Mission and Activity

Our mission

To become an international centre of reference in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

A little bit of history

The ICN2 was created in 2013 as the final stage in a process of bringing together nanoscientists working for the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the former Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology, itself established in 2003 by the Government of Catalonia and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The Centro de Investigación en Nanociencia y Nanotecnología (CIN2) was established as a first approximation to this goal in 2006, in a move that was later consolidated by the incorporation of CSIC into the Board of Patrons of the former ICN to create the ICN2. 

The building that houses the ICN2 was officially inaugurated on 20 January 2014. Shortly afterwards, the ICN2 received the Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence accreditation and first Severo Ochoa-funded research programme, serving by way of confirmation that we were on the right track.