Severo Ochoa Programme 2018-2022 Pillar 1: APPLICATION DOMAINS - Environment

Some ICN2 groups are beginning to branch out into the design and fabrication of sensors and biosensors for the detection and monitoring of environmental indicators like air, soil and water quality. Others are developing active nanostructures and devices with relevant properties for environmental remediation. For all these applications, high sensitivity and selectivity for a variety of relevant targets, fast turnaround times, portability and cost-effectiveness are important objectives.


This newly established exploratory application domain will also address issues of nano-safety, safe-by-design and lifecycle assessment (incl. ecotoxicity studies), in recognition and vigilance of the potential negative impact of nanostructures and nano-interactions on the environment.

The key research priorities identified in this field are the development of sensor platforms for pollution detection and monitoring and of functional materials for pollutant removal and degradation. Nano-safety and life-cycle assessment are new topics that will be also investigated, including the ICN2’s socio-environmental responsibility in their regard.

The specific actions that will be taken include: forging new internal synergies to develop technologies for pollution detection and remediation; and organising one international workshop on these topics.

Action Manager

Dr María José Esplandiu
CSIC Tenured Scientist at the ICN2 Magnetic Nanostructures Group

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