Severo Ochoa Programme 2018-2022 NEWS

Tuesday, 06 February 2018

Announcing the ICN2 Severo Ochoa International Conference

The ICN2 is pleased to announce the ICN2 Severo Ochoa International Conference. On 15 and 16 February, in-house research leaders will share the stage with prominent international scientists to recap the latest advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology. In celebration of the final chapter of the ICN2 Severo Ochoa Programme, the event will take place at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona.

Monday, 05 February 2018

ICN2 in the Media: Flexoelectricity on TV

The finding that bone is flexoelectric and plays a role in the bone-repair process has garnered significant interest in regional and national media. Here we leave you with the video clip broadcast by TV3, Catalonia's public television channel.

Friday, 02 February 2018

ICN2 in the Media: On flexoelectricity and bone repair

Last month ICN2 researchers revealed how a physical phenomenon at the nanoscale, flexoelectricity, stimulates the biological process of bone self-repair. Their paper, "Flexoelectricity in Bones", was published in Advanced Materials on 19 January. Helped along by an ICN2 press conference held in Barcelona, it has since drawn considerable attention from the media.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

When Prof. Bilge Yildiz came to the ICN2

Associate professor and group leader Prof. Bilge Yildiz describes her research on corrosion and hydrogen embrittlement in energy conversion systems, also sharing her views on what traits define her colleagues at the MIT. Watch the video here.

Monday, 29 January 2018

The ICN2 and the ALBA synchrotron open a liquid helium recovery plant

This plant, fitted with equipment owned by the ICN2, is unique in Catalonia and allows recycling of up to 80% of the liquid helium consumed at ALBA for its superconducting magnets and ultra-low temperature experiments. The ICN2 will also benefit from the helium produced.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Celebrating Women in Science at the ICN2

In the second week of February, the ICN2 will be joining other research centres around the world to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Find out more here.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Preparing new PhD candidates for the challenges ahead

Last week nine new ICN2 PhD candidates attended the “How to Be an Effective Researcher” course organised by the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) on behalf of its seven member institutes.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

New spin-off Ahead Therapeutics SL to develop novel therapies for autoimmune diseases

Ahead Therapeutics SL is the result of a joint research project with a strong nano component between the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP), the ICN2 and ICREA. It was created to advance the development of therapies for autoimmune diseases and pursue their application in a clinical setting. Just a few months in, the new company has already attracted 1.1 million euros in private investment.

Friday, 19 January 2018

A nanophenomenon that triggers the bone-repair process

Researchers of the ICN2 Oxide Nanophysics Group led by ICREA Prof. Gustau Catalan have resolved one of the great unknowns in bone remodelling: how the cells responsible for forming new bone tissue are called into action. Their work reveals the possible role of an electromechanical phenomenon at the nanoscale, flexoelectricity, not only in stimulating the cell response, but in precisely guiding it throughout the fracture repair process.

Friday, 19 January 2018

The ICN2 in two of the three BIST Ignite projects

The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology has awarded three second-phase grants to collaborative projects developed jointly by BIST member institutions. The ICN2's participation in two of the three successful projects is led by ICREA Prof. Jose Antonio Garrido and ICREA Prof. Jordi Arbiol.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Graphene spin transport takes a step forward towards application

A recent article from the Graphene Flagship outlines how the strong collaborative ethos of this largescale European research initiative is accelerating developments in new graphene-based technologies. Among the featured papers are two by ICN2 group leaders ICREA Prof. Stephan Roche and ICREA Prof. Sergio O. Valenzuela.

Tuesday, 05 December 2017

Strongly anisotropic spin relaxation observed in graphene when interfaced with transition metal dichalcogenides

Experimentalists of the ICN2 Physics and Engineering of Nanodevices Group, led by ICREA Prof. Sergio O. Valenzuela, have found evidence that the spin-orbit coupling induced in graphene by proximity to transition metal dichalcogenides affects electron spins differently depending on their orientation. Published in Nature Physics, this work suggests new approaches to controlling the transport of spin and valley information in future spintronics devices.

Tuesday, 05 December 2017

Thermal gradients shown to enhance spin transport in graphene

ICN2 researchers have demonstrated that the application of a thermal gradient in spintronic devices can cause spin signal to increase as a result of a novel thermoelectric phenomenon predicted and subsequently observed in graphene. Specifically, the enhanced spin signal is two orders of magnitude larger than anything previously reported for thermal effects in metals. Published in Nature Nanotechnology, these findings push at the frontier of graphene spintronics technologies.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

ICN2 researchers compute unprecedented values for spin lifetime anisotropy in graphene

Researchers of the ICN2 Theoretical and Computational Nanoscience Group, led by ICREA Prof. Stephan Roche, have published another paper on spin, this time reporting numerical simulations for spin relaxation in graphene/TMDC heterostructures. Published in Physical Review Letters, their calculations indicate a spin lifetime anisotropy that is orders of magnitude larger than anything observed in graphene until now. Here, lead author Aron Cummings explains the origin of this effect.

Monday, 06 November 2017

Blanca Chocarro-Ruiz gets the first prize for a poster in EUROMOF 2017

The awarded poster was titled “Novel photonic nanosensor integrating MOFs as specific receptors for gas sensing”, a shared effort involving the ICN2 NanoBiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group and the ICN2 Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials Group.

Friday, 03 November 2017

100xCiencia2: Co-creating Value in Scientific Research

100xCiencia.2 was held in Alicante yesterday and today. It brought together the vanguard of Spanish research: the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu centers of excellence. The meeting was opened by Carmen Vela, Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, and she highlighted the importance of approaching science and business: "Without transfer there is no innovation and without innovation there is no future"

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Self-assembly of highly-porous crystalline particles into novel photonic materials for sensing applications

Researchers from the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC) have formed highly-porous metal-organic framework particles that spontaneously assemble into well-ordered 3D superstructures that present photonic crystal properties. Published in Nature Chemistry, their discoveries are expected to find applications in the design of novel photonic materials for sensing applications, among others.

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.