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Research priority areas


  • Production of nanomaterials and nanostructured coatings
  • Lasers, plasmonics, and photonics
  • Nanomedicine
  • Industrial application of nanomaterials
  • Characterization of nanomaterials

All the applications of nanotechnology have the potential of having a strong impact on society. Its applications benefit individuals and organizations alike.

The INS will focus on the set of problems that occur at the nanoscale, and will face the issues from multiple disciplines. There is no precedent for such an institute.

Many of the issues the INS is concerned with have to do with new materials that, when manipulated at the nanoscale, cause new phenomena connected to the change in the area/volume ratio and the appearance of quantum effects. They include materials in the shape of thin films used for catalysis and electronics; bidimensional nanotubes; nanowires for optical and magnetic systems; and nanoparticles for cosmetics, the pharmaceutical industry, and coatings. The sectors that first adopt the technology are information and communication technologies (ICTs), which include electronics and optoelectronics; food technology; energy; and medicine, including transport and delivery of drugs, and health and diagnostic technology, for which the terms “nanomedicine” and “bionanotechnology” were already used by this university.

Ongoing projects


  • Development of optical sensors based on plasmon-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Funds: project PRIS, program Horizonte 2020, Argentine Nanotechnology Foundation.

Dr. Galo Soler Illia, director
Dr. Germán E. Gómez, postdoctoral researcher
Mr. Santiago Poklépovich Caride, research fellow

  • How lectin-glycan recognition systems integrate immunoregulatory and vascular signaling programs: from tumor biology to glyco-nano-medicine. Project with the Institute of Biology and Experimental Medicine (in collaboration with Prof. G. Rabinovich). Funds: project PICT V, National Ministry of Science and Technology.

  • Design of multifunctional nanosystems for biomedical applications with soft matter. Funds: project PICT 2015, National Ministry of Science and Technology.

    Researcher in charge: Dr. Galo Soler Illia

  • Multifunctional nanoparticles to eliminate stem cell populations in ER+ breast cancer: consequences for resistance to hormone therapy. Funds: Argentine Cancer Institute.

    Researcher in charge: Dr. Marina Simian

    Co-director: Dr. Galo Soler Illia