Severo Ochoa News

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.

Monday, 28 May 2018

ICN2 graphene research highlighted in Nature Electronics

A recent work led by the ICN2 is featured in this prestigious magazine for its significance in the field of electronics. The groundbreaking production of an atomically precise nanoporous graphene complete with energy bandgap is the result of a collaboration between the ICN2, CiQUS and DIPC.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Spanish industry sides with science

Last March the SOMMa alliance presented its position paper on the actions needed from government to safeguard the competitiveness of Spanish science. This month Spanish industry and the business sector have spoken out in support of the research sector for the first time.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

One step closer to using nanoporous graphene in smart filters and sensors

As part of a national research collaboration, Spanish researchers including the ICN2 have made uniformly nanoporous graphene a practicable reality. A major milestone in graphene research, this brings us one step closer to unlocking this wonder material’s full potential not only in electronics, but also in filtration and sensing applications. Presented this morning to journalists at a press conference at the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, the work is published in Science.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

SOMMa aims at promoting Spanish science of excellence, and safeguarding its competitiveness

The creation of the Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units Alliance (SOMMa) will allow research centres and units to increase their impact, foster their cooperation and work as a network, and enrich the R+D system as a whole. SOMMa has presented the document “SOMMa Position Paper: Actions required to safeguarding science competitiveness”, which aims at drawing the attention of politicians to tackle some of the current administrative issues urgently and in a long-lasting manner.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

ICN2 in the Media: Brain sensors in La Vanguardia

Graphene-based brain implants developed under the H2020 BrainCom project led by the ICN2 were showcased last month at the Mobile World Congress. Since then the technology has received considerable attention from regional media, including this article in La Vanguardia.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Graphene to restore speech and other stories at the MWC

As we have already reported, the GSMA Mobile World Congress returned to Barcelona last month and with it, the Graphene Pavilion. Back for the third year, the aim of this space is to bring graphene and related 2D materials to life for the diverse public that this congress attracts. With our track record in graphene-based breakthroughs, the ICN2 had to be there. Here is our review.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Understanding the defect structure in complex oxides

Check the Advanced Functional Materials Video Abstract explaining a recent collaboration between ICN2 and ICMAB published under the title "The misfit dislocation core phase in complex oxide heteroepitaxy". Dr. Núria Bagués and Dr. José Santiso are it first authors, while Dr. Felip Sandiumenge is the last author.

Wednesday, 07 March 2018

Celebrating the second Coffee with Pablo

Kicking off the month of March we had the second "Coffee with Pablo" to discuss the ICN2's strategic move towards the greater professionalisation of its technology transfer activities and some of the related ethical issues. With the active participation of employees from all operational areas, the session consolidated this format as a useful forum for internal communication.

Tuesday, 06 March 2018

New transistor concept, solar cell included

ICN2 researchers have developed a novel concept in transistor technology: a two-in-one power source plus transistor device that runs on solar energy. Published in Advanced Functional Materials and currently trending in the Wiley-VCH “Hot Topics” list, lead author Amador Pérez-Tomás is calling it the “solaristor”.

Thursday, 01 March 2018

Brain implants and educational nanotechnologies at the MWC and YoMo

The ICN2 returned this year to the Graphene Pavilion at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, this time showcasing graphene-based brain implants designed to restore speech and communication abilities. It also explored super hydrophobic materials in the classroom context at the parallel Youth Mobile Festival.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Doing science like a woman

Last week we celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science at the ICN2 with a series of events intended to inform and provoke reflection on the subject of gender. Read on for a summary of the main ideas raised.