The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) inaugurated last Monday its new headquarters in the Bellaterra campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is a private foundation with the objective of becoming a world-renowned centre for nanoscience and nanotechnology research. Its patrons are the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the Government of Catalonia and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). It is part of CERCA, the network of Research Centres launched by the Catalan Government as a cornerstone of its long-term strategy to foster development of a knowledge-based economy. The inauguration was officiated by the Minister for Economy and Knowledge of the Generalitat of Catalunya and President of the Board of Patrons of ICN2, Andreu Mas-Colell, the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, Carmen Vela, The President of CSIC, Emilio Lora-Tamayo, the Rector of the UAB, Ferran Sancho, the Secretary of Universities and Research of the Generalitat, Antoni Castellà, the Director General of Research of the Generalitat, Josep M. Martorell, the Institutional Coordinator of CSIC in Catalonia, Luís Calvo, and the Director of ICN2, Pablo Ordejón, and was well attended by other senior members of the scientific community.
The research activities of the Institute are focused on understanding the fundamental physical phenomena associated with state variables of matter and to investigate new properties that can be obtained by the creation of tailor-made nanostructures. The researchers at the Institute also work with new methods of fabricating at the nanoscale and the characterisation and manipulation of nanostructures, as well as the development of nanodevices and nanosensors for application in fields as diverse as health, food, environment, energy and electronics.