Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Dr Zeila Zanolli joins the Physics Editorial College of SciPost

SciPost is a complete scientific publication portal that offers two-way open access articles, i.e. free to publish and free to read. It is funded through donations and institutions, and is an important model in promoting open science.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Intriguing behaviour of molybdenum diselenide at room temperature

A study recently published on Nano Letters has revealed interesting properties of monolayer molybdenum diselenide (MoSe2), which can open up to spintronic applications of this nanomaterial. A sample with a low concentration of dopants and many crystal defects has shown spin lifetimes of 100ns at room temperature and spin polarization reversal over 60K. Dr Zeila Zanolli, Ramon y Cajal researcher at the ICN2 Theory and Simulation Group, has played a fundamental role in the theoretical interpretation of these results.

Monday, 29 April 2019

The substrate is alive! Scanning tunnelling miscroscopy to watch graphene growth on nickel surfaces

Dr Cristina Africh, from the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto Officina dei Materiali, presented on 24 April an ICN2 Seminar on the role of the substrate when generating graphene. Later that day she gave a talk in Casa Convalescència organised by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Barcelona with the support of the ICN2. This outreach event was organised in the context of the 500 anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Ferroelectric oxides in perovskite solar cells increase their stability

Researchers from the ICN2 Nanostructured Materials for Photovoltaic Energy Group and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have used a ferroelectric oxide (PbZrTiO3) as an electron extraction material for stable halide perovskite solar cells. This complex oxide, used for the first time with this purpose, not only avoids the inconveniences of classical oxides such as TiO2, but also enhances the carrier transfer. This advancement was highlighted in the cover of Sustainable Energy and Fuels.