Monday, 29 April 2019

The substrate is alive! Scanning tunnelling miscroscopy to watch graphene growth on nickel surfaces

Dr Cristina Africh, from the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto Officina dei Materiali, presented on 24 April an ICN2 Seminar on the role of the substrate when generating graphene. Later that day she gave a talk in Casa Convalescència organised by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Barcelona with the support of the ICN2. This outreach event was organised in the context of the 500 anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death.

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.