Friday, 08 September 2023

DIY nanoelectrodes: an innovative, affordable, and cleanroom-free fabrication technique

A recent publication in 'Small’ introduces a method for manufacturing nanoelectrodes for sensing applications using readily available, low-cost materials and laboratory equipment. Performance tests have demonstrated these electrodes’ high sensitivity. This new fabrication technique, developed by researchers from the ICN2 Nanobielectronics and Biosensors Group, holds the potential to significantly influence the fields of electrochemistry and point-of-care sensing.

Thursday, 07 September 2023

First study harnessing the power of the new materials science microscope at JEMCA just published

Scientists from the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and the Catalan Institute for Energy Research (IREC) used the EM02-METCAM, the electron microscope dedicated to materials science at the new JEMCA center, to study the atomic structure of catalytic materials that are crucial for the functioning of a new type of battery. The images obtained with the EM02-METCAM were key to resolving the atomic structure of the nanoparticles of spinel catalysts. The results have been published in the 'Journal of the American Chemical Society'.

Thursday, 07 September 2023

CAPeX centre for Power-to-X technologies launched, with Prof. Maria Escudero Escribano as one of the research leaders

The scientific opening event of the pioneer centre CAPeX took place on June 28 at the Technical University of Denmark. It will drive the development of new materials and technologies for the conversion of renewable energy into green synthetic fuels and chemicals. Prof. Maria Escudero Escribano, group leader at the ICN2, is one of the experts guiding this endeavour.

Thursday, 31 August 2023

Clip off and rearrange: new MOF materials synthesized by selective bond breaking

Researchers at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) created new materials of the metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) family using an innovative technique, based on cleavage of covalent bonds in known MOFs and consequent structural reorganization. This approach, inspired by the ‘Clip-Off Chemistry’ previously developed by the authors, is presented in a paper recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).