The INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory where the MNE2017 will be held was established to foster interdisciplinary research in Nanotechnology and Nanoscience. INL is an Intergovernmental institution (IGO) aiming to attract some of the world’s best scientists and engineers. It is the only nanotechnology research organisation worldwide with an international legal status. And offers advanced comprehensive research facilities, where biologists, physicists, materials engineers, chemists, electronic engineers, and pharmacists gather from around the world to work together on interdisciplinary projects.
The INL campus comprises brand new infrastructure that was designed and built specifically for the organisation’s nanotechnology-focused research and technological development (RTD) activities and is equipped with the latest instrumentation and equipment to address the major challenges in fabrication, characterization, and other aspects of nanotechnology and nanobiotechnology for applications in the areas of health, food and environmental safety, ICT, and energy. This integrated research infrastructure comprises central laboratories and specialized laboratories associated with individual research groups or research topics.
The top-down nanofabrication activities at INL are carried out in the central clean room facility (total area 1000 m2, class 100 and class 1000) and associated laboratories dedicated to Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), spintronics, graphene, lab on chip. The bottom-up synthesis of nanomaterials is carried out in several dedicated nanochemistry laboratories. Both nanofabrication and nanochemistry efforts are supported by comprehensive nanocharacterisation facilities that include state-of-the-art electron microscopes, surface and interface characterization instruments, optical spectrometers as well as facilities for characterization of nanomaterials and for magnetic characterization. Development of nanomaterials for energy applications is further supported by dedicated deposition facilities and by instrumentation for comprehensive testing of solar cells and energy-storage devices. Applications of nanotechnology and nanobiotechnology in the areas of health and of food and environmental safety are investigated with the help of shared facilities for working with biosensors, microfluidics, molecular biology, microbiology, and animal cell cultures. Advanced optical microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, electron microscopy facilities, as well as cytometry and optical spectroscopy instruments support research activities related to biological samples and materials.