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Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Research Center

08193 Bellaterra B


The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is a non-profit Foundation, and one of the centres of the CERCA Institution. Its Patrons are the Generalitat de Catalunya, CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. It was created with the founding objective of becoming a world-renowned centre for nanoscience and nanotechnology research. Its mission is to achieve scientific and technological excellence in these fields. All its human and economic resources are dedicated to achieving this mission. We do so by incubating new fundamental knowledge and ideas, and facilitating the adoption and integration of nanotechnologies into society and industry. To this end, research at ICN2 encompasses: (i) Basic science, primarily via European and national collaborative projects, including frontier areas, and (ii) Technology: in areas of in-house expertise and in conjunction with industry. Therefore, ICN2 interacts closely with universities, research centres, technology centres, private sector R&D, the scientific community and society in general.

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

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is SME contact

• Microscopes
o Environmental SEM: FEI Quanta 650 FEG ESEM
o High Resolution SEM: FEI Magellan 400L XRSEM
o High resolution TEM: FEI Tecnai F20 HR(S)TEM

• Sample preparation
o Leica ACE 600 Sputter Coater
o Leica Optical Microscopes
o Well 3242 Diamond Wire Saw
o Struers Minitom Diamond Disk Saw
o Struers Labopol Polishing System
o Allied Multiprep Precision Polishing System
o Gatan Precision Ion Polishing System (PIPS)
o Fischione 1020 Plasma Cleaner


-Characterisation of physical, chemical, electromagnetic and toxicological properties of nanoparticles, nanostructures and nanomaterials.
—Nano- and micro-encapsulation of substances using a wide range of materials and techniques.
—Development and manufacturing of state-of-the-art of organic and inorganic nanoparticles as well as conjugation “a –la-carte” at laboratory and pilot plant scale for multiple industrial and research applications and their complete physical and chemical characterisation.
—Micro and nano-fabrications: metallisation, lithography, nanoimprinting, self-assembling, Dip Pen Nanolithography, etc. of a wide range of materials and applications and metrology services.
—Development of specific customized biosensors for medical diagnostics, environmental monitoring, food quality control, safety and security applications.
—Consulting and advice on science and technology is available upon request.

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