The diversity of application fields demonstrates the great versatility of nanoscience research, and the increase in licensed methods and technologies demonstrates its ability to improve and add value to industrial processes and products. "Our goal is to continue doing research of excellence and transferring those specific developments with the potential to improve the competitiveness of companies to the economic sector," explained Ainara Garcia-Gallastegui, head of Technology Transfer at nanoGUNE.
s-SNOM and nano-FTIR are unique optical imaging and spectroscopy tools that enable nanoscale imaging and spectroscopy in a broad spectral range, between visible and terahertz frequencies. Rainer Hillenbrand was one of the researchers involved in the development of these techniques and their commercialization, opening a completely new field of experimental research of optical phenomena and materials properties at the nanoscale.
Polaritons are hybrid states of light and matter that arise from the coupling of light with matter excitations. Plasmon and phonon polaritons are among the most prominent examples, formed by the coupling of light to collective electron oscillations and crystal lattice vibrations, respectively. They play a crucial role in various applications, from sub-diffraction optical spectroscopy and ultrasensitive chemical sensors to ultracompact modulators for communication applications.
Finding a replacement for today’s electronic technology to make it smaller, faster and, most importantly, more energy-efficient, i.e. so that it consumes less, is a global challenge. In recent years, Fèlix Casanova and his nanoGUNE team have been working in collaboration with the multinational Intel on a research project aimed at improving the performance and energy savings of future computers by optimizing MESO technology.
The Winter School 2023 is geared primarily towards undergraduate students of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering who are considering the possibility of continuing their education by doing a PhD thesis. The winter school comprises a combination of academic lectures, cross-skills training sessions and laboratory practice in the center's various laboratories.
The 24 signatory entities of the agreement for the joint organization of the 7th edition of Emakumeak Zientzian are an important representative sample of the fabric of science and technology in the Basque Country: the Center for Materials Physics (CFM CSIC-UPV/EHU), Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience, CIC biomaGUNE, CIC nanoGUNE, University of Deusto, POLYMAT, Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3), Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM), Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL), Biodonostia, Ceit, Cidetec, Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), Elhuyar, Eure
CIC nanoGUNE and BIC Gipuzkoa strengthen ties to increase the social and economic impact of nanotechnology
The main aim of the work by BIC Gipuzkoa is to seek out and set up science and technology-based projects and enterprises in Gipuzkoa. So, “it is essential to nudge or drive forward technologies that are being developed at centers such as nanoGUNE to give them the final impetus they need to achieve this goal”, as Marisa Arriola, managing director of BIC Gipuzkoa pointed out.
The Basque Nanoscience Research Center, nanoGUNE, located in Donostia – San Sebastian (Basque Country, Spain), offers four scholarships to do a research project within one of its 10 research groups, including a rigorous scientific training, a close supervision, access to regular scientific seminars and colloquia, as well as access to suitable laboratory facilities.
Representatives of the Gipuzkoa Council have been joined by the Director General of nanoGUNE, Jose Maria Pitarke, and the Finance Director Miguel Odriozola. During this visit, we could speak about the high level research carried out at nanoGUNE and about our contribution to innovation in the industrial sectors of the region.
This contest is geared towards students who are currently attending schools in the Basque Autonomous Community: young people residing in the Basque Autonomous Community, and young Basque speakers from anywhere in the world, all of whom were between 14 and 17 years of age on 31/12/2021. So the participants will be in one of the following education levels: the 3rd and 4th year of Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO), 11th or 12th
The Winter School 2022 is geared primarily towards undergraduate students of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering who are considering the possibility of continuing their education by doing a PhD thesis. The winter school includes a combination of academic lectures, cross-skills training sessions and laboratory practice in the center's various laboratories.
In the framework of this program, the Basque nanoscience research center will be receiving this summer at least ten new students in their 3rd and 4th years of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Engineering. For a period of two months, undergraduates will be collaborating with nanoGUNE researchers in their research projects in the areas of nanoscale optics, nanobioengineering, electronic phenomena and magnetism, and nanoscale materials.
The quantum simulation method and program developed by Artacho and others, known by its acronym SIESTA, is open and free for the research community.
The collaboration agreement for the project, which is expanding year on year, was signed this morning. The 17 organizations signing up to the agreement on the 6th edition of Emakumeak Zientzian are a significant representative sample of the Basque Country’s science and technology network. This coming together is the result of an open-door initiative always aspiring to unite and convinced that we are better off by adding.
Focusing of light into the nanoscale represents a landmark for the implementation of nanotechnology in optics and biochemistry. Based on the exotic propagation of light in highly anisotropic materials (where light propagates in the form of rays along specific directions), a research team led by the University of Oviedo has demonstrated the focusing of infrared light into extraordinarily small regions.
Terahertz radiation has become an important diagnostic tool in the development of new technologies. However, the diffraction limit prevents terahertz radiation (λ ≈ 0.01–3 mm) from being focused to the nanometer length scale of modern devices. In response to this challenge, terahertz scanning probe microscopy techniques based on coupling terahertz radiation to subwavelength probes such as sharp tips have been developed.
Light refraction accounts for the change of direction and speed that a wave undergoes when passing from one medium to another. Glasses and contact lenses, microscopes and telescopes, or something as commonplace as the fact that a pencil inserted into a glass of water appears bent when viewed from the outside, have their origin in the optical phenomenon of refraction.