Center for Biomolecular

The Centre for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies (CBN) is part of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), a public research network.

Established in 2009, CBN develops materials and devices at the micro and nanoscale for enabling technologies for the human body, fostering real time monitoring of health, wellness and sport performance.


Sleep disturbances are common among astronauts in space. If sleep disturbances are protracted – such as during interplanetary travel – significant health consequences can ensue. Although important, sleep monitoring by polysomnography is not usually part of an astronaut’s check-up routine since it requires wearing uncomfortable hardware. The SMART SLEEP MASK solves this problem by integrating piezoelectric sensors corresponding to selected positions of the face of astronauts to monitor sleep and specific parameters such as cardiovascular signals, eye movements and respiration, in a completely unobtrusive way.

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Via Barsanti 14
73010, Arnesano (LE), Italy

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Massimo De Vittorio
Center Coordinator

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