International Master Degree in Nanostructured Materials for Nanotechnology Applications - NANOMAT


This official Master from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) has a duration of one academic year and comprises 60 ECTS credits. The course is suitable for graduates with science, engineering, medicine or related degrees keen to develop careers at the forefront of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The course is multidisciplinary and aims to provide students with fundamental knowledge, practical experience, and skills in the fabrication and characterization of nanostructured materials and devices with applications in key areas of nanochemistry, nanophysics, and nano-biomedicine.

The Aragon Nanoscience and Materials Institute, INMA (CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza) have exceptional materials preparation and characterization equipment, including some unique instruments in Spain and Europe.

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Facultad de Ciencias

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Universidad de Zaragoza

Essential Details

Duration: 1 academic year full-time.
Language: English.
Structure: The Master has 60 ECTS credits, including a 14-ECTS credit final project.
Specialization: Professional, research or academic, depending on the optional modules chosen.
Entry Requirements: Graduates from Spain or overseas in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, Medicine, Biology, Pharmacy, or a related disciple.
Calendar: Lectures and practicals lessons will take place between 15:00 and 20:00, Monday to Friday.
How to apply: Please, contact the Secretary of the Faculty.
Co-ordinator: Dr María Pilar Pina

Dr María Pilar Pina 
Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technologies
Faculty of Science. Campus Plaza San Francisco s/n 50009
University of Zaragoza. Spain
Tel. +34 976 761155

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This official Master from Zaragoza University (Spain) has a duration of one academic year and comprises 60 ECTS credits. The course is suitable for graduates with science, engineering, medicine or related degrees keen to develop careers at the forefront of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The course is multidisciplinary and aims to provide students with fundamental knowledge, practical experience, and skills in the fabrication and characterization of nanostructured materials and devices with applications in key areas of nanochemistry, nanophysics, and nano-biomedicine.

The Institute of Nanoscience and Materials of Aragon – INMA (CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza) have exceptional materials preparation and characterization equipment, including some unique instruments in Spain and Europe.

The course is completely taught in English by highly qualified members of research and academic staff within the INMA and the Faculty of Science of Zaragoza University as well as by other national and international departments and industrial representatives.

The master comprises six mandatory modules (36 ECTS credits) which include lectures, tutorials, practical work in the laboratory, and case studies. In addition, the student will course two (10 ECTS credits) out of the four optional modules offered. The course also includes an individual research project (14 ECTS credits). The students will select the individual project in consultation with the Course coordinator. The project will be related to the student background degree and research or professional interests.

The modules are:

1. Fundamental Properties of Nanostructured Materials
2. Preparation of Nanostructured Materials
3. Assembly and Fabrication of Nanostructures
4. Characterization I: Physical-Chemical Techniques
5. Characterization II: Advanced Microscopies
6. Case studies for Industrial Applications
7. The student will choose two out of the four following modules:
A. Introduction to Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies
B. Fabrication of Micro and Nanodevices
C. Multidisciplinary Joint Educational Project
D. Practical work in a Nanotechnology-related company
8. Master Research Project

The objective of this master is to provide high-quality University Multidisciplinary Education in the synthesis, assembly, properties and characterization of nanostructured materials as well as practical experience and skills in the fabrication of nanodevices. All modules are taught in English.

The Master consists of the following units:

  • Lectures on fabrication, assembly and characterization of nanostructured materials.
  • Training in advanced tools for Nanotechnology through laboratory practical work.
  • Communication and management skills.
  • Training projects: external industrial involvement, multidisciplinary joint educational project, individual research project working in interdisciplinary research groups.

This Master in Nanostructured Materials for Nanotechnology Applications is intended to meet the needs of all the following:

Graduates from Spain or overseas who are seeking further qualification in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. These graduates must have a background in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, Medicine, Biology, Pharmacy, or a related discipline.

Nanotechnology is a newborn discipline that seeks to understand, manipulate, control, and exploit novel properties of materials at the nanometer scale, the scale of atoms and molecules. Nanotechnology seems to have the answer to the growing need for the miniaturization of mechanical and electronic components with the aim of producing smaller, lighter, quicker, and more efficient devices.

Key to understand the unique power and potential of nanotechnology is that, in addition to the numerous advantages provided by this scale of miniaturization, quantum effects at this size range provide additional novel properties. Thus, with only a reduction in size, materials can exhibit new properties such as electrical conductivity, elasticity, greater strength, different colour and greater reactivity, which the same substances do not exhibit at the micro or macroscale.

Nanotechnology is a highly diverse and multidisciplinary field involving physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, and materials science, among other fields. Nanotechnology has the potential to create new devices with wide-ranging applications in medicine, electronics, energy production, environment issues, etc.

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology related projects are currently receiving vast amounts of research funding from governments and industries all over the world. Even modest predictions estimate an over 30% future average growth rate per year in nanotechnology. This growth potential is expected to create new jobs at different occupational levels in coming years: for researchers and scientists holding university and post-graduate degrees and also for a wide range of technicians. Education and training is essential to bring forward a new generation of researchers and other skilled workers with the interdisciplinary R&D approach that nanotechnology needs.

Final Master Projects offered (course 2023-2024)

Topic: Development of cost effective flexible surfaces for SERS based detection. Supervisors: M. Pilar Pina & Sergio Gutiérrez

Topic: Potential use of exosomes in direct pulmonary drug delivery. Supervisors: Jesús Santamaría & M. Pilar Lobera

Topic: Magnetic properties of chiral 4D molecular complexes. Supervisors: Ana Arauzo & Ricardo Rodríguez

Topic: Nanomaterials for energy storage systems. Supervisors: María Bernechea & M. Pilar Lobera

Topic: Exploring magnetic nanodiscs for biomedical applications: synthesis, functionalization, and in vitro studies. Supervisors: María Moros & Pablo Martínez Vicente

Topic: Integration of molecules on superconducting devices by atomic force microscopySupervisor: Ana Isabel Gracia Lostao

Topic: Analysis of flavoenzymes mechanisms by fluid atomic force microscopySupervisor: Ana Isabel Gracia Lostao

Topic: Development of catalysts for CO2 revalorization using microwave-assisted reactorsSupervisors: José L. Hueso & Reyes Mallada

Topic: Nanocatalysts and nanocapsules to target the tumor microenvironmentSupervisors:  José L. Hueso & Jesús Santamaría

Topic: Mechanical force driven by magnetic nanoparticles to study Piezo1 mechanoreceptor. Supervisors: Raluca Fratila & Sussel del Sol

Topic: Fabrication of nanostructures by molecular self-assembly. Supervisor: Raquel Giménez

Topic: Superconducting proximity effect in hybrid nanostructures based on WC. Supervisors: José Mª de Teresa & Soraya Sangiao

Topic: Growth and atomic-resolution STEM characterization of BaMnO3 epitaxial thin films. Supervisors: César Magén & José Á. Pardo

Topic: Zr(IV)-based MOFs particles with metalloporphyrin nodes towards controlled integration of spin qubits into quantum technologies devices. Supervisors: Ignacio Gascón & Olivier Roubeau

Topic: Preparation of stimuli-responsive drug nanocarriers using amphiphilic degradable block copolymersf. Supervisors: Milagros Piñol & Míriam Abad

Topic: Antimicrobial POM-peptide hybrid. Supervisors: Scott Mitchell & Rafael Martín

Topic: Development of 3d/5d oxide bilayers for the optimized conversion of heat into electrical energy.  Supervisors: M. Ángeles Laguna & Myriam Aguirre

Topic: Preparation of liquid crystal emulsions decorated with bent-core type amphiphilesSupervisors: Blanca Ros & Alberto Concellón

Topic: Development of cardioregenerative therapies based on DNA nanocarriers loaded with microRNAs. Supervisors: Silvia Hernández & Laura Ordovás

Topic: Polymer-coated DNA nanostructures for nucleic acid delivery. Supervisors: Silvia Hernández & Jesús del Barrio

Final Master Projects offered (course 2022-2023)

Topic: Preventing microbially-influenced corrosion using polyoxometale-ionic liquidsSupervisors: Scott Mitchell & Rafael Martín.

Topic: Development of solar cells based on perovskite as light absorberSupervisors: Emilio Juárez, María Bernechea & Cristina Momblona.

Topic: Development of solar cells combining perovskite and semiconductor nanocrystalsSupervisors: Emilio Juárez, María Bernechea & Cristina Momblona.

Topic: Nanoparticles based on dendrimers for cancer diagnosis based on fluorescence liquid biopsySupervisors: Teresa Sierra & Olga Abián.

Topic: Analysis of flavoenzymes by fluid atomic force microscopySupervisors: Anabel Gracia Lostao & Carlos Marcuello Anglés.

Topic: Integration of molecules on devices by dip-pen nanolithographySupervisors: Anabel Gracia Lostao & Carlos Marcuello Anglés.

Topic: Polymer-coated DNA nanostructures for nucleic acid deliverySupervisors: Silvia Hernández & Jesús del Barrio.

Topic: Nanocrystalline chitin as a sustainable adjuvant towards green hydrogen production through water splittingSupervisors: José Miguel González Domínguez & Alejandro Ansón Casaos.

Topic: Novel approaches for the development of bacterial nanocelluloseSupervisors: José Miguel González Domínguez & Ana M. Benito Moraleja.

Topic: New MOF-inorganic porous material hybrid applied to gas separation membranesSupervisor: Joaquín Coronas.

Topic: Control of the aspect ratio of metal organic frameworks by microfluidic synthesis. Application to gas separationmembranes. Supervisor: Joaquín Coronas.

Final Master Projects offered (course 2021-2022)

Topic: DNA-Polymer Assemblies for Therapeutic Delivery Supervisors: Silvia Hernández & Jesús del Barrio.

Topic: Antidot nano-arrays for magnonics and logic applications Supervisors: Julia Herrero.

Topic: Multifunctional Lanthanide-based MOFs for molecular spintronics and quantum technologies Supervisors: Javier Rubín & Ana Arauzo.

Topic: Titanium‐based nanomaterials for positive electrodes of metal‐air batteries Supervisors: Cinthia Alegre.

Topic: Development of green carbon-based nanocomposites for energy storage Supervisors: María Bernechea & Pilar Lobera.

Topic: Carbon dioxide capture with polyether based block copolymer composite membranes Supervisors: Joaquín Coronas.

Topic: Osmotic distillation applied to wine dealcoholization: study of different membrane modules Supervisors: Joaquín Coronas & Óscar de la Iglesia.

Topic: Microwave-assisted synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications Supervisors: Raluca Fratila & Susuel del Sol.

Topic: Enzymatic generation of nanomaterials for the development of optical nanobiosensors for quality control in food Supervisors: Javier Galbán & Susana de Marcos.

Topic: Self-assembly of gold and silver-containing molecules for nanomaterials fabrication Supervisors: Raquel Giménez.

Topic: Synthesis and characterization of ceramic-polymer composite electrolytes for solid state batteries Supervisors: Marta Haro & Alodia Orera.

Topic: Development and study of perovskite materials for energy applications Supervisors: Emilio Juárez & Marta Haro.

Topic: Nanostructured materials as electrodes for redox flow batteries Supervisors: José Manuel Luque.

Topic: Electron-microscopy atomic analysis of porous catalysts Supervisors: Álvaro Mayoral & César Magén.

Topic: Study of structured Ni-based catalyst promoted with Ce and/or Mg for low temperature CO2 methanation Supervisors: A. Monzón & E. Romeo.

Topic: Preparation of NiOx thin films for their use as hole transport layer in solar cells Supervisors: María Bernechea & Emilio Juárez.

Topic: Development of photocatalysts active under solar light for pollutant removal in wastewater Supervisors: María Bernechea & Pilar Lobera.

Topic: Nanostructured supramolecular organic materials based on amphiphilic Bent-Core molecules Supervisors: Blanca Ros.

Topic: Catalysts based on Fe-N-C on carbonaceous hybrid nanomaterials for fuel cells Supervisors: David Sebastián.

Topic: Nanoparticles based on dendrimers to detect biomarkers in cancer patients analyzed by Fluorescence Liquid Biopsy Supervisors: Teresa Sierra & Olga Abián.

Topic: Solar cells based on the combination of perovskite and semiconductor nanocrystals Supervisors: María Bernechea & Emilio Juárez.

Topic: Production of hydrogen and carbon nanostructures by catalytic decomposition of methane Supervisors: Daniel Torres & José Luis Pinilla.

Topic: Development of nanosystems for the controlled release of drugs and signalling molecules in the treatment of osteoarthritis Supervisors: Manuel Arruebo & Gracia Mendoza.

Topic: Elaboration and study of 2D nanoparticle assemblies by Langmuir-Blodgett Supervisor(s) Supervisors: Ignacio Gascón & Ainhoa Urtizberea.

Topic: Development of polymeric scaffolds for bone and cartilage regeneration Supervisors: Silvia Irusta & Gracia Mendoza.

Topic: Physical phase plates for transmission electron microscopy analysis of nanomaterials Supervisors: Simon Hettler & Raúl Arenal.

Topic: Atomic Configuration Studies of Misfit-Layered Compounds in the form of Nanotubes Supervisors: Simon Hettler & Raúl Arenal.

Topic: Low-dimensional Carbon and Related Materials: In-situ Microscopy Studies Supervisors: Raúl Arenal.

Topic: Synthesis and physical characterization of cobalt nanodeposits grown by focused electron beam induced deposition under cryogenic conditions Supervisors: César Magén & José María de Teresa.

Topic: Design and “dry” synthesis of 2D nanographenes with atomic scale precision Supervisors: David Serrate & Jorge Lobo.

Topic: Synthesis and characterization of molecular switches for opto-electronic devices Supervisors: Santiago Martín & Gregorio Guisado.

Topic: New 3d/5d oxide thin film materials for spintronic applications: growth and characterization Supervisors: Mª Ángeles Laguna.

Topic: Synthesis and photocatalytic applications of 2D materials: Gas-phase CO2 hydrogenation Supervisors: Francisco Balas & Arturo Sanz.

Topic: Nanofabrication of chemically modified surfaces for large area molecular electronic devices Supervisors: Santiago Martín & Pilar Cea.

Topic: Model cell membranes for biomedical applications Supervisors: Santiago Martín & Pilar Cea.

Topic: Carbon quantum dot sensitization of ZnO NWs towards high efficiency water splitting photoanodes Supervisors: Alejandro Galán & Wolfgang K. Maser.

Topic: Nanocomposites based on an organic dye and carbon for solar energy applications Supervisors: María Jesús Blesa & Alejandro Ansón.

Topic: Development of enhanced hematite nanostructured electrodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting Supervisors: Alejandro Galán & Ana M. Benito.

Multidisciplinary Joint Educational Projects

These are some of the proposals for academically guided multidisciplinary joint Educational projects offered for the 2021-2022 academic year (updates coming):

Topic: Marketing an innovation: A commercial viability analysis. Supervisor: Javier Sesé.

Topic: How industry related to nanotechnology applications located in Aragon benefit from the of use social networking. Supervisors: Mª Jesús Martínez & M. Pilar Pina.


External practicum (66117), 5 ECTS, course 2020-2021 (updates coming)

Inauguration schedule

NANOMAT Master’s Welcome Conference

Start of the Master’s Degree: 5th Sep. 2023

Welcome and presentation by Dr. María Pilar Pina (Coordinator): 15:00 h-16:00 h

Inaugural lecture by Dr. Raúl Arenal (ARAID-INMA), 16:00-17:00 h: “Study of the atomic-scale properties of low-dimensional nanomaterials”

Venue: Aula 4 Edificio A (Físicas), Facultad de Ciencias,Campus San Francisco


The Cátedra SAMCA de Nanotecnología de la Universidad de Zaragoza opens a call for scholarships for students of the Master in Nanostructured Materials for Nanotechnology Applications (NANOMAT), 2023-2024.

5 scholarships are called, consisting of a grant of 1,700 € to be deducted from the tuition fee of the course.


Students in a position to enrol for all the credits of the Master in Nanostructured Materials for Nanotechnology Applications in the academic year 2023-24.


Send to María Pilar Pina ( and Marta Giménez Mazas ( a single file in pdf format containing the following documentation: (1) academic transcript; (2) CV; (3) motivation letter in English. The title of the email should be: SAMCA MASTER NANOMAT SCHOLARSHIPS 2023-24.


Applications must be sent before 14.00 h on 8th September 2023. The scholarships will be awarded on 15th September 2023.

Announcement on the Cátedra Samca website


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