Our Aims

The thematic research network “Nanoparticles for biomedicine” is a collaborative network of partners with complementary expertise, that together encompass all scientific areas necessary for biomedical application of nanoparticles – from physics and chemistry to medicine and pharmacology.

Aims are the acquisition of excellent young scientists and the regular exchange of doctoral students and scientists between the different disciplines of the network. The exchange of data and knowledge during the workshops, conferences and research stays will deepen the cooperation within the network and promote the network scientifically.

The publication of joint publications in journals is aimed at documenting scientific progress within the network and promoting international visibility.

There is already a long-term cooperation between the British and Japanese partner universities in the field of nanoparticle research, which also includes an international PhD program. Thus, both partners have not only competence in the field of nanomaterials, but also experience in the international exchange of doctoral students. The German team has long-standing experience with biomedical application of magnetic nanoparticles, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration, through the highly successful DFG-funded Research Unit 917. Additionally, the German team has been heavily involved in several graduate programmes. The Spanish team has already launched several national and European projects in the field of magnetic nanoparticles. Together, our aim is to use our collective experience and specific skill sets to further the international scientific cooperation and exchange between the partner countries.

The international cooperation will enable to exchange ideas and knowledge in chemistry, physics, biology and medicine. Several competence centers are being developed and represent gene therapy, design, characterization and application of MNPs.

Competence Center

Research Network: Europe - Japan


University of Bonn

Technical University of Munich

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Berlin


University College London (UCL)


University of Zaragoza

University of the Basque Country, Lejona

Institute of Materials Science of Madrid

Institute iMdea, Madrid


Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Kanazawa

The University of Tokyo

The University of Shiga Prefecture, Hikone

The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo

Overview: Aims

  • Fostering the international and research-specific cooperation between the particular partner countries

  • Establishment and extension of an attractive network for the education of young scientists (PhD students, PostDocs) in the area of nanomaterials and gene therapy

  • Regular scientific exchange of PhD students and scientists between the different areas of expertise within the network

  • Recruitment of excellent young scientists and integration into the existing network

  • Strengthen the visibility and attractiveness of the University of Bonn as an international research university