The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is a consolidated international research centre devoted to the generation of knowledge, materials and devices in the broad fields of ICT, health and energy. Its mission is to open and explore new frontiers of knowledge at the nanoscale, and bring value to society in the form of knowledge, skills and innovation, while inspiring and providing extensive training to the next generation of researchers.
The centre currently hosts 20 groups, all sharing the common cornerstone of working at the nanoscale at the intersection of classical disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology or engineering among others. Both fundamental and applied research are equally valued and supported in our R&I strategy. This breadth of vision, from fundamental knowledge to technological development and transfer, is one of the main differential features of our centre.
The ICN2 was awarded its first Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence Award in 2014, renewed in 2018. Its trustees are the Generalitat of Catalonia, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), where the premises and facilities of ICN2 are located.