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Graphene / Nanobiotecnology / Nanoelectronics, NEMS and Nanofabrication / Industrial / NanoChemistry /
Nanooptics & Nanophotonics
/ Nanotoxicology


Working Group: Graphene


Aims to encourage cooperation between Spanish research groups active in Graphene, including at the same time the fundamental fields or those most related with the different applications. The Working Group will collaborate with the Spanish Action on Graphene, coordinated by Francisco Guinea and Mar García Hernández ICMM/CSIC, to enhance the strengths of the impact of Spanish research and its contribution at European and international level.

In particular the basic objectives are:

a) Identify the lines of fundamental research in Spain and encourage its development.

b) Identify areas of research with more potential for the Spanish industry and emerging lines that may be strategic for future applications.

c) Identify technological platforms, technologies and interesting equipments and their needs to enhance  the production of materials, their characterization and applications.

d) Identify companies active in this field or fields of application directly related.


Working Group: Nanobiotecnology


The aim is to identify those areas of research where Spanish groups are more actives and competitive to  increase international collaboration actions  allowing a development of nanotechnology applied to biomedicine.

Main objectives:

a) Identify areas of research in nanomedicine, as well as emerging lines that may be strategic for future applications.

b) Identify technology platforms, technologies and equipment of great interest for research in nanomedicine.

c) Identify active companies in this field and in others directly connected (biotech, pharmaceutical, etc).


Working Group: Nanoelectronics, NEMS and Nanofabrication


The working group of nanoelectronics, NEMS and nanofabrication is the extension of the latest working group on nanofabrication, which led to the creation of Nanolito Network  (

This working group aims to bring together researchers from areas such as nanoelectronics devices, spintronics, quantum and molecular electronics, nanomechanics, nanoelectromechanical systems and nanosensors based in devices and electronic systems. These fields have many similarities and common interests, such as nanofabrication processes and characterization methods. This working group will allow the share of knowledge, technologies and results from different Spanish groups with the idea of starting joint activities (projects, networks, etc.).


Working Group: Industry


The main objective of this group is to attract companies to participate actively in the Network, following these actions:

  • Identify and contact with companies or associations with interest in developing Nanotechnologies. It could be Nanomaterials manufacturers, processors, end users, specialists in nanostructural characterization, etc.
  • Identify their needs, in most of the cases at a sectorial level.
  • Establish a directory of knowledge or skills by topics within the Network.
  • Identify Technology transfer capacities within the network.

Therefore we will know the companies needs and, on the other hand, the knowledge and the possibilities of transfer that knowledge into technologies and transfer these technologies to companies.

Other actions that could be undertaken::

  • Circulate or make prospective reports by sector (Roadmaps, technological monitoring, etc .).
  • Propose and coordinate joint projects with companies.
  • Coordinate with other activities being carried out with companies like Think Tank FECYT.
  • Assist in the management of intellectual property from patent searches to licensing or guidelines for creating spin-offs, etc.
  • Seminars and courses for companies.
  • Practical workshops.
  • Provide information on Technology Platforms related to Nanotechnology and facilitate the incorporation of Spanish companies.
Provide information on funding opportunities for nanotechnology research at local, national or European level.


Working Group: NanoChemistry


The group was formed with the aim of identifying those areas of research in which the Spanish groups are more active and competitive and to enhance their strengths and develop partnerships and synergies between them and other participants in the working groups of Nanospain. This will establish ties in the Chemistry community that works within the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology and encourages their development and dissemination.

Main objectives::

a) Identify areas of research in nanochemistry, as well as emerging lines that may be strategic for future applications.

b) Identify technology platforms, the equipment and technologies of interest for the future development of research in nanochemistry.

c) Identify active companies in this field or fields directly implicated (pharmaceutical, fine chemistry, materials, etc.).


Working Group: Nanooptics & Nanophotonics


Nanophotonic  group  emerges due to the last years high increasing activity in this area. The objetive is to identify those sectors where Spanish groups are more active and competitive to incentivate  the collaboration development to reach more ambitious and complex projects. Nanophotonics group emerges due to the increase of activity in this area over recent years. The objective is to identify those areas in which the Spanish groups are more active and competitive. By doing this the working group is encouraging the development of partnerships that enable ambitious and complex projects.

Main objectives:

a) Identify areas of research in nanophotonics, and to know the actual position of groups within and outside Spain.

b) Determine individual strengths and possible actions to, through collaboration, gain a good position in case of emerging lines that may be strategic for future applications.

c) Identify active companies (including those receiving information and technology), technology platforms, and equipment of great interest for research in nanophotonics.


Working Group: Nanotoxicology


Nanomaterials Toxicity and Ecotoxicity

Nanotechnology development is being materialized by incorporating nanomaterials (NM) in a large number of mass consumption products. When using these products and at the end of its useful life they can release NM to the atmosphere/environment. At the moment, there is a lack of understanding what could be the impacts of NM in the ecosystems. Considering the NM exhibit new and unexpected physical-chemical properties, the tests used nowadays to evaluate the impact over the organisms might inappropriate. Therefore, many relevant questions must be investigated:

a) NM characterization under conditions that go in contact with the organisms.

b) The mechanisms by which the NM will use to penetrate inside the organisms (trough membranes and cellular walls).

c) The specific properties of NM that are responsible for their toxic effects.

d) The mechanisms governing the transfer of its effects through food chains.

e) Their impacts at the ecosystem functioning.

These questions must be answered by multidisciplinary collaborations that include toxicologists and ecotoxicologists, biologists, chemists and physicists working closely with technology groups that develop NM, and with the companies that incorporate them in the mass consumption products. The goal of this Working Group (WG) is to contribute to a safe and sustainable development of Nanotechnology and consumer products that benefit from it. This WG aims to be the contact point and support for those researchers and companies interested in the relevant questions described.

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