Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon, Zaragoza

The Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon (INA), founded in 2003, is an interdisciplinary research institute at the U. of Zaragoza and is devoted to R+D in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. INA hosts the Laboratory of Advanced Microscopies (LMA), a Spanish National Facility, which represents a unique initiative, both national and internationally to gather the most advanced existing equipment and infrastructures in local probe and electron microscopy. The LMA-INA hosts a large number of laboratories dedicated to materials synthesis and characterization, including XRD, XPS, Auger and Raman spectroscopy, AFM, MFM, STM, macroscopic characterization (magnetization, transport), 4 TEM (including 2 aberration-corrected TEMs, one monochromated), 3 FIB (including Cryo-FIB) and SEM.

It provides the scientific community with the most advanced existing equipment and infrastructures in local probe and electron microscopy for the observation, characterisation, nanopatterning and handling of materials at atomic level, as well as a wide range of scientific tools devoted to characterization, processing and handling procedures at the nanometric scale.

Zaragoza is a major city of 700.000 inhabitants in the North of Spain. It is dynamic modern city with an attractive historical city center preserving a great cultural heritage from different periods. It is well connected by high-speed train to Barcelona and Madrid and by plane to major European cities.

1 PhD position is based here

ESR11. “Advanced transmission electron microscopy studies of pristine and functionalized graphene-based materials”

ESR9. Mario Pelaez FernandezMario Peláez Fernández started studying his Bachelor in Physics at the University of Oviedo (Spain). During his last year in said bachelor, he went abroad to the University Paris-Sud XI thanks to an Erasmus scholarship, where his Bachelor thesis focused on the analysis of STEM images in the Laboratoire de Physique de Solides in Orsay. He stayed in this university for his Masters Degree in Fundamental Physics, specialising in Nanotechnologies and Nanodevices. His master thesis consisted of a study of pristine and functionalised graphene using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. His main interests with respect to research include the study and characterisation of various graphene materials using different techniques, mainly electron microscopy. As for his hobbies, he loves everything to do with music, from playing instruments (piano) to singing (both lyrical and not), dancing or just listening to it.

Project Supervisor at the INA

Raul ArenalRaul Arenal is an ARAID research scientist at the Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragon (INA) – Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain), and senior researcher at the CNRS (on leave). His broad area of research interest lies in electron microscopy focused on materials science and nanoscience: TEM (EELS, HR(S)TEM, electron diffraction, electron tomography), as well as in Raman spectroscopy. These studies are mainly focused on the growth mechanism, structural and physical (electronic, optical, vibrational, mechanical) properties of nanomaterials based on carbon, boron and nitrogen as well as other nano-structures including metal/plasmonic ones.