At INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory located in Braga (North of Portugal) scientists and engineers from all over the world work in a highly interdisciplinary environment and strive to make INL become a world-wide hub for the deployment of Nanotechnology addressing society’s grand challenges.

The INL was founded by the governments of Portugal and Spain under an international legal framework to perform interdisciplinary research, deploy and articulate nanotechnology for the benefit of society.

The research programme comprises four strategic fields of application of nanoscience and nanotechnology: Food and Environment monitoring, ICT, Renewable Energy and Health.

The full-fledged nanotechnology laboratory enables leading research of the highest international standard.

INL at a Glance 


The INL Statutes (2007) anticipate the possibility of opening INL to the membership of other countries and to the participation of institutions and experts from all of the world, with the objective of establishing an international pole of excellence, developing partnerships with higher education institutions and industry transferring knowledge with added value, generating employment and training specialized professionals.


The organisational model of INL is consolidated and formalized in a set of documents funded on the Statutes and Headquarter Agreement.

The Executive Committee – composed by the Director General, the Deputy Director General, the Chief Administration Officer, the Chief Business and Strategic Relations Officer, the Site Manager, the members of Research Directorate and the CEO of INL IP Ventures – acts as a structure for strategic planning and coordination between departments.

The Research Directorate is composed by the six Research Department Heads (Nanoeletroconics Engineering, Life Sciences, Quantum Materials, Science and Technology, Advanced Electron Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy, Nanophotonics and Micro and Nanofabrication) and the Director General, and defines the scientific and strategic direction of INL.

The Department of Administration comprises four units: Finance, Human Resources (HR), Procurement and Logistics (P&L) and Legal Service (LS).

The Department of Site Management comprises the following units: Information and Communication Systems (ICS),  Estate Service & Conference Management (ES&CM), Maintenance & Installation (M&I) and Health, Environment & Safety Management (HE&SM).

The Department of Business and Strategic Relations (BSR) handles a set of activities that includes Business Development, Management of Open Access, External Relations and Philanthropy Funding Schemes.

Within the organisational structure of INL there is also the Quality Systems Management Unit (QSM), the Corporate Communication & Marketing Unit (CC&M) and the Chief Operation Officer (COO), all of which report directly to the Director General.

INL Council

Advisory Board