INA – Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón

The institute

  Welcome to INA


Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon

The Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Zaragoza, created in 2003. Our activity is focused on R+D in nanoscience and nanotechnology, based on the processing and fabrication of structures at the nanoscale and the study of their applications, in collaboration with companies and technological institutes from different areas.


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World-leading research in three priority areas: Nanobiomedicine, Nanostructured Materials, and Physics of Nanosystems


Training young researchers through internships, masterPh-D programs and grants.


Creation of new companies, knowledge transfer and active collaboration with companies


A unique infrastructure, which includes a National Facility, for the fabrication and characterization of nanostructured materials

Highlighted pieces of news:

Sept. 1st 2017.

gasEl Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón lleva su exposición “Bienvenidos a la Nanodimensión” al Museo del Gas.


Aug. 31st 2017.

170831_z0_oroEl oro podría elevar la eficacia de los fármacos anticancerígeno.

Aug. 30th 2017.

170831_z0_nanoLas nanopartículas de oro activan los tratamientos contra el cáncer.

Aug. 27th 2017.

170828_z0_1_80Nanociencia: Llega el quinto estado de la materia.

Nanociencia: Faltaba estaba llave.

July 31st 2017:

carabCara B: Ricardo Ibarra, Director del Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón.

July 19th 2017:

0_20170718_094225Científicos del INA, artífices de un logro que impulsará nuevas aplicaciones de los dispositivos electrónicos convencionales.

June 12th 2017:

_fichero_7fff9a19The ARAID & INA researcher Raúl Arenal has just joined the Young Academy of Europe (YAE) as a member. The YAE is a pan-European initiative of outstanding young scientists for networking, scientific exchange and science policy.

May 16th 2017:


The chemical engineer Dr Víctor Sebastián has just received a Marie  Skłodowska-Curie award for his research work in the Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon. His European project Platform2Nano (2012-2016) has been distinguished with the 2nd prize in the category “Contribution for a better society” in the conference “Mobility Takes Research Further”, organized by Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA 2017) in the framework of the presidency of Malta in the Council of the European Union.

April 19th 2017:

Prof. Jesús Santamaría has obtained an ERC Advanced Grant project on a new method for cancer treatment based on cathalysis at cellular level. Financial support of € 2.5 M will allow to develop and promote the research in the area of nanobiomedicine.


News in Spanish newspapers:  INA made headlines in….

November 7th 2016: Zaragoza, capital de la nanotecnología.


November 6th 2016: Investigación. La magia de lo más pequeño.



INA made healines in… (complete list of pieces of news).



adremI ADREM European Project Workshop on Microwave-Assisted Reactor Technologies.


Design and construction of Microwave-assisted catalytic reactors

  • Fundamentals on MW-heating
  • MW-heating applications in the Chemical Engineering field
  • Simulation of the electromagnetic field distribution within   MW-cavities

Development of bifunctional catalysts (Selectivity + MW-absorption capacity)

  • Materials design & characterization
  • Catalysts testing

Process intensification in methane valorization

  • Methane aromatization in a Two-Zone Fluidized Bed Reactor system
  • Methane Non-Oxidative Coupling in Multi-stage monomodal and Travelling Wave Reactors

Experimental demonstration of MW-assisted reactors

  • Microfluidic systems for nanoparticles synthesis
  • Monomodal cavities for methane activation


Jornada CDTI–LMA ELECMI: Uso de las ICTS en el ámbito industrial/empresarial. OPORTUNIDADES.Laboratorio de Microscopías Avanzadas (LMA), Zaragoza. 15 sept. 2017.El Laboratorio de Microscopías Avanzadas (LMA-ELECMI) dispone de instalaciones de vanguardia en el ámbito de la observación, caracterización y análisis de materiales a escala atómica y molecular.

Hacer uso de las grandes instalaciones científicas (GIC´s), supone una gran oportunidad para nuestras empresas y centros tecnológicos y de investigación de acceder a los equipamientos más avanzados existentes en la actualidad.

En la jornada coorganizada por el Laboratorio de Microscopías Avanzadas (LMA – ELECMI) y por CDTI se tendrá la oportunidad de conocer los equipamientos más avanzados en el campo del análisis, caracterización y observación de materiales a escala atómica y molecular, así como el procedimiento para hacer uso de las instalaciones y las oportunidades e instrumentos de financiación articulados desde CDTI para poder acceder a dichas instalaciones en condiciones ventajosas.

Para mayor información, agenda e inscripción, consultar el siguiente enlace.


Joint meeting “Microscopy at the Frontiers of Science 2017″.

Sept. 5th-8th 2017, Paraninfo, University of Zaragoza.

This meeting will cover all aspects of Microscopy applied to Life and Materials Sciences, as well as to other relevant fields in which Microscopy plays a pivotal role, that will be developed through a series of top quality plenary and invited lectures, as well as through high quality oral and poster contributions. In our view, this Joint meeting offers the opportunity to discuss and exchange the most recent experiences, as well as to strengthen scientific and technical collaborations. From these points of view, this meeting provides an excellent forum to disseminate scientific and technical output and findings.
Los avances en nanociencia, al detalle. (Heraldo de Aragón).
Especialistas en microscopías. (Heraldo de Aragón).

130 expertos analizarán los avances de la nanociencia. (El Periódico de Aragón).

130 especialistas en microscopía. (Heraldo de Aragón).

El Paraninfo acoge desde mañana a 130 especialistas en Microscopías de España y Portugal (El Economista).

El Paraninfo acoge desde mañana a 130 especialistas en Microscopías de España y Portugal. (iUnizar).

Featured in research:

angewandteAngewandte Chemie International Edition: “Gold-triggered uncaging chemistry in living systems”. COVER PAGE.

fadNature Scientific Reports: “The FAD synthetase from the human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae: a bifunctional enzyme exhibiting activity-dependent redox requirement”.


Nano LettersNano Letters: “Chemical disorder in topological insulators: A route to magnetism tolerant topological surface states”.

Related piece of news: Científicos del INA, artífices de un logro que impulsará nuevas aplicaciones de los dispositivos electrónicos convencionales.

acsami.6b15123+cover-2Applied Materials & Interfaces (cover page): “Bactericidal effect of gold-chitosan nanocomposites in coculture models of pathogenic bacteria and human macrophages”.

NR009005_IFC_PUBLICITY-1Nanoscale (cover page): “Titania-coated gold nanorods with expanded photocatalytic response. Enzyme-like glucose oxidation under near-infrared illumination”.


Crystal Grow & Design: “Microfluidic assisted synthesis of hybrid Au-Pd Dummble-like nanostructures: Sequential addition of reagents and ultrasonic radiation”.

desdeacs.est.6b05939Environment Science & Technology: “Microcystin-LR binds iron and iron promotes self-assembly”.

U4_SdrChemistry A European Journal: “Nitrogen-induced transformation of vitamin C into multifunctional up-converting carbon nanodots in the visible-NIR range”.


Small: “All-carbon electrode molecular electronic devices based on Langmuir–Blodgett monolayers”.

Focused Electron and Ion Beam Induced Deposition on Flexible and Transparent Polycarbonate Substrates

Angewandte Chemie: “A nanoarchitecture based on silver and copper oxide with an exceptional response in the chlorine-promoted epoxidation of ethylene”.

f828f4b325343d88b7eeb30ad3d2b0cddae174e9f7fda26115a660c4ce5d867eAngewandte Chemie: “Removal of multiple contaminants from water by polyxometalate supported ionic liquid phases (POM-SILPs)”.