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About iNANO

The Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) at Aarhus University is a modern research and education center which was founded by Professor Flemming Besenbacher in 2002. Since then iNANO has promoted research, education and knowledge transfer within nanoscience and nanotechnology with particular emphasis on collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries.  

The mission for iNANO is based on three equally important pillars:

  • To conduct excellent interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and nanotechnology in collaboration with the strongest national and international research groups in this area.
  • To play a key role in the education of the next generation of scientists in nanoscience at the BSc, MSc, PhD, and postdoctoral levels.
  • To provide an innovative interface for transfer and transformation of basic scientific knowledge to Danish industry and society.

iNANO is collaborating with a number of departments at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, the Faculty of Technical Sciences, and Faculty of Health.


In 2012 iNANO moved to the newly build and modern iNANO House, increasing the proximity between many collaborating research groups and providing space for an expansion of the necessary research infrastructure.

The state-of-the-art infrastructure platform at iNANO ranges from clean-room facilities for nanofabrication, over chemical synthesis to cell laboratories, and includes state-of-the art equipment for nanocharacterisation using microscopy, diffraction and spectroscopy techniques.


iNANO researchers are principal investigators on a considerable number of Centers of Excellence, infrastructure, networking, innovation, and career grants and publish over 300 peer reviewed papers per year.

The research at iNANO occurs mainly within five key strategic areas: 


The center hosts a multidisciplinary BSc and MSc program in Nanoscience as well as the PhD school iNANOschool.


There are strong ties to industry with knowledge transfer through networking activities, innovation projects, patents and spin-outs.