Severo Ochoa Programme 2018-2022 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 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.

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, 15 December 2022

A two-technique cross measurement allows identifying impostor Majorana particles

Majorana anyons, theoretically predicted particles which are expected to show exotic properties with great potential for quantum computing applications, are both very elusive and difficult to distinguish from other quantum states. Researchers from ISTA, ICN2 and ICMM-CSIC combined two different measurement techniques to unmask an impostor Majorana particle, as described in a study published in ‘Nature’.

Tuesday, 08 November 2022

Quantum materials enable next-generation photonics for mobile networks in the terahertz regime

A paper recently published in 'Light: Science & Applications’ demonstrates that quantum materials of the topological insulator family can efficiently upconvert electromagnetic radiation in the terahertz (THz) regime. These results open new avenues for THz photonics technology and its application in sensing, homeland security and sixth-generation mobile communications. The study was conducted by a team of researchers coordinated by ICN2 group leader Dr Klaas-Jan Tielrooij.

Wednesday, 19 October 2022

Foremost Photonics 2022: re-launching nanophotonics research in Europe

The workshop was organised by a new generation of nanophotonics researchers and funded by the Nanophotonics Europe Association, a network that emerged from the EU funded PhOREMOST project, in which Prof. Dr Clivia Sotomayor-Torres and other members of the research group that she leads at the ICN2 were involved.

Thursday, 15 September 2022

A study on ultrafast light-based logic in graphene discussed by Dr. Tielrooij in ‘Nature Materials’

ICN2 group leader Dr Klaas-Jan Tielrooij is the author of a perspective article in the “News & Views” section of the latest issue of “Nature Materials” that summarizes and highlights the relevance of a study recently published in “Nature”. This work provides a proof-of-concept demonstration of an ultrafast logic gate, using graphene and short laser pulses, which has incredibly promising applications in ultrafast signal processing. 

Monday, 08 August 2022

A novel nanostructured geometry to control and suppress unwanted GHz mechanical vibrations in materials

As reported today in an article in ‘Nature Nanotechnology’, a team of researchers led by scientists at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) achieved the suppression of mechanical vibrations in a silicon nanostructured membrane by shaping it into a cloverleaf-like pattern. Unwanted vibrations compromise the performance of materials for micro- and nano-electromechanical systems. These results open the way to applications in nanotechnology, optical communications and quantum computing, among others. The publication was accompanied by a News and Views article highlighting the work.

Tuesday, 02 August 2022

Novel electron-microscopy methodology enables sub-nanometer characterization of the electronic properties of semiconductor nanowires

In a study coordinated by ICREA Prof. Jordi Arbiol and his Advanced Electron Nanoscopy Group at the ICN2, and published in “Nature Communications”, arrays of core-shell nanowires made of two different semiconductors and grown horizontally on a planar surface are thoroughly analised by means of scanning transmission electron microscopy. This atomic-scale study is key to understanding how morphological characteristics affect opto-electronic, plasmonic, and quantum properties and how to control them for application in next-generation devices.

Thursday, 28 July 2022

MINERVA will make new electronic devices from amorphous materials

The project, funded by the European Union through the FLAG-ERA initiative, has ICN2 senior researcher Dr Marianna Sledzinska as primary investigator. Over the next three years, MINERVA will study amorphous 2D materials for application in high performance electronics.