Severo Ochoa Programme 2018-2022 NEWS

Thursday, 03 March 2016

A novel targeted anticancer therapy system based on carbon nanocapsules

Researchers from the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) in collaboration with the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMC-CNRS) and King’s College London (KCL) have developed a novel nanocarrier anti-cancer platform for the targeted delivery of radioactivity.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Non-Invasive Photocurrent Characterization of Nanoscale Morphologies in CVD Graphene

A recent paper in Nature Communications reports a simple and robust technology using non-invasive opto-electronic nanoscopy to probe locally both the optical and electronic properties of graphene devices. The work results from an international collaboration led by ICFO, with ICN2 participating to the theoretical interpretation of the experiments.

Monday, 08 February 2016

ICN2 presents its Equal Opportunities and Diversity Management Plan

Lluis Rovira, Director of the CERCA Institution, chaired the event that introduced the result of two years of diagnosis and discussion within the ICN2 Equal Opportunities Committee. The Plan presented on february first seeks to ensure that ICN2 offers equal opportunities for men and women and to promote the development of women in the scientific career.

Friday, 05 February 2016

A cost-effective method for mass production of printed flexible graphene-based electronic devices

The ICN2 NanoBioelectronics and Biosensors Group, led by the ICREA Research Prof Arben Merkoçi, presents a versatile, low-cost and customizable method for patterning graphene oxide onto a myriad of substrates. The patented technique, published in ACS Nano, requires neither a clean room nor organic solvents. It consists of three easy steps: printing, filtering and pressing.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Dr. Maurizia Palummo discusses novel semiconducting 2D materials for opto-electronics

Dr. Maurizia Palummo offered, on January 21, an ICN2 seminar about Transition metal dichalcogenides. She presented recent results obtained by her team and elucidated the time scale and microscopic origin of light emission in these two-dimensional systems. The speaker was invited by the ICN2 Theory and Simulation Group, led by Dr. Pablo Ordejón.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Label-free real-time plasmonic sensing allows quantification of alternatively spliced mRNA isoforms

Deregulated alternative splicing patterns could be considered as a hallmark of cancer. A recent paper in Biosensors and Bioelectronics reports a simple and robust technology using a Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) biosensor for label-free monitoring of alternative splicing events in real-time. The work was led by the ICN2 Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group in collaboration with the CRG.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Nanoparticles simplify DNA identification and quantification

In an article published in Small, researchers successfully applied a new qualitative and quantitative method for the detection of a DNA sequence characteristic of Leishmania infantum kinetoplast, a frequent parasite in veterinary that affects humans too. The work was led from the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and the Spin Off company Vetgenomics.

Monday, 23 November 2015

ICN2 in the Media: Flexoelectricity is more than Moore

“Moore’s law” approaches its limit. The idea of producing the world’s first integrated flexoelectric microelectromechanical system (MEMS) on silicon was published week in Nature Nanotechnology and gained a big attention. The international work was led by researchers from the ICN2 Oxide Nanoelectronics Group.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Flexoelectricity is more than Moore

“Moore’s law”, according to which chip performance would double approximately every two years, approaches its limit: soon it would be impossible to produce smaller transistors. A new quest, nick-named “more than Moore”, aims to add new functionalities within each chip by integrating smart materials on top of their silicon base. Researchers from the ICN2 Oxide Nanoelectronics Group led an international collaboration which has produced the world’s first integrated flexoelectric microelectromechanical system (MEMS) on silicon. Their results have been published this week in Nature Nanotechnology.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Reviews of Modern Physics highlights recent research on Spin Hall effects

ICREA Prof Sergio O. Valenzuela, Group Leader at ICN2, is among the 5 authors of a review article highlighted on the cover of the journal Reviews of Modern Physics. The article offers a pedagogical overview of the Spin Hall effect, both from a theoretical and from an experimental perspective.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Prof. Rafal E. Dunin-Borkowski offers an ICN2 Seminar about recent progress in microscopy of nanomaterials

Prof. Rafal E. Dunin-Borkowski, Research Director of the Institute for Microstructure (Germany), presented a selection of recent results obtained in both high-resolution and Lorentz modes and offered a personal perspective on directions for the future development of transmission electron microscopy. ICREA Prof Jordi Arbiol, Group leader of the ICN2 Advanced Electron Nanoscopy Group, presented this influential speaker.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Prof. Albert Fert visits ICN2 to discuss about Spin-orbitronics

The Nobel Prize awardee and member of the ICN2 Scientific Advisory Board offered on November 11, 2015, a Manuel Cardona Lecture entitled “Spin-orbitronics, a new direction for spintronics”. Afterwards he participated in a tour through the ICN2 involving different Groups and a lively discussion during a friendly lunch.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

A pregnancy test-like method allows the quick and cheap quantification of Parathyroid Hormone-like Hormone

Parathyroid Hormone-like Hormone is a relevant protein in the biology and treatment of several malignancies. A work in Nanomedicine, headed by Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group led by Prof. Arben Merkoci from the Institut Catala de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia (ICN2) and by Dr. Carmen de Torres Gomez-Pallete group from the Fundació and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, describes for the first time the application of lateral-flow immunoassays for the detection of this protein taking advantage of paper based nanobiosensors properties.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Three new centers of the UAB Campus awarded as Severo Ochoa Centers of Excellence

The Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB), the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) and the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) joined ICN2 and the Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE) in the prestigious list of Severo Ochoa Centers placed at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) Campus.