The Interdisciplinary Centre for Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces (CIMaINa) was established in 2004 at the University of Milan by a grant of the Italian Ministry of Education, to be the hub for the integration and merging of research activities relevant for nanotechnology coming from disciplines such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Pharmacology and Medicine.

CIMaINa owns dedicated laboratories and facilities in addition to already existing structures to promote a more intense cooperation between scientists with different backgrounds by sharing common infrastructures.

CIMaINa is committed to develop a deep understanding of the phenomena governing the interaction between inorganic and organic surfaces, at the nano- and microscale level. This fundamental knowledge is exploited for the development of novel fabrication processes, devices and systems for a variety of applications including catalysis, optoelectronics, chemical sensing, biomaterials, drug delivery, polymer therapeutics, cell biology, and postgenomics.