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Monday, 11 December 2017

ERDF funds to upgrade in-house laser technologies

European funds (ERDF) administered by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness have allowed the ICN2 to upgrade in-house laser technologies used in the study and development of new materials and nanostructures for energy devices and electronics.

Between January 2016 and December 2017, a total of €55,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) went towards the purchase of five new solid-state lasers to upgrade the institute’s Raman spectroscopy platform. This not only extended the platform’s range of visible spectrum wavelengths but, by switching out some of the older gas lasers, has also led to considerable energy savings. A beamsplitter was also acquired for the high-power excimer laser used in nanomaterials growth, extending the ICN2’s capacities in the preparation of thin films and enabling fast exploration of the correlation between their composition and their functionality.

The broad aim of this European fund is to correct imbalances between regions, co-financing actions to promote regional development, economic change, enhanced competitiveness and territorial cooperation throughout the EU. Administered nationally by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, the funding awarded to the ICN2 fell under the bracket of actions aimed at driving technological development, innovation and quality research.

The project to upgrade in-house laser technologies for the development of materials for energy awarded in 2015 (ref. FPIC15-EE-3725) was led by ICREA Prof. Dr Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres.