Novel Energy-Oriented Materials

Group Leader: Pedro Gómez-Romero


ICN2 showcases four cutting-edge tech spinoffs at 4YFN event

ICN2 showcases four of its most promising spin-off companies at the 4YFN (4 Years From Now) event held in Barcelona during MWC23. InBrain Neuroelectronics, Napptilus Battery Labs, Paperdrop Diagnostics, and Cooling Photonics presented their cutting-edge technologies and business models to potential investors and collaborators.

New spin-off companies created with the support of the R+D+I Energy for Society Network

The R+D+I Energy for Society Network (XRE4S) provides consultancy and mentoring in industrial strategy, property protection, and market positioning to researchers who are interested in transferring their technologies to an existing company or founding a new one. Five spin-offs have been recently created with the support of XRE4S and one more (from the ICN2) may be established soon.

CATRIN-ICN2 Workshop in Olomouc

In October a delegation from the ICN2 visited the Czech Advanced Technology and Research Institute (CATRIN), with which last May our institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collaborations. A video of the laboratory tour is now available.

New hybrid materials to enhance performance of supercapacitors

Two studies led by members of the ICN2 Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group, recently published in specialised journals, explore two parallel strategies for the development of a hybrid material –based on MXene and polyoxometalates— for the electrodes of supercapacitors, which results in improved energy storage performance.

ICN2 presents the future of neurotechnology and bateries at 4YFN – Mobile World Congress

4 Years From Now (4YFN) is the part of the Mobile World Congress focused on pioneers, founders and ground breakers. The ICN2 was present in this startup ecosystem to share in a round table the results and vision of INBRAIN Neurotechnologies, a spin-off company led by CEO Carolina Aguilar, and to present the achievements of Napptilus Battery Labs, an ICN2 spin off from the ICN2 Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group.

POM-based materials as outstanding candidates for sustainable energy production and storage

In a review published in “Energy & Environmental Science” the recent advances of research on polyoxometalates (POMs) for energy-related applications are presented, highlighting both the great opportunities and the challenges of using these materials. This work was led by ICN2 Group Leader Prof. Pedro Gómez-Romero and by Dr Deepak Dubal, from Queensland University of Technology (Australia).

DOC-FAM doctoral students celebrate a welcome event

ICMAB coordinates CSIC’s DOC-FAM excellence DOCtoral training programme in Functional Advanced Materials, which is providing excellent doctoral students to collaborator institutions such as the ICN2. The predoctoral students hired in the second call of this H2020-MSCA-COFUND action offered a short presentation about their research and personal objectives. Two of them, Alejandro Astúa and Alejandro Astúa work at the ICN2 and were supported by their group leaders, Prof. Laura Lechuga and Prof. Pedro Gómez, respectively.

The ICN2 mission to Japan shared research and devices

After a whole week in Japan, the ICN2 mission led by the ICN2 Director Pablo Ordejón and Group Leaders such as ICREA Prof. Stephan Roche, ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi and Prof. Pedro Gómez, starts its return with many new scientific and commercial contacts. The agenda was full with the 1&2D Materials Conference, the Albania/Japan/Spain workshop involving CERCA, a visit to RIKEN and the NanoTech2020 International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference.

The ICN2 will shine at Nanotech Japan

Together with CERCA and CSIC the ICN2 will have a central role at the Spanish Pavilion of the Nanotech 2020 starting tomorrow. With over 350 exhibitors, this event is a huge meeting point for industry and academic institutions. The event is sided by the 1&2D materials congress, starting today, a Japan-Albania-Spain workshop, to be held tomorrow and organized by ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi and Phantoms Foundation, and a visit to RIKEN headquarters.

CERCA Pioneer Awards 2019

Two former ICN2 PhD students, Dr Bhawna Nagar and Dr Núria Fabri Faja, have been granted the CERCA Pioneer Award 2019 for their doctoral theses. The prize is a recognition for research works that stand out for their industrial- and commercial-oriented perspective.

The SCN2 celebrates its First Annual Congress of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

The Societat Catalana de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia held its First Annual Congress of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology last Saturday 16 November. It counted with the participation of several ICN2 researchers as organisers and as speakers. Discussing the role of nanotechnology in the ecological challenges was the central axis of the event.

FLOWBAT project selected for funding by the CSIC

A new project aiming at developing scalable energy batteries based on redox flow will be funded by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) over the next 15 months. The ICN2 Novel Energy-Oriented Materials group will contribute to this study.

The ICN2 hosts students from the Youth and Science programme

Sponsored by Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera, the programme aims to foster scientific vocations in young students. The students have enjoyed the experience of being a researcher by interacting with the Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group and the Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group. Two students winning the Biology Olympiad also joined us during the summer for an immersive research experience.

Nanotechnologies for the clean energy revolution

The first Severo Ochoa Workshop on Energy Storage and Harvesting organized by the ICN2 took place at the Contemporary Culture Centre of Barcelona (CCCB) on July 12. Experts on clean energy technologies based on nanomaterials and nanodevices were invited to share the results of their research and to discuss the future of this field.

New energy storage solutions to decarbonize our society

Prof. Yang Shao-Horn, Professor of Energy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, according to Thomson Reuters, gave a talk on electrochemical energy storage on June 17 at the ICN2. The event was organized as part of the Manuel Cardona Lecture series.

Research meets industry at the Graphene 2019 Conference

Starting this morning in Rome, this edition of the Graphene Conference series (June 25-28) will bring together experts on graphene and 2D materials from around Europe, as well as companies interested in exploiting new promising technologies in this field. The ICN2 has a leading role in creating new graphene-based scientific and industrial opportunities. Visit the BIST booth we share with our colleagues from ICFO and IFAE!

ICN2 at the European Week of Sustainable Energy

Vil·la Urània, a public space with a special flavour for science dissemination at the heart of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi in Barcelona, hosted several events related with the European Week of Sustainable Energy. Prof. Pedro Gómez and Daniel Rueda, from the ICN2 Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group, were among the participants.

NanoEduca celebrated its fourth poster and video contest at CCCB

The program, meant to introduce nanoscience in the secondary classrooms, holds a yearly contest that awards the best poster and videos on nanoscience made by students. The event included an informal talk between two top-level researchers and a science performance.

Revealing the mechanisms behind the enhancement of thermal properties of graphene nanofluids

Disperse graphene in a suitable solvent and the resulting nanofluid will have much better thermal properties than the original liquid. Three ICN2 research groups collaborate to describe and explain this effect from the inside out. The results, published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Nanoscale, provide a comprehensive analysis that alternately rules out and lends support to different existing theories as to the mechanisms driving the enhanced thermal conductivity and heat exchange found in nanofluids, bringing considerable insight into the field of thermal transport in dynamic systems.

BIST holds its annual conference at CosmoCaixa

BIST Director General says modernising research facilities and providing training to boost the social impact of science are the top priorities of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology. The event, held at CosmoCaixa, offers an overview about several transversal research issues being tackled by the BIST institutions.

Feynman visits the Barcelona Science Fair with ICN2 ambassadors

Once again the Barcelona Science Fair brought together science lovers and scientists in a wonderful setting for family fun and discussion. The ICN2 joined the celebrations around the 100th anniversary of Richard Feynman’s birth, also presenting some of the highlights of its Severo Ochoa Programme.

Nanoscience taken out of the lab at the 10alamenos9 Festival

The 10alamenos9 Festival of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology was held last week, with over 100 activities to choose from across many locations in Spain. Among them, the UAB Campus in Bellaterra, where a lively activity was run for over 200 students, including a visit to the ICN2.

New ICN2 co-edited book: Metal Oxides in Supercapacitors

Prof. Pedro Gómez-Romero, leader of the ICN2 Novel Energy Oriented Materials Group, has co-edited a volume with the title Metal Oxides in Supercapacitors aimed at researchers, graduate students and practitioners in the fields of materials science and energy storage.

ICN2 participates in GraphIn 2016 with energy, neuroelectronics and TT novelties

ICN2 is a regular participant in the GraphIn events series. On December 13 2016 this workshop was held in Barcelona to offer an update of the technology developments and business opportunities in graphene commercialization. The ICN2 Knowledge and Technology Transfer Department had an active role during the event, together with researchers from different ICN2 Groups.

El Punt Avui reviews Prof. Pedro Gómez-Romero’s book titled “Creadors de futur: Ciència per a millorar el món”

Prof. Pedro Gómez-Romero, Group Leader at ICN2, won the 2016 European Prize for Scientific Dissemination, "Estudi General", with “Creadors de futur: Ciència per a millorar el món”. His book talks about some scientific discoveries and its enormous effects on our world. Also, he describes how close the relation between science, technology and society is. In the article from the Catalan newspaper, two more books that talk about similar topics are presented.

ICN2 creates new opportunities at GrapChina 2016

The ICN2 delegation included the Director and a nourished representation of Group leaders involved in different approaches to graphene research and applications. After a series of contacts with Chinese representations, GrapChina becomes a strategic event to develop new contacts with key players such as the China Innovation Alliance of the Graphene Industry (CGIA).

Pedro Gomez Romero wins the XXI European Science Communication Award

The prize, worth 12,000 euros, recognizes the dissemination skills of the CSIC researcher and Group Leader at ICN2 Prof Pedro Gómez-Romero. "Creators of the future", the awarded work, will be published in the collection of science dissemination books Sense Fronteres, co-published by the University of Valencia and Edicions Bromera. The award was presented at the gala of the XXVII Premis Literaris Ciutat d'Alzira held Friday night November 13, 2015.

The Severo Ochoa centers discuss dissemination at 100XCIENCIA

During the first day of the forum plenty of panel discussions, outreach seminars and talks by first level representatives of the different centers took place. CSIC Prof. Pedro Gómez-Romero, Group Leader at ICN2 and science disseminator, underlined that for an effective dissemination of science it is important that we all enjoy during the process.

Graphene nanofluids for faster batteries

ICN2 researchers have developed a new type of fluids with graphene and other carbon nanoparticles for energy storage in flow-cells. The nanofluids can be used in applications that require high power and medium energy densities.

ICN2 hosts Joves i Ciencia Program one more year

Eight students have developed their 2015 Joves i Ciencia Program projects at the ICN2 with the collaboration of eight of our researchers. In a two-week program, funded by the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera, the pre-university students got in touch with real nanoscience and nanotechnology research.

A new energy storage device based on hybrid electrodes

The ICN2 Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group has developed a new model of hybrid energy storage device using a sponge based structure coated with Graphene and hybrid Graphene composite electrodes. The research has been published in the journal Scientific Reports.