Extensive List of some of the Courses Available In The Different Nodes of EIMM

This section provides an extensive list of relevant lectures and courses (with ECTS), but now grouped according to the participating institutes. It is possible to find several very similar courses in different Nodes, as well as several other courses that could be interesting for less important aspects or for a small minority of people. Further details are also provided with respect to the selected courses.

Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali (INSTM)

Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia (CNR-INFM)

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique IDF (Rennes, Versailles, Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse) (CNRS-IDF)

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Délégation Alsace (Strasbourg, Grenoble, Toulouse, Montpellier, Lyon and Nancy) (CNRS-Est)

University of Zaragoza (ZA)

University of Manchester (MAN)

Universiteit Leiden (LEIDENUNIV)

Polish Nodes (PL)

University Alexandru Ioan Cuza (UAIC)

Universidad de Valencia (UVEG)


Title: “Magnetic characterisation techniques for nanoscopic and molecular material”
Lecturer: D. Gatteschi / R. Sessoli, 12 h, 3 ECTS

Title: “Synthesis and optical properties of metallo-polymer nanocomposite”
Lecturer: Prof. G. Ruggeri, 4 h, 1 ECTS

Title:        “Functional Materials”
Lecturer:     E. Dalcanale, 20h, 4 ECTS

This course has the following topics:

 “Self-assembly as a nanofabrication tool”
 “Liquid Crystals”
 “Chemical Sensors”

Title:         “Magnetic molecules”
Lecturer:     D. Gatteschi / R. Sessoli   within “Functional Materials” 20h, 4 ECTS

Title:         “Spectroscopy methods on  Metallic ions”.
Lecturer:     M. Romanelli, 20 h, 3 ECTS, Concentrated Course

1)    Symmetry; elements and operations; point groups; classification of 'molecules' into  point groups; matrix representation; reducible and irreducible representations; characters and character tables.
2) IR Spectroscopy; theory fundamentals; transitions and selection rules; analysis of the spectra of some minerals.
3) UV-Vis Spectroscopy; Crystal Field Theory; Tanabe-Sugano diagrams; transitions and selection rules; symmetry descent and correlation tables; analysis of the spectra of some minerals.
4) EPR Spectroscopy

a) theory fundamentals; isotropic and anisotropic interactions; examples of analysis of c.w. spectra of paramagnetic ions.
b) pulsed techniques; FID and spin-echoes. Echo-EPR; Electron Spin Echo Envelope Modulation (ESEEM). Interpretation of pulsed patterns: examples.

Title:         “Magnetic techniques for characterising nanoscopic molecular materials” INSTM
Lecturer:     D. Gatteschi / R. Sessoli, 8 h, 2 ECTS 
Topics:    A review on the classical and advanced method exploiting the magnetism applied to the characterization of nanoscopic molecula material is presented

Title:         “Cryogenic Techniques”
Lecturer:    G. Ventura, 50 h, 6 ECTS, Regular Course.

1)  Vacuum techniques
2)  Cryoliquids
3)  Properties of solids at low temperature
4) Thermal contact and switches
5) 4He and 3He Cryostyats and pulse tubes
6)  Very low-temperature frigerators
7)  Temperature metrology
8)  Thermometry
9) Low-Temperature Measurements
10) Applications of cryogenics

Title:         “Physics and Devices for Optical Interconnections”, INSTM
Lecturer:    David A. B. Miller, 12h, 2 ECTS, Concentrated Course

Title:        “ Synchrotron Radiation facilities “,
Lecturer:     Prof. M.L. Foresti , et al.  8 h, 2 ECTS,

1) use of synchrotron radiation for studying  material,
2) X-ray diffraction to characterise material and surfaces,
3) Study of material and surfaces by using photoemission spectroscopy,
4) Characterisation of molecule-surface systems by using soft X-ray absorption.

Title:        Introduction to the patent procedures
Lecturer:    Members of the Italian society of patents.- 8 h, 1 ECTS.

1) National and international basic regulation,
2) Why, what and when to patent
3) Types of patents
4) National and international procedures to patent  

Title:         “Experimental and theoretical course on: Spin Noise Fluctuations from Paramagnetic Molecular Adsorbates on Surfaces, INSTM.
Lecturer:    Y. Manassen, 40 h, 6 ECTS.

Title:    Structural analysis by using X-ray diffraction
Lecturer:    D. Gatteschi, R. Sessoli, A. Guerri, L. Sorace, C. Sangregorio, M. Ferraroni. 24 h, 4 ECTS.

1) Symmetry and crystalline state,
2) Generation and diffraction principles of X-ray,
3) Powders diffraction,
4) Analysis of the results by using crystallographic data banks,
5) Polymorphism

Title:        “Software for interface  and control laboratory instruments”.
Lecturer:    Specialists of the University of Florence – 14 h, 3 ECTS

Title:        “Write to communicate science: a practical workshop for doctoral students”.
Lecturer:    Dott.ssa Sarah Clark – INSTM – 12 h, 2 ECTS

Title:        “Application of the synchrotron radiation to the investigation of nanostructured material and films”.
Lecturer:    Specialists of the ELECTRA synchrotron – INSTM - 30 h, 4 ECTS

Title:    “Nanoparticles, Nanowires and Nanostructures: an interdisciplinary playground from Chemistry to Physics and Biology“, INSTM
Lecturer:    several different speakers, 8 h, 2 ECTS. 

“Organic monolayer-passivated gold nanoparticles as multivalent systems: molecular recognition and catalysis”,
“Current driven magnetic nanoscillators”,
“Magnetic Nanoparticles for biological applications”,
“All Silicon and SiC Quantum dots for biomedical applications”,
“Supported Gold nanoparticles for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy”,
“Graphene based quantum devices”,
“Pd nanoparticles on carbons, oxides and polymers: structure and surface properties”,
“Fabrication of Single Electron Transistors for current standards and more”,
“Magnetic Properties of arrays of metal dots-antidots nanostructured by self assembling polystyrene nanosphere.



Theoretical courses:

Title:        “Advanced methods for resolution of spin Hamiltonians” (3ECTS)
Lecturers:       G. Amoretti and P. Santini

Title:        “Theoretical approaches to the spin dynamics of molecular magnets” (3ECTS)
Lecturers:    G. Amoretti and P. Santini

Title:         “Statistical approach to critical behaviour” (3ECTS)
Lecturer:    A. Rettori

     “First principle calculations and DFT approach to molecular magnets” (3ECTS)
Lecturers:     V. Bellini

Title:         “Quantum computation with molecular magnets” (3ECTS)
Lecturers:     F. Troiani.

Experimental courses:

Title:         “Thermodynamic properties of molecular magnets” (3ECTS)
Lecturers:     M. Affronte, M. Evangelisti

Title:         “Fundamentals of magnetic recording” (3ECTS)
Lecturers:     M. Affronte

Title:         “NMR on molecular magnets” (3ECTS)
Lecturers:     F. Borsa and A. Lascialfari

Title:         “Neutron scattering on molecular nanomagnets” (3ECTS)
Lecturer:     R. Caciuffo

Title:         “Surface techniques applied to molecular nanomagnets” (3ECTS)
Lecturer:    U. DelPennino

       “MOKE technique applied to magnetic layers” (3ECTS)
Lecturer:     P. Vavassori

Title:            “Magnetism in Molecule-Based Materials in Nano- and Physical Sciences” (4ECTS)
Lecturer:    M. Affronte



Advanced Lectures:

The CNRS IdF Node has available several different levels lectures on the following topics:

 - word class instrumentation – 4 ECTS
- switchable magnets – 4 ECTS
- photo-induced  magnetism in molecules and solids – 6 ECTS
- photo-switching – 4 ECTS
- new switchable materials – 4 ECTS
- photo-physical processes – 3 ECTS
- theory and models for switching processes – 4 ECTS
- molecular nanomagnets – 6 ECTS
- synthesis strategy of new MNMs – 4 ECTS
- theoretical aspects of MNMs – 6 ECTS
- physical properties of MNMs – 6 ECTS
- physical measurements on MNMs – 4 ECTS
- nanostructured magnets – 4 ECTS
- mechanisms of templated growth of magnetic nanoparticles – 3 ECTS
- molecular templates to control the growing of magnetic nanoparticles – 3 ECTS
- special magnetic properties of magnetic nanoparticles – 3 ECTS
- spin cross-over nanoparticles – 3 ECTS
- advances in electronic microscopy - 4 ECTS




1. Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse III)

Contact person : Catherine Amiens; e-mail: mailto:// This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Master course 2 / Research / Chemistry


UE 6 (4 ECTS): Molecular materials: physical properties - From the molecule to the molecular materials – Optical, conducting and magnetic properties

UE7 (4 ECTS): Nanoobjects and nanostructures – From the molecule to the solid – Physical properties – Self-assembly

2. Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg-I)

Contact person : Philippe Turek ; e-mail : mailto:// This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Master courses in Materials Sciences http://mastermateriaux.u-strasbg.fr/

Master 2 / Research / Materials engineering/ Chemistry of materials


UE B12 (3 ECTS): Molecular materials – Molecular electronics and molecular magnetism

Master of Sciences in Physics/ major in "Condensed matter and nanophysics"



Different lectures in near-field microscopies and spectroscopies & Surface physics, mostly delivered in the master of physics (contact person: J.-P. Bucher; e-mail: mailto:// This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Master in Sciences: Image, Sciences et technologie de l’information

UE (6 ECTS)  M3: Image et microscopie

3. Université Henri Poincaré (Nancy-I)

Contact person : Claude Lecomte ; e-mail : mailto:// This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Master in Physics and Materials Sciences/ Physics and Chemistry of Condensed Matter


High resolution cristallography and photocrystallography for the study of molecular materials,  6 ECTS

DFT calculation, 6 ECTS



Following are the advanced courses available at the University of Zaragoza of interest for the subjects handled by EIMM:

-    Physics of materials in big installations, 8 ECTS

-    Low temperature physics, 8 ECTS

-    Experimental techniques in physics (Técnicas Experimentales en Física), 8 ECTS

-    Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 8 ECTS

All these courses also belong to the Master in Physics and physical technologies of the Zaragoza University. More details about them, can be found at: http://wzar.unizar.es/servicios/pops/dip/fisica.pdf



At Manchester an annual one-week training course on EPR spectroscopy, including an introduction to the use of equipment, is given by David Collison and Eric McInnes. 6 ECTS

The Manchester group coordinates a UK network in “Molecular Magnetism”, as part of which an annual training workshop is organised. The next workshop is in Cambridge, in September.



At the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) the following special courses of interest are given:

-    “Physical Methods in (molecular) Inorganic Chemistry” 4 ECTS

-    “Molecular Magnetic Materials” 3 ECTS

-    “Data mining Strategy on Molecular Inorganic Compounds” 2 ECTS 

Besides several master programs in different fields of theoretical and experimental physics,  the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION) offers a special master course in “Nanoscience”, in close collaboration with the nearby Delft University of Technology. The full information can be found at http://www.unizar.es/posgradofísica . The “Nanoscience” programme includes courses such as:

-    Nanotechnologies (6 ECTS)

-    Biophysics and/or Supramolecular Chemistry (4ECTS)

-    Quantum physics and chemistry (6 ECTS)

-    Mesoscopic physics and/or Molecular electronics (4ECTS)

Other master courses of interest available for EIMM staff and students are:

-    Single molecule optics (M. Orrit) (4 ECTS)

-    Linear and non-linear spectroscopy (M. Orrit) (4 ECTS)

-    Superconductivity and magnetism (P. Kes/ J. Aarts) (4 ECTS)

-    Group theory and the application to atoms, molecules and crystals (E. Groenen) (6 ECTS)

The institute LION also participates in the “Casimir Research School”, a collaborative venture of Leiden University and the Delft University of Technology.  The Research School regularly organises workshops:

-    Quantum information processing

This course will be held every two years.

Full information on these courses is available at: http://casimir.researchschool.nl.



Name of the course: Phenomenological modelling and ab-initio simulations of low-dimensional magnetic materials

Number of hours of lesson/laboratory : 30 hours of lessons and 30 hours of seminars and laboratory exercises


Class: D

Period: summer semester

Schedule: regular course

Organised by (department, or doctorate school, or master school): Department of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University

Location: Poznań, Poland

Held by: Prof. Grzegorz Kamieniarz

Contact person: Grzegorz Kamieniarz, mailto:// This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Rough program:

•    Deterministic methods: symmetry-based exact diagonalization, molecular dynamics algorithms, density matrix renormalization-group, transfer matrix approach

•    Stochastic methods: Monte Carlo techniques in different statistical ensembles, quantum Monte Carlo, genetic algorithm approach

•    Supplements: random number generators, finite-size effects, extrapolation technique

•    Elements of density functional theory, local density approximation and extensions, quantum chemistry approach, ab-initio packages

•    Applications to spin Hamiltonians, classical particles and molecular magnets

Name of the course: Parallel processing in the distributed UNIX environment

Number of hours of lesson/laboratory : 15 lessons of 90 minutes – the lecture and 15 exercises of 90 minutes – the laboratory


Class: B

Period: winter semester

Schedule: regular course, on demand also concentrated course

Organised by: Department of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University

Location: Poznań, Poland

Held by: dr hab. Grzegorz Musiał

Contact person: Grzegorz Musial <mailto:// This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

More information (web-page et al.): http://main2.amu.edu.pl/~g.musial/

Rough program:

1.    Introduction to cluster systems: Condor, openMosix and Beowulf environments; throughput, load balancing and scalability of a system.

2.    Prerequisites of parallelization of processing, a data dependence graph; organization of operating memory: UMA, NUMA and distributed; multiprocessors, multicomputers, commodity clusters, networks of workstations; Flynn’s taxonomy; message passing.

3.    Practical introduction to parallel programming in C/C++ and Fortran, based on point-to-point message passing and MPI library.

4.    Parallel processing with the use of MPI and MPI2 libraries; different types of blocking and non-blocking communication; group communication, intra- and inter-communicators, synchronization of parallel processes; latencies and bandwidth; speedup, efficiency and scalability of computations.

5.    Insight into grid systems.


Name of the course:     Finite Spin System & Exact Solutions

Number of hours of lesson/laboratory :    30 (lectures) + 30 (seminars) = 60


Class    B

Period:    1 semester (October-January)

Schedule:    Regular

Organised by (department, or doctorate school, or master school):    Faculty of Physics, A. Mickiewicz University

Location: Faculty of Physics, AMU, Poznan, Poland

Held by: Prof. dr hab. Wojciech FLOREK

Contact person (name and e-mail):    Wojciech Florek,mailto://http://main2.amu.edu.pl/~g.musial/

More information (web-page et al.):  http://www.staff.amu.edu.pl/~florek/fss.html (temporary)

Rough program):

* Group action on sets (definition, structures, examples, properties)

* Action on mappings (magnetic configurations as mappings)

* Symmetry reduction (from symmetric group to actual symmetry)

* Permutation, vector, transitive and irreducible representations

* Construction of symmetry adapted basis and operator matrix/matrices

* Some algorithms and comments on numerical techniques, libraries and packages

* Eigenstates properties (Heisenberg model)


Number of hours of lesson/laboratory :   30 (lectures) + 30 (seminars) = 60




In the update below are listed the special/advanced courses offered at the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University:

Theory of hysteresis, (7 lectures), 3 ECTS: 

Static hysteresis. Preisach-type models. Identification methodologies. Reversible and irreversible magnetization processes. Physical processes with hysteresis (ferromagnetic, ferroelectric, thermal, light induced). Dynamic magnetization processes. Preisach-Neél type models. Time and temperature dependent magnetization processes.

Magnetic interactions in particulate media, (7 lectures), 3 ECTS:

Particulate media. Interactions. Experimental methods of interactions evaluation: deltaM curve, generalized deltaM, FORC diagram method. Interactions in structured materials. State dependent interactions in particulate media. Effect of interactions on magnetization processes.

Single particle magnetism, (7 lectures), 3 ECTS:

Critical volume for one ferromagnetic particle. Brown’s equations. Stoner-Wohlfarth model. Magnetization processes of SW particles. Reversible susceptibility of a SW particle. Ferromagnetic resonance. Magnetic moment dynamics: Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. Precessional switching. System of two single-domain particles.


At the Universidad of Valencia (UVEG) the following course is available:

State of the art on Molecular nanoscience: Molecular nanomagnetism, molecular electronics and supramolecular chemistry. (6 ECTS)

For further information contact:

Paco Escrig i Escrig 
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