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Monday, 18 March 2019

Gold nanoparticles to facilitate in-situ detection of amplified DNA at room temperature

The proposed nanobiosensor developed by ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group led by ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi and Vetgenomics takes advantage of the high sensitivity achieved when using gold nanoparticles in the sensing surface. The sensor integrates DNA amplification and detection, which is of high interest for human, veterinarian and plant diagnostics. The results have been published in Analytical Chemistry.

Friday, 28 August 2015

100xCiencia: Top scientists meet top journalists to discuss about “Communicating Frontier Science”

The 100xCiencia encounter will summit in La Palma (October 7-8) outstanding journalists and scientists. The event will explain the science carried out by the main centres of R&D in Spain, those accredited with the Severo Ochoa Excellence award, and will establish a debate with communicators and journalists about how to communicate and to popularize their scientific activity.

Friday, 03 November 2017

100xCiencia2: Co-creating Value in Scientific Research

100xCiencia.2 was held in Alicante yesterday and today. It brought together the vanguard of Spanish research: the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu centers of excellence. The meeting was opened by Carmen Vela, Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, and she highlighted the importance of approaching science and business: "Without transfer there is no innovation and without innovation there is no future"

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

2D-nanocellulose: piezoelectric driven by a hydrogen bonds pattern

Researchers from ICN2 Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group publish in Scientific Reports findings providing the basis for new electromechanical designs using 2D-nanocellulose. In a longer-term perspective, the reinterpretation of electrical features for hydrogen bonds here introduced could pave the way in the understanding of life-essential molecules and events.

Friday, 05 February 2016

A cost-effective method for mass production of printed flexible graphene-based electronic devices

The ICN2 NanoBioelectronics and Biosensors Group, led by the ICREA Research Prof Arben Merkoçi, presents a versatile, low-cost and customizable method for patterning graphene oxide onto a myriad of substrates. The patented technique, published in ACS Nano, requires neither a clean room nor organic solvents. It consists of three easy steps: printing, filtering and pressing.

Friday, 19 January 2018

A nanophenomenon that triggers the bone-repair process

Researchers of the ICN2 Oxide Nanophysics Group led by ICREA Prof. Gustau Catalan have resolved one of the great unknowns in bone remodelling: how the cells responsible for forming new bone tissue are called into action. Their work reveals the possible role of an electromechanical phenomenon at the nanoscale, flexoelectricity, not only in stimulating the cell response, but in precisely guiding it throughout the fracture repair process.

Monday, 29 August 2016

A nanoplasmonic biosensor for early detection of colorectal cancer

The ICN2 Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group, led by Prof Laura M. Lechuga, proposed a nanoplasmonic biosensor for colorectal cancer autoantibody detection in an article published in Analytica Chimica Acta. There is an evident need for novel screening tools for a less invasive and more specific screening and diagnosis to fight against this cancer.

Thursday, 03 March 2016

A novel targeted anticancer therapy system based on carbon nanocapsules

Researchers from the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) in collaboration with the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMC-CNRS) and King’s College London (KCL) have developed a novel nanocarrier anti-cancer platform for the targeted delivery of radioactivity.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

A pregnancy test-like method allows the quick and cheap quantification of Parathyroid Hormone-like Hormone

Parathyroid Hormone-like Hormone is a relevant protein in the biology and treatment of several malignancies. A work in Nanomedicine, headed by Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group led by Prof. Arben Merkoci from the Institut Catala de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia (ICN2) and by Dr. Carmen de Torres Gomez-Pallete group from the Fundació and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, describes for the first time the application of lateral-flow immunoassays for the detection of this protein taking advantage of paper based nanobiosensors properties.

Monday, 03 October 2016

A record photovoltaic effect observed in antiferroelectrics

An article in Advanced Materials, authored by ICN2 researchers Dr Amador Pérez-Tomás, Prof Mónica Lira-Cantú and ICREA Prof Gustau Catalan, reports the largest photovoltaic field ever observed in a photovoltaic device. 

Thursday, 14 March 2019

A review explores the chemistry behind catechol-based adhesion

Catechols play a key role in natural adhesion processes in wet conditions. Dr Javier Saiz-Poseu and Dr Daniel Ruiz-Molina have published a review in Angewandte Chemie that summarises the chemistry involved in natural and synthetic catechol-based adhesive materials and offers guidance for the development of new ones.

Monday, 26 June 2017

A workshop update for Severo Ochoa research at the ICN2

Earlier this month was the ICN2’s third Severo Ochoa Scientific Workshop, an event that brought together researchers from all career stages and all of the institute’s research groups to share progress in their respective fields of study. We were also joined by top influencers in innovation and technology transfer in Spain and beyond.

Friday, 21 December 2018

An interferometric point-of-care device for fast and sensitive bacteria quantification

ICN2 researchers published in ACS Sensors an affordable method for bacteria detection useful for hospital on-site testing and as a clinical point-of-care (PoC) device. Real patient samples were analysed in a hospital setting using a simple one-step process with sample-to-data turnaround time of 40 min. The work was developed within the H2020 European project RAIS.

Monday, 25 June 2018

An optical carbon dioxide sensor integrating MOFs onto bimodal optical waveguides

Two ICN2 Groups co-author a recent work published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Blanca Chocarro is the first author of a work presenting an optical CO2 sensor fabricated by integration of a self-assembled, transparent film of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) nanoparticles onto bimodal optical waveguides.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

An ultrasensitive and specific diagnostic sensor based on interferometric bimodal nanowaveguides 

Researchers from the ICN2 Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group, led by Prof Laura Lechuga, have designed a nanophotonic biosensor for ultrasensitive detection of microRNAs in complex media. Results published in ACS Sensors demonstrate that such devices can be used as an ultrasensitive and specific diagnostic tool for the prediction of diseases (such as cancer) with well-defined microRNA signatures.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018

Announcing the ICN2 Severo Ochoa International Conference

The ICN2 is pleased to announce the ICN2 Severo Ochoa International Conference. On 15 and 16 February, in-house research leaders will share the stage with prominent international scientists to recap the latest advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology. In celebration of the final chapter of the ICN2 Severo Ochoa Programme, the event will take place at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona.