Novel high-sensitivity and fast response magnetometer


Optomechanical cavities are devices able to amplify interactions between light and mechanical systems, which are used as very sensitive detectors of displacement. Thanks to the interaction of magnetic fields with mechanical elements, optomechanical devices can also serve to measure magnetic field, i.e. as magnetometers. In particular, the ability to measure small fields over a broad range of frequencies is relevant to many applications in geology, space exploration, biology and medical imaging.

Congratulations to Alois Arrighi for his successful PhD thesis defense 


Alois successfully defended his PhD thesis titled “Thermal and thermoelectric properties of two-dimensional materials” on 22th October, 2020 at ICN2. The work was under supervision of Prof. Sergio Valenzuela, leader of Physics and Engineering of nanodevices group and prof. Clivia Sotomayor, leader of Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures group at ICN2. Congratulations to Alois and we wish all the best in his professional career.

Temporary good bye party for Marianna's maternal leave


Congratulations to Marianna for the born of her baby Leonardo. We wish him all the best in the life and we will be waiting to see Marianna again after her maternal leave. 

Prof. Clivia Sotomayor talks in the Future Tech Week 2020


The session focused on the contributions from female scientists involved in Pathfinder projects. Prof. Clivia Sotomayor Torres (PHENOMEN) and Cecilia Laschi (OCTOPUS) shared their perspectives on the involvement of women in the Pathfinder projects, addressing areas capable to create new foundations of science-enabled innovations. This session is a contribution to the Future Tech Week 2020

Congratulations to Martin Colombano for his successfull PhD thesis defense, graded as Excellent Cum-Laude

September 17, 2020

Martin successfully defended his PhD thesis titled “High precision measurements of magnetic fields and synchronization in optomechanical cavities” on 18th September, 2020 at ICN2. The work was under supervision of Dr. Daniel Navarro Urrios, Postdoctoral Researcher at Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures group and Dr Marius Costache, Senior Researcher at Physics and Engineering of Nanodevices group at ICN2. Congratulations to Martin and we wish all the best in his professional career.

Prof. Clivia Sotomayor gives a plenary talk at e-CPM2020

August 18, 2020

Prof. Clivia Sotomayor has presented the work: "Thermal transport in the nanoscale: a study of Si and MoS2 nanostructure"as a plenary speaker in the “2020 Express Conference on the Physics of Materials and Their Applications in Energy Harvesting”, an Online event held from August 17 th to 19 th , 2020

PHENOMEN (H2020 FET OPEN project) assessed as excellent by the European Commission

August 06, 2020

The EU Project PHENOMEN (All-Phononic circuits Enabled by Opto-Mechanics), a H2020 FET OPEN funded project coordinated by the ICN2-P2N was evaluated as excellent by the European Commission. The consortium proved convincingly the feasibility of a phononic circuit working at room temperature using silicon compatible technologies. Here some excerpts from the evaluation report.

“The reviewers unanimously agree the project has delivered “exceptional results with significant immediate or potential impact”.
We confirm that the outcome from the project, in terms of new understanding in physics of phonons and their possible outcomes definitively will influence the research community. The project has delivered several important results, both in terms of models and simulation tools development as in terms of new technology.”

For more information about this project, you are welcome to view our consortium video

Navigating a Career in Research

July 19, 2020

What does it mean to “make it” as a woman in research?
Prof. Clivia M. Sotomayor Torres shares her thoughts.

Note highlighted in Optics and Photonics news magazine.  

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.

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