Severo Ochoa Programme 2018-2022 NEWS

Friday, 21 December 2018

An interferometric point-of-care device for fast and sensitive bacteria quantification

ICN2 researchers published in ACS Sensors an affordable method for bacteria detection useful for hospital on-site testing and as a clinical point-of-care (PoC) device. Real patient samples were analysed in a hospital setting using a simple one-step process with sample-to-data turnaround time of 40 min. The work was developed within the H2020 European project RAIS.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Holey graphene membrane voted Molecule of the Year by C&EN journal

Readers of the journal of the American Chemical Society have voted this graphene membrane with pores controlled at the atomic scale as the best molecule of 2018. The material was presented in Science in a joint article by researchers from the ICN2, CiQUS and DIPC.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Dr. Jackeline Narvaez Morales receives the UAB PhD special prize

The thesis, defended by Dr Jackeline Narvaez Morales on February 29 2016, was entitled Flexoelectricity in Single Crystals. It was directed by ICREA Research Professor Gustau Catalán, head of the ICN2 Oxide Nanoelectronics Group, and Dr Neus Domingo, Senior Researcher from the same Group.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Exploring new spintronics device functionalities in graphene heterostructures

Graphene Flagship researchers including from the ICN2 have shown in a paper published in Science Advances how heterostructures built from graphene and topological insulators have strong, proximity induced spin-orbit coupling which can form the basis of novel information processing technologies.

Monday, 26 November 2018

New device could monitor anticoagulant treatments to deliver personalised therapies

Researchers from CSIC, ICN2 and CIBER-BBN have designed a biosensor device based on gold nanostructures that precisely detects the presence of anticoagulant drug from a small blood sample. Treatments with anticoagulants such as Sintrom® (acenocoumarol) face the difficulty of adjusting the drug doses. This device will allow patients to self-regulate the dose.

Friday, 02 November 2018

C&EN highlights ICN2 strategy to give MOFs bigger pores

Work by the ICN2 Supramolecular NanoChemistry and Materials Group to widen the pores in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) has been featured in the American Chemical Society's Chemical & Engineering News magazine.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Revealing the mechanisms behind the enhancement of thermal properties of graphene nanofluids

Disperse graphene in a suitable solvent and the resulting nanofluid will have much better thermal properties than the original liquid. Three ICN2 research groups collaborate to describe and explain this effect from the inside out. The results, published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Nanoscale, provide a comprehensive analysis that alternately rules out and lends support to different existing theories as to the mechanisms driving the enhanced thermal conductivity and heat exchange found in nanofluids, bringing considerable insight into the field of thermal transport in dynamic systems.

Monday, 01 October 2018

Nanoscience and the ICN2 star at the CosmoCaixa European Researcher’s Night

The European Researchers’ Night is a Europe-wide effort to boosts public awareness of the positive role of research in society. This year’s program included a series of events at CosmoCaixa, with a specific area devoted to nanoscience and nanotechnology. Many coordinated institutions, including the ICN2, made it possible.

Thursday, 09 August 2018

Dr Klaas-Jan Tielrooij joins the ICN2 with an ERC Starting Grant

This researcher combines the study of fundamental physics with applied research, exploring ultrafast dynamics in nanoscale systems and their application in the fields of photodetection, quantum technologies and telecommunications. Building on close collaborations via inter-institutional projects within BIST, he will join the ICN2 in October as junior group leader, complete with his recently awarded ERC Starting Grant.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

ICN2 shares scientific knowledge and applications at Graphene 2018

Graphene 2018 is being held in Dresden (Germany) from 26 to 29 June 2018. ICN2 is there once again with organisational, institutional and scientific efforts to share the latest advances in graphene research. Drop by the ICN2 booth to learn about brain implants to restore speech or nanoporous graphene, among other breakthroughs.

Monday, 25 June 2018

An optical carbon dioxide sensor integrating MOFs onto bimodal optical waveguides

Two ICN2 Groups co-author a recent work published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Blanca Chocarro is the first author of a work presenting an optical CO2 sensor fabricated by integration of a self-assembled, transparent film of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) nanoparticles onto bimodal optical waveguides.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Feynman visits the Barcelona Science Fair with ICN2 ambassadors

Once again the Barcelona Science Fair brought together science lovers and scientists in a wonderful setting for family fun and discussion. The ICN2 joined the celebrations around the 100th anniversary of Richard Feynman’s birth, also presenting some of the highlights of its Severo Ochoa Programme.

Wednesday, 06 June 2018

New review of nanomaterials for point-of-care devices

Daniel Quesada-González and group leader ICREA Prof. Arben Merkoçi are the authors of this comprehensive and accessible review of nanomaterials for point-of-care diagnostics. Published in Chemical Society Reviews, it runs through the pros and cons of their application in different device types.

Friday, 01 June 2018

ICN2 in the Media: Nanoporous graphene for smart sensors

Last month ICN2 researchers and colleagues at CiQUS and DIPC presented a new holey graphene grown with identical pores in precise positions. Of major significance in graphene research, their paper "Bottom-up synthesis of multifunctional nanoporous graphene" (Science, 360) has received considerable international attention.