About the GDR

The information below can be found, with illustrations, on the GDR brochure, in french or in english. You can meet and follow the GDR community on its LinkedIn group.


  • To federate and structure the French community whose research activities are closely linked to the multidisciplinary study of inorganic nanostructures synthesized by solution chemistry
  • To take advantage of the know-how of each partner to emulate the entire community in a common effort towards one objective: the rationalized synthesis of inorganic nanostructures towards optimized or new properties and functionalities
  • To promote the emergence of national, European (Horizon Europe), and international interdisciplinary collaborative projects
  • To organize scientific meetings


Nanostructures play an important role in a wide variety of application fields. Optimizing their performance requires modulating their properties. In a very competitive international context, structuring the French scientific potential offers the opportunity to exploit the recent technological advances (advanced characterization techniques, microfluidics, AI, etc.) towards a very high-level research around the development of inorganic nano objects and their integration into functional devices. NINO is structured according to three themes, themselves subdivided into three transversal axes: the development of nanostructures, their characterization and the theoretical tools implemented for an optimal understanding of the formation processes and the targeted control of their properties.

As part of the NINO GDR, we will:

  • Communicate on the state of the art and future research directions regarding the atomic structure and the formation process of nano-objects.
  • Identify and overcome the limits of large-scale production methods of well-defined nanoobjects (batch, continuous flow syntheses).
  • Identify reaction models and extract general rules for their application to different types of nano-objects.
  • Capitalize on the opportunities offered by cutting-edge characterization techniques for in situ and ex situ monitoring of the formation of nanostructures and the study of their properties.
  • Adapt usual characterization techniques to the conditions of formation reactions and the application environment of nanostructures.
  • Discuss the specifications for different applications and the required adaptation of the properties of nano-objects.
  • Present processes for integrating individual nano-objects into functional devices (organization into super-networks, creation of interfaces, packaging).
  • Be concerned about the toxicity of nano-objects and, if necessary, explore ways to mitigate it.
  • Reduce the cost of synthesis and its environmental impact by thinking in particular about the life cycle and recycling of nano-objects.
  • Better understand and use the potential of interpretive and predictive theoretical tools to understand the mechanisms of nano-object formation and develop guides for the design of nano-objects with tailor-made properties.
  • Identify and evaluate the opportunities offered by digital simulations and artificial intelligence in the prediction of properties, design, and ultimately the determination of optimal parameters for the development of nano-objects.