Dr Alex El Sachat receives the Special Award for Doctoral Studies

June 22, 2020

Dr Alexandros El Sachat, postdoctoral researcher at the Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group, has received, at the proposal of the Academic Committee of the doctoral programme in Physics, the Special Award for Doctoral Studies (Premi Extraordinari de Doctorat), corresponding to academic year 2016-2017.

The awards ceremony was scheduled for 22 May, but the declaration of the state of alarm due to the COVID-19 pandemic has postponed it without a date. As a consequence, the certificate has been sent to the awardees in digital format. Congratulations!

New MSCA-IF-2019 - Individual Fellowships Postdoc

June 10, 2020

Congratulation to Dr. Ryan Cecil Ng for being awarded with this prestigious fellowship. During this project, we will explore novel designs for optomechanical nanostructures and develop experimental methods to address the phononic and photonic modes of nanoscale objects from free-space. Using embedded light emitting quantum dots we will avoid the limitations imposed by optical fibers currently used to bring light to the optomechanical cavity, which will in turn enable the incorporation of optically active materials in mechanical resonators and prepare them for up-scaling.

Webinar ERC: Cómo preparar una propuesta Advanced Grant 2020 exitosa (parte II) || 29 Mayo 2020, 10:00 AM CEST

May 27, 2020

Prof. Clivia Sotomayor was asked to share the experience on preparing a successfully ERC advanced grant proposal. Here you can join this webinar.

Fantastic particles and where to find them

May 27, 2020

Mysterious material properties are laying the groundwork for photon-electron channels communication devices: the TOCHA project

ERC Advanced Grant to Prof. Dr Clivia Sotomayor Torres

March 31, 2020

ICREA Prof. Dr Clivia Sotomayor Torres, leader of the ICN2 Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group, has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant to head a five-year project in which the interconnect energy-consumption challenge using an innovative approach will be investigated. Named LEIT, from “Lossless information for emerging information technologies”, this project will develop structures that allow taking advantage of phonon properties to transmit information using small amounts of energy.

This is an excellent news for P2N group.

Self-assembled microspheres article mentioned in local news

November 21, 2019

Our recent published article: "A Self‐Assembled 2D Thermofunctional Material for Radiative Cooling" authored By J. Jaramillo-Fernandez has been recognized by several Spanish newspapers as scientific breakthrough in thermal management. Renowned newspaper as La Vanguardia and La Razón highlighted our research in their pages. In addition a local  TV channel (TV3) mentioned in its webpage. It is important to remark that the importance of  this kind of technologies has not gone unnoticed. Part of our team (J Jaramillo-Fernandez, A. Francone and N. Kehagias) have also developed another material that is easily up-scalable and is capable of providing both radiative cooling and self-cleaning. The Collider, a technology transfer program promoted by Mobile World Capital Barcelona that connects scientific research with entrepreneurial initiative, has awarded this project The Collider Tech Award 2019, a prize that encourages further development of this research line on radiative cooling materials. A European patent protecting the intellectual property rights of this technology was filed on 31 July 2019 by the ICN2 and ICREA.

Self-assembled microspheres of silica to cool surfaces without energy consumption

November 17, 2019

Researchers from the ICN2 and the ICMM-CSIC have developed a new material able to cool another one by emitting infrared radiation. The results are published in Small and are expected to be used in devices where an increase in temperature has drastic effects on performance, like solar panels and computer systems, among other applications.

A way out of this loop has been found by researchers from the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in collaboration with researchers from the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM-CSIC). Members of the ICN2 P2N Group, led by ICREA Prof. Dr Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres, and the ICMM Photonic Crystals Group have reported a novel two-dimensional material able to remove heat, cooling down the surface in which it is placed without energy consumption or gas emissions of any kind. The work has been published in Small, with Dr Juliana Jaramillo-Fernández, who is a Marie Slodowska-Curie COFUND Postdoctoral Researcher at the ICN2, as its first author.

Our paper highlighted in physics world

August 18, 2019

Independent optomechanical nano-oscillators vibrate in sync

From the Huygens pendulum clocks in the seventeenth century onwards, the synchronization of coupled oscillators has had numerous practical uses. While most of these applications have been in mechanical and electrical engineering, nowadays there is increasing focus on applications in biology and neuroscience. With the development of nanotechnologies, scientists’ efforts have centred on synchronizing oscillatory nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), for applications such as on-chip time keeping, and mass, gas, and force sensors.

Exploring the vibrations of objects in the nanoscale: META 2019

July 22, 2019

A special session on Nanophonics and nanomechancis, organized by Pedro David Garcia (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia - ICN2, Spain) and Daniel Lanzillotti-Kimura (Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanostructures - C2N, France) was held at META 2019 – Lisbon to discuss recent development of this research field.


From July 23 – 26 July, the 10th edition of the International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics (META) took place at the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, (Portugal). A special session on nanophotonics and nanomechanics was organized by Dr. Pedro David García Fernandez of the ICN2 Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures group and Dr. Daniel Lanzilotti-Kimura from the CNRS (France).

Maria del Rocio Rodriguez Laguna receives Ph.D. for her research on Heat transfer fluids: From fundamental aspects of graphene nanofluids at room temperature to molten salts formulations for solar-thermal conversion

July 25, 2019

Congratulation to María del Rocio Rodriguez who defended his Ph.D. thesis successfully. Her research focused on the thermal properties of graphene-based nanofluids and multicationic molten salts. This work explored the mechanisms behind of the enhancement of the thermal conductivity in nanofluids as well as look for the conditions to decrease the melting point in complex molten salts. The work was carried out as a part of Severo Ochoa joint project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Clivia Sotomayor and Dr. Emigdio Chávez-Angel from P2N group and  Prof. Dr. Pedro Gomez-Romero from NEO group.

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