Wednesday, 01 July 2020

Prof. Paul Weiss on nanotechnology approaches to biology and medicine

A new event of the Manuel Cardona Lectures series was organized by the ICN2 and held on June 16. Prof. Paul Weiss, Distinguished Professor at UCLA and Editor-In-Chief of ACS Nano, was invited by ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi, leader of the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors group, to give a talk on nanotechnology approaches to biology and medicine. Prof. Weiss also shared the most important results accomplished during his career and some of the lessons learnt along the way.

Wednesday, 01 July 2020

Enhancements in SIESTA for better electronic-structure simulation

A recent paper in The Journal of Chemical Physics summarises the latest improvements of the SIESTA code, with regards to capabilities, performance, usability and visibility in the electronic structure community. ICN2 Director and Group Leader Pablo Ordejón is among the authors of the work, which also comments on current and future developments. The ICN2 is currently looking for a senior SIESTA developer to keep improving the capabilities of the code.

Friday, 26 June 2020

LEGOCHIP project funded to develop a lab-on-a-chip sensor based on nanoporous graphene

A recently funded European FLAG-ERA project, called LEGOCHIP and led by Dr Cesar Moreno from the ICN2 Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy group in close collaboration with the NanoBiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications group, will integrate multifunctional nanoporous graphene into nanophotonic biosensors, in order to develop a sensor bio-functionalization protocol and design a novel lab-on-a-chip device. This second part of the project will be directed by senior researcher Dr Maria Soler.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Amorphous boron nitride shows excellent insulating properties for next generation of electronics

The Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST, Republic of Korea) and the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) lead a collaboration involving two teams partner of the Graphene Flagship, the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and the University of Cambridge (UK).They report today in Nature the synthesis of a thin film of amorphous Boron Nitride (a-BN) showing extremely low dielectric characteristics, high breakdown voltage and likely superior metal barrier properties, which represents a significant achievement for future electronics.