Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices

Group Leader: Jose Antonio Garrido

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Unlocking the brain with novel graphene technology

Recent developments on a novel graphene-based sensing platform, which provides high resolution, real-time measuring of brain activity, could be the gateway to unlocking a superior understanding of the brain. This research, developed in the framework of the EU project BrainCom, coordinated by ICREA Prof. Jose A. Garrido, leader of the ICN2 Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices Group, is reported in four papers recently published on high impact journals.


New investors for INBRAIN to develop graphene-based implants against brain disorders

INBRAIN Neuroelectronics, a spin-off of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and ICREA, receives funding from Sabadell Asabys and Alta Life Sciences, as well as ICF and Finaves, which will allow the company to speed up the development of novel graphene-based implants to optimise the treatment of brain disorders, such as Parkinson's and epilepsy.


Learn about TOCHA and BrainCom with Journalists-in-the-Lab

The visit of two young journalists last February has resulted in a video describing BrainCom and a story on the TOCHA project. The first project works on brain-computer interfaces to restore the ability to speak and the second works on the next generation of electronic, photonic and phononic devices. Those are European projects led by the ICN2, but the visit also involved researchers from ICMAB.


BIST supports multidisciplinary research through the BIST Ignite Programme and Awards

The awarded projects are BIOVAC (ICN2 / IBEC), which aims to develop a new generation of vaccines against untreatable infections and multi-resistant bacteria, and BIOSPAD (ICFO / IFAE), which will develop more affordable brain diagnostic tests. ICN2 is involved in 4 of the 5 projects selected in the 2020 Ignite Programme, leading one of them (SensMOF) through Dr Leyre Gómez Navascués.


Vote for our brain graphene-based devices!

La Vanguardia has selected the brain-computer interfaces designed by the ICN2 and IMB-CNM-CSIC, with a long list of close collaborators, among the candidates to win its prestigious award Vanguardia de la Ciencia. Help us disseminate the fight against epilepsy, migraine or brain damage with nanotechnology. The winner will be one of the 8 candidates that will be selected through popular vote.


The SCN2 celebrates its First Annual Congress of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

The Societat Catalana de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia held its First Annual Congress of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology last Saturday 16 November. It counted with the participation of several ICN2 researchers as organisers and as speakers. Discussing the role of nanotechnology in the ecological challenges was the central axis of the event.


Research meets industry at the Graphene Connect and Health Investment Forum

A Graphene Connect event dedicated to MedTech and Diagnostic Technologies has been held today, 6 November 2019, in Barcelona. This meeting aimed to foster partnership and collaborations between different stakeholders working on graphene technologies and medical devices. In the evening, a Graphene for Health Investment Forum took place, in which some entrepreneurs looking for partners and investors pitched their projects.


i-Vision and InBrain projects hit the news after being granted by “la Caixa”

ICREA Prof. Jose Antonio Garrido, head of the ICN2 Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices Group, and Damià Viana, PhD student of the same Group, received a “la Caixa” Health Research Grant and a CaixaImpulse Grant, respectively. Both initiatives seek to develop new graphene-based neural interfaces for clinical applications and received broad media coverage in the context of the awards ceremony celebrated yesterday.


CaixaImpulse awards an ICN2 project on engineered graphene for neural interfaces

The selected InBrain Technologies project is led by Damià Viana, PhD student from the ICN2 Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices Group. CaixaImpulse is an acceleration programme that helps early stage biomedical research projects to validate their asset and define their valorisation plan. The programme aims to facilitate the leap from basic research to the market.


The graphene-based retinal implants to restore vision awarded a “la Caixa” Health Research Grant

“La Caixa” Foundation has announced today the winners of the second edition of “la Caixa” Health Research Grants. IFAE, ICFO, Barraquer Foundation and Institut de la Vision (University of Sorbonne) are the partner institutions forming the i-VISION research consortium led by the ICN2 and awarded with 1 million euros. The three-year project will design the next generation of retinal prostheses using graphene-based electrodes to provide artificial vision to patients blinded by retinal degeneration.


The ICN2 joins the Sabadell annual local festival

The Sabadell City Hall organaises every year a research and technology area during the city’s annual local festival. It is crowded with organisations sharing innovative projects. The ICN2 was sharing in one of the booths some general concepts about the nanoscale and some highlighted research lines, such as lab-on-a-chip technologies, brain-computer interfaces and superhydrophobic materials.


The ICN2 receives its second Severo Ochoa Excellence Award

The ceremony celebrated at the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities was hosted by Minister Pedro Duque. The ICN2 Severo Ochoa Programme is a four year research strategy to strengthen the tools and the research performed in areas as relevant as energy, health, ICT and environment. A delegation of the 5 Severo Ochoa Excellence Centers and the 7 Maria de Maeztu Excellence Units participated in the event. The ICN2 delegation was led by ICREA Prof. Jose Antonio Garrido, Vice-Director of the ICN2.


Let your innovation stand out at the Graphene for Health Investment Forum

Save the date: The Graphene Connect is coming to Barcelona next 6 November. It will be focused on MedTech and Diagnostic Technologies. It is co-organised by the Graphene Flagship, the ICN2 and the Medical Association of Barcelona to facilitate a direct interaction with key players and investors. The ICN2 is curating the event through its Business and Innovation Department.


Research meets industry at the Graphene 2019 Conference

Starting this morning in Rome, this edition of the Graphene Conference series (June 25-28) will bring together experts on graphene and 2D materials from around Europe, as well as companies interested in exploiting new promising technologies in this field. The ICN2 has a leading role in creating new graphene-based scientific and industrial opportunities. Visit the BIST booth we share with our colleagues from ICFO and IFAE!




The Mobile World Congress and YoMo go nano

The two major events in Barcelona this week are the Mobile World Congress and the Youth Mobile. Both events organised by GSMA include technologies and outreach activities coming straight from the nanoscale. Other parallel events also feature ICN2 researchers.


Graphene-based brain implants hit the headlines

The year 2019 started with a work in Nature Materials describing how researchers in Barcelona have developed a graphene-based implant able to record electrical activity in the brain at extremely low frequencies and over large areas. This work led by the ICN2 and the IMB-CNM, CSIC was also participated by IDIBAPS, CIBER-BBN and ICFO.


Graphene-based implant overcomes technical limitation to record brain activity at extremely low frequencies

Researchers in Barcelona have developed a graphene-based implant able to record electrical activity in the brain at extremely low frequencies and over large areas, unlocking the wealth of information found below 0.1 Hz. The prototype was developed at the Barcelona Microelectronics Institute (IMB-CNM, CSIC) and the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2, a BIST and CSIC centre), and was adapted for brain recordings in collaboration with the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS). Published in Nature Materials, the groundbreaking technology promises to enhance our understanding of the brain and pave the way for the next generation of brain-computer interfaces.


BrainCom, the story of collaboration across fields

Imagine you wanted to build a device that could allow people with severe speech impairment to engage in everyday conversation. How would you go about it? Coordinator of the European BrainCom project, ICREA Prof. Jose A. Garrido talks us through the process of building the right team.



Braincom Summer School in Barcelona

Braincom is a collaborative European research project led by ICN2 to drive the development of neural interfaces able to record and interpret brain activity at source. Last month project partners came to Barcelona for a dedicated summer school.


Graphene Week brings ICN2 innovation to San Sebastián

Graphene Week is the Graphene Flagship International Conference. It kicked off on 10 September in San Sebastian. The program includes some ICN2 researchers and their innovations are being exhibited at the Flagship’s booth.



NANO2ALL multistakeholder debate discusses RRI in nanotechnology

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) practices are transforming the way science interacts with society. The ICN2 has been involved in the NANO2ALL project to organise two national debates where citizens and stakeholders debated about how to better identify and integrate societal needs, concerns and values in nanotechnology research and innovation processes. The conclusions of the national debates held in Europe are now available.



La Vanguardia explores the materials that are shaping the future

The Spanish newspaper devotes two full pages to explain how nanotechnology is shaping materials at the nanoscale for multiple applications. Among experts from other centers, four ICN2 Group Leaders share their research with an impact in fields such as energy, flexible circuits and biomedicine.


Successful P-Sphere networking meeting

The UAB organised a meeting of researchers involved in the P-Sphere Cofund project to encourage synergies and collaborations. Up to 6 Postdoctoral Researchers from the ICN2 are part of this exciting initiative.


BIST holds its annual conference at CosmoCaixa

BIST Director General says modernising research facilities and providing training to boost the social impact of science are the top priorities of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology. The event, held at CosmoCaixa, offers an overview about several transversal research issues being tackled by the BIST institutions.


ICN2 shares scientific knowledge and applications at Graphene 2018

Graphene 2018 is being held in Dresden (Germany) from 26 to 29 June 2018. ICN2 is there once again with organisational, institutional and scientific efforts to share the latest advances in graphene research. Drop by the ICN2 booth to learn about brain implants to restore speech or nanoporous graphene, among other breakthroughs.





When Prof. Kostas Kostarelos came to the ICN2

Professor and chair of nanomedicine at the University of Manchester explains why a new work package on biomedical technologies was needed within the Graphene Flagship, and why the Bellaterra Campus is so important to this new line of research.


The ICN2 reopens its doors for this year's ESCOLAB

Lab tours give young students the opportunity to interact with real scientists and get a sense of what happens at a research centre. Last week almost 100 students came through our doors to learn about the research carried out at the ICN2. This event was made possible thanks to the participation of the researchers and admin personnel who gave up some their time to organise some unique experiences.



ICN2 in the Media: Brain sensors in La Vanguardia

Graphene-based brain implants developed under the H2020 BrainCom project led by the ICN2 were showcased last month at the Mobile World Congress. Since then the technology has received considerable attention from regional media, including this article in La Vanguardia.


Graphene to restore speech and other stories at the MWC

As we have already reported, the GSMA Mobile World Congress returned to Barcelona last month and with it, the Graphene Pavilion. Back for the third year, the aim of this space is to bring graphene and related 2D materials to life for the diverse public that this congress attracts. With our track record in graphene-based breakthroughs, the ICN2 had to be there. Here is our review.


Brain implants and educational nanotechnologies at the MWC and YoMo

The ICN2 returned this year to the Graphene Pavilion at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, this time showcasing graphene-based brain implants designed to restore speech and communication abilities. It also explored super hydrophobic materials in the classroom context at the parallel Youth Mobile Festival.


The ICN2 in two of the three BIST Ignite projects

The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology has awarded three second-phase grants to collaborative projects developed jointly by BIST member institutions. The ICN2's participation in two of the three successful projects is led by ICREA Prof. Jose Antonio Garrido and ICREA Prof. Jordi Arbiol.


GraphCat seeks to consolidate a leading position in the graphene-based technologies market

This initiative, managed by the ICN2 and scientifically coordinated by the ICN2 and ICFO, will promote a strong community to develop cutting-edge graphene technologies for and by Catalan industry. It was presented on 4 December this year at the ICN2, in an event to kick start the creation of a project portfolio that simultaneously drives progress and showcases regional excellence.


How graphene can transform brain-computer interfaces

ICN2 group leader ICREA Prof. Jose Antonio Garrido and fellow Graphene Flagship programme coordinator, Prof. Kostas Kostarelos of the University of Manchester, were invited by Advanced Materials to present their vision of the role of graphene in the design of advanced brain-computer interfaces. Published earlier this month, the work entitled “Graphene in the design and engineering of next-generation neural interfaces” outlines the current state-of-the-art in this field, along with the ways graphene is allowing us to overcome some of the obstacles to fully realising the next generation of neural interfaces. 


La Caixa awards grants to three ICN2 PhD students

Last Friday several members of the ICN2 were at CaixaForum Madrid for the Obra Social La Caixa awards ceremony. Among those receiving grants to complete their doctoral studies were Xiaoman Mao, Marc Vila and Ramón García.


BIST Ignite call winners announced at the BIST Founding Conference

The BIST Founding Conference brought together 300 participants and leading scientific experts from Barcelona and internationally.  Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016, opened the conference as the keynote speaker. The conference included many thought-provoking sessions including dialogues run by experts in the four research areas that BIST has identified as strategic: chemical biology, graphene, big data, and microscopy. At the end of the ceremony, the winners of the BIST Ignite call were announced, including two projects participated by ICN2.



ICN2 at the MWC: Graphene based retina prostheses and pollution detectors

For the second consecutive year, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) is offering a selection of the most promising applications based on such 2D materials as graphene in the Graphene Flagship’s Graphene Experience Zone. ICN2 is there to present two technologies: innovative electronic retina prostheses for patients that have lost their sight but still have a functional optic nerve and a patented sensor, fitted to a mobile phone, with oenology and pollution detection applications, the results of which can be read immediately. ICN2 and ICFO are already working together so that, after the MWC, they can once again put Barcelona at the forefront of innovation with 2D materials at the Graphene Conference 2017 (28-31 March 2017).



ICN2 at the focus of a new episode of LAB24

TVE offers through its 24h Channel the science dissemination program Lab24. In its latest episode this highly recognised program offers an extensive overview of the research performed at ICN2.


BrainCom will develop a new generation of cortical implants for speech neural prostheses applications

BrainCom is a FET Proactive project, funded by the European Commission with 8.35M€ for the next 5 years, holding its Kick-off meeting on January 12-13 at ICN2 and the UAB. This project, coordinated by ICREA Research Prof. Jose A. Garrido from ICN2, will permit significant advances in understanding of cortical speech networks and the development of speech rehabilitation solutions using innovative brain-computer interfaces.


ICN2 participates in GraphIn 2016 with energy, neuroelectronics and TT novelties

ICN2 is a regular participant in the GraphIn events series. On December 13 2016 this workshop was held in Barcelona to offer an update of the technology developments and business opportunities in graphene commercialization. The ICN2 Knowledge and Technology Transfer Department had an active role during the event, together with researchers from different ICN2 Groups.


ICN2 creates new opportunities at GrapChina 2016

The ICN2 delegation included the Director and a nourished representation of Group leaders involved in different approaches to graphene research and applications. After a series of contacts with Chinese representations, GrapChina becomes a strategic event to develop new contacts with key players such as the China Innovation Alliance of the Graphene Industry (CGIA).


A TEDx Talk to learn about Graphene

Dr. Eli Prats, researcher from the Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica (CNM-IMB-CSIC) and CIBER-BBN, offered recently a talk at TEDx Amposta to introduce a surprising material: Graphene. 





The Graphene Flagship announces a Work Package to design 2D-materials-based Biomedical Technologies

The Biomedical Technologies Work Package will focus on the development of smart implants with therapeutic functionality for specific clinical outcomes in disciplines such as neurology, ophthalmology and surgery. It is led by Professor <strong>Kostas Kostarelos</strong>, from the University of Manchester (United Kingdom), and ICREA Professor <strong>Jose Antonio Garrido</strong>, from the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2).


Graphene sensors interacting with the brain and a method for low-cost printing of graphene-based devices at the Mobile World Congress

The technologies presented at the Graphene Pavilion of the Mobile World Congress take advantage of the unique combination of graphene’s properties, such as high mechanical flexibility, biocompatibility, and ability to transport electricity. The Pavilion curated by ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences, in collaboration with the Graphene Flaghship, includes two technologies developed by researchers from the Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2).


ICN2 will be at the 2016 Mobile World Congress Graphene Pavilion

It's going to be another exciting year for graphene and what better way to start than with a material showcase at the Mobile World Congress. The Graphene Flagship has been invited to present the inaugural Graphene Pavilion at the 2016 Mobile World Congress (MWC). Leading companies and research centers, such as ICFO and ICN2, will present prototypes and surprising applications.




ICREA Prof. Jose A. Garrido: A new Research Group for the ICN2

On September 2015, Prof. Jose A. Garrido joined ICN2 together with a brand new group: Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices. The team will focus on material science and technology of novel electronic materials, with a strong emphasis on graphene and other 2D materials. With a transversal approach, they will work towards the development of technological applications of these materials, reinforcing the strong profile of ICN2 in this key expertise area.


ICN2 co-organizes a new edition of the TNT Conferences on nanotechnology

On 7-11 September, the 16th edition of Trends in Nanotechnology International Conference will take place in Toulouse, France to discuss the state-of-the-art about the field. ICN2 co-organizes the one-day Symposium about Graphene and 2D materials with the presence of five international keynote speakers.



The properties of graphene improve nanobiosensors for biomedical, environmental and security applications

Casa Convalescencia in Barcelona hosted the ICREA Workshop on Graphene Nanobiosensors on May 25th-26th, where international experts of the state-of-the-art in graphene nanobiosensors applications will meet. The integration of graphene in biosensor systems will lead to high sensitive, more selective and cost-effective devices. Prof Konstantin Novoselov, Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010, was among the participants of the meeting and will offer an ICN2 seminar in the UAB Campus on Wednesday May the 27th.