Aarhus University (AU) was founded in 1928. It has 44,500 students; about 1,900 PhD students – of which one in four has a foreign nationality – and close to 700 postdoctoral scholars together with 11,550 employees (2013). AU has four faculties – Arts, Science and Technology, Business & Social Sciences.

The four faculties cover the entire research spectrum – basic research, applied research, strategic research and research-based advice to the authorities.
In recent years AU has been moving up the most important university ranking lists. In 2015 the university was number 81 at the Leiden Ranking, and number 106 on the Times Higher Education World University Ranking.

The named participants are members of the interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), a collaboration between research groups at the Institute of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Chemistry, Department of Molecular Biology, and Institute for Biological Sciences at Aarhus University, several institutes at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Aarhus University, as well as groups from the Faculty of Science, Aalborg University. The center adopts a best-with-best in terms of facilities and people and as a result has world class characterisation capabilities.