Research Unit in Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies

Since the beginning of the 21st century, nanoscale based technology, or nanotechnology, is developing in a dramatic manner. The products from this technology offer a lot more comfort and versatility and are nowadays part of everyday life in almost all the societies of the world. Nanotechnology is basically the employment of tools with very high precision along with dedicated know-how to manufacture devices at the scale of the billionth of the meter (a nanometer is 1 million times smaller than a millimeter), a scale beyond human perception and conventional scientific technologies and concepts. In other words, the world lives today in a post-technological transformation era, from microtechnology to nanotechnology, and faces unprecedented consequent facts and social phenomena. It is, therefore, quite clear that it has become evident that Algeria had to attune itself in order to understand, control and use nanotechnology for its development and security, and, to participate to the international efforts for a safe deployment of nanoproducts. In this context, the research unit for Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (URNN) constitutes a national permanent support and an international scientific and technological partner.

The creation of the URNN is a consecration of joint efforts and support from the head of scientific research and technological development in Algeria. The unit is in realization stage since the year 2017. Its project of creation was adopted by the scientific council and the board of directors of the Center of Development of Advanced Technologies (CDTA), as well as the Permanent Sector Committee (CSP) of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRS). The headquarters of the URNN is currently within the campus of the University of Setif 1.


The missions of the URNN are divided into two parts:

  1. Scientific research and development which includes:
    • Acquire and develop experimental know-how in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology and participate in establishing a tradition of experimental research in the country and support the research and development departments within the national industry.
    • Establish and master the techniques of fabrication and characterization of materials at the nanoscale.
    • Synthesize and study physical, chemical, and electronic nanoscale properties of modern material systems and their integration into technological applications.
    • Master ultra-vacuum and cryogenics technologies required for nanocharacterization techniques.
    • Promotion and diffusion of the notions and the usefulness of nanoscience and nanotechnology within the Algerian University, for socio-economic partners and general public.
  2. Partnership with state and private socio-economic actors.


Hadj Mohamed BENIA
Director of URNN