2014

- Introduction to the notion of energy. The energy at the microscopic scale and the entropy.
- Theory of information, thermodynamics calculation: computers and energy.
- Operating basic switches toward zero-power computing.
- Introduction to renewable energy sources and energy harvesting technics.
- Vibration energy harvesting with linear and nonlinear devices.
More information available here: lectures

Luca Gammaitoni speaks at the High Performance Computing Info Day

Paris, April 9th, 2014
Luca Gammaitoni, form NiPS, speaks at the High Performance Computing (HPC) Info Day, organised by ETP4HPC and the European Commission (DG CONNECT) on behalf of the Public-Private Partnership (cPPP) on HPC with the local support of TERATEC, on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 –in Paris.
Gammaitoni presented the ICT-Energy ( initiative.

Landauer project consortium meeting held in Delft



Delft, 6-7 March 2014


The Landauer project ( held a consortium meeting in Delft (NL) on March 6-7.

The project, funded by the E.C. (FET Proactive G.A. 318287), is coordinated by NiPS and deals with operating ICT basic switches below the Landauer limit.
During the meeting the various partners of the project have presented the state of the research in the workpackages under their responsibility, according to the following agenda:


Mar. 6 2014

15:00     Status of the project (coordinator)                                            

15:10     WP1 Logic switch: classical and quantum modeling (Y. Omar)     

15:30     WP2 Noisy computing (I. Neri)                                       

15:50     WP3 Nanomagnetic switches (G. Carlotti)                      

16:10     WP4 Nanomechanical switches (W. Venstra)                  

16:30     WP5 Nanoelectronic stochastic logic gates(F. Hartmann)

16:50     coffee break

17:10     WP6 Comm., exploitation and dissemination (L. Gammaitoni)  

17:20     WP7 Management (L. Gammaitoni)                                

17:30     board meeting                                                                   

19:00    end of day 1                                                  


Mar. 7 2014  

9:00       Theoretical study of bit-switching and bit-resetting, D. Chiuchiù          

9:50       Parametric oscillations and noise squeezing in few-layer MoS2 resonators, W. Venstra          

10.40     coffee break                                                                      

11:00     Memory devices with positioned and site-controlled quantum dots: From floating gate to memristive operation mode, F. Hartmann        

11:50     Quantum modeling of a switch, Y. Omar                        

12.40     lunch            

15:00     lab tour

end of day 2

NiPS annual meeting 2014




As usual NiPS Laboratory helds the annual meeting to review the 2013 activity and to plan for 2014.

The meeting occurs on Jan 14 at the Posta dei Donini resort in Perugia with the following program:


Review 2013: quello che abbiamo fatto
10:00  Introduzione (L. Gammaitoni)
10:30  Il Progetto Nanopower (L.G.)
11:00  Il Progetto Landauer (I. Neri, D. Chiuchiù)
11:30  Risonanza Stocastica (E. Boco)
11:45  Low power sensor nodes (F. Orfei)
12:00  Energy Harvesting (H. Vocca, F. Cottone)
12:30  Nano-things (M. Lopez, M. Mattarelli)
13:00 Pranzo
14:30  Le Azioni Coordinate europee (S. Lombardi)
15:00  Virgo (H. Vocca, F. Travasso)
15:30  Wisepower (V. Bacchettini, R. Maiorano, N. Staffolani)

2014: quello che vogliamo fare
16:30  Gli obiettivi (L. Gammaitoni)
17:00  Discussione
18:00  Conclusioni


Participation on invtation only.

NANOPOWER Project ended. The reviewers comment is: excellent results!


(The NANOPOWER consortium. From left: Clivia Sotomayor Torres, Luca Gammaitoni, Markus Buttiker, Fabian Hartman, Bjorn Sothman, Jouni Ahopelto. Professor M. Buttiker, very sadly died on 4 October 2013).



The NANOPOWER project has completed the third year of activity and has reached the end of the
funded period.

It was initially conceived in order to address the powering issue in microscale
electronic devices and we are glad to communicate that it has been fully developed according the
initial plan. The scientific objective of this project was to study energy efficiency with the specific aim
of identifying new directions for energy-harvesting technologies. With this aim, three different classes
of prospective power generators have been considered in a coordinated effort by the six research
groups composing the NANOPOWER consortium.

These are:
- nonlinear nanomechanical oscillators
- heat rectification devices
- quantum harvesters.

L'apprendista scienziato



Seminario della giornalista Silvia Bencivelli

Galileo: NiPS Laboratory members visit ESIE Paris



Paris, Oct 25-26, 2013


NiPS Lab members (from left to right: Francesco Cottone, Helios Vocca, Luca Gammaitoni) visited the ESIEE (Sensors, Multiphysics Components and Analysis Microsystems) group lead by prof Philippe Basset (rightmost in the picture) at the Université Paris-Est.

This visit is part of the ongoing bilateral project funded under the Galileo program.

The collaboration activity is focussed on the design, realization and test of mems scale vibrational energy harveters.

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