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NbSe2, a true 2D superconductor


An international team led by Miguel M. Ugeda (CIC nanoGUNE) and Michael F. Crommie (UC. Berkeley (USA)) has demonstrated the coexistence of superconductivity and charge density wave (CDW) order in a single layer of NbSe2, a model transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) metal. The demonstration that a single layer of NbSe2 is a true 2D superconductor is a breakthrough in the field of 2D materials. Very few 2D superconductors exist in nature, and single-layer NbSe2 is the first among them that remains a superconductor in its isolated, 2D form without the need of a special substrate. Furthermore, CDW order - spatial modulation of both the electron density and the atomic lattice (see figure below) – has been revealed to be a genuine 2D electronic phenomenon in NbSe2. This work has been recently reported in Nature Physics.

Magneto-optics on the edge


In an article published and featured as an Editors’ suggestion in Physical Review Letters last week (PRL 115, 187403 (2015)), researchers from the Nanomagnetism group at nanoGUNE in collaboration with a team from the University of Cantabria and the University of Hamburg have reported on a massive increase of magneto-optical effects near the edges of nano-scale disks, where enhancements of over 1000% can be produced.

Interview with Dr. Berger published on JPhys+


An interview with Dr. Andreas Berger, nanoGUNE´s research director, has been published on JPhys+, the physics blog from IOP Publishing in the UK. The interview is part of a series of interviews that JPhys+ has conducted during this year with editors of the Journal of Physics Series, and revolves around the research work done by the editors themselves as well as science in general.

nanoGUNE launches its fifth spin-off


Prospero Biosciences will be developing an innovative technology capable of opening up a new field of applications within the mass spectrometry industry. It will enable significant advances to be made in research into biological markers, among other things.

nanoGUNE and its spin-offs will be represented at the Nanomercosur event


The 5th edition of Nanomercosur is taking place from 6 to 8 October in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and nanoGUNE and its spin-off companies will be represented in the Brokerage event and the nanoBasque space of the exhibition area. 

The Piero Brovetto Award 2015 goes to Nicolò Maccaferri

Nicolò Maccaferri working at the magnetooptics laboratory, at nanoGUNE

The Piero Brovetto Award 2015 has been awarded to nanoGUNE's pre-doctoral researcher Nicolò Maccaferri for “his contributions to the fields of nanomagnetism and nanooptics, in particular for the study of the magnetoplasmonic properties of magnetic resonant nanostructures”.

Tracking slow nanolight in natural hyperbolic metamaterial slabs

Measured dispersion (energy versus momentum diagram) of hyperbolic phonon polaritons in boron nitride.

Researchers from the Nanooptics and the Nanodevices groups at CIC nanoGUNE (Basque Country) in collaboration with colleagues at ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences (Catalunya) have imaged how light moves inside an exotic class of matter known as hyperbolic materials. They observed, for the first time, ultraslow pulse propagation and backward propagating waves in deep subwavelength-scale thick slabs of boron nitride – a natural hyperbolic material for infrared light. This work has been funded by the EC Graphene Flagship and was recently reported in Nature Photonics and highlighted as a News&Views.

The registration period for the nanotechnology course at the PREST-GARA program is open

Nano for teachers course

NanoGUNE offers a nanotechnology introductory course to high-school science and technology teachers in the framework of the Prest Gara program of the Department of Education, Language Policy, and Culture of the Basque Government. The lessons will take place in November and December 2015.

Miryam Asunción: “The Basque Country needs to transform its industry through innovation and stem the de-industrialization processes of recent years”


NanoGUNE’s TechTransfer Manager, Miryam Asunción, analyzes the Basque industrial model and its challenges to create a strong, competitive economy based on R&D in strategic areas in International Innovation magazine.

The Nanodevices group participates in the 2D-INK Fet Open project


The 2D-INK project, led by the Molecular and Supramolecular Materials group of POLYMAT-UPV/EHU, has been funded by the European Union with 2,962,661 €. The projects aims at developing inks of novel 2D semiconducting materials -needed for the functioning of electronic devices- for low-cost large-area fabrication processes on insulating substrates through a new methodology, which will exceed the properties of state-of-the-art graphene- and graphene oxide based inks. From these semiconductor inks it would be possible to produce the next generation of ultrathin electronic appliances (such as transistors, LEDs, and solar cells) using the same technology of the current inkjet printers.


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