Nanoscience Cooperative Research Centre (NANOGUNE)
Scientist in Charge: Rainer Hillenbrand
NanoGUNE (www.nanogune.eu) is a research centre (public funding) in San Sebastian (Basque Country, Spain). It opened in 2009 with the purpose of conducting exploratory and technologically relevant multi-disciplinary research in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. In its fifth anniversary it counts with close to 100 employees and it is active in more than a dozen EU-funded projects.
The Nanoptics Group (www.nanogune.eu/en/research/nanooptics/) pioneered the development of infrared near-field microscopy and nano-FTIR spectroscopy, as well as, its applications in materials sciences, nanophotonics/plasmonics and protein studies. Co-founded Neaspec GmbH (Germany), which is the first company that commercializes scattering-type infrared near-field microscopes and nano-FTIR spectroscopy setups.