Research Areas

Nanomaterials and Nanoscience

iNANO has many strong and expanding activities within the following areas: chemical and physical surface modification, catalysis, nano-energy materials, e.g., hydrogen storage, thermoelectrics, biofuel conversion, photovoltaics, semiconductor physics, nano-composites, self-assembled nanostructures, bio-mineralization, and fiber materials. Internationally speaking, iNANO has a leading position in several of these areas, e.g., heterogeneous catalysis, self-assembled DNA nano-structures, novel construction materials, and thermoelectric materials. During the next 5 years iNANO will seek to strengthen its activities within nano-structured and nano-porous materials, composite materials, and functional materials. Within the nano-material area, energy-related research is already receiving much political attention and will undoubtedly receive even more in the future. Energy research is also being promoted actively at AU by the formation of the “AU Energy” network, where iNANO sees itself as a major player.


Another one of iNANO's strongholds is activities within drug delivery, diagnostics, bioimaging, synthetic organic nanochemistry, nanoscale topology/3D scaffolds, stem cells, biosensors, implant surface modifications, anti-biofouling, antimicrobial peptides, drug administration, innate immunity, pharmaceutical technology, bio-microfluidics, membrane proteins, amyloid fibrils in relation to dementia and diabetes, micelles, biological fiber materials, active surfaces, and polymers and -omics technologies (metabonomics, proteomics, lipidomics, transcriptomics, genomics and system biology analysis). Several links to the AU Faculty of Health already exists. In the future iNANO plans to strengthen these links and increase the chance of migrating laboratory-scale results.


Nanofood includes research into enzyme encapsulation and immobilization strategies, sensors, novel ingredients, protein digestive systems of animals and plants, milk protein biophysics, enzyme modelling, antifouling surfaces, antimicrobial compounds, oral microbiology, as well as nutrigenomics. iNANO seeks to significantly expand its activities in this area and foster collaboration with new AU research groups and national as well as international key players in the area of nanoscience with relevance to food and nutrition. The research involves a high level of industry collaboration, as currently demonstrated by iNANO's joint research programs with, e.g., Arla, Danisco, and Nestlé.