NiPS Summer School 2011

Summer School "Energy Harvesting at micro and nanoscale"

Workshop "Energy management at micro and nanoscale"

Perugia (IT), Aug. 1-6, 2011


The Noise in Physical System Laboratory organizes the 2011 NiPS Summer School devoted to "Energy Harvesting at micro and nanoscale" and the Workshop "Energy management at micro and nanoscale".

The school, supported by the EC Fet Proactive project NANOPOWER and the Coordination and Support Action ZEROPOWER, and by the Office of Naval Research Global, is open to graduate students, post-docs, young researchers, and in general to all scientists interested in the physical foundations and practical applications of energy harvesting at micro and nanoscale. As part of the school there is a two days workshop where the students and external participants can present the result of their research. The workshop covers a wider range of subjects under the title of “Energy management at micro and nanoscale” and is open to contributions.

This will be the second edition of the school, the 2010 NiPS Summer School has seen the participation of more than 35 participants (


Slides of the lectures available for free download

Presentation of the School (slides)

Gammaitoni: Microenergies (slides)

Buttiker: Introduction to mesoscopic physiscs 1 (sildes)

Marchesoni: Microenergies: noise and fluctuations (slides)

Paul: Introduction to thermoelectrics (slides)

Cottone: Introduction to vibration harvesting (slides)

Vocca: Nonlinear vibration harvesting (slides)

Moschitta: Radiation harvesting (slides)

Worschech: Energy harvesting in nanoelectronic devices (slides)

Fagas: Semiconductor nanowires as building blocks for autonomous sensors (slides)

Alfonsi: Communicating the science of energy harvesting (slides)


NEW: Download the slides of the workshop here!

Volk: Energy harvesting using ZnO nanowires (slides)

Hartmann: Noise induced and enhanced signal processing in nanoelectronic  (slides)

Sothmann: Effect of intrinsic noise on conductance (slides)

Neri: Environmental vibrations database for kinetic energy harvesting (slides)

Ferre Llin: Nanoelectronic Thermoelectric Energy Generation (slides)

Gunes: Correct Measurement of Seebeck Coefficient and Resistivity (slides)

Cecchi: Ge/SiGe Superlattices for Thermoelectric Applications (slides)

Isa: SiGe heterostructures for optoelectronics applications (slides)

Orfei: Energy management for hybrid autonomous transceivers (slides)

Nico and Chiucchiù: Kinetic Energy storage with microoscillators (slides 1 slides 2)

Chàvez: Relaxation rate in ultra thin silicon membrane (slides)


Some of the topics covered at the school:

• Introduction to Energy Harvesting (EH)
• Linear and non-linear vibration Harvesting
• Thermoelectric efficiency
• Noise rectification
• Phonon engineering for EH
• MEMS/NEMS design and realization
• Micro/Nano devices for EH
• ICT applications of EH
• Future technological trends: Beyond CMOS technology and Energy Efficiency.

General Program

Aug. 1: Arrival
    13.00-14.30    Welcome drink/Lunch
    15.00             Presentation of the school
    15.30 -18.30   Afternoon lectures
Aug. 2- Aug. 3:
    9.00-13.00      Morning lectures
    15.00-18.00    Afternoon lectures
Aug. 4:
    9.00-13.00      Morning lectures
    15.00 - 19.00  Workshop: Energy management at micro and nanoscale
Aug. 5:
    9.00 - 13.00    Workshop: Energy management at micro and nanoscale
    15.00 - 17.00  Workshop: Energy management at micro and nanoscale
    18.00              Visit to Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria in Perugia
    20.00              Gala dinner
Aug. 6: Departure

Download the program of the lectures.

Download the Workshop program.

See PHOTOS of the event.

Scientific Director

Luca Gammaitoni, NiPS Laboratory, Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Perugia 



School location: Hotel Colle della Trinità, Perugia, IT

Hotel Colle della Trinità reserved a special rate for school and workshop participants and accompanying persons:

5 nights in single room + meals (beverages not included): 387 €

5 nights in double room + meals (beverages not included): 312 € (per person)

For more information please contact


How to reach

From Roma Fiumicino Airport you can move to Perugia by train or by bus.

From Perugia train station (Fontivegge FS) you can take a bus to Colle della Trinità (Str Fontana la Trinità) or a taxi. The bus service is active on weekdays, tickets are available at the train station and at the newsstands, it is not possible to buy tickets once in the bus.


Registration fee

Summer School + Workshop (1-6 Aug.): 300 €

Workshop (4-6 Aug.): 200 €

Accompanying person (1-6 Aug.): 70 €

Student registration closes on 1st July 2011.



If you plan to attend the school and the workshop, please fill the registration form available below. You are invited to present a talk at the workshop, please insert your abstract in the registration form.

Registration FORM.

Please notice that school attendance is limited to 50 students and the participation will be assessed on a first-come/first-serve basis, subjected to acceptance from the Organizing Commettee.

Download the flyer.             


Supported by NANOPOWER, VII FP (FET Proactive Collaborative project N. 256959);  ZEROPOWER, VII FP (Coordinating and suppport action, N. 270005); Wisepower srl; Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG)