Welcome to the Inorganic Nanoparticles Group (ING) at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2). Our work focuses on the synthesis, characterization and applications of engineered inorganic nanoparticles. By mastering the engineering of the inorganic core (size, structure and shape), and understanding and controlling the linking of molecules to the nanoparticle surface, we aim to engineer nanoparticles that can interact with other systems (biological, medical, materials, etc.) in a specific way. We intend the most comprehensive approach of nanoparticle engineering, and so we also put especial emphasis on safety, scale-up, applicability, and other aspects of nanoparticle design.
Our group is led by Prof. Víctor Puntes, who holds an ICREA Research Professorship. ICN2 (formerly Institut Català de Nanotecnologia – ICN) is part of CERCA, the network of Research Centres launched by the Catalan Government as a cornerstone of its long-term strategy to develop a knowledge-based economy in the area.
You will find all the information about our Research and Publications in the corresponding sections. We take special interest in producing both fundamental research (as shown by our sustained work on advanced nanoparticle synthesis and design) as well as applications of it, so we have produced several patents and engaged in various activities related to technology transfer, technical services and nanoparticle design and supply. Our general R+D production is very broad, particularly including nanomedicine, nanotechnology for the environment, energy solutions and comprehensive nanosafety/nanotoxicology studies. Since great part of our work demands highly multidisciplinary expertise, we maintain several strong collaborations with biologists, immunologists, oncologists, physicists, environmentalists and more, from all over Europe, and also in the US.
We also consider science dissemination an important part of our work, and for many years now we have contributed with talks and open-lab activities in a variety of events targeting industry, young students, and the general public. Moreover, Víctor Puntes has written several magazine dissemination articles, and is the founder and director of the digital publication Nanowiki. Last, but not least, we really enjoy linking science and art… so don’t miss our Outreach section!