Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)

A Severo Ochoa center since 2013

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.

Key Facts of ICN2

205 Indexed Articles
Articles in 2016, of which 77.6% in Q1 journals and 49.8% in D1 journals.
8 New Patents
Patent applications filed during year 2016.
3 Spin-off Companies
As of year 2016: PaperDrop Diagnostics, S.L.; Earthdas Graphene Powered Mobility, S.L.; Graphenicalab, S.L.
140 Scientific Talks
Talks delivered by ICN2 researchers (10 Plenary talks, 10 Keynote talks, 120 invited talks).
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.
Pablo Ordejón
Director at ICN2