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Tuesday, 27 September 2022

New technologies for circular economy

Dr Amador Pérez-Tomas, senior postdoctoral researcher at the ICN2, presented LighNET in an online event organised by XRE4S, XIA and BlueNetCat. 

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

New hybrid materials to enhance performance of supercapacitors

Two studies led by members of the ICN2 Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group, recently published in specialised journals, explore two parallel strategies for the development of a hybrid material –based on MXene and polyoxometalates— for the electrodes of supercapacitors, which results in improved energy storage performance.

Thursday, 15 September 2022

A study on ultrafast light-based logic in graphene discussed by Dr. Tielrooij in ‘Nature Materials’

ICN2 group leader Dr Klaas-Jan Tielrooij is the author of a perspective article in the “News & Views” section of the latest issue of “Nature Materials” that summarizes and highlights the relevance of a study recently published in “Nature”. This work provides a proof-of-concept demonstration of an ultrafast logic gate, using graphene and short laser pulses, which has incredibly promising applications in ultrafast signal processing. 

Monday, 05 September 2022

A DNA-based nanostructure inspired by antibodies as the core of a programmable sensing platform for rapid, single-step diagnostics

A team consisting of current and former members of the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group has developed an electrochemical sensor based on a modified DNA scaffold nanostructure able to detect antibodies and proteins in unprocessed biological fluids. It has a Y-shaped architecture that mimics the one of natural Immunoglobulin antibodies. According to the results published in an article in ‘Advanced Functional Materials’, it is selective, specific, and adaptable to the detection of different biomarkers.

Monday, 08 August 2022

A novel nanostructured geometry to control and suppress unwanted GHz mechanical vibrations in materials

As reported today in an article in ‘Nature Nanotechnology’, a team of researchers led by scientists at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) achieved the suppression of mechanical vibrations in a silicon nanostructured membrane by shaping it into a cloverleaf-like pattern. Unwanted vibrations compromise the performance of materials for micro- and nano-electromechanical systems. These results open the way to applications in nanotechnology, optical communications and quantum computing, among others. The publication was accompanied by a News and Views article highlighting the work.

Tuesday, 02 August 2022

Novel electron-microscopy methodology enables sub-nanometer characterization of the electronic properties of semiconductor nanowires

In a study coordinated by ICREA Prof. Jordi Arbiol and his Advanced Electron Nanoscopy Group at the ICN2, and published in “Nature Communications”, arrays of core-shell nanowires made of two different semiconductors and grown horizontally on a planar surface are thoroughly analised by means of scanning transmission electron microscopy. This atomic-scale study is key to understanding how morphological characteristics affect opto-electronic, plasmonic, and quantum properties and how to control them for application in next-generation devices.

Thursday, 28 July 2022

MINERVA will make new electronic devices from amorphous materials

The project, funded by the European Union through the FLAG-ERA initiative, has ICN2 senior researcher Dr Marianna Sledzinska as primary investigator. Over the next three years, MINERVA will study amorphous 2D materials for application in high performance electronics.

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Quantum Matter Conference: a very successful second edition in Barcelona

After the enthusiastic reception of the first edition (Bilbao, 2021), this second appointment of the Quantum Matter Conference renews its success with great participation by representatives of academia, research and industry. The ICN2 is among the organisers of the event.

Monday, 13 June 2022

ICREA Prof. María Escudero Escribano joins the ICN2 bringing a new Research Group and an ERC Grant

The ICN2 proudly welcomes a new Group Leader, Prof. María Escudero Escribano, who will join our institute in September 2022 as an ICREA Research Professor. Her arrival at the ICN2 strengthens our institution's involvement in renewable energy research. She has just been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for a project aiming at developing novel techniques for the conversion of methane into renewable fuels, which she will carry out at the ICN2.

Monday, 30 May 2022

Severo Ochoa Workshop on the present and future of Nanomedicine

The event, which was organised by group leader Prof. Laura Lechuga and counted on the participations of many members of the ICN2 community, aimed at bringing together researchers in the field on nanomedicine, clinicians from relevant hospitals, and healthcare industry experts to share results and views both on recent advances in the field and on effective procedures to transfer new technologies into clinical practice.