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Monday, 20 January 2014

The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) inaugurates its new building in Bellaterra

Research at ICN2 is promoting technology transfer in fields as diverse as health, food, environment, energy and electronics. The Institute strives to contribute to economic growth and industrial development by exploiting the new possibilities made possible by advances in nanotechnologies.

The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) inaugurated this morning its new headquarters in the Bellaterra campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. With these facilities the Institute reaches new heights of excellence in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The Institute´s lines of research centre on the study of the unusual properties of matter that arise at the nanoscale (one nanometre is one millionth of a millimetre), and the development of a multitude of possible applications in consumer products, devices and industrial processes.

ICN2 is the result of a long-term collaboration between the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), the Generalitat of Catalunya and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). These institutions have agreed to unify their initiatives in nanoscience to reinforce the research and knowledge transfer in this area.

The inauguration was officiated by the Minister for Economy and Knowledge of the Generalitat of Catalunya and President of the Board of Trustees of ICN2, Andreu Mas-Colell; the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, Carmen Vela; The President of CSIC, Emilio Lora-Tamayo; the Rector of the UAB, Ferran Sancho; the Secretary of Universities and Research of the Generalitat, Antoni Castella; the Director General of Research of the Generalitat, Josep M. Martorell; the Institutional Coordinator of CSIC in Catalonia, Luis Calvo; and the Director of ICN2, Pablo Ordejón; and was well attended by other senior members of the scientific community.

According to the Director of ICN2, Pablo Ordejón, “This new building marks a significant change: we now have 6.000 square metres of infrastructure; of which more than 2.000 square metres are occupied by laboratories with latest generation scientific equipment.”

The research activities of the Institute are focused on understanding the fundamental physical phenomena associated with state variables of matter and to investigate new properties that can be obtained by the creation of tailor-made nanostructures. The researchers at the Institute also work with new methods of fabricating at the nanoscale and the characterisation and manipulation of nanostructures, as well as the development of nanodevices and nanosensors for application in fields as diverse as health, food, environment, energy and electronics.

See a brief presentation of ICN2: here

Other video resources: here