ICN2 shared facilities

The AEMD group is located at the ICN2 building, with some 2,000 m2 of laboratory space, as well as seminar and meeting rooms. The ICN2 has state-of-the-art Research Support Division which provides services to the local scientific community. The infrastructure and research equipment available at the ICN2 includes:

  • ICN2 Electron Microscopy Unit, which has a range of latest generation equipment for the characterisation of nanomaterials (TEM, SEM, etc.)

  • Nanofabrication Facility (clean room type facility)

  • Biological Cell Culture Facilities

  • Various plasmonics and nanomechanical-based biosensing set-ups

  • Electrical (impedance) and electrochemical (voltammetric) set-ups for biosensor technologies

  • Screen-printing and ink-jet printing technology for sensor printing

  • Lateral-flow and paper-based sensor printing technology and special optical readers

  • Nanoparticle (metallic and organic/polymeric) synthesis set-ups

  • Other key facilities include: R2R NIL; FIB; XPS; Nanomoke, wet chemistry labs; HPC Cluster for simulations; and individual group laboratories. In total some €15 million have been invested in scientific equipment.

  • The ICN2 also has privileged access to cleanrooms and other facilities at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the National Centre for Microelectronics (CNM-CSIC), which boasts the largest R&D cleanroom in Spain.

Most of the above equipment is available to all ICN2 members.

The centre is located on the campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Bellaterra and is one of the main actors of the Barcelona Nanotechnology Cluster-Bellaterra (BNC-b). This excellent research environment includes the facilities at ALBA Synchrotron, ICMAB and CNB-IMB, with all of which the ICN2 enjoy close collaboration. Other top research institutes, like the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, are nearby. Likewise, the centre’s participation (co-founding member) in the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) fosters opportunities for multidisciplinary research and attracts funding from private sources.

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