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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Sensing ion channel in neuron networks with graphene field effect transistors / Veliev, Farida (Université Grenoble Alpes) ; Cresti, Alessandro (Université Grenoble Alpes) ; Kalita, Dipankar (Université Grenoble Alpes) ; Bourrier, Antoine (Université Grenoble Alpes) ; Belloir, Tiphaine (Université Grenoble Alpes) ; Briançon-Marjollet, Anne (Université Grenoble Alpes) ; Albrieux, Mireille (Université Grenoble Alpes) ; Roche, Stephan (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Bouchiat, Vincent (Université Grenoble Alpes) ; Delacour, Cécile (Université Grenoble Alpes)
Graphene, the atomically-thin honeycomb carbon lattice, is a highly conducting 2D material whose exposed electronic structure offers an ideal platform for chemical and biological sensing. Its biocompatible, flexible and chemically inert nature associated with the lack of dangling bonds, offers novel perspectives for direct interfacing with biological molecules. [...]
2018 - 10.1088/2053-1583/aad78f
2D Materials, Vol. 5, Núm. 4 (October 2018) , art. 45020  
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Unraveling the Operational Mechanisms of Chemically Propelled Motors with Micropumps / Esplandiu Egido, Maria José (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Zhang, Kuan (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Fraxedas i Calduch, Jordi (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Sepúlveda Martínez, Borja (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Reguera, David (Universitat de Barcelona. Departament de Física de la Matèria Condensada)
The development of effective autonomous micro- and nanomotors relies on controlling fluid motion at interfaces. One of the main challenges in the engineering of such artificial machines is the quest for efficient mechanisms to power them without using external driving forces. [...]
2018 - 10.1021/acs.accounts.8b00241
Accounts of chemical research, Vol. 51, Issue 9 (September 2018) , p. 1921-1930  
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Dual T1/ T2 Nanoscale Coordination Polymers as Novel Contrast Agents for MRI : A Preclinical Study for Brain Tumor / Suárez García, Salvio (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Arias-Ramos, Nuria (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Bioquímica i Biologia Molecular) ; Frías Botella, Carolina (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Candiota Silveira, Ana Paula (Institut de Biotecnologia i de Biomedicina "Vicent Villar Palasí") ; Arús i Caraltó, Carles (Institut de Biotecnologia i de Biomedicina "Vicent Villar Palasí") ; Lorenzo Rivera, Julia (Institut de Biotecnologia i de Biomedicina "Vicent Villar Palasí") ; Ruiz Molina, Daniel (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Novio Vázquez, Fernando (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
In the last years, extensive attention has been paid on designing and developing functional imaging contrast agents for providing accurate noninvasive evaluation of pathology in vivo. However, the issue of false-positives or ambiguous imaging and the lack of a robust strategy for simultaneous dual-mode imaging remain to be fully addressed. [...]
2018 - 10.1021/acsami.8b15594
ACS applied materials and interfaces, Vol. 10, Issue 45 (November 2018) , p. 38819-38832  
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Pentacene/TiO2 Anatase Hybrid Interface Study by Scanning Probe Microscopy and First Principles Calculations / Todorović, Milica (Aalto University. Department of Applied Physics) ; Stetsovych, Oleksandr (Czech Academy of Sciences. Institute of Physics) ; Moreno Sierra, César (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Shimizu, Tomoko K. (Keio University. Department of Applied Physics and Physico-Informatics) ; Custance, Oscar (National Institute for Material Science (Tsukuba, Japan)) ; Pérez, Rubén (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Departamento de Física Teórica de la Materia Condensada)
The understanding and control of the buried interface between functional materials in optoelectronic devices is key to improving device performance. We combined atomic resolution scanning probe microscopy with first-principles calculations to characterize the technologically relevant organic/inorganic interface structure between pentacene molecules and the TiO anatase (101) surface. [...]
2018 - 10.1021/acsami.8b09203
ACS applied materials and interfaces, Vol. 10, Issue 40 (October 2018) , p. 34718-34726  
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Velocity Saturation Effect on Low Frequency Noise in Short Channel Single Layer Graphene Field Effect Transistors / Mavredakis, Nikolaos (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Electrònica) ; Wei, Wei (Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology) ; Pallecchi, Emiliano (Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology) ; Vignaud, Dominique (Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology) ; Happy, Henri (Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology) ; Garcia Cortadella, Ramon (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Bonaccini Calia, Andrea (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Garrido Ariza, José A. (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Jiménez, David 1970- (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Electrònica)
Graphene devices for analog and radio frequency (RF) applications are prone to low frequency noise (LFN) due to its up conversion to undesired phase noise at higher frequencies. Such applications demand the use of short channel graphene transistors (GFETs) that operate at high electric fields in order to ensure a high speed. [...]
2019 - 10.1021/acsaelm.9b00604
ACS applied electronic materials, Vol. 1, Issue 12 (December 2019) , p. 2626-2636  
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29 p, 1.5 MB Graphene triggered enhancement in visible-light active photocatalysis as well as in energy storage capacity of (CFO)1-x(GNPs)x nanocomposites / Israr, Muhammad (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Iqbal, Javed (Quaid-i-Azam University. Department of Physics) ; Arshad, Aqsa (International Islamic University. Department of Physics) ; Rani, Maria (Quaid-i-Azam University. Department of Physics) ; Gómez Romero, Pedro 1959- (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Benages Vilau, Raúl (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
Cobalt ferrite-graphene nanoplatelets ((CFO)(GNPs)) nanocomposites are promising for efficient photocatalysis and high-performance supercapacitors. Multifunctional (CFO)(GNPs) nanocomposites prepared via facile chemical method have been investigated for their physio-chemical characteristics like crystal structure, morphology, chemical composition, optical properties, infrared vibrational modes, photocatalytic and supercapacitor applications. [...]
2020 - 10.1016/j.ceramint.2019.09.232
Ceramics international, Vol. 46, Issue 3 (February 2020) , p. 2630-2639  
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7 p, 2.6 MB A First Evaluation of Thick Oxide 3C-SiC MOS Capacitors Reliability / Li, Fan (University of Warwick) ; Mawby, Philip A. (University of Warwick) ; Song, Qiu (University of Warwick) ; Pérez Tomàs, Amador (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Shah, Vishal (University of Warwick) ; Sharma, Yogesh (Dynex Semiconductor Ltd.) ; Hamilton, Dean P. (De Montfort University) ; Fisher, Craig (University of Warwick) ; Gammon, Peter (University of Warwick) ; Jennings, M.R. (Swansea University)
Despite the recent advances in 3C-SiC technology, there is a lack of statistical analysis on the reliability of SiO layers on 3C-SiC, which is crucial in power MOS device developments. This article presents a comprehensive study of the medium-and long-term time-dependent dielectric breakdowns (TDDBs) of 65-nm-thick SiO layers thermally grown on a state-of-the-art 3C-SiC/Si wafer. [...]
2020 - 10.1109/TED.2019.2954911
IEEE transactions on electron devices, Vol. 67, Issue 1 (January 2020) , p. 237-242  
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Phase Transfer of Rhodium(II)-Based Metal-Organic Polyhedra Bearing Coordinatively Bound Cargo Enables Molecular Separation / Grancha, Thais (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Carné Sánchez, Arnau (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Hernández López, Laura (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Albalad, Jorge (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Imaz, Inhar (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Juanhuix, Judith (ALBA Laboratori de Llum de Sincrotró) ; Maspoch Comamala, Daniel (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
The transfer of nanoparticles between immiscible phases can be driven by externally triggered changes in their surface composition. Interestingly, phase transfers can enhance the processing of nanoparticles and enable their use as vehicles for transporting molecular cargo. [...]
2019 - 10.1021/jacs.9b10403
Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 141, Issue 45 (November 2019) , p. 18349-18355  
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9 p, 3.3 MB Unraveling the Impact of Halide Mixing on Perovskite Stability / Hieulle, Jeremy (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University) ; Wang, Xiaoming (University of Toledo. Department of Physics and Astronomy and Wright) ; Stecker, Collin (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University) ; Son, Dae-Yong (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University) ; Qiu, Longbin (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University) ; Ohmann, Robin (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University) ; Ono, Luis K. (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University) ; Mugarza, Aitor (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Yan, Yanfa (University of Toledo. Department of Physics and Astronomy and Wright) ; Qi, Yabing (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University)
Increasing the stability of perovskites is essential for their integration in commercial photovoltaic devices. Halide mixing is suggested as a powerful strategy toward stable perovskite materials. However, the stabilizing effect of the halides critically depends on their distribution in the mixed compound, a topic that is currently under intense debate. [...]
2019 - 10.1021/jacs.8b11210
Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 141, Issue 8 (February 2019) , p. 3515-3523  
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8 p, 1.2 MB Thin film oxide-ion conducting electrolyte for near room temperature applications / Garbayo, Íñigo (Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya) ; Chiabrera, Francesco (Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya) ; Alayo Bueno, Nerea (Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya) ; Santiso, José (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Morata, Alex (Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya) ; Tarancón Rubio, Albert (Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya)
Stabilized bismuth vanadate thin films are presented here as superior oxide ionic conductors, for application in solid state electrochemical devices operating near room temperature. Widely studied in the 90s in bulk form due to their unbeatable ionic conduction, this family of materials was finally discarded due to poor stability above 500 °C. [...]
2019 - 10.1039/c9ta07632h
Journal of materials chemistry A, Vol. 7, Issue 45 (December 2019) , p. 25772-25778