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Thursday, 11 January 2024

Innovative Graphene-Based Implantable Technology Paves the Way for High-Precision Therapeutic Applications

A study published today in 'Nature Nanotechnology' presents an innovative graphene-based neurotechnology with the potential for a transformative impact in neuroscience and medical applications. This research, spearheaded by the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) together with national and international partners, is currently being developed for therapeutic applications through the spin-off INBRAIN Neuroelectronics.

Wednesday, 10 January 2024

An ICN2 research and innovation project among 14 funded by the Barcelona City Council and 'la Caixa' Foundation

The winning projects of the 2023 call for proposals were officially announced today at an award ceremony. The selected projects, led by universities and research centres, will tackle difficult challenges such as community health, sustainability, and climate change. DIGITS, led by ICN2 senior researcher Dr Maria Soler, is one of the 14 projects selected for funding.

Friday, 05 January 2024

Carbon Valorisation: Cutting-Edge Microscopy Techniques Unveil Breakthrough in CO2 Hydrogenation Catalysts

Innovative characterization techniques were used for the first time to study with nanometric precision the interactions between catalysts and their supporting structures during CO2 hydrogenation. The results presented in a study published in Advanced Materials and authored by scientists from the University of Antwerp, ICN2 and IREC will allow the design of bespoke catalysts to enhance reactions that are crucial for CO2 conversion into green fuel.

Monday, 18 December 2023

EU signs a Pact to make Europe the quantum valley of the world

The Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union has promoted a declaration supporting collaboration between Member States and the European Commission to create a European quantum ecosystem. The signatory states commit to cooperate to position Europe as a world leader in the field of quantum technologies.

Tuesday, 31 October 2023

LeaderSHE Talk on Women in Science: A resounding success at ICN2

The ICN2 Equal Opportunities and Diversity Committee successfully launched another enlightening LeaderSHE Talks series. Prof. Rosa Menéndez, a prominent figure in the world of science, shared her insights, captivating a full Seminar Room.

Friday, 20 October 2023

Nanotechnology enables the design of a stable catalyst to produce hydrogen from sunlight

A study published in ‘Nature Communications’ and carried out by researchers from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) unveils a photocatalyst that enhance the production of hydrogen through chemical reactions activated by light. The authors synthesised this stable photocatalyst using platinum nanoparticles deposited on titanium dioxide.

Tuesday, 26 September 2023

ICN2 welcomes new intake of Master in Quantum Science and Technology students

Today, the students from the MQST Master embarked on a journey deep into the quantum world at ICN2. As they set out on this thrilling educational odyssey, they delved into the ICN2 labs, engaged with our experts, and caught a glimpse of the quantum innovations that institutions like ICN2 herald for the future.

Wednesday, 20 September 2023

INBRAIN Neuroelectronics announces FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for its graphene-based intelligent network modulation platform

A first-of-a-kind device, the INBRAIN Intelligent Network Modulation System is designed to offer a new treatment option for patients with Parkinson’s disease. It harnesses the properties of graphene and the power of machine learning software to provide highly targeted and adaptive neuroelectronic therapy. INBRAIN Neuroelectronics originated as a spin-off company of ICN2 and ICREA, with the participation of the IMB-CNM-CSIC.

Tuesday, 12 September 2023

New triple hybrid material boosts supercapacitor performance

A team of scientists, including current and former members of the ICN2 Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group, has developed an innovative triple hybrid material that significantly improves the efficiency of energy storage devices. Their approach, explained in an article published in Nanomaterials, is to combine three components exhibiting different properties to create a highly effective electrode.

Friday, 08 September 2023

DIY nanoelectrodes: an innovative, affordable, and cleanroom-free fabrication technique

A recent publication in 'Small’ introduces a method for manufacturing nanoelectrodes for sensing applications using readily available, low-cost materials and laboratory equipment. Performance tests have demonstrated these electrodes’ high sensitivity. This new fabrication technique, developed by researchers from the ICN2 Nanobielectronics and Biosensors Group, holds the potential to significantly influence the fields of electrochemistry and point-of-care sensing.

Thursday, 20 July 2023

Heat, this way only: new heterogeneous multi-layer materials allow thermal transport control

A paper recently published in ‘Nano Letters’ introduces two types of hetero-structured materials, grown by epitaxy on a large area, that exhibit remarkable thermal properties. In particular, the ultralow thermal conductivity along the cross-layer direction allows for heat management application in electronic devices. This study was coordinated by former and current ICN2 researchers.

Thursday, 29 June 2023

ICN2 Researchers Shine at the 13th Edition of the Graphene Conference Series in Manchester

The 13th edition of the Graphene Conference series, the most prominent European event centered on graphene and 2D materials, is in its final stages in Manchester, UK. The ICN2 has played again a significant role at this year's conference, with numerous members of the institute giving high-profile presentations, including ICN2's Director, Prof. Pablo Ordejón, and ICREA Prof. Stephan Roche acting as members of the Organising Committee.