Thursday, 11 October 2018

Mussel-inspired coatings for drug delivery

Nature is full of wonderful, time-tested solutions to different challenges. Science has turned its attention to reproducing and repurposing these phenomena to create more sustainable responses to human challenges. This relatively new field, known as biomimicry, has been growing exponentially over the past decade to create entire scientific community inspired by the natural world. This week, a sizeable chunk of this community attended a two-day international workshop organised here at the ICN2.

Monday, 08 October 2018

Graphene controls surface magnetism at room temperature

In a refreshing change of perspective, theoretical physicist Dr Zeila Zanolli has looked at the proximity effects of graphene on a magnetic semiconducting substrate, finding it to affect the substrate’s magnetism down to several layers below the surface. Her paper was published on 5 October in Physical Review B. Related work also led her to become one of three recipients of the first MaX Prize for frontier research in computational materials science.

Monday, 01 October 2018

Nanoscience and the ICN2 star at the CosmoCaixa European Researcher’s Night

The European Researchers’ Night is a Europe-wide effort to boosts public awareness of the positive role of research in society. This year’s program included a series of events at CosmoCaixa, with a specific area devoted to nanoscience and nanotechnology. Many coordinated institutions, including the ICN2, made it possible.

Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Braincom Summer School in Barcelona

Braincom is a collaborative European research project led by ICN2 to drive the development of neural interfaces able to record and interpret brain activity at source. Last month project partners came to Barcelona for a dedicated summer school.

Monday, 01 October 2018

An optical biosensor methodology to detect DNA-methylation marks involved in cancer

The work, led by the ICN2 Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group, provides an approach based on poly-purine reverse-Hoogsteen (PPRH) probes. It turned out to be a more reliable and fast analysis than conventional techniques. Prof. Manel Esteller, a global authority in the study of epigenetics of cancer, is among the authors of the article published in Biosensors and Bioelectronics.