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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9 p, 357.9 KB Systematic study of the impact of MOF densification into tablets on textural and mechanical properties / Dhainaut, Jérémy (Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1) ; Camur, Ceren (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Troyano, Javier (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Legrand, Alexandre (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Canivet, J. (Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1) ; Imaz, Inhar (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Maspoch Comamala, Daniel (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Reinsch, Helge (MOFapps) ; Farrusseng, David (Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1)
Four different metal-organic framework powders (UiO-66, UiO-66-NH, UiO-67, and HKUST-1) were shaped into tablets. The effect of the applied pressure on porous properties, mechanical resistance and tablet bulk density is reported. [...]
2017 - 10.1039/c7ce00338b
CrystEngComm, Vol. 19, issue 29 (August 2017) , p. 4211-4218  
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99 p, 3.5 MB Additive engineering for stable halide perovskite solar cells / Pereyra, Carlos (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Xie, Haibing (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Lira-Cantu, Monica (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
Halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have already demonstrated power conversion efficiencies above 25%, which makes them one of the most attractive photovoltaic technologies. However, one of the main bottlenecks towards their commercialization is their long-term stability, which should exceed the 20-year mark. [...]
2021 - 10.1016/j.jechem.2021.01.037
Journal of Energy Chemistry, Vol. 60 (Sep. 2021) , p. 599-634  
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14 p, 1012.8 KB Quantification of nanomechanical properties of surfaces by higher harmonic monitoring in amplitude modulated AFM imaging / Gramazio, Federico (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Lorenzoni, Matteo (Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona) ; Pérez Murano, Francesc (Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona) ; Evangelio Araujo, Laura (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Fraxedas, Jordi (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
The determination of nanomechanical properties is an intensive topic of study in several fields of nanophysics, from surface and materials science to biology. At the same time, amplitude modulation force microscopy is one of the most established techniques for nanoscale characterization. [...]
2018 - 10.1016/j.ultramic.2018.01.013
Ultramicroscopy, Vol. 187 (April 2018) , p. 20-25  
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25 p, 1.2 MB Control of the polarization of ferroelectric capacitors by the concurrent action of light and adsorbates / Liu, Fanmao (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona) ; Fina, Ignasi (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona) ; Sauthier, Guillaume (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Sánchez Barrera, Florencio (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona) ; Rappe, Andrew M. (University of Pennsylvania. Department of Chemistry) ; Fontcuberta i Griñó, Josep (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona)
Ferroelectric perovskites hold promise of enhanced photovoltaic efficiency and photocatalytic activity. Consequently, the photoresponse of oxide ferroelectric thin films is an active field of research. [...]
2018 - 10.1021/acsami.8b05751
ACS applied materials & interfaces, Vol. 10, issue 28 (July 2018) , p. 23968-23975  
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18 p, 2.5 MB Petrographic and geochemical evidence for multiphase formation of carbonates in the Martian orthopyroxenite Allan Hills 84001 / Moyano-Cambero, Carles Eduard (Institut de Ciències de l'Espai) ; Trigo-Rodríguez, Josep M. (Institut de Ciències de l'Espai) ; Benito, M.Isabel (Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Departamento de Estratigrafía) ; Alonso-Azcárate, Jacinto (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. Facultad de Ciencias Ambientales y Bioquímica) ; Lee, Martin R. (University of Glasgow. School of Geographical and Earth Sciences) ; Mestres, Narcís (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona) ; Martínez-Jiménez, Marina (Institut de Ciències de l'Espai) ; Martín-Torres, Francisco J. (Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra) ; Fraxedas, Jordi (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
Martian meteorites can provide valuable information about past environmental conditions on Mars. Allan Hills 84001 formed more than 4 Gyr ago, and owing to its age and long exposure to the Martian environment, and this meteorite has features that may record early processes. [...]
2017 - 10.1111/maps.12851
Meteoritics and Planetary Science, Vol. 52, issue 6 (June 2017) , p. 1030-1047  
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Unraveling the key relationship between perovskite capacitive memory, long timescale cooperative relaxation phenomena, and anomalous J-V hysteresis / Hernández-Balaguera, Enrique (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Escuela Superior de Ciencias Experimentales y Tecnología) ; Del Pozo, Gonzalo (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Escuela Superior de Ciencias Experimentales y Tecnología) ; Arredondo, Belén (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Escuela Superior de Ciencias Experimentales y Tecnología) ; Romero, Beatriz (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Escuela Superior de Ciencias Experimentales y Tecnología) ; Pereyra, Carlos (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Xie, Haibing (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Lira-Cantu, Monica (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
Capacitive response at long time scales seems to remain an elusive feature in the analysis of the electrical properties of perovskite-based solar cells. It belongs to one of the critical anomalous effects that arises from the characteristic phenomenology of this type of emerging photovoltaic devices. [...]
2021 - 10.1002/solr.202000707
Solar RRL, Vol. 5, issue 4 (April 2021) , art. 2000707  
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15 p, 613.2 KB Multi-component engineering to enable long-term operational stability of perovskite solar cells / Xie, Haibing (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Lira-Cantu, Monica (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
With a record efficiency above 25%, the main hurdle for the commercialization of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) is their long-term operational stability. Although different strategies have been applied, the stability of PSCs is still far below the 25 year requirement demonstrated by commercial photovoltaic technologies. [...]
2020 - 10.1088/2515-7655/ab8278
JPhys Energy, Vol. 2, issue 2 (April 2020) , p. 24008  
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Hybrid metal-phenol nanoparticles with polydopamine-like coating for PET/SPECT/CT imaging / Suárez García, Salvio (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Esposito, Tullio V. F. (University of British Columbia. Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences) ; Neufeld-Peters, Jenna (University of British Columbia. Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences) ; Bergamo, Marta (University of Copenhagen. Department of Pharmacy) ; Yang, Hua (TRIUMF) ; Saatchi, Katayoun (University of British Columbia. Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences) ; Schaffer, Paul (TRIUMF) ; Häfeli, Urs O. (University of Copenhagen. Department of Pharmacy) ; Ruiz-Molina, Daniel (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Cristina (University of British Columbia. Department of Physics and Astronomy) ; Novio Vázquez, Fernando (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química)
The validation of metal-phenolic nanoparticles (MPNs) in preclinical imaging studies represents a growing field of interest due to their versatility in forming predesigned structures with unique properties. [...]
2021 - 10.1021/acsami.0c20612
ACS applied materials & interfaces, Vol. 13, issue 9 (March 2021) , p. 10705-10718  
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25 p, 1.3 MB In situ determination of the water condensation mechanisms on superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic titanium dioxide nanotubes / Macias-Montero, Manuel (Instituo de Ciencias de los Materiales de Sevilla) ; Lopez-Santos, Carmen (Instituo de Ciencias de los Materiales de Sevilla) ; Filippin, A. Nicolas (Instituo de Ciencias de los Materiales de Sevilla) ; Rico, Victor J. (Instituo de Ciencias de los Materiales de Sevilla) ; Espinos, Juan Pedro (Instituo de Ciencias de los Materiales de Sevilla) ; Fraxedas, Jordi (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Perez-Dieste, Virginia (ALBA Laboratori de Llum de Sincrotró) ; Escudero, Carlos (ALBA Laboratori de Llum de Sincrotró) ; Gonzalez-Elipe, Agustín (Instituo de Ciencias de los Materiales de Sevilla) ; Borras, Ana (Instituo de Ciencias de los Materiales de Sevilla)
One-dimensional (1D) nanostructured surfaces based on high-density arrays of nanowires and nanotubes of photoactive titanium dioxide (TiO) present a tunable wetting behavior from superhydrophobic to superhydrophilic states. [...]
2017 - 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b00156
Langmuir, Vol. 33, issue 26 (July 2017) , p. 6449-6456  
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33 p, 971.2 KB Real-time monitoring of fenitrothion in water samples using a silicon nanophotonic biosensor / Ramirez Priego, Patricia (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Estévez, M. Carmen (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Díaz-Luisravelo, Heriberto J. (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Manclus, Juan (Universitat Politècnica de València. Centro de Investigación e Innovación en Bioingeniería) ; Montoya, Angel (Universitat Politècnica de València. Centro de Investigación e Innovación en Bioingeniería) ; Lechuga, Laura (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
Due to the large quantities of pesticides extensively used and their impact on the environment and human health, a prompt and reliable sensing technique could constitute an excellent tool for in-situ monitoring. [...]
2021 - 10.1016/j.aca.2021.338276
Analytica chimica acta, Vol. 1152 (Abril 2021) , art. 338276