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A strong consortium!


DYNANO’s challenging objectives will be reached thanks to a strong multidisciplinary consortium of 15 partners with high-level expertise from all over Europe. First-class research groups are working hand in hand with innovative industrial companies to reach DYNANO's scientific goal and train a new generation of skilled scientists.

Have a look at our research partners.

Have a look at our industrial partners.

Have a look at our associate partner.


Research partners

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – CNRS - France

CNRS, France’s National Center for Scientific Research is a government-funded research organization. It is the largest governmental research organization in France and the largest fundamental science agency in Europe. CNRS has 26 000 permanent employees and 6 000 temporary workers.

Institut Européen des Membranes - IEM


The European Membrane Institute (IEM) is under the authority of CNRS, the University of Montpellier 2 and the National School of Chemistry of Montpellier. IEM has a total of 45 permanent researchers. Total staff number is 140.


IEM Group participating in DYNANO: Dr. Mihai Barboiu’s group

The main research interests of the group are in the area of supramolecular and constitutional dynamic materials and membranes, and more generally on functional self-assembly at the interfaces of chemistry, biology, material sciences and nanosciences.



The NSA group is developing an interdisciplinary research project in chemistry, biology & physics, using a supramolecular chemistry/bioorganic chemistry/nanomaterials platform. The methodology consists in a new global approach including many multidisciplinary knots of synergetic concepts in molecular conception, supramolecular transcription and material chemistry which can be implemented simultaneously in order to converge to polyfunctional "Systems membranes".



Institut Charles Sadron – ICS


ICS is a CNRS multidisciplinary institute, associated with the university of Strasbourg. Its researchers work at the interface of chemistry and physics of materials.

ICS current main research topics are chemistry and engineering of polymers; polyelectrolytes; polymers at interfaces; molecular and supramolecular auto-assembly; mixed and nanocomposite systems; biomaterials and complexes of therapeutic interest.


Group participating in DYNANO: Prof. Nicolas Giuseppone's group

The group's expertise is in molecules that can spontaneously self-assemble into functional nano-objects. The group works on assembly at several hierarchical organization levels with the aim to develop smart materials. The researchers approach includes organic synthesis, supramolecular chemistry, self-assembly and dynamic combinatorial chemistry.


Université de Strasbourg – UDS - France


European by nature and international by design, the University's strengths and assets stem from its active involvement in virtually every discipline comprising the current body of knowledge.

UDS strives to attain cross-disciplinarity so that this mixing fosters new research opportunities and produces courses that meet society's need. The international dimension is fundamental for the University of Strasbourg and thanks to the world wide reputation of its research teams, built on excellence and efficiency, it emerges among Europe's foremost research universities and has over 2,600 professors and staff.


Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramoléculaires - ISIS

ISIS’s mission is to promote top level multidisciplinary research at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology. ISIS is composed of five laboratories directed by senior researchers, and two labs directed by junior researchers.


Group participating in DYNANO: Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn’s group

The group of the Nobel laureate in chemistry holds outstanding experience in supramolecular and biomimetic chemistry.


Royal Institute of Technology - KTH - Sweden


KTH is the largest technical university in Sweden. Education and research cover natural sciences and engineering, architecture, industrial engineering and management, urban planning, work science and environmental engineering.


Institutionen for kemi

The department of Chemistry encompasses both fundamental and applied chemical sciences and seeks sustainable development through scientific excellence. Many research activities are interdisciplinary across the borders from chemistry to materials science, environmental science, biochemistry, biology and medicine.


Group participating in DYNANO: Prof. Olof Ramstrom’s group

The group is part of the department of Chemistry and holds substantial experience in supramolecular chemistry with special emphasis on bioorganic systems and materials science. Within the field of dynamic chemistry, the group has particularly focused on the exploration of dynamic covalent chemistry and the development of kinetically resolved, complex dynamic systems. The group is also active in the development of nanoobjects and nanopatterned materials for biological applications.


Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix – FUNDP - Belgium

Situated in the Southern, French-speaking part of Belgium, the university of Namur comprises six Faculties, offering some forty academic programmes. The university welcomes 6000 students and carries out research covering the main fields of knowledge, ranging from ethics to nanotechnologies, from linguistics to computer science, from human rights to veterinary science.


Group participating in DYNANO: Laboratoire de Chimie Bioorganique

Prof. Stéphane Vincent's group specializes in synthetic carbohydrate chemistry, with special emphasis on biomimetic systems and mechanism-based inhibition. The group is part of the “Unit of Organic Chemistry” and is involved in the study of glycosyl processing enzymes of biological importance.

Its researchers seek to unravel mechanistic or conformational characteristics of new biocatalytic processes, through the synthesis of rationally designed glycosides and the evaluation of their binding properties to the targeted enzymes.

Stéphane Vincent’s group always targets biological systems of biomedical relevance with potential therapeutic applications in the domain of infectious diseases (tuberculosis), antivirulence, septicaemia and cancer.


Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas- CSIC – Spain


The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. CSIC multidisciplinary activities range from basic research to technological development.


Instituto de Química-Física "Rocasolano"


The Institute’s multidisciplinary research topics include physical chemistry of low dimensional systems, surfaces and condensed matter, energy and chemical reactivity, laser induced processes in molecules and materials, molecular and functional biophysics, and structural biology.


Group participating in DYNANO: Dr. Dolores Solís’s biophysics group

The group focuses on compound/target characterization and analysis of intermolecular interactions, using a variety of biophysical techniques, with special emphasis on protein-carbohydrate interactions. A novel carbohydrate microarray technology has recently been added to the repertoire of existing methodologies.


Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas - CIB


The new Centre of Biological Research (CIB) was inaugurated in 2004. Its new facilities allow the scientists to continue advancing knowledge in five scientific areas: environmental biology; cellular biology and development; chemical and physical biology; cellular and molecular medicine; molecular microbiology and biology of infection.


Group participating in DYNANO: Prof. Jesús Jiménez-Barbero’s group

The Chemical and Physical Biology group (CPB) develops a quantitative understanding of specific biological problems at different levels of complexity, from the single molecule level to sub-cellular macromolecular assemblies. This knowledge will enable to predict, control and engineer essential biological functions towards biomedical and/or biotechnological applications. In order to meet these challenges, CPB’s approach makes use of structural biology, mechanistic biochemistry, molecular biophysics, and computational biology.


Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas "Alberto Sols"- IIBM


IIBM is a joint research institute between CSIC and the Autonomous University of Madrid. IIBM is organized around four departments: cancer biology; physiopathology of the endocrine and nervous system; metabolism and cell signaling; and experimental models of human diseases.


Group participating in DYNANO: Prof. Villalobo’s laboratory

The group’s current research topics are signalling mechanisms controlling proliferation, tumour cells invasiveness and tumour-associated angiogenesis.


Università degli Studi di Firenze - UNIFI – Italy


The University of Florence (UNIFI) is a higher study institute in Florence, central Italy. One of the largest and oldest universities in the country, it consists of 12 faculties and has about 60,000 students.


Group participating in DYNANO: Prof. Claudiu T. Supuran’s laboratory

The Bioinorganic Chemistry laboratory is part of the Chemistry Department. The lab has extensive experience in the study and development of metalloenzyme inhibitors and activators. Recent research focuses on carbonic anhydrase involvement in pathologies such as cancer, brain diseases, glaucoma, obesity and epilepsy.


Semmelweis University - SE - Hungary

Founded in 1769 as the Medical Faculty of what was then the University of Nagyszombat, Semmelweis University is the oldest medical school in Hungary. Nowadays, the university is organized around the following topics: medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, health sciences, health management, physical education and sport sciences.


Group participating in DYNANO:

The Membrane Nanovesicle Research Group participating in DYNANO is part of the Department of Genetics, Cell- and Immunobiology (Genetikai, Sejt- és Immunbiológiai Intézet - GSI). The group works in close collaboration with other local research groups and has a methodology platform and expertise unique in Central Europe to isolate and characterize membrane nanovesicle populations (with differential centrifugation/density gradient ultracentrifugation, affinity isolation, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, dynamic light scattering analysis, flow cytometry, mass spectrometry).

Research projects focus on immunity/autoimmunity, inflammation and tumour biology.


International Centre of Biodynamics – ICB, Romania


ICB was established in 2000 under the aegis of UNESCO as a non-profit organization of general interest and public utility. ICB specializes in the field of biodynamics for the development and applications of rapid, noninvasive methods to analyze and control biosystems in biotechnology, medicine, food industry and ecology. ICB coordinates RTD projects and also coordinates graduate training programmes in collaboration with the University of Bucharest. ICB aims to maintain a balance between fundamental and applied research.


Industrial partners

Attana AB – Sweden


Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Attana AB was founded in 2002. Attana is an SME specialized in the development and production of biosensor equipment for biomedical applications.

Attana’s vision is to develop and market the world’s foremost biosensors, based on the QCM technology. Attana develops and sells proprietary continuous flow biosensors, along with consumable sensor chips with various selective and metal coatings. Attana’s systems are used by leading universities and biotech companies for application areas ranging from drug discovery to surface science, and sharing a common goal: understanding molecules.


GVS S.p.A – Italy

GVS S.P.A. is the mother company of an industrial group - GVS Group - characterized by a strong manufacturing and market-oriented vocation. The Group employs about 1050 people.

It is one of the world's leading manufacturers of injection-moulded plastic filters and components for the medical, automotive, laboratory, pharmaceutical, domestic, safety, industrial, and air conditioning sectors. GVS manufactures hydrophobic membranes in Polyvinylidenefluoride, hydrophilic membranes in Polyethersulphone, surface-modified membranes (both hydrophobic and hydrophilic) to control hydrorepellency, emorepellency, and oleophobicity of surfaces, functionalised membranes and nonwoven media to capture toxins and pathogens. The company also produces filters and functionalised membranes to capture bacterial endotoxins and viruses.


SOLVAY – Belgium


Solvay is an international chemical group. The Group is headquartered in Brussels and employs about 17,000 people in 40 countries. The New Business and Development team (NBD) develops new activities by creating new materials and innovative systems using technologies that go beyond those applied in the Group’s traditional businesses.

Within this framework, Solvay has defined nanotechnologies as one of its strategic priorities, and launched a “Nanotechnology Platform” at the end of 2007. The Solvay Nanotechnology Platform catalyses and supports the creation of additional or new economic value for « high-tech » materials by monitoring, in-sourcing and implementing appropriate leading edge science and technologies.


Associate partner

EMH - Belgium

EMH is a non-profit-making international association set up in 2008 by universities and research institutes in 10 European countries. The European Membrane Society is also an EMH founding member.

EMH is dedicated to enhance the industrial implementation of membrane-based technologies. EMH also contributes to developing a coherent and structured European system for membrane research and technological innovation. This is achieved thanks to institutional lobbying and developing research and industry partnerships.