Public engagement

Consulting, applied research and training

The Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems operates in Italy and internationally by making available the knowledge and experience of its researchers and faculty members.

It provides scientific research support and develops new strategies as well as methodologies for research and archives, for the creation of training programmes and organizing activities for dissemination of culture in cooperation with public and private bodies.

Spin off


Aries is focused on the development of products based on molecular biology applied to materials. It produces high-security markers based on synthetic DNA for art identification. 

Referent: Alvise Benedetti,
Start: 2015
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Synthesis and production of innovative organic compounds and materials with industrial sustainable processes

Referent: Valentina Beghetto,
Start: 2014
Sito web:

Patents at the University

Electrochemical sensor for detecting perfluorooctanesulfonate PFOS 

The new electrochemical sensor is able to detect, in a simple or cost-effective way, the presence of environmental pollutants belonging to the perfluoralkyls (PFAs) family in water, blood or food samples.

Request Nr. 102017000026417 on 09.03.2017
Holders: Ca' Foscari Università of Venice
Inventors: Paolo Ugo, Najmeh Karimian, Angela Maria Stortini, Ligia Maria Moretto
Available for licensing or transfer agreements

Process for the Preparation of Organic Carbonic Derivatives

The process developed by the researchers allows the cost-effective and eco-friendly preparation of intermediates of interest for the production of drugs, fuels and lubricants 

Request Nr. 102015000054988 on 24.09.2015
Holders: Ca' Foscari Università of Venice and University of Bologna
Inventors: Fabrizio Cavani, Maurizio Selva, Tommaso Tabanelli
Available for licensing or transfer agreements

Patents in collaboration with companies

Use Of 2,4-dihalo-6-substituted-1,3,5-Triazines and derivative thereof as Condensation, Cross-Linking, Tanning, Grafting And Curing Agents, a nome: Crossing

Titolare: CROSSING srl
Brevetto nr. PCT/EP2017/064720
Data di deposito:2017
Inventori: Valentina Beghetto, Lodovico Agostinis

Method for the industrial production of 2-halo-4,6-dialkoxy-1,3,5-triazines and their use in the presence of amines

Titolare: CROSSING srl
Brevetto nr. WO2016/103185A3
Data di deposito: 2016 
Inventori: Valentina Beghetto

Innovative tanning agents for highly stabilized leather production

Titolare: CROSSING srl
Brevetto nr. VE2014A000071
Anno di concessione: 2017
Inventori: Valentina Beghetto

Process for tanning leathers with triazine derivatives

Brevetto nr. WO2015/0044971 A3  
Data di deposito: 2015
Inventori: Valentina Beghetto, Aurora Zancanaro, Giorgio Pozza

Innovative protocol for the industrial production of 2-halo-4,6-dialcoxi-1,3,5-triazine and their innovative application with ammines

Titolare: CROSSING srl
Brevetto nr. VE2014A000070
Data di deposito: 2014
Inventori: Valentina Beghetto

Collaborations with public and private bodies

  • AkzoNobel Coatings, NL
  • Beijing Normal University
  • DSM research, NL
  • FIS
  • Givaudan Dubendorf, Svizzera
  • Heriot Watt University UK
  • Hyosung Corp, Corea
  • ICIQ Istitut Català d’Investigació Quimica
  • INRS, Varennes-Montreal, Canada
  • Institut de Chimie de Strasbourg, UMR CNRS 7177, Equipe LASYROC (FR)
  • Institute of Catalysis and Petroleum chemistry  Spain
  • Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
  • International Society for Advancement in Emergy Research, USA
  • ITMO University, Saint-Petersburg
  • Kyoto Institute of Technology
  • Lulea University, Svezia
  • Luxottica
  • Oxford University
  • Process Chemistry Center (PCC) Laboratory of Ind. Chemistry and reaction Engineering, Finland
  • Sydney University
  • The Scripps Research Inst., La Jolla, USA
  • TOF-HR Group, ILL Neutrons for Science, Grenoble
  • Universidade de Vigo, Spain
  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • Università  Boku di Vienna
  • Universitat Freie Berlin
  • Université de Lorraine, UMR CNRS 7036 (FR)
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Florida
  • University of Kyoto


For a night anyone can be a scientist 

The Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems takes part in Venetonight, the European researchers’ night, to introduce the history of innovation to general audiences through the voices of researchers and faculty members with free of charge activities spread around the university buildings and cultural spaces.