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Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Novel theoretical and computational tools for the design of future memory devices based on spin-orbit interactions

A theoretical analysis of magnetism, symmetry characteristics and spin transport in van der Waals materials provides guiding rules for benchmarking new tailor-made structures built by stacking different layers of atomic thickness. This work, published in ‘Nature Reviews Physics’, was carried out by researchers from the ICN2, the University College of London and the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.

Wednesday, 06 April 2022

Extraordinary properties and applications of ultrastable glasses: a review

Vapour deposition allows producing glassy materials that show high density and excellent properties, in particular high thermodynamic and kinetic stability. Due to these advantages over liquid-cooled glasses, new applications are now within reach, particularly in the field of organic optoelectronic devices.

Friday, 01 April 2022

Successful women, prosperous science

The Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) initiative, meant to give visibility to female scientists working in this research field and to promote their participation in international conferences, is discussed in an article published in MRS Bulletin. ICN2 group leader Dr Mónica Lira-Cantú is one of the initiators of WiRE.

Tuesday, 15 March 2022

INBRAIN Neuroelectronics signs an agreement to develop neurotechnology patented by six public research institutions

INBRAIN Neuroelectronics is a technology company developing graphene-based applications for neurological diseases founded by researchers from IMB-CNM-CSIC, ICN2 and ICREA who lead some of the research areas of the Graphene Flagship. The agreement paves the way for further development and industrialization of patented technology from CSIC, ICN2, ICREA, CIBERBBN, UAB and IDIBAPS.

Wednesday, 02 March 2022

A novel and clinically validated optical biosensor enables rapid and quantitative serological testing of COVID-19

An innovative nano-biosensor for fast, quantitative and accurate COVID-19 serology, which achieves the high reliability of specialised laboratory analysis with the short times and simplicity of rapid self-tests, has been developed by a team of researchers led by Prof. Laura M. Lechuga, head of the ICN2 NanoBiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group. This work has been developed in collaboration with the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital and Research Institute (VHIR, Barcelona) and the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona–IDIBAPS –which provided the clinical samples and the validation— and the Emerging Virus Unit of Aix-Marseille University (France).

Thursday, 10 February 2022

A novel free software allows improved calculation of transport properties in materials with potential for green technologies

Elphbolt is the first software for simulating charge and thermal transport in solid materials that allows integrating the reciprocal effect of electrons and phonons into the calculations. This new free tool will enable detailed studies of transport phenomena in solids, with probable impact on the search for thermopower materials for green energy applications.

Wednesday, 09 February 2022

GLEBioassay project receives funding from EuroNanoMed

A project aiming at the nano-monitoring of cancer immunotherapy efficiency through a graphene electrophoretic bioassay platform, GLEBioassay, is one of the ten selected in the 12th Joint Trasnational Call for funding of the EuroNanoMed platform. The consortium will be led by Prof. Arben Merkoçi.

Thursday, 13 January 2022

The ICN2 joins the International Network for Sustainable Nanotechnology

The ICN2 is now among the academic members of the N4SN consortium of leading organizations in the field of nanotechnology. Its main function is the promotion of nanotechnology advancement and applications as a key mechanism for sustainability to bring positive and impactful solutions to society.

Thursday, 13 January 2022

State of the art and prospects in AttoSens, techniques for detecting ultra-low concentrations of analytes

A paper in “Chemical Society Review” discusses the progress over the last ten years in the development of biological and chemical sensing platforms for the detection of target analytes at ultra-low abundance level (attomolar). This work was coordinated by ICN2 group leader ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi and Prof. V.V.R. Sai, from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM).

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

New graphene-based neural probes improve detection of epileptic brain signals

A study published in Nature Nanotechnology shows that flexible brain probes made of graphene micro-transistors can be used to record pathological brain signals associated with epilepsy with excellent fidelity and high spatial resolution. This research was led by the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), the Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona (IMB-CNM-CSIC) and the University College London Queen Square Institute of Neurology (UK).

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

The new Quantum International Conference series launched in Bilbao

Experts in quantum science and technology coming from academy and industry met in Bilbao on the occasion of Quantum 2021, a three-day event meant to become the first of a new series of international conferences dedicated to this emerging and promising field of research. The ICN2 is among the organizers.

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Researchers find a substance that facilitates natural cell suppression in aggressive brain cancer

A research team coordinated by Dr. Víctor J. Yuste of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) demonstrated that the administration of a substance called “gossypol” to cells of glioblastoma, an incurable type of brain cancer, facilitates their death through the natural apoptosis mechanism. This study, in which took part members of the ICN2 Nanostructured Functional Materials Group, opens up a new avenue in the search for a treatment for glioblastoma.

Thursday, 04 November 2021

2021 BIST Conference: Quantum Technologies, Present and Future

This year’s edition of the BIST annual conference discussed the current state of quantum technologies and the future plans for their development and application, with a special focus on projects ongoing in Catalonia. Representatives of research centres (including the ICN2) and the industrial sector were invited to contribute to the debate.

Wednesday, 01 September 2021

Electrochromic materials for new point-of-care and wearable biosensors: a review

A scientific paper recently published in “Materials Today” highlights the potentialities offered by electrochromic materials for the development of portable and easy-to-use bio-sensing platforms. This work, coordinated by ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi, provides a comprehensive description and discussion about these materials, their properties, state-of-the art applications as biosensors and new opportunities and challenges in this field.