The workflow to get access to nffa trieste nanoscience laboratory


The first open-access NFFA-Trieste facility accepts proposals based on the integrated use of the offered facilities for nano-science projects that cover from sythesis and growth to fine analysis. The access request is submitted as a scientific proposal addressing the science and the need of the integrated NFFA-Trieste offer in order to be performed. The information on the available techniques is found in the web-site and will be continuously updated concerning upgrades or operational conditions. The needed techniques and system access are chosen by adding to the wish-list, a sort of shopping cart that puts you in direct contact with the scientists in charge. 

The proposals are submitted through this web-site, upon registration, without deadlines, and are treated in a pipeline manner. The proposal undergoes first a feasibility check and a consistency check. The acceptable proposals do not need to exploit all of the NFFA-Trieste facility at once, of course. Projects may apply to the Growth cluster for developing MBE protocols for novel materials or sample architectures and RHEED, LEED, AES, XPS, MOKE, transport measurements. Projects may apply to the PLD on-line growth apparatus to grow novel samples to be directly characterized by the above methods as well as by STM, XAS, XMCD, XMLD, and by ARPES or Spin Resolved ARPES. Projects that only require the use of the APE beamline end-stations with only routine sample preparation procedures are not eligible as NFFA-Trieste proposals because the APE beamline is accessible through the standard procedures in place through the Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste proposal system, offering the same quality of sample environment as offered by NFFA-Trieste, but not the complementary NFFA-Trieste laboratory for Growth and Characterization.

Projects may also apply for support from first-principles simulations (in terms of structural, electronic and magnetic properties obtained within density functional theory), aimed at interpreting the experimental results obtained at other growth and characterisation NFFA-Trieste Labs.

The NFFA-Trieste proposals are subsequently peer-reviewed by international experts and ranked according to scientific merit. Access mode and time are then agreed with the successful proponents in order to maximise the success of the usage of NFFA-Trieste.

All users are asked to accept and undersign the NFFA-Trieste User Access Policy. NFFA-Trieste will not schedule any research activity before signed forms from all participants are received.

Partial support for user’s mobility will be available from NFFA-Trieste for user of proposals that are approved to access of NFFA-Trieste.

    General Rules 

    NFFA-Trieste user data sheet (word file)

    NFFA-Trieste refund form (word file)

At the end of the access sessions, users are requested by the NFFA-Trieste management to fill in the NFFA-Trieste Satisfaction Questionnaire and the NFFA-Trieste User Report.


NFFA-Trieste is implementing a novel integrated management system that from the proposal stage to the publication and archiving of data in a user-accessible repository will provide an innovative instrument for creating and storing metadata needed for the exploitation of the data and for their reuse, even after publication, according to rules that will be proposed by NFFA-Trieste and upon agreement by the proponents. The agreement to the data management rules will be solicited, but does not represent a condition of acceptance of the scientific proposal.

NFFA-Trieste will open new facilities in the future in the domains of laser-based soft X-ray short pulse beamlines, and of electron microscopy.

NFFA-Trieste will later be also involved in the access management of NFFA-Europe, a H2020 Integration project, that will open access to a Europe-wide Nanoscience facility co-located with Fine Analysis laboratories for synchrotron radiation and neutron spectroscopies.

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