Thursday, 11 April 2019

Schrödinger’s computer out of the box or the future of quantum computing

Although quantum computing is a growing field of research, as we know it today it presents serious limitations to become a practical way of computing. That was the controversial argument developed by Dr Xavier Waintal in an ICN2 Seminar held on 8 April. He claims that governments should invest in fundamental research rather than in very specific applications.

Thursday, 04 April 2019

ICREA Prof. Aitor Mugarza and Dr César Moreno receive the third prize of La Vanguardia de la Ciencia award

Together with a test to predict response to immunotherapy drugs against cancer and a research on the origins of autism, the nanoporous graphene has been awarded today at La Pedrera with this recognition promoted by La Vanguardia and Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera. The ICN2 researchers from the Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy Group led the research published in Science together with DIPC, CiQUS and other ICN2 researchers.

Monday, 08 April 2019

Some piezoelectric materials may be ‘fakes’

A team of researchers has discovered that the most widespread technique for characterising piezoelectric properties –the ability of some materials to generate electricity when they are subjected to a mechanical stress– can yield ‘false positives’ due to flexoelectricity. The study, fruit of the collaboration between the Laboratory of Computational Methods and Numerical Analysis (LaCàN) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) and the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), will facilitate the research of the application of these materials in pressure sensing devices or electric nanogenerators. It was published in Nature Communications.

Tuesday, 02 April 2019

Tuneable reverse photochromes in the solid state

A new technique allows the design of solid materials that are coloured in the dark. ICN2 researchers from the Nanostructured Functional Materials Group, led by Dr Daniel Ruiz, have developed it in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry of the UAB. Their results, published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces with Dr Claudio Roscini as its last author, can have applications in rewritable displays or optical data storage systems.