INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, ChipAI Project Coordinator is the first, and so far the only, fully international research organization in Europe in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. INL is an international intergovernmental research organization (IGRO) with the mission to perform cutting-edge research and development in interdisciplinary nanotechnology and to function as an innovation integrator in multiple application domains. INL was created under an international legal framework similar to that of other International Research organizations like CERN, EMBL or ESA and with the aim to become a global center of excellence in applied nanotechnology research. The center provides a high-tech research environment toaddress major challenges of Nanotechnologies, in four main areas:

  • Health;

  • Safety in Environmental and Food Control;

  • Renewable Energy;

  • Information and Communication Technologies.



Bruno Romeira

Staff Researcher

Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics Group

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Dr. Bruno Romeira is the Coordinator of the H2020 FETOpen Project ChipAI. He received the Ph.D. degree (summa cum laude) in physics and the European Ph.D. degree from the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal, jointly with the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, U.K., and the University of Seville, Seville, Spain, in 2012.

From 2013 to 2014, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Microwave Photonics Research Laboratory, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada. From 2015 to 2017, he was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow with the Applied Physics Department, Institute for Photonic Integration, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He then joined the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Braga, Portugal, as a Marie Curie COFUND Research Fellow, where he is currently a Staff Researcher and a Coordinator of the EU-H2020-FET-OPEN Project ChipAI.

His research cuts across several disciplines in applied physics and engineering, which include semiconductor physics, low-dimensional nanostructures and nanophotonic and neuromorphic devices.

Dr. Romeira is a member of the Optical Society of America and of the IEEE Photonics Society. He was a recipient of the Young Researchers Incentive Programme Award from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal, in 2009, the 2011 IEEE Photonics Society Graduate Student Fellowship from the IEEE Photonics Society, USA, and the Best Ph.D. Thesis in optics and photonics in Portugal in 2012 Award from the Portuguese Society of Optics and Photonics.



Jana Nieder

Head of Nanophotonics Department

Group Leader of the Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics group

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Dr. Jana B. Nieder is the Head of the Department on Nanophotonics of INL and Leader of the Group Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics. She joined INL late 2014 after working in the field of super resolution microscopy at IGC – Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Portugal), and ultrafast single molecule spectroscopy at ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences (Spain) in the group of Niek van Hulst, where she was involved in the development and application of pulse shaping experiments suited to probe quantum coherent energy transfer processes in light harvesting systems.

Jana Nieder received her PhD degree from the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) where her work contributed to a better understanding of pigment-protein and plasmonic interaction effects using low temperature single molecule spectroscopy techniques. Her research focus is on using and developing photonic techniques to advance our understanding of life at the nanoscale and to advance the development of functional nanomaterials with applications in quantum technologies, (bio-) sensing and nano medicine. Jana Nieder aims to foster talent and excellence in photonics research at INL and to build and consolidate INL partnerships with universities and private partners to advance photonics research and innovation with impact to the benefit of society.


Christian Maibohm

Research Fellow
Ultrafast Bio and Nanobiophotonics

Christian Maibohm is postdoctoral research fellow in the “Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics” group led by Dr. Jana B. Nieder. His work is focused on the development of nonlinear photonics solutions, being involved in the deveopment and application of innovative experimental setups for multiphoton microscopy and 3D micro-fabrication.

Christian Maibohm graduated in physics and applied mathematics (2005) from the University of Southern Denmark working on UHV-growth and optical characterization of organic nano-crystals. Enrolled, for 1½ years (2005 to 2007), in the European network “FastNet” as a pre.doc researcher at the institute of physics in Siena, Italy, where he worked on light induced atomic desorption (LIAD) from porous glass. He completed his Ph.D. (2010) in physics and nanotechnology from the University of Southern Denmark and Carl Von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany, focusing on fabrication and multiphoton microscopy of nano-crystals and organic nano-structures.

As a post-doctoral researcher for 2½ years at the University of Southern Denmark, he worked on a method to map the optical near-field of cleanroom fabricated nano-structures and also in the European FP7 project EMICAB (Embodied Motion Intelligence for Cognitive, Autonomous Robots) on fabrication and characterization of bio-inspired polymeric smart sensors. As a post-doctoral researcher for 2½ years at the photonics department at DTU (Technical University of Denmark), he worked on the project ALPHA (Algae Photonics Applications) regarding photonic properties of the nanostructured frustule of diatoms. Alongside the ALPHA project he worked on the FP7 project Digistone which concerned optimization of light coupling to optical fibers embedded in concrete together with scientific consultancy for SME’s on the project.


Nuria Barros

Business and Strategic Relations

Nuria Barros is since September 2017 Business and Strategic Relations Officer at INL focusing on the preparation and coordination of H2020 projects. She has broad experience designing and writing project proposals for universities, research centres and SMEs under the European Commission programmes Horizon 2020 and Interreg. She started her career at the International Relations Office of a university coordinating the ERASMUS+ programme and managing the European bilateral agreements, worked for private companies in the UK in the education and marketing sector, and for EU funding consulting companies in Belgium and Spain. She is also an evaluator for the European Commission. At INL she is responsible for activities such providing advice to researchers on innovation funding schemes, preparing H2020 proposals, coordinating international projects and business development.

Nuria Barros holds an International Master in European Studies from the Institute of European Studies of the University of Louvain (Belgium) and a University Degree in Translation and Interpretation from the University of Vigo (Spain).


Michela Mattaloni

Business and Strategic Relations

Michela Mattaloni joined INL in 2018 as Business and Strategic Relations Officer. She is in charge of supporting researchers in the search for private and public funding to boost the development of their innovative projects. Her activity is mainly focused on advising on opportunities under the EC Framework for Research and Innovation, namely the Horizon 2020 programme. She assists the proposal preparation from calls identification to the final submission of grant applications, fostering partnership building and results’ exploitation, and deals with the management of EU-funded projects.

Backed by a Master’s Degree in Diplomatic and International Relations from the University of Trieste (Italy) with a major in economics and cooperation development, she holds a solid working experience in public funding acquisition and project management. She worked for non-profit organisations and private consultancy companies, both in Brussels (Belgium) and Udine (Italy), engaged in facilitating the access to European and regional funding for enterprises and academia and in representing their interests towards the European Institutions and local authorities. With Italian origins, she has a sound knowledge of English and French.


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