About us

The Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (IN) is an Associated Laboratory funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) to work in the emerging fields of Nanotechnology, BioNanotechnology and Nanosciences. IN was officially formed in 2007 with full status of Associated Laboratory given in January, 2008.

IN comprises 3 partner institutes:
  • INESC Microsistemas e Nanotecnologias (INESC MN) – Coordinator

  • INESC MN is currently the coordinator of IN. INESC MN is internationally-known in its core research activities in nanoelectronics and information technology (magnetic data storage and non-volatile memories, magnetic thin films and nanostructures, thin film MEMS, large area electronics and sensors). In 1999, INESC MN initiated a new line of activity in biochips and bionanotechnology, and has since then expanded the interdisciplinaritry nature of its research with joint projects on magnetoresistive and optoelectronic biochips. INESC-MN operates a 250 m2 Class 100 and Class 10 cleanroom
  • Centro de Química-Física Molecular (CQFM-IST)

  • Centro de Química-Física Molecular (CQFM) is a research center of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), one of the oldest and largest Schools of Science and Engineering in Portugal. The research areas of CQFM are the Chemistry and Physical Chemistry of molecular and biological systems, nanostructured materials and surfaces. In particular CQFM has a relevant and internationally recognized know-how in the synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles, nanoporous materials, thermally sensitive polymers, biomembranes, fullerenes, surface science, reactions at interfaces and in nanocavities. The research activities at the CQFM are supported by a diversity of up-to-date experimental infrastructures, including steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy, microscopy and calorimetry. On-going projects in collaboration with national and international groups, involving multidisciplinary teams, aim at advanced materials for industrial and biomedical applications.
  • Instituto de Física dos Materiais da Universidade do Porto (IFIMUP)

  • The Institute of Physics of Materials of the University of Porto (Instituto de Física dos Materiais da Universidade do Porto; IFIMUP) is a research unit integrated in the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and located in the Physics and Astronomy Department of the Faculty of Science of the University of Porto. IFIMUP has a long tradition and is internationally recognized for its research on the physics of advanced materials, with significant scientific and technological impact, through the detailed, accurate and systematic characterization of a wide range of physical properties over extended ranges of temperature, magnetic and electric fields. Its research activity covers Magnetic, Magnetostrictive, Ferroelectric, Multiferroic and Magnetoelectric Nanomaterials. The research at IFIMUP is supported by a diversified set of experimental techniques including: resistance, magnetoresistance, thermopower, Hall effect; specific heat, differential scanning calorimetry, magnetocaloric effect; magnetic moment, magnetization, susceptibility and hysteretic cycles; complex electric susceptibility, pyroelectric effect, hysteresis cycles, piezoelectric resonance; magnetoptics and magnetic imagiology. The constitution of IN allowed the research unit to expanded with a new group on Ultrafast Lasers and Photonics with direct interests in nanotechnologies and nanophysics, and a very active and experienced theoretical physicist in the field of nanomaterials, nanoparticles and nanostructures.


  • It is the mission of IN to continue, and expand existing state-of-the-art research and development (R&D) and technology transfer activities in our core technological and scientific areas, re-enforcing interdisciplinary research, and to open new strategic initiatives in the areas strengthened by the synergy within the IN.
  • IN will foster scientific and technological exchange among its partners and collaborators, as well as strengthen existing collaborations with other Portuguese and international reseach groups in the various research areas, by organizing a seminar series, and yearly workshops on specialized topics.
  • IN will coordinate nanoscience and nanotechnology-related training activities in Portugal, both at the academic level (undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate courses), as well as offering short term training targeted at industry users. IN will also participate in training activities organized at the European level (graduate and post-graduate) within the scope of several training networks where its partners are involved.
  • The IN, through INESC-MN, will enhance the offer of microfabrication services already available at INESC-MN.
  • IN will advise the Portuguese authorities (MCTES) on any national and European initiatives in the nanoscience and nanotechnology area, including nanotechnology policy decisions, public dissemination, and participation in ERA net activities in this domain.

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