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The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) is the first International Intergovernmental Organisation (IGO) in Europe focused on Nanosciences and Nanotechnology and it counts on Spain and Portugal as member states. INL is a laboratory devoted to the development of nanotechnologies in the electronics, medical and environmental areas.  The group of theory of Nanostructures, led by Joaquín Fernández-Rossier,  investigates spintronics at the atomic scale, including graphene and related two dimensional crystals, as well as single atom devices. 

INL is equipped with a clean room for micro and nanofabrication (class 100 and 1000), a central lab for nanocharacterization analysis equipped with the latest electron microscopes. Other central laboratories include the biochemistry facility, magnetometry and electrical characterization labs as well as the microfluidics, and packaging laboratories.  INL  research   includes magnetic  nanoparticle synthesis, functionalization and characterization as well as bio/nanosensor development based on magnetic tunnel junctions.


The School of Physics & Astronomy at Manchester is one of the largest, most research-active schools of physics in the UK, ranked in the top 5 nationally for both teaching and research.  Its Condensed Matter Physics Group has an international reputation for outstanding research in mesoscopic physics, covering a broad spectrum including graphene and other 2D nanomaterials, nanoelectronics, spintronics, magnetism, mesoscopic physics, nanotechnology, spectroscopy, nano-optics and plasmonics. Within the group Dr Irina Grigorieva is a leading expert on magnetic and electronic properties of low-dimensional systems, including graphene and conventional and mesoscopic superconductors and is particularly well-known for her latest studies of intrinsic magnetism in graphene. The group’s research is supported by the excellent facilities of Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology, specializing in the fabrication, visualisation and characterisation of structures and devices, with clean room, microscopy and lithography facilities.


CIC NanoGUNE is a research center operative since 2009 with the mission and commitment to contributing to the competitive growth of the Basque Country, through the development of nanoscience and nanotechnology. It currently holds nine research groups and almost 100 researchers, working together in a dedicated building with state-of-the art equipment.

The research foundry AMO is a German SME with 40 employees specializing in applied research and development for nano- and opto-electronics. AMO hosts the Advanced Microelectronic Center Aachen (AMICA), a 350m² clean room with a large installed base of equipment for silicon semiconductor process technology. AMO’s main activities fall into the fields of silicon nano-photonic, photovoltaic, graphene and advance lithography developments. The research activity at AMO in the field of graphene based electronics started in 2006 and includes research on high-frequency electronics, opto-electronic devices and process technology.

AMO has coordinated several national projects in the field of graphene and is currently coordinator of the priority programme on graphene funded by the German science foundation and leading the WP High-Frequency electronics in the Graphene Flagship Project.


The II. Institute of Physics A at the RWTH Aachen University has a long-lasting tradition in spintronics represented, e.g. by housing the current research group of the German Science Foundation (DFG) on spin coherence and relaxation, the Humboldt professorship of Dr. S. Parkin or the leadership of the department “magnetism” within the German Physical Society by the recently retired Prof. Güntherodt. Graphene research has been started by the PI (Christoph Stampfer) in 2007 leading meanwhile to 54 publications cited more than 2100 times. The institute activity is strongly supported by the JARA-FIT initiative including infrastructure at the RWTH Aachen and the clean room facilities (Helmholtz Nanofacilities) of the Peter-Grünberg-Institute (PGI) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich.
The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials at the University of Groningen is one of the world’s leading research institutes in materials science. Possibly our greatest asset is the close collaboration between people with different backgrounds. Physicists and chemists, and increasingly biologists, theoreticians and experimentalists work closely together, giving the Institute a breadth rarely found elsewhere. We cover the whole gamut from designing materials, synthesizing them, building devices, and characterizing the materials and devices.
Our research programme includes roughly 45 faculty members, 80 researchers (permanent or temporary), 165 PhD students and 30 support staff.
Our strength lies in focused, curiosity-driven, symbiotic studies of functional materials involving researchers from different disciplines. We approach problems holistically: from the design, synthesis, and characterization of these materials, to the theoretical modelling and controlled exploration of their properties by fabricating devices. Our strategy is to focus on problems that combine complementary top-down and bottom-up approaches, augmenting the strengths and different areas of expertise of individual groups.


Graphenea is the first European CVD graphene producer and a leading graphene company that manufactures, produces, and supplies graphene for industrial and research needs. We have developed a synthesis and transfer process to obtain high quality monolayer graphene films on any substrate. In addition, we also produce graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide platelets. Graphenea is based in the CIC nanoGune Nanotechnology Centre in San Sebastian, Spain and it is an SME founded in 2010. Our vision is to develop the Graphene industry in order to add value to the nanomaterials industry.

Associate Partners

  Paolo Bondavalli, THALES,  Paris, France
  Harold Kroto,  University of Sussex, UK
Communication is not only the end product of science; it is the only way for science to exist. Developing communication skills is therefore of paramount importance for every scientist. But where to go learn to present and write better? Well, performing artists, such as actors and other performers, earn a living by effectively communicating with audiences. At the same time. writers and playwrights face similar challenges communicating with their readers. Wouldn’t it be a great idea to have a bridge from the performing arts to science and back? Artesc is that bridge.
After getting a PhD in Physics, Gijs Meeusen and a team of performance professionals translated ideas from the performing arts to facilitate science communication. Together we form an exponentially growing organisation called Artesc - ARTists for Education, Science and Communication. In 2004 we started in the Netherlands to spread ideas from theatre and prose writing in the context of scientific communication. Now, ten years later we are active in seven European countries, teaching at universities in Amsterdam, Zürich, Copenhagen, Brussels, Luxembourg and London. Next stop: SPINOGRAPH, a training network with students from Braga, Madrid, San Sebastian, Paris, Manchester, Groningen and Aachen.   
Gijs Meeusen,  ARTESC,  The Netherlands