Set in the Catalan Institute of Nano-technology (ICN) in Barcelona and led by Prof. Clivia Sotomayor Torres, the Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures group (P2N) investigates phonon/pho-ton/electron interactions in nano-scale condensed matter underpinned by research in nanofabrication, especially nanoimprint lithography. The long-term aim is to develop new information technology concepts where information processing is achieved with multiple state variables.

Research is carried out on nano-scale thermal and acoustic effects in both confined systems and phononic crystals; on methods to control the exciton-plasmon coupling targeting enhanced light extraction in light sources; and on the optimisation of the optical gain of printed polymer-based photonic structures.

In order to facilitate the uptake of nano-technology innovations by industry, the group is advancing nanoimprint lithography towards the realisation of 3D nano- and hybrid structures. For the latter, efforts are focused on acoustic-field assisted self-assembly of nano- and mesoscopic particles, to realise heterostructures and to deposit them selectively on patterned and or surface-functionalised substrates.

Latest Publications

A Hooke’s Law-based Approach to Model Protein Folding Rate


Y. B. Ruiz-Blanco, P. J. Prieto, Y. Marrero-Ponce, J. Salgado, Y. Garcia, and C. M. Sotomayor-Torres. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 364, 407 (2015) open reference link »


Formation of Titanium Nanostructures on Block Copolymer Templates with Varying M...

M. Kreuzer, C. Simão, A. Diaz, and C. M. Sotomayor Torres. Macromolecules, DOI: 10.1021/ma501605s (2014) open reference link »


Dynamical back-action at 5.5 GHz in a corrugated optomechanical beam

D. Navarro-Urrios, J. Gomis-Bresco, S. El-Jallal, M. Oudich, A. Pitanti, N. Capuj, A. Tredicucci, F. Alzina, A. Griol, Y. Pennec, B. Djafari-Rouhani, A. Martínez, and C. M. Sotomayor Torres. AIP ADvances, 4, 124601 (2014) open reference link »


Electrocatalytic tuning of biosensing response through electrostatic or hydropho...


L. Baptista-Pires, B. Perez-Lopez, C. Mayorga-Martinez, E. Morales-Narvaez, N. Domingo, M. J. Esplandiu, F. Alzina, C. M. Sotomayor-Torres, and A. Merkoci. Biosensors & Bioelectronics, 61, 655 (2014) open reference link »

Latest News


EUPHONON position paper on nano-phononics available!

December 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

The EUPHONON position paper on nano-phononics has been released. It is one of the main outputs of the EUPHONON coordination action (www.euphonon.eu), a EU project which mission was to build a European community for nano-phononics. The document aims at defining nano-phononics, bringing forth the urgent need to aggregate a nano-phononics community in... more »


Prof. Sotomayor Torres gave an invited talk at the the 27th international conference MNC, Japan

November 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

The pioneering work of the P2N on defectively metrology was recognized by the organizers of the Symposium on Nanoimprint, Nanoprint and Rising Lithography, at the 27th International Microprocesses and Nanotechnology Conference MNC, Fukuoka, Japan, 4-7 November 2014, with an invited talk entitled "Nanoimprint lithography as a directed self-assembly ... more »


The P2N group to pioneer a series of post-graduate lectures

November 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Researchers of the Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures group took the initiative, in collaboration with ICN2 Human Resources and Education Department, to launch a series of post-graduate lectures on optical spectroscopy. This will be part of the new ICN2 Open Knowledge Program that aims to create an internal flow of knowledge. The action is a pilo... more »


Results on phononic bandgap in 1-D optomechanical crystal highlighted in Nature Photonics

October 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our recent article "A one-dimensional optomechanical crystal with a complete phononic band gap" by Jordi Gomis et al. has been highlighted in Nature Photonics in an article by Maria Maragkou - Nat. Phot., 8, 746 (2014). more »