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Research Platforms


iNANO commands a wide variety of analytical instruments for the elucidation of nanostructures and functionalities at high resolution. These include:

  • Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM)
  • Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
  • Small Angle X-ray Scattering spectroscopy (SAXS)
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)
  • High-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Electron microscopy (EM)
  • Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-TEM)
  • X-ray crystallography (XRD), mass spectrometry (MS)
  • Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS).

A number of these instruments are unique in a Danish and Nordic context; as an example, the world-famous “Aarhus STM” was developed here, and the recently purchased Cryo-TEM is the highest resolution instrument of its kind in the Nordic region. In 2011, the Danish Roadmap for Research Infrastructure promoted the establishment of a Danish-Scandinavian ultra-high field NMR instrumentation center at iNANO. This involves the installation of one of the world's most powerful NMR instruments.


iNANO commands a variety of facilities for the synthesis of nanostructured/nanopatterned 0D (i.e. nanoparticle), 1D, 2D and 3D materials. These include equipment for electrospinning, photo- and electron beam-lithography, nanoparticle synthesis (supercritical synthesis), solid-phase peptide synthesis, DNA modification, bioreactors for large-scale protein expression, isotope labelling, and procedures for synthesis of functionalized nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery and bioimaging, aptamers, etc.


Computer modelling enables us to better understand and interpret data obtained in experiments.