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Catalan Institute of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology (Spain)

The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology (ICN2) is among Spain’s preeminent research centres in the rapidly expanding field of Nanotechnology, in which researchers are studying and manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular scale with unprecedented control. At ICN2 over 150 talented physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers and technicians are doing cutting-edge fundamental and applied research. They are helping to create new materials, processes and devices that hold immense promise for improving quality of life and advancing diverse sectors (Communications, Health and Energy). Every year, ICN2 researchers author over 100 articles in prominent journals such as Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Chemical Reviews and Nano Letters. They have garnered prestigious grants and fellowships, including five European Research Council grants, coordination of a Spanish CONSOLIDER project, a prominent role in the GRAPHENE Flagship, and several Ramón y Cajal and Marie Curie fellowships. ICN2 has attracted talent from over 40 countries: senior scientists, post-docs, doctoral students, technicians, interns, and administrative & support staff. Its Research Groups work on myriad projects funded both publicly (at the Catalan, Spanish and European levels) and, privately, via R&D accords with companies. Through ever-increasing efforts in Technology Transfer, the Institute strives to ensure that its valuable research results are harnessed by industry to create viable commercial products that offer real value to society. ICN2 offers a vast array of Scientific & Technical Services to external clients and collaborators around the world, including specialised types of Nanofabrication (e.g. Roll-to-Roll NIL), Electron Microscopy (e.g. EELS) and Sample Treatment (e.g. Micro-and Nano-encapsulation). Lastly, whilst research forms the core of ICN2’s work, the Institute is also strongly committed to serving society through public outreach. It creates educational materials and organises pedagogical activities for schoolchildren of different ages, and organises cultural events, workshops and conferences to teach the general public about Nanotechnology and how it affects their lives.

Number of persons working in the Nanoelectronics field:

ICN has 102 staff members representing 25 nationalities of which 80 are full-time researchers


Main Research activities in Nanoelectronics

  • New material properties resulting from their aggregation at the nanometre-scale
  • The development of methods for nanofabrication, growth, analysis, characterisation and manipulation of aggregates and structures  of nanometric dimension, nanoelectronics, NEMS, spintronics, nanophotonics and nanophononics


Research facilities

Processing facilities:

  • Dual FIB-SEM
  • E-beam Evaporator
  • Magnetic E-beam Evaporator
  • Microwave Plasma System
  • Lithography SEM
  • Wire Bonder
  • AFM
  • Nanoimprint tolos
  • Home-built self assembly reactor
  • Mini MBE for oxide nanostructures
  • Wire Bonder
  • Dip-Pen Writer
  • Pulsed Laser Deposition
  • Low Temperature STM
  • Atomic Layer Deposition Tool
  • Vacuum Coating System

Characterization platform

  • High Res TEM
  • High Res SEM
  • Environmental SEM
  • Mid-Far IR Spectrometer
  • FTIR Spectrometer
  • UV-VIS-NIR micro Raman Spectrometers
  • Brillouin Scattering System
  •  Near-field Optical microscope
  • X-Ray Diffraction (powder)
  • X-Ray Diffraction (thin film)
  • Low Temperature STM
  • Inverted Microscope
  • Dilution Refrigerator & Magnet
  • Computer Cluster
  • Access to SIESTA








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