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.

This Institute has been acknowledged to be funded by the Aragonese Government. Grant awarded: Instituto Universitario de Investigación reconocido como financiable por el Gobierno de Aragón. Concesión de la subvención: ORDEN IIU/1381/2017, de 28 de agosto, por la que se resuelve la convocatoria, para el año 2017, de subvenciones destinadas a los Institutos Universitarios de Investigación, propios y mixtos de la Universidad de Zaragoza. BOA No 183, 22/09/2017.
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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:

Oct. 28th 2018.


Investigación: Guerra a los agentes neurotóxicos

Oct. 17th 2018.

“La aventura del saber”. Universo Sostenible ¿La gran solución? (min. 28 to 37).

April 2nd 2018.

_image3_840adcaf¿Qué pasa si inhalamos nanopartículas de diseño?.

Dec. 26th 2017.

_mos2_ac36d182Grandes Titanes en la creación de materiales que antes no existían.

Oct. 24th 2017.

171024_z0_ftm2 1Finalistas. Premios Tercer Milenio.

Oct. 22nd 2017.

HERALDO_NANOCIENCIA UN FILON_171023_z0_NANO 1Nanociencia, un filón para la industria.

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).




International Summer School on “Carbon and related nanomaterials: synthesis, characterization and properties”. Jaca (Spain), July 23rd-27th 2018. Dir.: Raúl Arenal and Wolfgang Maser.

Summer School in Basics and Applications of Nanolithography. Jaca (Spain), July 16th-18th 2018- Dir.: José M. de Teresa and Soraya Sangiao

Announcing posterFuerzas y Túnel 2018.

The organising committee is pleased to announce that the XI edition of Fuerzas y Túnel will be held in the town of Jaca from the 27th to the 29th of June 2018.

Jaca is a charming site at the base of the Pyrinees, conveniently connected to the cities of Huesca, Zaragoza and Pamplona by train and bus. This biennial conference series has acquired enormous recognition in the Scanning Probe Methods and Surface Science communities in Spain, gathering researchers from interdisciplinary fields such as Condensed Matter, Theory and Simulation, Biology or Physical Chemistry.

Abstract submission and registration will be open at the beginning of 2018. We are specially committed to the participation of young researchers and early stage postdocs by offering low registration fees and an adapted programme to stimulate the furtherance of their careers and train their communication skills, but we do not forget the relevance of clustering as many group leaders as possible in this reduced volume to trigger stronger interactions. We look forward to welcoming all of you.

Book the dates in your calendar, do not miss this interesting event.

We have extended the deadline for abstract submission of the XI edition of Fuerzas y Túnel. Do not miss it, it is only a few days away!

Please sign in into the system and submit your abstract using the template provided before the 8th of April.

For more information on the event, please check the announcing poster attached, which you can hang on your department if you wish to.

We appreciate if you can distribute this mail among your co-workers and colleagues.


Cartel Seminarios INA_AbrilINA seminars.

Seminarios de Investigación INA
Damos comienzo a una serie de seminarios de investigación asociados al INA en los que investigadores jóvenes presentarán sus trabajos de investigación. Las charlas (25 min cada una) estarán seguidas de un tiempo de debate y preguntas durante el que también habrá oportunidad de tomar un refrigerio. El objetivo de estos seminarios, de carácter mensual, es establecer un foro en el que investigadores de todos los niveles establezcan contacto e identifiquen intereses y proyectos comunes. ¡Os animamos a participar! 
Primera Jornada: Single-core and Multi-core Magnetic Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications“Lucía Gutiérrez (Investigadora Ramón y Cajal)“Cucurbituril Self-assembly in Aqueous Media: From Small Molecule Host Guest Complexes to Responsive Materials”Jesús del Barrio (Investigador Ramón y Cajal) April 11th 2018, 12:00 h.Conference Room, Edificio I+D, Campus Río Ebro.

Featured in research:

sharp@unizar.es_20180919_111440Resomer Award 2017.


ChemSci with cover_FinalLuminescent mesoporous nanorods as photocatalytic enzyme-like peroxidase surrogates.

Chemical Science. COVER.


ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering: “Sustainable production of drug-loaded particles by membrane emulsification”. COVER PAGE.


Portada Biochemical JournalBiochemical Journal: “Molecular basis for the integration of environmental signals by FurB from Anabaena sp. PCC 7120″. COVER PAGE.

aamick_v009i047_portadaApplied Materials & Interfaces: Pumping metallic nanoparticles with spatial precision within magnetic mesoporous platforms: 3D characterization and catalytic application.


s41565-017-0001-2 1Nature Nanotechnology: Electric polarization switching in an atomically thin binary rock salt structure.


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)”.