Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)

The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), carries out research into the behaviour of materials at nanoscale. The institute creates basic knowledge and develops devices in a wide range of fields, from life sciences (medicine, health and the environment) to energy and information and communications technologies. This cutting-edge research has enormous potential to change everyday life.

The trustees of the ICN2 include the Generalitat of Catalunya, the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). The institute is recognised as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence for the development of the “Nanodevices for social challenges” programme (2014-2018).

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2024-02-16
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16 p, 928.1 KB Collective motion of Nafion-based micromotors in water / Fraxedas, Jordi (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Reguera, David (Universitat de Barcelona. Departament de Física de la Matèria Condensada) ; Esplandiu Egido, Maria José (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
Ion exchange is one of the most interesting processes occurring at the interface between aqueous solutions and polymers, such as the well-known Nafion. If the exchanged ions have different diffusion coefficients, this interchange generates local electric fields which can be harnessed to drive fluid motion. [...]
2024 - 10.1039/d3fd00098b
Faraday Discussions, Vol. 249 (January 2024) , p. 424-439  
2024-02-09
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9 p, 894.5 KB Indirect competitive immunoassay for the detection of fungicide Thiabendazole in whole orange samples by Surface Plasmon Resonance / Estévez, M. Carmen (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Belenguer, José (Ainia Centro Tecnológico (Valencia)) ; Gomez-Montes, Silvia (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Miralles, Javier (Ainia Centro Tecnológico (Valencia)) ; Escuela, Alfonso M. (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) ; Montoya, Angel (Universitat Politècnica de València) ; Lechuga, Laura M. (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
A highly sensitive and specific SPR-based competitive immunoassay for the detection of Thiabendazole (TBZ) has been developed. An indirect format where a TBZ-protein conjugate is immobilized onto gold surfaces has been selected. [...]
2012 - 10.1039/c2an36094b
Analyst, Vol. 137, Issue 23 (October 2012) , p. 5659-5665  
2024-02-09
11:43
46 p, 703.3 KB Integrated optical devices for lab-on-a-chip biosensing applications / Estévez, M. Carmen (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Alvarez, Mar (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Lechuga, Laura M. (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
The application of portable, easy-to-use and highly sensitive lab-on-a-chip biosensing devices for real-time diagnosis could offer significant advantages over current analytical methods. Integrated optics-based biosensors have become the most suitable technology for lab-on-chip integration due to their ability for miniaturization, their extreme sensitivity, robustness, reliability, and their potential for multiplexing and mass production at low cost. [...]
2012 - 10.1002/lpor.201100025
Laser & photonics reviews, Vol. 6, Issue 4 (July 2012) , p. 463-487  
2024-01-25
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13 p, 9.7 MB Enhanced Proliferation and Differentiation of Human Osteoblasts by Remotely Controlled Magnetic-Field-Induced Electric Stimulation Using Flexible Substrates / Careta, Oriol (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Biologia Cel·lular, Fisiologia i Immunologia) ; Nicolenco, Aliona (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Física) ; Perdikos, Filippos (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Blanquer Jerez, Andreu (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Biologia Cel·lular, Fisiologia i Immunologia) ; Ibañez, Elena (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Biologia Cel·lular, Fisiologia i Immunologia) ; Pellicer Vilà, Eva Maria (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Física) ; Stefani, Christina (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Física) ; Sepúlveda, Borja (Instituto de Microelectrónica de Barcelona) ; Nogués, Josep (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Sort Viñas, Jordi (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Física) ; Nogués, C. (Carme) (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Biologia Cel·lular, Fisiologia i Immunologia)
With the progressive aging of the population, bone fractures are an increasing major health concern. Diverse strategies are being studied to reduce the recovery times using nonaggressive treatments. [...]
2023 - 10.1021/acsami.3c09428
ACS applied materials & interfaces, Vol. 15, Issue 50 (December 2023) , p. 58054-58066  
2024-01-11
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31 p, 1.5 MB In situ XPS analysis of the electronic structure of silicon and titanium thin films exposed to low-pressure inductively-coupled RF plasma / Fraxedas, Jordi (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Schütte, Max (ALBA Laboratori de Llum de Sincrotró) ; Sauthier, Guillaume (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Tallarida, Massimo (ALBA Laboratori de Llum de Sincrotró) ; Ferrer, Salvador (ALBA Laboratori de Llum de Sincrotró) ; Carlino, Vincent (IBSS Group Inc.) ; Pellegrin, Eric (Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH)
Carbon contamination of synchrotron and free-electron lasers beamline optics continues to be a major nuisance due to the interaction of the intense photon beams with the surfaces of the optical elements in the presence of residual gases even in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions. [...]
2021 - 10.1016/j.apsusc.2020.148684
Applied surface science, Vol. 542 (March 2021) , art. 148684  
2024-01-10
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40 p, 6.4 MB Roadmap on nanomedicine for the central nervous system / Ciofani, Gianni (Italian Institute of Technology) ; Campisi, Marco (Polytechnic University of Turin) ; Mattu, Clara (Polytechnic University of Turin) ; Kamm, Roger D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) ; Chiono, Valeria (Polytechnic University of Turin) ; Raynold, Aji Alex Moothedathu (University of Coimbra) ; Freitas, João S. (University of Coimbra) ; Redolfi Riva, Eugenio (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna) ; Micera, Silvestro (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna) ; Pucci, Carlotta (Italian Institute of Technology) ; Novio Vázquez, Fernando (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química) ; Lorenzo Rivera, Julia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Biotecnologia i de Biomedicina "Vicent Villar Palasí") ; Ruiz-Molina, Daniel (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Sierri, Giulia (University of Milano-Bicocca) ; Re, Francesca (University of Milano-Bicocca) ; Wunderlich, Hannah (Technical University of Munich) ; Kumari, Prachi (Technical University of Munich) ; Kozielski, Kristen L. (Technical University of Munich) ; Chami, Mounia (Institut de Pharmacologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire) ; Marino, Attilio (Italian Institute of Technology) ; Ferreira, Lino (University of Coimbra) ; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Bioquímica i de Biologia Molecular
In recent years, a great deal of effort has been undertaken with regards to treatment of pathologies at the level of the central nervous system (CNS). Here, the presence of the blood-brain barrier acts as an obstacle to the delivery of potentially effective drugs and makes accessibility to, and treatment of, the CNS one of the most significant challenges in medicine. [...]
2023 - 10.1088/2515-7639/acab88
JPhys materials, Vol. 6, Issue 2 (April 2023) , art. 22501  
2024-01-10
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11 p, 4.0 MB Highly Durable Nanoporous CuS Films for Efficient Hydrogen Evolution Electrocatalysis under Mild pH Conditions / Fernández-Climent, Roser (Universitat Jaume I) ; Redondo, Jesús (Charles University) ; García-Tecedor, Miguel (Parque Tecnológico de Móstoles) ; Spadaro, Maria Chiara (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Li, Junnan (Université de Montréal) ; Chartrand, Daniel (Université de Montréal) ; Schiller, Frederik (Donostia International Physics Center) ; Pazos, Jhon (Universidad Central) ; Hurtado, Mikel F. (Universidad Militar Nueva Granada) ; de la Peña O'Shea, Victor (Parque Tecnológico de Móstoles) ; Kornienko, Nikolay (Université de Montréal) ; Arbiol i Cobos, Jordi (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Barja, Sara (Basque Foundation for Science) ; Mesa, Camilo A. (Universidad Central) ; Giménez, Sixto (Universitat Jaume I)
Copper-based hydrogen evolution electrocatalysts are promising materials to scale-up hydrogen production due to their reported high current densities; however, electrode durability remains a challenge. [...]
2023 - 10.1021/acscatal.3c01673
ACS catalysis, Vol. 13, Issue 15 (July 2023) , p. 10457-10467  
2024-01-10
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7 p, 3.0 MB Integration of Metal-Organic Polyhedra onto a Nanophotonic Sensor for Real-Time Detection of Nitrogenous Organic Pollutants in Water / Calvo Lozano, Olalla (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Hernández-López, Laura (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química) ; Gomez, Leyre (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Carné-Sánchez, Arnau (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química) ; von Baeckmann, Cornelia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química) ; Lechuga, Laura M (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Maspoch Comamala, Daniel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química)
The grave health and environmental consequences of water pollution demand new tools, including new sensing technologies, for the immediate detection of contaminants in situ. Herein, we report the integration of metal-organic cages or polyhedra (MOCs/MOPs) within a nanophotonic sensor for the rapid, direct, and real-time detection of small (<500 Da) pollutant molecules in water. [...]
2023 - 10.1021/acsami.3c07213
ACS applied materials & interfaces, Vol. 15, Issue 33 (August 2023) , p. 39523-39529  
2024-01-10
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15 p, 2.2 MB Recovering What Matters : High Protein Recovery after Endotoxin Removal from LPS-Contaminated Formulations Using Novel Anti-Lipid A Antibody Microparticle Conjugates / Casonato Melo, Cristiane (Paris Lodron University of Salzburg. Department of Biosciences & Medical Biology) ; Fux, Alexandra C. (Paris Lodron University of Salzburg. Department of Biosciences & Medical Biology) ; Himly, Martin (Paris Lodron University of Salzburg. Department of Biosciences & Medical Biology) ; Bastús, Neus G (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Schlahsa, Laura (Miltenyi Biotec B.V. & Co) ; Siewert, Christiane (Miltenyi Biotec B.V. & Co) ; Puntes, Víctor (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Duschl, Albert (Paris Lodron University of Salzburg. Department of Biosciences & Medical Biology) ; Gessner, Isabel (Miltenyi Biotec B.V. & Co) ; Fauerbach, Jonathan A. (Miltenyi Biotec B.V. & Co)
Endotoxins or lipopolysaccharides (LPS), found in the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacterial cell walls, can stimulate the human innate immune system, leading to life-threatening symptoms. Therefore, regulatory limits for endotoxin content apply to injectable pharmaceuticals, and excess LPS must be removed before commercialization. [...]
2023 - 10.3390/ijms241813971
International journal of molecular sciences, Vol. 24, Issue 18 (September 2023) , art. 13971  
2024-01-10
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13 p, 9.0 MB Sculpting Windows onto AuAg Hollow Cubic Nanocrystals / Patarroyo, Javier (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Bastús, Neus G (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Puntes, Víctor (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
Using surfactants in the galvanic replacement reaction (GRR) offers a versatile approach to modulating hollow metal nanocrystal (NC) morphology and composition. Among the various surfactants available, quaternary ammonium cationic surfactants are commonly utilised. [...]
2023 - 10.3390/nano13182590
Nanomaterials, Vol. 13, Issue 18 (September 2023) , art. 2590