Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy

Group Leader: Aitor Mugarza


Celebrating 40 years of STM and 35 of AFM at the UAB

This meeting commemorates the beginning of the Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), the Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), and its pioneers in Catalonia. Within the framework of Science Week, this event celebrated 40 years since the inventions of the STM and the 35 years of the AFM. The event took place on Tuesday, 16 November, at the UAB Science Faculty and was co-organized by the Barcelona Nanocluster (ICN2, ICMAB, and IMB-CNM) and the UAB Science Faculty. 

New study opens the way to tailoring the magnetic anisotropy of lanthanides on surfaces

In a study recently published in “Small” and highlighted on its cover, a team of scientists including some ICN2 researchers demonstrates a sharp increase in the magnetic anisotropy of dysprosium (an element of the lanthanide group) in metal-organic frameworks on a metallic surface. These results are relevant for future applications in information technology.

Absence of magnetic proximity effect at the interface of a topological and a magnetic insulator

A study conducted by a team of researchers from the ICN2, in collaboration with colleagues from ALBA Synchrotron Light Source (Spain) and Diamond Light Source (United Kingdom), has found absence of magnetic proximity effects at the interface of heterojunctions made of a topological insulator and a magnetic insulator. These results are highly relevant to clear up the discrepancy between the experimental and theoretical analysis of these systems, as they were obtained using a direct experimental probe of locally induced magnetism, in contrast to previous experimental works.

A novel approach for the synthesis of edge-functionalized graphene nanoribbons

A technique for the synthesis of edge-fluorinated graphene nanoribbons that guarantees the stability of the functional group throughout the whole process has been developed by a team of researchers led by ICREA Prof. Aitor Mugarza, head of the ICN2 Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy group, and Prof. Diego Peña, from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain).

ICN2 #StayAtHome Seminar: Graphene on the edge

Watch it on YouTube! Prof. Peter Bøggild, from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), offered on April 24 a webinar entitled “Graphene on the edge: disorder, chemistry and band engineering in vdW heterostructures”. It was hosted by ICREA Prof. Aitor Mugarza, Group Leader of the ICN2 Atomic Manipulation and Spectrosocpy Group.

Molecules with a spin on a topological insulator: a hybrid approach to magnetic topological states of matter

Controlling the interactions at the interface of a magnetic/topological insulator heterostructure is an outstanding challenge with implications in fundamental science and technology. A research led by the ICN2 Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group and the Physics and Engineering of Nanodevices Group, in collaboration with the Supramolecular Nanochemistry and Materials Group, the CFM-San Sebastián, ETH Zurich, ISM-Trieste and ALBA Synchrotron, has shown that ligands from metal-organic molecules can be used to tailor the properties of these interfaces. The results are presented in ACS Nano.

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.

The ICN2 mission to Japan shared research and devices

After a whole week in Japan, the ICN2 mission led by the ICN2 Director Pablo Ordejón and Group Leaders such as ICREA Prof. Stephan Roche, ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi and Prof. Pedro Gómez, starts its return with many new scientific and commercial contacts. The agenda was full with the 1&2D Materials Conference, the Albania/Japan/Spain workshop involving CERCA, a visit to RIKEN and the NanoTech2020 International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference.

The ICN2 will shine at Nanotech Japan

Together with CERCA and CSIC the ICN2 will have a central role at the Spanish Pavilion of the Nanotech 2020 starting tomorrow. With over 350 exhibitors, this event is a huge meeting point for industry and academic institutions. The event is sided by the 1&2D materials congress, starting today, a Japan-Albania-Spain workshop, to be held tomorrow and organized by ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi and Phantoms Foundation, and a visit to RIKEN headquarters.

Graphene nanoarchitectures for diverse applications

The on-surface synthesis of covalent architectures is one of the most promising methods for providing new functionalities to graphene. Researchers from the ICN2 Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group and the DIPC discuss it in an article published in the Revista Española de Física.

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.

Nanotechnology and the ICN2 at the X Researcher’s Week

Laia Villalobos, a student at the Collegi Sant’Andreu of Barcelona, reached the final stage of the INVESTIGA I+D+I Programme, organized by Iberdrola and the CSIC, with a project on graphene nanotechnology. The technical advice offered to her by Dr César Moreno Sierra of the ICN2 Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group was key to this achievement.

The CSIC celebrates the awards received by its members

The yearly awards ceremony gathered 100 persons and institutions which received a highlighted award in 2018. The President of CSIC, Rosa Menéndez, handed a diploma and a commemorative pin to all the recognised CSIC members.

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!

NanoEduca celebrated its fourth poster and video contest at CCCB

The program, meant to introduce nanoscience in the secondary classrooms, holds a yearly contest that awards the best poster and videos on nanoscience made by students. The event included an informal talk between two top-level researchers and a science performance.

ICREA Prof. Aitor Mugarza and Dr César Moreno receive the third prize of La Vanguardia de la Ciencia award

Together with a test to predict response to immunotherapy drugs against cancer and a research on the origins of autism, the nanoporous graphene has been awarded today at La Pedrera with this recognition promoted by La Vanguardia and Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera. The ICN2 researchers from the Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group led the research published in Science together with DIPC, CiQUS and other ICN2 researchers.

Nanoporous graphene awarded third prize of La Vanguardia de la Ciencia award

Nanoporous graphene earned the third prize just after a test to predict response to immunotherapy drugs against cancer and a research on the origins of autism. ICREA Prof. Aitor Mugarza and Dr César Moreno, from the ICN2 Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group, led the research published in Science together with DIPC, CiQUS and other ICN2 researchers.

Vanguardia de la Ciencia award: Vote for nanoporous graphene!

La Vanguardia has selected the “nanoporous graphene” among the candidates to win its prestigious award Vanguardia de la Ciencia. The research describing the synthesis of a graphene membrane with pores whose size, shape and density can be tuned with atomic precision was published in Science by the ICN2 Group led by the ICREA Prof. Aitor Mugarza together with other ICN2 members, the CiQUS and the DIPC. The winner will be one of the 8 candidates that will be selected through popular vote.

Science Week at the ICN2

ICN2 researchers were involved in a number of dissemination activities held during Science Week (9-18 November 2018). The figure of Richard Feynman and science aimed at young girls were the theme of some of the events in which the ICN2 participated during this intense week.

Holey graphene from the bottom up highlighted in Nano Today

The journal just published a news item detailing the advance led by ICN2 researchers from the ICN2 Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group in the context of a a national research collaboration. The results were originally published in Sciece with Dr César Moreno and ICREA Prof. Aitor Mugarza as first and last authors, respectively.

ICN2 in the Media: Nanoporous graphene for smart sensors

Last month ICN2 researchers and colleagues at CiQUS and DIPC presented a new holey graphene grown with identical pores in precise positions. Of major significance in graphene research, their paper "Bottom-up synthesis of multifunctional nanoporous graphene" (Science, 360) has received considerable international attention.

ICN2 graphene research highlighted in Nature Electronics

A recent work led by the ICN2 is featured in this prestigious magazine for its significance in the field of electronics. The groundbreaking production of an atomically precise nanoporous graphene complete with energy bandgap is the result of a collaboration between the ICN2, CiQUS and DIPC.

One step closer to using nanoporous graphene in smart filters and sensors

As part of a national research collaboration, Spanish researchers including the ICN2 have made uniformly nanoporous graphene a practicable reality. A major milestone in graphene research, this brings us one step closer to unlocking this wonder material’s full potential not only in electronics, but also in filtration and sensing applications. Presented this morning to journalists at a press conference at the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, the work is published in Science.

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.

Nanotechnology brings together companies and research centres from both sides of the Pyrenees

A new European-funded project starting in February 2018 will enable greater cooperation between SMEs and research centres in the Spain-France border regions. Coordinated by the Basque company BihurCrystal, the ICN2 Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group led by ICREA Research Prof. Aitor Mugarza will be contributing their expertise. Here we present the official press release.

Join the first Taiwan-Spain workshop on “2D Materials and Interfaces for Spintronics”

The ICN2 and the Taiwanese National Center for Theoretical Sciences (NCTS) are coordinating the first joint Taiwan-Spain workshop on "2D Materials and Interfaces for Spintronics". It will take place on the UAB Campus, just outside the city of Barcelona, from 23 to 25 October 2017. Register today to join the conversation on the rapidly-evolving field of 2D material and interfaces for spintronics.

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.

The second session of NanoEduca took place in ICN2 and Science Faculty of UAB

More than 20 teachers came at UAB Campus in order to be introduced into the nanoworld through a presentation and a visit in the ICN2 building, including a stop on a laboratory with a talk by ICREA Research Prof. Aitor Mugarza. Also, the assistants had the opportunity to be in a training area from the Science Faculty of UAB where nanoscience and nanotechnology is taught.

ICN2 combines science and art in Girona

Fuerzas y Tunel 2016 (September 5-7, 2016), a congress gathering every two years the Spanish community working on scanning probe techniques, and the exhibition Visions of the NanoWorld (until September 29), bring nanoscience and nanotechnology to Girona (Spain). Different dissemination events around the congress offer a didactic and attractive view of the research performed at ICN2 and the nanoscale.

Prof Albert Fert reflects on research, innovation and students

In November 2015 Prof Albert Fert visited ICN2. We had the opportunity to interview him and record his ICN2 Manuel Cardona Lecture entitled "Spin-orbitronics, a new direction for spintronics". Interacting with him is a gift for curious minds. Now you can watch on YouTube both his highly specialised talk and a relaxed interview. We hope you enjoy it!

Prof. Albert Fert visits ICN2 to discuss about Spin-orbitronics

The Nobel Prize awardee and member of the ICN2 Scientific Advisory Board offered on November 11, 2015, a Manuel Cardona Lecture entitled “Spin-orbitronics, a new direction for spintronics”. Afterwards he participated in a tour through the ICN2 involving different Groups and a lively discussion during a friendly lunch.

ICN2 collaborates with Young Students in their Research Work at High School

ICN2 was one of the research centres collaborating in the “Programa de suport a la realització de treballs de recerca d’alumnat de batxillerat en col·laboració amb personal investigador d’entitats de recerca" selected by the students to develop their research work. The program is led by the “Departament d'Ensenyament de la Generalitat·”

Dutch University students visit the ICN2

Students of the Radboud University, from the Netherlands, visited the ICN2 during a trip around the main Spanish research centres related with Physics. They had the opportunity to visit some of the laboratories and speak with the researchers about their work at the Institute.

ICN2 Seminar: Dr Paolo Sessi on spin-orbit driven effects at surfaces

Dr Paolo Sessi, from University of Wuerzburg, offered a talk at the ICN2 about using scanning probe spectroscopies to visualize spin-orbit driven effects at surfaces and the obtained results. He was invited by Dr Aitor Mugarza, Group Leader of the Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group.

ICN2 at NanoSpain 2014

ICN2 is participating in NanoSpain 2014, the leading nanoscience and nanotechnology event in Spain. The conference, from March 11th through the 14th in Madrid, aims to share a broad range of current research, promote interdisciplinary discussion, and link researchers and industries.

Single molecule magnets couple up. PHYS. REV. LETT. 107 (2011)

According to ICN group leader and ICREA Prof. Pietro Gambardella, single molecule magnets behaving as coupled but separate magnetic units from a ferromagnetic substrate raise the possibility of incorporating them into hybrid molecule/metal devices where each molecule stores a single bit of information.

As published in the 2011 October volume of Physical Review Letters, researchers of the ICN Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group led by Prof. Pietro Gambardella have shown that single molecule magnets in contact with a ferromagnetic electrode behave as coupled but separate magnetic units from the substrate. The strength of the molecule-substrate coupling can be tuned by electron or hole doping of the interface, adding chemical functionality to such systems. These observations have raised hopes to incorporate tiny single molecule magnetic elements into hybrid molecular –metal circuits.