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Friday, 17 May 2019

New partnership between the ICN2 and the MIT supported by “la Caixa” Foundation

Prof. Dr. Clivia Sotomayor-Torres and Dr. Marianna Sledzinska of the ICN2’s Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group have been awarded the MIT-Spain “La Caixa” Foundation Seed Fund research grant. The 12 projects that will be included in this year Programme were presented this morning in Barcelona.

Conceived to foster collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Spanish research institutions, the MIT-Spain “La Caixa” Programme is unique in Spain and is now at its second edition. Out of the 23 projects submitted, 12 were selected by a Committee of experts to receive funding from “la Caixa”, which will be used to facilitate the mobility of researchers between the involved centres. The winning projects were presented this morning by Àngel Font, the Corporative Director of Research and Strategy of the “la Caixa” Foundation, and Mercedes Balcells, primary investigator at the MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science and Co-Director of the MIT-Spain Programme.

The importance of establishing such international collaborations to share know-how and resources, to tackle the technological challenges of the XXI century, were highlighted by Dr. D. Lluís Ribas de Pouplana, from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine of Barcelona, and Dr. Fátima Al-Shahrour, from the Spanish National Cancer Research Center, two of the recipients of the grant.

The research that will be conducted at ICN2 by ICREA Prof. Dr. Clivia Sotomayor-Torres, Group Leader of the ICN2 Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group, and Dr. Marianna Sledzinska, from the same Group, will focus on studying the thermic properties of bi-dimensional material nanostructures. One possible outcome might be improving the performance and lifespan of commercial electronics devices. Since overheating is currently the most frequent cause of failure in modern electronics, thermal management is key to the development of more efficient and long-lived technologies.

The ICN2 and the MIT will collaborate in designing and testing silicon and 2D material nanostructures to investigate their thermal conductivity. While the ICN2 will coordinate the fabrication of the samples to be studies, the MIT will carry out the measurements. Such research could lead not only to an improvement of the efficiency of future electronic devices but also to harvesting the heat that they produce – possibly to recharge the devices themselves.

For more information: https://prensa.lacaixa.es