Severo Ochoa Programme 2018-2022 Pillar 2: Enabling Platforms - Nanocharacterisation

The ICN2 has leading scientific expertise and strong technical competence in research areas such as imaging, spectroscopy and manipulation at the nanoscale, which require advanced characterisation techniques. In-house equipment and multiple national and international large scale facilities are used to perform these measurements.

  • New aberration-corrected Transmission Electron Microscope

    A consortium of institutions (including ICN2, CSIC, BIST, UAB, and ALBA Synchrotron) has been created and funding has been secured through various sources (25% of which via the current Severo Ochoa Programme) to acquire a new state-of-the-art aberration-corrected Transmission Electron Microscope, to be installed at the nearby ALBA Synchrotron, and a Focused Ion Beam. A part of the funds was granted by Microsoft. The new equipment is expected to be installed before the end of 2021.

  • Raman microscope

    It will be acquired in the next few months, as part of the instrumentation needed by the new Ultrafast Dynamics in Nanoscale Systems group.

  • Non-ambient chamber for X-ray diffraction

    It will be acquired in the next few months

To keep pace with the needs of the research groups, the ICN2 will continue to develop state-of-the-art characterisation tools and techniques in-house.

The research priorities identified for the 2018-2022 period are focused on advancing a range of technologies for nanocharacterisation at ultra-high resolution, including the exploration of new scopes, for correlative microscopy, and for dimensional nanometrology, with a view to standardising the way in which materials/systems are processed and characterised at the nanoscale.

The specific actions planned include: contributing to the acquisition of a new state-of-the-art aberration-corrected transmission electron microscope to be installed at the nearby ALBA Synchrotron; developing collaborative projects with ALBA; compiling an inventory of standardised protocols and methodologies for the analysis and characterisation of nanomaterials.

Action Manager

Prof. Jordi Arbiol
Group Leader of the ICN2 Advanced Electron Nanoscopy Group