Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)
The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is devoted to the generation of knowledge, materials and devices in the broad fields of ICT, health, energy and the environment. Its expertise lies at the nanoscale, where new properties, interactions and ways to exploit them in everyday life are being discovered. The ICN2 is a place where both fundamental research and efforts to bring applied technologies to market receive strong support. Among its goals is to lead advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology at national and international levels, bringing together scientists from diverse backgrounds in the pursuit of better science, better training and better outreach to society, while also seeking out new ways to engage with local and global industry.
The ICN2 was accredited as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence in 2014, the highest level of recognition of excellence and leadership that can be bestowed on a research centre in Spain. In 2018 the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities renewed this award for a new 4 year period opening a process of growth and diversification of the ways in the work performed at the ICN2 impacts on the world around us. 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. The ICN2 is also one of the founding members of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).
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The SOMM alliance will provide a greater visibility to the efforts of the constituting centres. It will increase the impact of our activities by highlighting the size of the global effort and the spread of the areas covered by our centres. It should also be instrumental in designing and communicating best practices in science and technology than can be shared by other centres and research institutions in Spain.
Director at ICN2