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

The Council is the sovereign body of the INL in which all member states are represented. It is composed of three representatives from each Member State, one of whom must be a scientist.
The role of the Council is to govern the INL by determining its policy in scientific, technical and administrative matters, approving and following up its programme of activities and approving its budget, based on proposals of the Director-General, who is the Chief executive officer of the Laboratory and its legal representative, appointed by the Council.
The Council is currently presided by Helena Pereira, President of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. The vice president is José Juan Sánchez Serrano, Spanish Deputy Director-General for the Internationalization of Science and Innovation.


Lars Montelius

Deputy-Director General
Paulo Freitas

Advisory Board

The INL advisory board is the main advisory body to the Council and meets in the days leading up to the Council Sessions


Yvan Bruynseraede
KU Leuven

Manuel Martín-Lomas

Helmuth Möhwald
Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Carlos Oliveira

Mihail C. Roco
Nacional Science Foundation

Francois Rossi
European Commission

Joint Research Centre

Julia Yeomans
The Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics