Thursday, 22 February 2018

Doing science like a woman

Last week we celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science at the ICN2 with a series of events intended to inform and provoke reflection on the subject of gender. Read on for a summary of the main ideas raised.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The Graphene Pavilion at the Mobile World Congress

The Graphene Flagship returns next week to the GSMA Mobile World Congress, bringing with it the next generation of mobile technologies. Step into the Graphene Pavilion and enter the fascinating world of graphene and related materials in an exhibition designed to bring these materials to life. Organised by the Graphene Flagship, curated by ICFO and supported by the European Commission and the GSMA, the Graphene Pavilion will offer a glimpse into brain-computer interfaces developed at the ICN2.

Friday, 09 February 2018

Promoting women in STEM at local secondary school

Last month Dr Belen Ballesteros, leader of the ICN2 Electron Microscopy Unit, gave a talk at the La Vall secondary school in Bellaterra. In a forerunner to the events planned at the ICN2 as part of the Spanish “11F” promotion of women and girls in science, her talk aimed to show another face of science, while also introducing the students to exciting field of nanotechnology.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Micromotors made easy

Researchers of the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group led by Prof. Arben Merkoçi have devised a simple manufacturing method for versatile graphene oxide-based micromotors. Requiring no specialist equipment, it can be used to produce a range of micromotors that can be further tuned for different purposes. Luis Baptista-Pires explains the process in the paper published in Small.

Friday, 09 February 2018

Conclusions of the FLEXOFABRIC Project

Project FLEXOFABRIC has studied the viability of PVDF fabrics for flexoelectric smart textiles. A flexoelectric material is one that generates electricity when bent. Polivinilidene di-fluoride (PVDF) is a well-known flexoelectric and piezoelectric polymer; films of this material have been reported to have large piezoelectric and flexoelectric coefficients and therefore a large capacity to generate electricity under mechanical stress. Our purpose was to see whether such good electromechanical properties could be transferred to a textile form for smart wearables.