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Friday, 05 January 2024

Carbon Valorisation: Cutting-Edge Microscopy Techniques Unveil Breakthrough in CO2 Hydrogenation Catalysts

Innovative characterization techniques were used for the first time to study with nanometric precision the interactions between catalysts and their supporting structures during CO2 hydrogenation. The results presented in a study published in Advanced Materials and authored by scientists from the University of Antwerp, ICN2 and IREC will allow the design of bespoke catalysts to enhance reactions that are crucial for CO2 conversion into green fuel.

Thursday, 13 July 2023

Researchers synthesised a novel highly porous material that allows neutralizing deadly chemical agents

A team of scientists from various Spanish research centres synthesized a new reticular material that can be used to detoxify hazardous chemicals, thanks to its ability to act as a reaction catalyst. This very porous and robust material, named BCN-348, has a peculiar structure, typical of a class of materials called ‘metal-organic frameworks’ (or MOFs). This research has been recently published in ‘Chemical Communication’ and was coordinated by ICREA Prof. Daniel Maspoch, group leader at the ICN2.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Three new ICN2 projects receive AGAUR 2021 Grants

Thanks to this funding, researchers at the ICN2 will develop photo-sensitive materials for smart windows, membranes for skin regeneration and a device for rapid detection and discrimination of respiratory viruses.

Monday, 17 October 2022

A new strategy for custom design of multicomponent materials based on metal-organic frameworks

In a paper published in ‘JACS’, an alternative method to synthesize complex metal-organic framework (MOFs), by assembling prefabricated “pores”, is proposed. The approach envisioned by a team of researchers from the ICN2 Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials Group provides greater control over the materials produced and their specific properties.

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

New technologies for circular economy

Dr Amador Pérez-Tomas, senior postdoctoral researcher at the ICN2, presented LighNET in an online event organised by XRE4S, XIA and BlueNetCat. 

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

New hybrid materials to enhance performance of supercapacitors

Two studies led by members of the ICN2 Novel Energy-Oriented Materials Group, recently published in specialised journals, explore two parallel strategies for the development of a hybrid material –based on MXene and polyoxometalates— for the electrodes of supercapacitors, which results in improved energy storage performance.

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Self-driven micropumps propelled by salts show high efficiency in water decontamination

A study recently published in “Nature Communications” and led by ICN2 researcher Dr María José Esplandiu introduces micropatterned pumps that use salts as fuel and that can selectively remove cadmium ions from water samples. Reusable, operable in high salt concentrations and able to drive unidirectional fluid flows, these devices look promising for various environmental and biomedicine applications.