Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Crack propagation is asymmetric in polar materials

The ICN2 Oxide Nanophysics Group, led by ICREA Prof. Gustau Catalán, has published in Physical Review Letters how, due to flexoelectricity, cracks in ferroelectrics (switchable polar materials) propagate more easily in the polar direction than in the opposite.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Graphene enables a new technology for detecting terahertz radiation

A recent study in Nano Letters depicts a device that overcomes the several disadvantages related to current terahertz detectors. ICN2 Junior Group Leader Dr Klaas-Jan Tielrooij, who was involved in this work while still performing his research at ICFO, is one of the corresponding authors.

Friday, 12 April 2019

The Festival 10alamenos9 brings nanotechnology closer to society

The Festival on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 10alamenos9 (10totheminus9) brings the nanoworld closer to the public, showing in an entertaining and accessible way how nanoscience and nanotechnology have already changed the way we live.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Schrödinger’s computer out of the box or the future of quantum computing

Although quantum computing is a growing field of research, as we know it today it presents serious limitations to become a practical way of computing. That was the controversial argument developed by Dr Xavier Waintal in an ICN2 Seminar held on 8 April. He claims that governments should invest in fundamental research rather than in very specific applications.