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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12 p, 435.8 KB Effect of the channel length on the transport characteristics of transistors based on boron-doped graphene ribbons / Marconcini, Paolo (Università di Pisa. Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione) ; Cresti, Alessandro (Université Grenoble Alpes) ; Roche, Stephan (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
Substitutional boron doping of devices based on graphene ribbons gives rise to a unipolar behavior, a mobility gap, and an increase of the I/I ratio of the transistor. Here we study how this effect depends on the length of the doped channel. [...]
2018 - 10.3390/ma11050667
Materials, Vol. 11, issue. 5 (April 2018) , art. 667  
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35 p, 2.2 MB Architecting graphene oxide rolled-up micromotors : a simple paper-based manufacturing technology / Baptista Pires, Luis Miguel (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Orozco, Jahir (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Guardia, Pablo (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Merkoçi, Arben (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
A graphene oxide rolled-up tube production process is reported using wax-printed membranes for the fabrication of on-demand engineered micromotors at different levels of oxidation, thickness, and lateral dimensions. [...]
2018 - 10.1002/smll.201702746
Small, Vol. 14, issue 3 (Jan. 2018) , art. 1702746  
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2D Materials-based platforms for electroanalysis applications / Alarcon-Angeles, Georgina (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mèxic). Unidad Xochimilco) ; Palomar-Pardavé, M. (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mèxic). Unidad Azcapotzalco) ; Merkoçi, Arben (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
A new class of nanomaterials called “2D materials” (2DMs) is attracting recently the electrochemical sensing field due to the unique physicochemical properties associated to their chemical structure, formed by ultra-thin layers. [...]
2018 - 10.1002/elan.201800245
Electroanalysis, Vol. 30, issue 7 (July 2018) , p. 1271-1280  
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Screen-printed electroluminescent lamp modified with graphene oxide as a sensing device / Yakoh, Abdulhadee (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Álvarez Diduk, Ruslan (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Chailapakul, Orawon (Chulalongkorn University) ; Merkoçi, Arben (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
A screen-printed electroluminescent display with different sensing capabilities is presented. The sensing principle is based on the direct relationship between the light intensity of the lamp and the conductivity of the external layers. [...]
2018 - 10.1021/acsami.8b04883
ACS applied materials and interfaces, Vol. 10, issue 24 (June 2018) , p. 20775-20782  
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A CO2 optical sensor based on self-assembled metal-organic framework nanoparticles / Chocarro Ruiz, Blanca (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Pérez Carvajal, Javier (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Avci, Civan (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Calvo-Lozano, Olalla (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Alonso Carmona, Maria Isabel (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona) ; Maspoch Comamala, Daniel (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Lechuga, Laura M. (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
The development of devices for sensing and monitoring CO levels is crucial for many fields such as food packaging and for human safety indoors. Herein the fabrication of an optical CO sensor by integration of a metal-organic framework (MOF) onto bimodal optical waveguides is reported. [...]
2018 - 10.1039/c8ta02767f
Journal of materials chemistry A, Vol. 6, issue 27 (Jul. 2018) , p. 13171-13177  
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Electrochromic molecular imprinting sensor for visual and smartphone-based detections / Capoferri, Denise (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Álvarez Diduk, Ruslan (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Del Carlo, Michele (Universita' degli Studi di Teramo. Facoltà di Bioscienze e tecnologie agro-alimentari e ambientali) ; Compagnone, Dario (Universita' degli Studi di Teramo. Facoltà di Bioscienze e tecnologie agro-alimentari e ambientali) ; Merkoçi, Arben (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
Electrochromic effect and molecularly imprinted technology have been used to develop a sensitive and selective electrochromic sensor. The polymeric matrices obtained using the imprinting technology are robust molecular recognition elements and have the potential to mimic natural recognition entities with very high selectivity. [...]
2018 - 10.1021/acs.analchem.8b00389
Analytical chemistry, Vol. 90, issue 9 (May 2018) , p. 5850-5856  
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21 p, 976.8 KB Alzheimer disease biomarker detection through electrocatalytic water oxidation induced by iridium oxide nanoparticles / Rivas, Lourdes (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; De la Escosura Muñiz, Alfredo (Institut Catala de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Pons Picart, Josefina (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química) ; Merkoçi, Arben (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
Iridium oxide nanoparticles (IrO NPs) synthesized following a previously reported chemical route are presented as novel tags for immunosensing taking advantage of their electrocatalytic activity towards water oxidation reaction (WOR). [...]
2014 - 10.1002/elan.201400027
Electroanalysis, Vol. 26, issue 6 (June 2014) , p. 1287-1294  
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Squaramide‐IRMOF‐16 analogue for catalysis of solvent‐free, epoxide ring‐opening tandem and multicomponent reactions / Vignatti, Claudia (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Luis-Barrera, Javier (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Departamento de Química Orgánica) ; Guillerm, Vincent (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Imaz, Inhar (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Mas-Ballesté, Rubén (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Departamento de Química Inorgánica) ; Alemán, José (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Departamento de Química Orgánica) ; Maspoch Comamala, Daniel (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
Tandem and multicomponent one-pot reactions are highly attractive because they enable synthesis of target molecules in a single reaction vessel. However, they are difficult to control, as they can lead to the formation of many undesired side-products. [...]
2018 - 10.1002/cctc.201801127
ChemCatChem, Vol. 10, issue 18 (Sep. 2018) , p. 3995-3998  
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Microorganism-decorated nanocellulose for efficient diuron removal / Liu, Jie (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Morales Narváez, Edén (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Vicent i Huguet, Teresa (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Biològica i Ambiental) ; Merkoçi, Arben (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Zhong, Guohua (Hua nan nong ye da xue)
The environmental impacts of diuron have generated growing interest in remediation methods to prevent the potential threat of diuron to ecosystem integrity and human beings. Here, a simple and effective nanocellulose-based biocomposite coupled with Arthrobacter globiformis D47 as a herbicide degrader is presented for the rapid elimination of diuron. [...]
2018 - 10.1016/j.cej.2018.08.035
Chemical engineering journal, Vol. 354 (Dec. 2018) , p. 1083-1091  
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Electrochemical detection of plant virus using gold nanoparticle-modified electrodes / Khater, Mohga (Institut Catala de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; De la Escosura Muñiz, Alfredo (Institut Catala de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Quesada González, Daniel. (Institut Catala de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) ; Merkoçi, Arben (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
Tristeza is one of the destructive diseases of citrus causing by citrus tristeza virus (CTV). Historically, CTV has been associated with serious outbreaks of quick decline of citrus, therefore CTV monitoring is important aspect for avoiding such re-emerging epidemics, which would threat citrus production through the world. [...]
2019 - 10.1016/j.aca.2018.09.031
Analytica chimica acta, Vol. 1046 (Jan. 2019) , p. 123-131