Severo Ochoa Programme 2018-2022 NEWS

Wednesday, 31 May 2023

Modular structure to enhance efficiency and flexibility of simulation codes for materials science: the SIESTA case

A paper recently published in the Royal Society Open Science journal discusses the advantages of implementing a modular approach in electronic structure simulation software and demonstrates the increased efficiency of SIESTA, a lighthouse code of the MaX Centre of Excellence that in recent years has been redesigned according to this principle. Among the authors is Prof. Pablo Ordejón, ICN2 group leader and Director.

Tuesday, 16 May 2023

Ultrafast and tunable terahertz-to-visible light conversion in graphene for future telecommunications

A study carried out by researchers from the HZDR Institute of Radiation Physics, ICN2 Ultrafast Dynamics in Nanoscale Systems group, University of Exeter Centre for Graphene Science, and TU Eindhoven demonstrates that graphene-based materials can be used to efficiently convert high-frequency signals (in the terahertz regime) into visible light, and that this mechanism is tunable. These outcomes open the path to exciting applications in next-future information and communication technologies.

Monday, 15 May 2023

Generation and control of phonons in a CMOS-compatible optomechanical platform

A team of researchers led by ICREA Prof. Dr Clivia Sotomayor-Torres, leader of the ICN2 Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group, has developed a waveguide platform in which self-sustained coherent phonons in the GHz regime can be generated at room temperature. As this platform is CMOS-compatible, this technique could impulse further development of phononic circuitry for telecommunication applications.

Thursday, 20 April 2023

Tunable “chemical electrodes” for bistable polarization screening and control

Researchers at the ICN2 have devised a new method to control the polarization of ferroelectric surfaces by functionalising them with “optimal” organic molecules, whose internal electronic configuration adapts to polarization orientation upon switching. These "chemical electrodes" have proven to be more efficient than standard metallic electrodes or atmospheric adsorbates used up to now.

Tuesday, 21 March 2023

A novel technique for ultrasensitive measurements of the thermal diffusivity of thin films

A paper recently published in the journal ‘Review of Scientific Instruments’ introduces a new all-optical technique for measuring thermal diffusion in nanoscale systems. The study was conducted by a team of researchers led by Prof. Klaas-Jan Tielrooij, senior group leader at ICN2. This “pre-time-zero spatiotemporal pump-probe microscopy" has several important benefits over existing techniques and provides an excellent tool for studying heat transport at the nanoscale.

Wednesday, 15 March 2023

MUSICIAN will develop Nano-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems for next generation wireless networks and the Internet of Things

The project aims to apply the NOEMS technology, which is compatible with standard CMOS microelectronics, to optimise various functionalities of complex wireless networks, resulting in cheaper systems that consume less power. The ICN2 Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group, led by Prof. Dr Clivia Sotomayor-Torres, will participate in this research.

Tuesday, 07 March 2023

After an interesting lecture series, new collaborations on the horizon with the University of Wuppertal

Dr. Ing Ralf Heiderhoff, from Bergische Universität Wuppertal, was invited by Prof. Dr Clivia Sotomayor Torres to visit the ICN2 and to give a course on nanoscale characterization techniques, which was highly appreciated by the researcher community. This strengthened relationship will pave the way for new research collaborations between ICN2 and the University of Wuppertal.

Monday, 06 March 2023

Nanocapsules with remote control to locally amplify the effect of chemotherapy

A research published in ACS Nano and featured on the cover of the issue proposes externally controlled iron magnetoplasmonic nanocapsules for cancer treatment. Satisfactory results have already been obtained in the preclinical phase in mice. This study was carried out by reseachers from the Barcelona Institute of Microelectronics (IMB-CNM-CSIC), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU).

Wednesday, 01 March 2023

ICN2 showcases four cutting-edge tech spinoffs at 4YFN event

ICN2 showcases four of its most promising spin-off companies at the 4YFN (4 Years From Now) event held in Barcelona during MWC23. InBrain Neuroelectronics, Napptilus Battery Labs, Paperdrop Diagnostics, and Cooling Photonics presented their cutting-edge technologies and business models to potential investors and collaborators.

Friday, 24 February 2023

Two steps in one: Novel laser-based technique simplifies the production of nanostructured films for sensing applications

A study published in ACS sensor and led by members of the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group introduces a one-step, versatile technique to produce nanocomposite films (made of reduced graphene oxide embedding metal nanoparticles) to be used as sensing substrates for different applications. The simplicity of this approach can allow scaling sensor production and reducing costs.

Tuesday, 21 February 2023

MaX develops advanced simulation software for powerful supercomputers

European research centres and companies leading the development of supercomputing hardware and simulation software re-join forces in the third phase of the MaX European Centre of Excellence, funded by the European Union (grant agreement no. 101093374) and supported by the Euro HPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) and its member states. The MaX (“MAterials design at the eXascale”) Centre will continue to drive the evolution of materials science simulation software towards a new era of extremely increased computation power. This will open new opportunities for designing and testing materials for applications in crucial fields, such as clean energy, new IT technologies, and manufacturing as a whole.

Thursday, 16 February 2023

Nanotechnology offers new solutions to global water pollution

As discussed in a paper published in the ‘Elsevier Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering’, the peculiar properties of nanomaterials and their behaviour at the interface with water can strongly enhance decontamination and remediation techniques. The most relevant contributions in this field, as well as the connected challenges, are presented in this work, which have many researchers from the ICN2 among its authors.

Thursday, 26 January 2023

The future of nanomaterials for central nervous system diseases treatment

Experts in various branches of nanomedicine discuss recent developments and provide their vision about the future of the field in a Roadmap article published in the 'Journal of Physics, Materials'. Researchers from the ICN2 Nanostructured Functional Materials Group and the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona contributed a section dedicated to the use of nanoparticles as carriers for drug delivery in Parkinson’s disease treatments.

Wednesday, 11 January 2023

New spin-off companies created with the support of the R+D+I Energy for Society Network

The R+D+I Energy for Society Network (XRE4S) provides consultancy and mentoring in industrial strategy, property protection, and market positioning to researchers who are interested in transferring their technologies to an existing company or founding a new one. Five spin-offs have been recently created with the support of XRE4S and one more (from the ICN2) may be established soon.