ICN2's research lines focus on the newly discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the fascinating behaviour of matter at the nanoscale. Recognising that nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary arena, the Institute actively promotes collaboration among scientists from diverse backgrounds (physics, chemistry, biology, engineering), seeking to integrate their knowledge to complete its mission.
Much of our work is devoted to studying and understanding fundamental physical phenomena associated to state variables as regards electrons, phonons, photons, plasmons, etc.; investigating new properties derived from tailored nanostructures; and establishing new processes for the conception and fabrication of new nanodevices. This work enables functionalisation of nanoparticles, encapsulation of active agents and creation of new nanodevices and nanosensors, through frontier science that has direct implications for various sectors (health, food, energy, the environment, etc.).