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Friday, 10 April 2015

ICN2 hosts the last ESCOLAB of the season

Students from IES Can Puig (Sant Pere de Ribes) got in touch with nanotechnology visiting the ICN2 facilities in the last ESCOLAB visit of the season. They had the opportunity to enter the laboratories of the Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials Group and interacted with the nanoscale through a hands-on experimental session led by the Communication Department and Dr Ignasi Fina, from the ICN2 Oxide Nanoelectronics Group.

On April 8th, students from IES Can Puig, from Sant Pere de Ribes, visited our facilities during the last ESCOLAB visit of the season. Despite it was not their first contact with nanotechnology they could get more fully acquainted with the nanoworld and experiment with its related phenomena.

The visit started with an introduction about what nano is, its implications and applications in our daily life and how ICN2 contributes to its development. The aim of the talk was also to encourage students to start a scientific career which could be related with the nanoworld or, at least, raise their interest on a subject affecting society.

After the explanation, the visitors met Dr Carlos Carbonell from the Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials Group. Together with Vincent Guillerm, he showed them their facilities: chemical laboratories for the preparation of supramolecular materials, Tip-Based nanolithography equipment, optical microscopes and, together with Vincent Guillerm, the equipments that work with liquid nitrogen for the determination of material porosity.

Finally, students had the opportunity to see four experimental demonstrations about phenomena that take place at the nanoscale. All the experiments were made of quotidian materials and evidenced in a simple way the properties of matter at nanoscale and some of its implications. Students could interact with the implementation experimenting in real live, understanding complex concepts such as nanoencapsulation or the properties of graphene.

This part of the visit was also complemented with the demonstration led by Dr Ignasi Fina, from the ICN2 Oxide Nanoelectronics Group. He introduced them to the smart cities world through the devices he is working in: piezoelectric sensors. He explained the science behind this kind of sensors and its main applications, showing some examples designed by IGS Group. The students themselves could build their own piezoelectric sensor which they took to their school for further experimentation.