Research institute of nanoscience and nanotechnology

The Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia, with its official English translation Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and acronym ICN2, is a non-profit international research institute located close to Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain). It is devoted to the generation of knowledge, materials and devices in the broad fields of ICT, health, energy and the environment. The expertise of the ICN2 lies at the nanoscale, where new properties, interactions and ways to exploit them in everyday life are being discovered. Among its goals is to bring together scientists from diverse backgrounds in the pursuit of better science, better training and better outreach to society, while also seeking out new ways to engage with local and global industry.

Targeted industries

Construction, Water treatments, Transport, Renewable energy, Medical device, Optics and electronics

Key interests

Textured industrial components (gears, seals, gaskets, pistons, shafts, propellers…), Optics, Prosthesis, Nano-enabled water membranes, Nano-formulated paints application, Functional films (packaging and electronics), Nano-enabled flexible glass, plastic and metal (including flexible electronics, Photovoltaics, heat exchangers and electrochromic envelopes), Nano-enabled surfaces for energy storage, Nano-enabled elements for blades and composites, Micro-electronics, Fatigue assessment of large offshore steel structures, Graphene, Tribological coatings/surfaces

Upscaling facilities

PVD and CVD (including R2R), Water membranes, Texturing during moulding, Roll 2 roll texturing

Testing facilities

Icing conditions, Fouling and Off-shore, Harsh industrial conditions, Intumescent Coatings, Bolts in harsh environments, Water filtration, Large Scale Fatigue Tests, High-Strength connection fatigue assessment, Servo-hydraulic tests for large steel structures, Resonance testing machine, Climate chamber


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