Severo Ochoa News

Friday, 02 November 2018

C&EN highlights ICN2 strategy to give MOFs bigger pores

Work by the ICN2 Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials Group to widen the pores in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) has been featured in the American Chemical Society's Chemical & Engineering News magazine.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

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.

Monday, 01 October 2018

Nanoscience and the ICN2 star at the CosmoCaixa European Researcher’s Night

The European Researchers’ Night is a Europe-wide effort to boosts public awareness of the positive role of research in society. This year’s program included a series of events at CosmoCaixa, with a specific area devoted to nanoscience and nanotechnology. Many coordinated institutions, including the ICN2, made it possible.

Thursday, 09 August 2018

Dr Klaas-Jan Tielrooij joins the ICN2 with an ERC Starting Grant

This researcher combines the study of fundamental physics with applied research, exploring ultrafast dynamics in nanoscale systems and their application in the fields of photodetection, quantum technologies and telecommunications. Building on close collaborations via inter-institutional projects within BIST, he will join the ICN2 in October as junior group leader, complete with his recently awarded ERC Starting Grant.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

ICN2 shares scientific knowledge and applications at Graphene 2018

Graphene 2018 is being held in Dresden (Germany) from 26 to 29 June 2018. ICN2 is there once again with organisational, institutional and scientific efforts to share the latest advances in graphene research. Drop by the ICN2 booth to learn about brain implants to restore speech or nanoporous graphene, among other breakthroughs.

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.

Monday, 11 June 2018

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.

Wednesday, 06 June 2018

New review of nanomaterials for point-of-care devices

Daniel Quesada-González and group leader ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi are the authors of this comprehensive and accessible review of nanomaterials for point-of-care diagnostics. Published in Chemical Society Reviews, it runs through the pros and cons of their application in different device types.

Friday, 01 June 2018

ICN2 in the Media: Nanoporous graphene for smart sensors

Last month ICN2 researchers and colleagues at CiQUS and DIPC presented a new holey graphene grown with identical pores in precise positions. Of major significance in graphene research, their paper "Bottom-up synthesis of multifunctional nanoporous graphene" (Science, 360) has received considerable international attention.

Monday, 28 May 2018

ICN2 graphene research highlighted in Nature Electronics

A recent work led by the ICN2 is featured in this prestigious magazine for its significance in the field of electronics. The groundbreaking production of an atomically precise nanoporous graphene complete with energy bandgap is the result of a collaboration between the ICN2, CiQUS and DIPC.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Spanish industry sides with science

Last March the SOMMa alliance presented its position paper on the actions needed from government to safeguard the competitiveness of Spanish science. This month Spanish industry and the business sector have spoken out in support of the research sector for the first time.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

One step closer to using nanoporous graphene in smart filters and sensors

As part of a national research collaboration, Spanish researchers including the ICN2 have made uniformly nanoporous graphene a practicable reality. A major milestone in graphene research, this brings us one step closer to unlocking this wonder material’s full potential not only in electronics, but also in filtration and sensing applications. Presented this morning to journalists at a press conference at the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, the work is published in Science.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Talent scouting at the Universitat de Barcelona's Careers Fair

Last week the Universitat de Barcelona held its Careers Fair, an event designed to showcase job opportunities and career paths and attract students in the final stages of their university degrees. Representing the ICN2 were People Development Officer Julio Gómez and HR Generalist Ainhoa Ayastuy.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

SOMMa aims at promoting Spanish science of excellence, and safeguarding its competitiveness

The creation of the Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units Alliance (SOMMa) will allow research centres and units to increase their impact, foster their cooperation and work as a network, and enrich the R+D system as a whole. SOMMa has presented the document “SOMMa Position Paper: Actions required to safeguarding science competitiveness”, which aims at drawing the attention of politicians to tackle some of the current administrative issues urgently and in a long-lasting manner.