• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour.  Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, placed in Pisa, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. 

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Prof. Fabio BELTRAM
Full Professor
Tel. +39 050 509484

Palazzo della Carovana

Classe di Scienze Matematiche e Naturali
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7
56126, PISA


Doctor in Electronic Engineering, cumlaude, University of Trieste (Italy). 1985.
Thesis: Trapping and dielectric breakdown of thin films of silicon dioxide and nitrided silicon dioxide in MOS devices.
Doctor in Physics, cumlaude, University of Bologna (Italy). 1988.
Thesis:    Interaction    between    deep    levels    and    quantum    wells    in    semiconductor heterostructures: towards a new class of superlattices.
Languages: Italian, English, French.


November 2000 – present
Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy. Professor of Physics of Matter.
November 1992 – October 2000
Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy. Associate Professor of Structure of Matter.
September 1991 – October 2000
Laboratorio TASC‐INFM, Trieste, Italy. Quantum Device Laboratory, Division leader.
September 1986 ‐ August 1991
AT&T Bell Laboratories, Quantum Phenomena and Device Research Department, Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA, Consultant and PMTS.
September 1984 ‐ August 1986
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto LAMEL, Bologna, Italy.  SGS‐Thomson Fellow.


2010‐2016: Director, Scuola Normale Superiore
2012‐present: Commissario Straordinario, Domus Galilaeana
2012‐present: Commissario Straordinario, Domus Mazziniana
2011‐2016: Coordinator, Technical Committee, Fondo Rotativo Imprese innovative
2010‐2016: President Fondazione Santa Chiara, San Miniato
2006‐2016: Member, Scientific Council Fondazione S. Tronchetti Provera, Milano
1995‐present: Director, Laboratorio NEST, Scuola Normale Superiore
2006‐2013: Vice President, Fondazione Toscana Life Sciences, Siena
2005‐2010: Vice Director, Scuola Normale Superiore
2001‐2009: Director, National Enterprise for nanoScience and nanoTechnology (NEST), National R&D Nanoscience Centre of the Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia
2001‐2004: Director, National Semiconductor Division of Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia
2001‐2004: Member, Scientific Council of INFM
Fellow of the American Physical Society
Senior Member of IEEE
Commendatore (2007) and Grande Ufficiale (2014) dell’Ordine della Repubblica Italiana


Fabio Beltram and his group carry out research work in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology with a broad spectrum of topics. His results appeared in about four hundred publications on international journals and patents.
He has always worked on the physics and device applications of semiconductor and hybrid superconductor‐semiconductor nanostructures. Increasingly, in the last years, Fabio Beltram has carried out research activity in the field of molecular biophysics in order to apply his expertise in nanotechnology and in the engineering of nanostructures to significant issues in nanobiotechnology and biomedicine.
Topics presently investigated include: electron transport in semiconductor nanostructures with an emphasis on many‐body effects, THz laser sources, ballistic transport in nano‐ and hybrid superconductor‐semiconductor structures. In the context of molecular biophysics main lines include the design and exploitation of molecular‐medicine vectors, biosensors, and novel mutants of green fluorescent proteins for single‐molecule proteomics in live cells. (For further information: www.laboratorionest.it)