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:

March 18th 2019.

0_mg_5606Ricardo Ibarra, Director del INA, premio internacional en Materiales Avanzados 2019.

March 18th 2019.

objetivoObjetivo: La ciencia de lo muy pequeño (min. 1 to 12).

Feb. 8th 2019.

15496321145c5d827225753821351883Una investigadora de Zaragoza, premiada por desarrollar nanomateriales para celdas solares.

Feb. 8th 2019.

famelab-678x339_0Seleccionados los 12 semifinalistas de la séptima edición de FameLab España.


Oct. 19th 2018.

_unizar_c0fc0609El Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón juega ya en la liga mundial.

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).



Siente la nanotecnología.

8 y 11 febr. 2018, Casa de la Mujer (calle Don Juan de Aragón, 50001 Zaragoza).


Excellentia ex Cathedra. Cápsulas de nanotecnología.

Excellentia ex Cathedra, No 1, Jan. 2019.

Featured in research:


Sustainable Energy and FuelsCe–Sm–xCu cost-efficient catalysts for H2 production through the glycerol steam reforming reaction.

Kyriaki Polychronopoulou, Nikolaos D. Charisiou, Georgios I. Siakavelas, Ayesha A. AlKhoori, Víctor Sebastián, Steven J. Hinder, Mark A. Baker, Maria A. Goula.
Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2019, 3, 673. Published 11 Dec. 2018.
DOI: 10.1039/c8se00388b. COVER PAGE.



Controlling the dominant magnetic relaxation mechanisms for magnetic hyperthermia in bimagnetic core–shell nanoparticles.
Nanoscale. Accepted, 28 Nov. 2018. Published: 29 Nov. 2018. BACK COVER PAGE.
DOI: 10.1039/c8nr07834c.

Arte y ciencia se funden en un trabajo del Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón.



2nd National Honours End-of-Degree Award: Isabel Ortiz de Solórzano.


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)”.


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