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Monday, 05 October 2020

Prof. Gustau Catalán on flexoelectricity for biomedical applications

by Virginia Greco

ICREA Prof. Gustau Catalán, leader of the ICN2 Oxide Nanophysics group, talks about his research on flexoelectricity and biocompatible materials in an article published in the magazine El País Retina. The reportage also includes interviews with other Spanish researchers working in related fields.

Many research groups worldwide are focusing on trying to harvest residual mechanical and electromagnetic energy, which is usually wasted, to supply electronic devices. This energy is somehow “hidden” in our environment, since it can come from the electromagnetic waves of wifi equipment, mechanical vibrations of some physical system and even human movement.

Retina, a magazine about technology and innovation published by the Spanish newspaper El País, has recently dedicated an article to research projects developed in Barcelona and in Madrid that aim at putting to use these residual energy sources for many applications, in particular in the biomedical field. Among the researchers interviewed by the author of the reportage (Olivia López Bueno) is ICREA Prof. Gustau Catalán, head of the ICN2 Oxide Nanophysics group. Prof. Catalán leads studies on flexoelectricity, a property of some materials whereby a mechanical deformation in converted into electrical energy, and the other way around.

The full article is available on the El País Retina website.