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The ‘Istituto Officina dei Materiali’ (IOM) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) is an interdisciplinary research center that combines material synthesis, advanced characterisations and numerical simulations, focusing on the study and development of innovative materials and devices at the micro- and nano-scale.


It was established in 2010 from former groups and laboratories of Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia - INFM (Italian National Institute for Condensed Matter Physics).

Today, IOM includes 3 Laboratories plus 2 joint research units:

IOM headquarters and TASC laboratory @ AREA Science Park, Trieste
DEMOCRITOS simulation center @ SISSA, Trieste
SLACS laboratory @ University of Cagliari
Research Unit of Grenoble, @ Grenoble, France
Research Unit of Perugia, @ University of Perugia