Research Areas

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


→ Nanoelectronics Engineering

Includes four areas of activity at INL, Systems Engineering, Spintronics, Nanodevices and Precision Medicines Engineering, addressing major challenges in industrial sensing, RF communications, Biosensors and Biomedical devices, Agri-food and Environmental monitoring applications.


→ Life Science

Activities focused on 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.


→ QMST – Quantum Materials, Science and Technology

Works towards the understanding of both materials and energy exchange processes at the nanoscale where the laws of nature are governed by quantum mechanics. Activities follow two main research lines: i) Materials for energy conversion and storage; ii) Quantum materials, e.g. experimental and theoretical research and development of 2D materials and devices (e.g. biosensors and photodetectors), research in atomic scale electronics, and functional point defects in 2D materials for quantum technologies, etc.


→ 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.


→ AEMIS: Advanced Electron, Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy

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.


→ Micro and Nanofabrication

Explores both bottom-up and top-down approaches to the micro and nanofabrication aspects of materials, surfaces and devices. Main research activities include MEMS/NEMS, sensors, microfluidics, energy storage, conversion and adaptive optical devices, lithography, rapid prototyping and cleanroom processes integration, bottom-up catalysis, synthesis of materials, optoelectronic materials and devices and thin film solar cells.

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After an initial screening based on the submitted documents, shortlisted students will be invited for a video screen interview, where they will have the opportunity to talk about their academic background and motivation to participate in this programme.

Only 25 students will be nominated. They will receive complete information about the programme benefits and logistic issues Complete information will be provided by the INL Human Resources Unit in May 2018.