Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center
Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO in Danish-hyperlink), located at Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. iNANO was founded in 2002 by Professor Flemming Besenbacher  who continues to direct the center.
In January 2002, the Danish Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Helge Sander, inaugurated the iNANO center stressing the central role of advanced new technologies based on nanoscience in modern-day value creation. The iNANO center was established with the aim of fostering interdisciplinary research within the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology, i.e. promote synergistic interactions that cross traditional scientific boundaries. iNANO provides a framework in which leading-edge expertise in physics, chemistry, molecular biology, biology, engineering and medicine are combined to create an interdisciplinary environment of international stature with regards to science and technology, and a regional and national power hub for enhancing industrial competitiveness.
The mission of iNANO is threefold;
- to play a key role in the education of the next generation of scientists in nanoscience at the Bachelor, Master, PhD, and postdoctoral levels
- to strengthen interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and nanotechnology and catalyze collaborations with other international nanoscience research groups
- to provide an innovative interface for transfer and transformation of basic nanoscientific knowledge to Danish industry and society.
The educational programme in nanoscience consists of an interdisciplinary curriculum covering a broad spectrum of introductory, advanced, and specialized courses, which aim at providing the students with a sufficiently broad basis to conduct interdisciplinary research within nanoscience and at the same time achieve disciplinary depth and specialized skills in selected areas. Hence, the education encompasses physics, chemistry, biology, molecular biology, mathematics and computer science.
Graduate education – iNANOschool
Founded in December 2002, iNANOschool is a vocationally oriented graduate school associated to iNANO under the graduate school of science, AGSOS, Faculty of Science, Aarhus University. iNANOschool currently has (May 2010) 155 students enrolled.
The iNANO research centre provides the framework for interdisciplinary projects in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Since the official inauguration in 2002 iNANO has played an important role in setting up an increasing number of interdisciplinary projects. Current research activities fall within the following seven target areas:
- Functional nanomaterials
- Nano-energy material
- Self-assembled molecular nano-structures
- Nanophotonics and nanoelectronics
- Nanotoxicology and nanoethics
- Center for Energy Materials
- LUNA (The Lundbeck Foundation Nanomedicine Centre for Individualized Management of Tissue Damage and Regeneration)
- BIO-SPM group
- Centre for DNA Nanotechnology (CDNA)
- The Center for Oxygen Microscopy and Imaging (COMI) O2
- Center for Materials Crystallography (CMC)
- Nanovidensbank (Danish)
- Nanoshow (Danish)