The Center for Light Activated Nanostructures is a Joint Research Laboratory set up by the University of Bologna (UNIBO) and the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in 2017. It is regulated by a specific bilateral agreement within the framework cooperation agreement that exists between UNIBO and CNR. At present, CLAN is a unique example of working cooperation initiative between the two founding institutions.


CLAN’s mission is to develop light-sensitive molecular, supramolecular systems, devices and materials as well as promote and engage in the collection and sharing of resources, structures (spaces, equipment and services) and skills to carry our frontier research in the field of chemical and physical sciences, with particular regard to nanoscience, spectroscopy and photochemistry.

The ultimate aim of the research carried out at CLAN is to find innovative solutions to current global challenges, from technological (solar energy conversion, advanced materials, catalysis) to medical advancements (drug delivery, imaging, phototherapy).


CLAN pursues these objectives by:

  • performing frontier research in its premises, through its associated staff
  • enabling the exchange of people and idea between UNIBO and CNR
  • fostering the implementation of research projects
  • ensuring the access to shared facilities
  • creating a critical mass to compete for national and EU funding


CLAN laboratories are located within the Institute for Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (ISOF), under the direction of the Department of Chemical Science and Materials Technology (DSCTM) of CNR - Bologna Area. CLAN carries out frontier research activities, such as those performed within the LEAPS project, funded by the European Research Council with an Advanced Grant, in laboratories that house state-of-the-art equipment utilized under the expertise of a competent team of national and international scientists.


CLAN Scientific director is Alberto Credi, professor of Chemistry chimica at UNIBO and associate research director at ISOF-CNR.