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.
D. Navarro-Urrios, J. Gomis-Bresco, N. E. Capuj, F. Alzina, A. Griol, D. Puerto, A. Martínez, and C. M. Sotomayor-Torres. J. Appl. Phys. 116, 093506 (2014) open reference link »
P. Mokarian-Tabari, C. Cummins, S. Rasappa, C. C. D. Simão, C. M. Sotomayor Torres, J. D. Holmes, and M. A. Morris. Langmuir, DOI: 10.1021/la503137q (2014) open reference link »
S. Dilger, M. Wessig, M. R. Wagner, J. S. Reparaz, C. M. Sotomayor Torres, L. Qijun, T. Dekorsy, and S. Polarz. Cryst. Growth Des., 14 (9), 4593-4601 (2014) open reference link »
J. Gomis-Bresco, D. Navarro-Urrios, M. Oudich, S. El-Jallal, A. Griol, D. Puerto, E. Chavez, Y. Pennec, B. Djafari-Rouhani, F. Alzina, A. Martínez and C. M. Sotomayor Torres. Nat. Comm., 5, 4452 (2014) open reference link »
Electromagnetic radiation and mechanical vibrations of matter interact and exchange energy at the nanometric scale. The experimental basis to study such interactions with precision is still being established. Researchers from ICN2's Phononic and Photonic nanostructures (P2N) Group designed a silicon 1D Optomechanical crystal built up so that it all... more »
A novel cost-effective nanoimprint lithography methodology improves ordering in periodic arrays from block copolymers
The low-cost scalable methodology suggested in Nanotechnology by the ICN2 Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group demonstrated an improvement in ordering of the nanodot lattice of up to 50%. Block copolymers (BCPs) are the most attractive alternative to date for the fabrication of well-defined complex periodic structures with length scales ... more »
Phonons and fluctuations in low dimensional structures is Symposium D of the E-MRS spring meeting 2014. The subject of the symposium is the transfer of energy across atomic interfaces and the propagation of energy in the nm-scale. The objective is to bring together concepts from solid state and statistical physics to converge towards a comprehensiv... more »
The Nanophononics Day, collocated with the European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting (Lille, 26-30 May), aims to raise awareness about this emergent research area and the EUPHONON Project. ICREA Prof Dr Clivia Sotomayor, Group Leader at ICN2, coordinates this initiative. A phonon is a collective excitation of atoms or molecules, a vibrati... more »