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:

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).




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.

Charla Maekawa2Lecture given by Prof. Maekawa, from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

June 30th, Conference Room, Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon, University of Zaragoza

Featured in research:

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)”.