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Friday, 26 July 2019

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.

Once again, the ICN2 has opened its doors to the students from the Youth and Science (Joves i Ciència) programme, sponsored by Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera. The programme is intended to encourage scientific vocations in young and talented students and is divided in three phases that take place over three different years. On the first one, the students go to a science camp at the Pyrenees, whereas on the second, the students have the chance to get immersed in a completely real scientific environment by joining a research group of a local research centre. The third phase is similar to the second, but it is developed in an international research centre.

The ICN2 has participated in the second phase of the programme, receiving five students divided into two rounds. The first group started on the first of July and joined the Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group, led by ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi. There, with the guidance of PhD students Lei Zhao, Qiuyue Yang and Liming Hu, the students synthesised different kind of nanoparticles commonly used in biosensors. They also built a lateral flow immunoassay and inspected the shape of the nanoparticles using a TEM.

The second group joined the ICN2 on 15 July. They went to the Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group, led by Prof. Pedro Gómez-Romero. With him and Dr Raúl Benages, the students built two thermal solar panels and studied their performance according to different variables, such as the angle of incidence of light or the colour of the absorbing surface.

The ICN2 has also hosted two awarded students from the Biology Olympiad who chose to visit our institute as their prize. They spent the first week of July doing activities all over the ICN2, including observations in the Microscopy Unit Facility and experiments in the Clean Room and other laboratories. From the ICN2 we say goodbye to all of them, hoping to see them soon building their own scientific careers.