The Institut Català de Nanotecnologia (ICN), a research institute in Barcelona, Spain, was created in 2003 with the objective of developing scientific research in the areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology and becoming a centre with international reputation in its field.
It forms part of CERCA, the network of Research Centres launched by the Catalan Government as a key plank of the long-term strategy to foster the development of a knowledge based economy.
The ICN´s research lines focus on the investigation of new properties of matter that arise from the fascinating behaviour at the nanoscale.
The main body of our research is devoted on one side to the study and understanding of fundamental physical phenomena associated to state variables (electrons, spin, phonons, photons, plasmons, etc), the investigation of new properties derived from tailored nanostructures and the opening of new routes and fabrication processes for the conception of new nanodevices.
On the other side, we explore the state of aggregation at the nanometric scale, the development of nanoproduction methods, synthesis, analysis, and manipulation of aggregates and structures of nanometric dimension, and the development of techniques for characterising and manipulating nanostructures.
This leads us to the functionalisation of nanoparticles, the encapsulation of active agents and the conception of new nanodevices and nanosensors, at the frontier and in collaboration with other scientific communities (such as health, food, energy, environment, etc).
Recognising that nanotechnology is a transversal science, the Institute actively promotes collaboration among scientists from diverse areas of specialization (physics, chemistry, biology, engineering) with the purpose of integrating their knowledge into this new area of research.
The Institute also trains researchers in the field of nanotechnology, offering studentships, doctoral and post-doctoral positions. Tailored training courses for technicians and R&D personnel are offered to private companies and other research institutes.
As part of its effort to facilitate the uptake of nanotechnology in industry, the Institute runs seminars and workshops to bring together scientists, engineers, technicians, business people and politicians, as well as active dissemination in the media and other public forums of general nanotechnology-related information and research results.
Although young, the Institute has already had some early successes of direct technology transfer of its patented technologies to industry, with one spin-off company and a number of commercial contracts underway. New commercialisation partners are actively being sought for a number of technologies in early stage development.
Above all, the ICN is a team of people, representing over 20 nationalities – dynamic, bright, dedicated, full of creativity and initiative. As the world enters the nanotechnology age, the ICN aims to be at the frontier, producing cutting-edge science and developing next-generation technologies.
We invite you to contact us, whether for work, study, collaboration, commercialisation or just to receive information on nanotechnology.