Severo Ochoa Programme 2018-2022 Environment NEWS

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.

Monday, 13 June 2022

ICREA Prof. María Escudero Escribano joins the ICN2 bringing a new Research Group and an ERC Grant

The ICN2 proudly welcomes a new Group Leader, Prof. María Escudero Escribano, who will join our institute in September 2022 as an ICREA Research Professor. Her arrival at the ICN2 strengthens our institution's involvement in renewable energy research. She has just been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for a project aiming at developing novel techniques for the conversion of methane into renewable fuels, which she will carry out at the ICN2.

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Gallium oxide pushes the limits of silicon for power electronics: a review on ‘Materials’

Editor’s Choice and one of the most downloaded papers of the ‘Materials’ (MDPI) journal in the first five months of the year, this review discusses the application of ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors in power electronic devices, focusing in particular on gallium oxide. The work was coordinated by Dr Amador Pérez-Tomás, senior researcher at the ICN2.

Thursday, 13 January 2022

State of the art and prospects in AttoSens, techniques for detecting ultra-low concentrations of analytes

A paper in “Chemical Society Review” discusses the progress over the last ten years in the development of biological and chemical sensing platforms for the detection of target analytes at ultra-low abundance level (attomolar). This work was coordinated by ICN2 group leader ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi and Prof. V.V.R. Sai, from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM).

Friday, 17 December 2021

ICN2 Severo Ochoa Workshop on Environmental Monitoring and Remediation

The Severo Ochoa Workshop dedicated to Environment, one of the four areas of applications of the current ICN2 SO Programme, took place in Barcelona on 16-17 December. It comprised three sessions of talks having a different focus and a round table with industrial partners.

Thursday, 30 September 2021

A bimetallic single atom catalyst enhances the efficiency and selectivity of CO2 reduction reaction

The use of a double-metal catalyst, presenting nearby nickel and iron active sites, improves both efficiency and selectivity of the carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction reaction, a process increasingly used to diminish the concentration of this greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. This study, published in and highlighted on the cover of Energy & Environmental Science, has been led by ICN2 group leader Prof. Jordi Arbiol.

Thursday, 06 May 2021

Enhanced Perovskite Solar Cells: new insights into defects impact on stability

A study recently published in "Joule", coordinated by ICN2 Group Leader Dr Monica Lira-Cantú and Prof. Anders Hagfeldt (EPFL), demonstrates that the addition of the organic molecule H3pp to the halide perovskite layer increases the long-term stability of these solar cells, due to shallow point defect passivation.

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, 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, 28 October 2019

An ICN2 graphene-based screening device is being showcased at the Graphene Marketplace hosted by Tetra Pak

Dr Ruslan Álvarez, from the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group, and Dr Cinzia Spinato, from the ICN2 Business and Innovation Office, are participating in the Marketplace being held at Modena by Tetra Pak and the Graphene Flagship. They are presenting an intuitive, eco-friendly, portable sensing system to screen for different compounds found in food and environmental samples.