Research

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

FEDER funds

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions.

The following projects have received funding under the different ERDF programmes:

PROGRAMA OPERATIU FEDER DE CATALUNYA 2014-2020

RIS3CAT - INDÚSTRIES DEL FUTUR

Title: Planta Pilot de Peces Plàstiques amb Superficies Funcionals Avançades (PLASTFUN)
OT: Promoure el desenvolupament tecnològic, la innovació i una investigació de qualitat
Call: Convocatòria per a l'any 2016 per a l'acreditació de comunitats RIS3CAT i la selecció de projectes col·laboratius de recerca, desenvolupament i innovació, emmarcats en la RIS3CAT i en el Programa Operatiu FEDER de Catalunya 2014-2020.
Ref.: COMRDI16-1-0018-07
Web: http://www.accio.gencat.cat/es/serveis/innovacio/innovacio-empresarial-i-rd/comunitats-ris3cat/

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) GENCAT - Dept Empresa Coneixement - Secret Univ. i Recerca
INFRASTRUCTURES

Title: Laboratori d'ambient controlat per processos de nanofabricació
OT: Promoure el desenvolupament tecnològic, la innovació i una investigació de qualitat
Call: Projectes singulars institucionals per a infraestructures R+D
Ref.: 2015 FEDER/S-16

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) GENCAT - Dept Empresa Coneixement - Secret Univ. i Recerca
LLAVOR

Title: FLEXOFABRIC
OT: Potenciar la investigació, el desenvolupament tecnològic i la innovació
Call: Convocatòria d'Indústria del Coneixement per a l'any 2016 (Llavor i Producte)
Ref.: 2016-LLAV-00050

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) AGAUR - Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca

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PROGRAMA OPERATIVO PLURIRREGIONAL DE ESPAÑA (POPE)

INFRASTRUCTURAS

Title: Actualización de equipamientos Láser (espectroscopia Raman y evaporación Láser) en plataforma conjunta de Materiales para la Energía
Call: Ayudas a infraestructuras y equipamiento científico-técnico del Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad (convocatoria 2015)
Ref.: FPIC15-EE-3725

Title: Adquisición de un sistema de detección de Energía Dispersiva de Rayos X de última generación para el microscopio de ultra-alta resolución Magellan 400L
Call: Ayudas para la adquisición de equipamiento científico-técnico (convocatoria 2018)
Ref.: EQC2018-004582-P

JÓVENES INVESTIGADORES

Title: Electromecánica de Superfícies Avanzada
Call: Proyectos de I+D+i para jóvenes investigadores sin vinculación o con vinculación temporal 2015
Ref.: FIS2015-73932-JIN

Title: Expanding Ferroelectric Photovoltaics Conventional Palyground
Call: Proyectos de I+D+i para jóvenes investigadores sin vinculación o con vinculación temporal 2015
Ref.: ENE2015-74275-JIN

RAMÓN Y CAJAL

Call: Ayudas para contratos Ramón y Cajal (RYC) 2015
Ref.: RYC-2016-19344

PROYECTOS I+D

Title: Paredes de dominio, interfases y dominios de antifase en Antiferroléctricos (PHABADA)
Call: Proyectos de I+D correspondientes al Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia 2016
Ref.: MAT2016-77100-C2-1-P

RETOS COLABORACIÓN

Title: Métodos rápidos de análisis de péptidos inmunogénicos alimentcicios en orina
Call: Retos-Colaboración del Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad 2016
Ref.: RTC-2016-5452-1

RETOS INVESTIGACIÓN

Title: Point-of-care Nanoplasmonic Platforms for Novel High-Value Diagnostics and Therapy Follow-Up
Call: Proyectos de I+D+I correspondientes al Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad 2016
Ref.: TEC2016-78515-R

Title: Heterostructuras Basadas en Materiales Bidimensionales para Dispositivos de Electrónica Avanzada
Call: Proyectos de I+D+I correspondientes al Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad 2016
Ref.: MAT2016-75952-R

Title: Nanomateriales magneto-fotónicos multifuncionales para aplicaciones biomédicas: fabricación top-down, bottom-up e híbridas
Call: Proyectos de I+D+I correspondientes al Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad 2016
Ref.: MAT2016-77391-R

Title: Nanoestructuras Moleculares Funcionales para Dispositivos Optoelectrónicos: Hacia dispositivos de 3 terminales
Call: Proyectos de I+D+I correspondientes al Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad 2016
Ref.: MAT2016-78293-C6-2-R

Title: Nanomateriales para celdas solares tipo perovskita de alta eficiencia y estabilidad
Call: Proyectos de I+D+I correspondientes al Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad 2016
Ref.: ENE2016-79282-C5-2-R

Title: Tecnologías basadas en materiales bidimensionales para aplicación en biomedicina
Call: Proyectos de I+D+I correspondientes al Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad 2017
Ref.: FIS2017-85787-R

Title: Nanoscopías Electrónicas Avanzadas para el desarrollo y mejora de nuevas rutas fotoelectrocatalíticas para productos de alto valor
añadido aprovechando la energía solar
Call: Proyectos de I+D+I correspondientes al Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad 2017
Ref.: ENE2017-85087-C3-3-R

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) MINECO MINCIENCIA

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PROGRAMA INTERREG V-A ESPAÑA-FRANCIA-ANDORRA (POCTEFA 2014-2020)

Title: Trans-Pyrenean Node for Scientific Instrumentation (TNSI)
Call: 2ª convocatoria de proyectos POCTEFA 2014-2020
Ref.: EQC2018-004582-P
Web: https://tnsi-poctefa.eu/

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) POCTEFA TNSI

Wednesday, 09 September 2015

Research

Research at the ICN2 is driven by accomplished scientists of international repute who lead teams of senior researchers, postdocs and PhD students. In total the institute has 18 research groups that together cover much of the breadth of nanoresearch.

Additionally, research at the ICN2 is supported by the Research Support Division, a centralised support infrastructure that provides shared access to specialised equipment, services and expertise. It offers ICN2 research groups and neighbouring centres a repository of advanced services for the development of new methods, materials and instruments, and in doing so fosters multidisciplinary collaborations within the institute and beyond.

Research Platforms

Friday, 15 January 2016

Severo Ochoa Programme

ICN2 Severo Ochoa Award: Nanodevices for Social Challenges

The research developed at ICN2 has a big impact on fields such as life sciences (medicine, health, and environment), energy and information and communication technologies. This is for sure one of the reasons why the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness acknowledged the Institute in 2014 as a Severo Ochoa Excellence Centre. This programme recognises the excellence of the scientific contributions of centers, their potential industrial and social impact and their potential for talent attraction. In the last five years, only 21 research centers have been awarded.

The funding provided by the Severo Ochoa award, one million € per year during four years, will focus in the ICN2 "Nanodevices for Social Challenges" research programme. This award is largely devoted to the recruitment of staff and the procurement of equipment to support the development of research projects.

Cross-Disciplinary Approaches

The ICN2 "Nanodevices for Social Challenges" programme is based on four transversal methodological approaches:

  • Growth and synthesis of nanomaterials
    Expertise in growth of thin films, PLD, CVD, ALD, etc. with a broad range of materials, including graphene, metal and multiple component oxides.
  • Nanofabrication
    Expertise in both bottom-up and top-down fabrication, including self-assembly, nanoparticle synthesis, corrosive etching, supramolecular chemistry, screenprinting, nanoimprint lithography, roll-to-roll lithography on flexible substrates, inkjet printing, and rapid prototyping.
  • Characterisation and metrology
    World-class expertise in a very broad range of characterization techniques, some of them developed by ICN2 researchers. Experience in nanometrology includes two patent applications, and the plan to establish a dedicated industrial Nanometrology centre with private partners.
  • Theory and simulation
    Expertise includes pioneering developments of tools for atomistic simulations of matter, including electronic and thermal processes in nanodevices, and the structure and properties of nanomaterials.

Research Areas

The Severo Ochoa research programme will produce specific applications and devices which are able to reach the market, providing new solutions to major social challenges in the following areas:

  • Biosystems
    Expertise in optical and electrochemical biosensing, biofunctionalised inorganic nanoparticles, supramolecular chemistry, water-surface interactions and characterisation. Related activities include EU projects in point-of-care devices and biosensors, ERC in nanomaterials for diagnostics & therapy, commercialisation with numerous licensed patents and two spin-off companies (biosensing and drug delivery).
  • Energy
    Expertise in materials, capacitors and energy transfer, phononics and photonics, photovoltaics, piezoelectrics, nanofabrication of flexible substrates and thin-film materials, spectroscopy and characterisation, leadership positions in EU projects and platforms (Graphene Flagship, Photonics platform, ERC in piezoelectrics), collaborative prototyping with industry in next generation photovoltaics, roll-to-roll lithography, and inks for active layers.
  • Information technology and telecommunications
    Expertise in materials, spintronics, magnetism, graphene, topological isolators, photonics, phononics and heat transfer, nanodevice fabrication and characterisation.

In 2009, the EU identified KETs for their potential impact in strengthening Europe's industrial and innovation capacity. Six KETs were highlighted as key for European sustainable growth: Nanotechnology; Micro- and Nano-electronics; Advanced Materials; Photonics; Industrial Biotechnology; and, Advanced Manufacturing. In this context the relevance of the ICN2 "Nanodevices for Social Challenges" programme is evident, as it involves virtually all the six KETs.

Beyond research

In addition to the scientific cross-disciplinary goals, ICN2 will carry out a comprehensive recruiting and training programme aimed at attracting and developing the professional careers of talented senior and junior researchers associated with the Severo Ochoa Programme (PhD programme; Postdoctoral programme; Visitors programme; ICN2- User Programme Training; Academia Intern Programme; and workshops and seminars). It also includes other ambitious actions such as the creation of a specific Gender Action Plan and international knowledge dissemination and outreach activities.

An external Scientific and Industrial Advisory Committee (SIAC), appointed by the Director with the advice of the ICN2 Scientific Advisory Board, advises on strategic directions and the progress of the project. The work plan is divided into seven work packages, one per Application Area and Cross-Disciplinary Activity. Overall management is carried out by the Project Management Committee, which is formed by one representative of each WP, plus two additional members to follow up dissemination and technology transfer activities.

The Severo Ochoa Community

This award is the highest recognition of centers of excellence in Spain, and it is granted after international scientific committees carry out a rigorous evaluation of project proposals submitted by Spanish research centres.

The following institutes have received the Severo Ochoa Excellence award:

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Theory and Simulation Group

Main Research Lines

  • Development of theoretical methods, numerical algorithms and simulation tools

  • Codes: SIESTA and TRANSIESTA

  • First-principles simulations at the nanoscale

  • Novel physical properties in 2D materials

In 2018 we have continued to focus our efforts on work related to the MaX Centre, one of the eight European Centres of Excellence in HPC Applications supported by the EU under its H2020 e-infrastructure funding programme.

MaX supports developers and end users of advanced applications for materials simulations, design and discovery, and works at the frontiers of current and future high performance computing (HPC) technologies. It brings together leading developers and users of materials applications, together with top experts in HPC. It was initially based on the collaboration of 13 teams, including five research groups, like the ICN2 Theory and Simulation Group, which focuses on enhancing the capabilities of the SIESTA package and develop new methodologies for industrial applications of simulation tools in materials science. After a first period of three years (2015-2018), the grant has been renewed for the 2018-2021 period, with an increased budget and the incorporation of new groups and codes to the team.

We have continued improving the modularity and efficiency of the SIESTA and its modules (including TranSIESTA for the computation of electronic transport processes in nanodevices). In June 2018 we participated in the organisation of a Hackathon at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, under the umbrella of MaX activities, for the development of the MaX codes (including SIESTA). Most of the new functionalities developed for SIESTA have been related to the spin-orbit implementation (including a constrained-DFT approach to compute exchange couplings in magnetic materials) and the implementation and parallelisation of the Density Functional Perturbation Theory for the calculation of the phonon excitations in materials.

The group has continued its participation in NFFAEurope (www.nffa.eu), a project funded under the H2020-INFRAIA-2014-2015 call “Integrating and opening existing national and regional research infrastructures of European interest”. The NFFA (Nanoscience Foundries and Fine Analysis) is a platform for interdisciplinary research at the nanoscale, in which our group participates as an “installation” offering computational support for experimental users’ projects. Up to date, our group has been awarded with eight user’s projects, three of them having been carried out in 2018.

In 2018 we hosted three visiting international PhD students who came to learn about the techniques developed in the group.

On the science side of things, in 2018 we made progress in the following research lines:

Thermal transport in Nanofluids: Our group established a fruitful collaboration with the Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group (Prof. P. Gomez) and the Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group (Prof. Clivia Sotomayor-Torres) to understand their exciting experimental results on the thermal properties of graphene-dispersed nanofluids. This collaboration produced a joint publication in the Nanoscale journal, in which our group was able to determine the effect of the presence of the graphene flakes on the structure of the fluid, demonstrating the formation of layers in the liquid close to the graphene surface.

Magnetic properties at the nanoscale: With new developments in SIESTA that make the study of systems with strong spin-orbit effects (including topological insulators) possible, as well as the study of magnetic anisotropies in thin films and other nanostructured materials. A joint publications with the ICN2 experimental group of Dr. D. Ruiz has been produced in this topic on the spin states of 2D coordination polymers.

Understanding the properties of 2D materials: A major advance has been made in this field during 2018, with several articles being published on the explanation of the existence of Charge Density Waves in 2D transition metal dichalcogenides like TiSe2, TiTe2 and NbSe2. Other work in 2D materials includes spin-proximity effects in graphene/topological insulator heterostructures, and the optical properties of MoS2 under pressure.

Understanding oxygen diffusion in Yttria-stabilized Zirconia: We started a collaboration with an industrial group on the understanding of the microscopic processes related to oxygen transport in materials used for gas sensing for the automotive industry. Our work has studied the mobility of oxygen in these materials by means of atomistic simulations, helping to determine the effect of the interfaces between the material and the metallic electrodes, a key factor of device performance.