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Friday, 31 January 2020

The ICN2 mission to Japan shared research and devices

by Àlex Argemí

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 has shared its devices and knowledge at the Tokyo Big Sight Conference Center. It has been an intense week involving scientific talks, institutional missions and commercial contacts.

On Tuesday 28 January, at the 1 & 2DM Conference and Exhibition, ICREA Prof. Stephan Roche chaired a session involving the synthesis and commercialization of 2D materials. ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi talked in another session about “Graphene-based biosensors for diagnostics applications”. Prof. Stephan Roche also offered a Keynote talk about “Predictive Computational Modelling for Guiding Industrial Research & Development in 2D materials-based materials & devices”.

On Wedenesday 29 Janury it was the turn of Dr. César Moreno to chair a session involving spin-valleytronics, quantum transport and other phenomena in graphene. Prof. Pedro Gómez presented a Keynote talk entitled “Nanopipes: From Polymers to Nanocarbons. From 1D to 2D Hybrid Electrode Materials”. Dr César Moreno also offered an invited talk about “Atomically-precise 1D and 2D graphene nanoarchitectures”.

ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi , the ICN2 Director Prof. Pablo Ordejón, and the CERCA Director Lluís Rovira had a relevant role in the Cooperation Event Between Albania, Japan and Spain entitled “Nanotechnologies For 21st Century”. The contacts stablished in Japan will be followed at the next TNT conference to be celebrated in Albania.

At the NanoTech2020 International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference, on Friday 31 January, ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi offered a talk entitled “Graphene-based devices for health diagnostics, environment control, safety and security” and Prof. Pedro Gómez-Romero delivered another one entitled “Graphene and other nanocarbons for hybrid energy storage” in an special event about graphene. The ICN2 booth, shared with CERCA and CSIC, was a meeting point during the three days of exhibition both for the ICN2 researchers and for representatives from companies and research centers who dropped by to learn about the prototypes showcased by Dr Cinzia Spinato, from the Business and Innovation Area, and Dr Virginia Greco, from the Marketing and Communication Department.

Watch the following video summary to learn more about the ICN2 presence in Japan and the showcased devices: