Severo Ochoa Programme 2018-2022 Energy NEWS

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

ICN2 #StayAtHome Seminar: Current Approaches for Perovskite Solar Cells Stability Studies

Now available on YouTube! The ICN2 Group led by Prof. Mónica Lira Cantu hosted on 17 April 2020 a webinar to discuss about good practices on conducting and reporting stability studies specifically tailored for perovskite solar cells. The event was co-hosted by Prof. Eugene A. Katz, from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Its dynamic format included short presentations by international young experts and was organised by Dr Haibing Xie (ICN2) and Dr Mark Khenkin (HZB).

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

DOC-FAM doctoral students celebrate a welcome event

ICMAB coordinates CSIC’s DOC-FAM excellence DOCtoral training programme in Functional Advanced Materials, which is providing excellent doctoral students to collaborator institutions such as the ICN2. The predoctoral students hired in the second call of this H2020-MSCA-COFUND action offered a short presentation about their research and personal objectives. Two of them, Alejandro Astúa and Alejandro Astúa work at the ICN2 and were supported by their group leaders, Prof. Laura Lechuga and Prof. Pedro Gómez, respectively.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

The ICN2 will shine at Nanotech Japan

Together with CERCA and CSIC the ICN2 will have a central role at the Spanish Pavilion of the Nanotech 2020 starting tomorrow. With over 350 exhibitors, this event is a huge meeting point for industry and academic institutions. The event is sided by the 1&2D materials congress, starting today, a Japan-Albania-Spain workshop, to be held tomorrow and organized by ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi and Phantoms Foundation, and a visit to RIKEN headquarters.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

CERCA Pioneer Awards 2019

Two former ICN2 PhD students, Dr Bhawna Nagar and Dr Núria Fabri Faja, have been granted the CERCA Pioneer Award 2019 for their doctoral theses. The prize is a recognition for research works that stand out for their industrial- and commercial-oriented perspective.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Severo Ochoa 2.0: New Directions and Opportunities

On November 15, a special event was organized to present to the whole ICN2 community the new directions and opportunities provided by the second Severo Ochoa Programme. The event was organized by the ICN2 Management and the Strategy Development Office, together with the Severo Ochoa Programme Committee.

Monday, 09 September 2019

Official release of European Perovskite-PV White Paper

The European Perovskite Initiative (EPKI) has produced a white paper that encompasses the overall progression roadmap planned by the research community within Europe. It also expresses the need for further commitment and support from European organizations. The ICN2 is one of the partners of this young initiative aimed at raising awareness of perovskite-based photovoltaics and facilitating joint-research programs and synergies amongst its members.

Monday, 09 September 2019

The ICN2 receives its second Severo Ochoa Excellence Award

The ceremony celebrated at the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities was hosted by Minister Pedro Duque. The ICN2 Severo Ochoa Programme is a four year research strategy to strengthen the tools and the research performed in areas as relevant as energy, health, ICT and environment. A delegation of the 5 Severo Ochoa Excellence Centers and the 7 Maria de Maeztu Excellence Units participated in the event. The ICN2 delegation was led by ICREA Prof. Jose Antonio Garrido, Vice-Director of the ICN2.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Nanotechnologies for the clean energy revolution

The first Severo Ochoa Workshop on Energy Storage and Harvesting organized by the ICN2 took place at the Contemporary Culture Centre of Barcelona (CCCB) on July 12. Experts on clean energy technologies based on nanomaterials and nanodevices were invited to share the results of their research and to discuss the future of this field.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Revealing the mechanisms behind the enhancement of thermal properties of graphene nanofluids

Disperse graphene in a suitable solvent and the resulting nanofluid will have much better thermal properties than the original liquid. Three ICN2 research groups collaborate to describe and explain this effect from the inside out. The results, published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Nanoscale, provide a comprehensive analysis that alternately rules out and lends support to different existing theories as to the mechanisms driving the enhanced thermal conductivity and heat exchange found in nanofluids, bringing considerable insight into the field of thermal transport in dynamic systems.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Understanding the defect structure in complex oxides

Check the Advanced Functional Materials Video Abstract explaining a recent collaboration between ICN2 and ICMAB published under the title "The misfit dislocation core phase in complex oxide heteroepitaxy". Dr. Núria Bagués and Dr. José Santiso are it first authors, while Dr. Felip Sandiumenge is the last author.

Tuesday, 06 March 2018

New transistor concept, solar cell included

ICN2 researchers have developed a novel concept in transistor technology: a two-in-one power source plus transistor device that runs on solar energy. Published in Advanced Functional Materials and currently trending in the Wiley-VCH “Hot Topics” list, lead author Amador Pérez-Tomás is calling it the “solaristor”.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Strange but true: turning a material upside down can sometimes make it softer

There’s no way that turning a material upside down makes it any softer, right? Wrong! Through the combined effect of two properties inherent to certain types of crystal, flexoelectricity and piezoelectricity, researchers at the ICN2 led by ICREA Prof. Gustau Catalán have found that polar materials can be made more or less resistant to dents when they are turned upside down… or when a voltage is applied to switch their polarisation. Published this week in Advanced Materials, this research points to the future development of “smart mechanical materials” for use in smart coatings and ferroelectric memories.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Hematite-based nanowire structures to enhance solar-to-fuel conversion in photoelectrochemical water splitting

ICN2 researchers led by ICREA Prof. Jordi Arbiol, in collaboration with the IREC and ICIQ, have produced a material for use in photoelectrochemical water splitting that is not only cheaper than existing alternatives, but increases both the efficiency and output of the process. Based on the integration of several materials into a multilayer nanowire structure, the research was featured on the cover of this month’s Energy & Environmental Science.