Research Projects

The student should be qualified to conduct research in the field of Nanotechnology in one of our six Research Departments:

>> Department of Nanoelectronics Engineering

The Department of Nanoelectronics Engineering brings together three areas of activity at INL, systems engineering, spintronics and nanodevices, addressing major challenges in industrial sensing, RF communications, bionsensors and biomedical devices, agri-food and environmental monitoring applications.

>> Department of Life Science

The Department of Life Science focuses its activities in the fields of food, health, and environment, particularly in: i) Nanoencapsulation technologies for smart and controlled drug/genes delivery and for enhancing bioavailability and functional properties of bioactives; ii) biosensors, microfluidic-based devices and integrated lab-on-a-chip solutions for food and water quality and safety as well as diagnostic and prognostic purposes; iii) advanced functionalities and applications of bespoke nanostructured materials in combination with novel biomarkers and studies on biointerfaces.  

>> Department of QMST – Quantum Materials, Science and Technology

The Department of QMST, works towards the understanding of both materials and energy exchange processes at the nano-scale where the laws of nature are governed by quantum mechanics. Activities include experimental and theoretical research and development of 2D materials (graphene, transition metal di-chalcogenides, boron nitride, etc.), fabrication of devices based on 2D materials (e.g. biosensors and photodetectors), photovoltaic materials for advanced thin film solar cells (Cu(In,Ga)Se2, etc.), materials for solar-to-hydrogen conversion and batteries and research on atomic scale electronics. ·     

>> Department of Nanophotonics

The Department of Nanophotonics aims to carry out top fundamental and applied research in areas such as biophotonics, photonic nanomagnetometry, plasmonics & materials, Bloch surface wave engineering and the design and application of photonic crystals.

>> Department of AEMIS: Advanced Electron, Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy

The Department of AEMIS performs true atomic/nano resolution electron imaging combined with atomic/nano resolution chemical analysis, in order to achieve a fundamental understanding of the chemical/physical phenomena at the atomic/nano level in real materials systems.

>> Department of Micro and Nanofabrication

The Department of Micro and Nanofabrication explores both bottom-up and top-down approaches to the micro and nanofabrication aspects of materials, surfaces and devices, running a cleanroom with more 50 systems. Main research activities include: i) processes for MEMS/NEMS, sensors, microfluidics, graphene and thin film semiconductors, energy storage, conversion and adaptive optical devices, lithography and advanced packaging, rapid prototyping and cleanroom processes integration; ii) bottom-up catalysis, synthesis and research of materials, and nanofabrication and characterization of optoelectronic materials and devices in rigid and iii) flexible substrates, and incorporation of nanotechnology into thin film solar cells.


List of Projects

>> Department of Life Sciences

  • Food Processing Research Group

PR8_Bio Polymeric Nanoparticles From Prolamin Proteins


  • Food Quality and Safety Research Group

PR42_Optical Device for the Rapid Detection of Environmental DNA

PR43_Mucoadhesive Biopolymers for the Targeted Delivery of Anti-Obesity Peptides to the Gastrointestinal Tract

PR44_Fast Detection of Foodborne Pathogens 

PR45_Chitosan Nanoparticles as Antimicrobial Systems for Food Application

PR46_DNA Extraction from Food and Environmental Samples for PCR Applications through Microscope Solid Phase Extraction(μSPE)


  • Water Quality

PR36_Characterization of Electrochemical Cell Chips for Biosensing Applications

PR37_Automated System for Microcystin's Remote Detection

PR38_Design and Synthesis of Molecular Imprinted Polymers for Marine Biotoxins Detection

PR39_Synthesis of Carbon Nano Dots From Food Waste For Biosensor Applications


  • Diagnostic Tools & Methods

PR2_ Microfluidic Prototype for Diagnostics of Cancer Cells in Nanomedicine

PR3_Development of a Microfluidic Device for the Isolation of Tumor Cells and ctDNA from Peripheral Blood of Cancer Patients

PR4_Analysis of Cancer Cells in Microdroplets by Means of Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Spectroscopy

PR11_Cellular Evaluation of Magnetic Hybrid Nanostructures 

PR28_Dynamic In vitro Co-Culture Models to Study Cancer Progression

PR29_Phenotypic Characterisation of Rare Malignant Cells in Body Fluids 

PR50_Biomarkers for Atherosclerotic Plaques Vulnerability in Human Arteries 


  • Therapeutic Tools & Methods

PR12_ Drug-releasing Biodegradable Microneedles: Molding, Characterization and Drug Release Assessment

PR30_Fabrication of Liquid Crystalline Nanocarriers for Drug Delivery Applications

PR31_Fabrication of Polycation-DNA Nanocarriers for Gene Delivery Applications


  • System Biology

PR40_Physics and Chemistry of Bioanalytics

PR41_Chemistry and Characterisation of Biosensor Surfaces

>> Department of NanoElectronics Engineering

  • Nano devices

 PR54_Optimization of Multiplex Assays for the Detection of Ischemic Stroke Biomarkers