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Scientific Meeting of BNC-b Students

The "Scientific Meeting of BNC-b Students" organized by PhD fellows and open to undergraduate, master students and PhD researchers, comes back in 2019! The meeting is aimed to present the work performed by PhD students of the whole Barcelona Nanotechnology Cluster – Bellaterra (ICMAB, ICN2, IMB-CNM, UAB, ALBA), promoting collaborations between them in an academic and scientific environment. The meeting will be held at ICMAB and ICN2 on 6-7 June 2019. Abstracts and registration deadline: 26 April 2019. Will you miss it?.


Growing originally from the “1st Meeting of ICMAB Students” in 2011, the “Scientific Meeting of BNC-b Students" was established successfully as an organized networking and dissemination platform in its first three editions in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017. We are pleased to announce the comeback of the conference in 2019.

The "4th Scientific Meeting of BNC-b Students" is aimed to present the work performed by PhD students of the whole Barcelona Nanotechnology Cluster – Bellaterra (ICMAB, ICN2, IMB-CNM, UAB, ALBA), promoting collaborations between them in an academic and scientific environment.

The event incorporates the entire framework of the UAB Research Park, as well as other universities as UB or UPC. Moreover, it is also opened to undergraduates, master students and the scientific community at large.

The meeting structure of the 4th edition will include the usual oral presentations and posters. Furthermore, we will invite high profile speakers to share with us their experience working in companies, as magazine editors or in the world of divulgation. They will also talk about the skills acquired during the PhD that can be useful outside the academic world, so this event represents a good chance to meet people who have already followed this path and who can give you good advice.

Here you will have the opportunity to meet other PhD students, and share your experience and research from different nanoscience areas.


The program is organized into different topics, all related to the "nano universe", allowing you to focus on your specialty as well as expand your knowledge in other areas. Attendees will be able to learn from over 50 different researches, including oral sessions, poster presentations, invited speakers and a round table, and also have fun with some monologues related with the scientific world.


The speakers will have 10-15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes to answer possible questions. The talks will be in English. Don't worry if you don't have a good level, the best place to practice is this friendly environment.

The best oral and poster presentations at the conference will be prized. They will be judged during the sessions and prizes & certificates will be delivered to the winners during the conclusion of the meeting.


Registration is open until April 26, 2019 on this link.


The meeting is organized by PhD Students of the BNC-b with the support of all the centers forming part of the nanocluster:

  • Juri Banchewski, ICMAB-CSIC
  • Martí Gibert Roca, ICMAB-CSIC
  • Jan Grzelak, ICMAB-CSIC
  • Cristiano Matricardi, ICMAB-CSIC
  • Soledad Roig, ICMAB-CSIC
  • Artur Romanov, ICMAB-CSIC
  • Guillem Vargas, ICMAB-CSIC
  • Noemí Contreras Pereda, ICN2
  • Iván Fernández Aguirre, ICN2
  • Miguel Angel Moreno Villaécija, ICN2
  • Borja Ortín, ICN2
  • María Tenorio, ICN2
  • Alberto del Moral, IMB-CNM
  • Leticia de Melo, ALBA
  • Ania Mandziak, ALBA
  • Cristina Navarro Senent, UAB

More information:Event website

IMB-CNM talks: Suspended Micro-nanogenerators for cell stimulation - Carolina Vargas Esteve

Sala de Actos Pepe Millán, IMB-CNM, Campus UAB.
08/02/2019 11:30 a.m.

Abstract: Electrical stimulation has been used in many therapeutic applications to modulate cellular activity, restore biological lost functions or even improve the performance of certain tissues. Micro/nanogenerators play a key role as self-powered devices to replace the bulkiness or lack in specificity of nowadays electrical stimulation. Their high spatial resolution and acute cell specificity allow them to stimulate single cells in its own liquid media.

This work explored two technological branches based on photovoltaic and on magnetoelastic (piezoelectric/ magnetostrictive) devices to generate energy at the micro/nanoscale. We will explain their fabrication, characterization and biological evaluation to demonstrate the feasibility of them as functional tools for bioapplications.

IMB-CNM talks: The activities of Nano-Enabled Medicine and Cosmetics in the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology - Dr. César Pascual

Sala de Actos Pepe Millán, IMB-CNM, Campus UAB.
07/02/2019 11:00 a.m.

Abstract: Dr. César Pascual - Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

LIST is the Luxembourgish Research and Technology Organization (RTO) founded in 2015 and active in the fields of advanced materials, environment technologies, and Information Technologies. In the Materials Research Technology department the Nano-Enabled Medicine and Cosmetics develops research around three main enabling technologies: Nanoparticle colloids, Nanostructured surfaces and Sensors and actuators. I will present a brief introduction to our activities to open discussions for possible collaborations, followed by an example of a device developed by our group for the electrochemical control of acidity in miniaturisedenvironments in the framework of electrochemical actuators.

Dr. César Pascual García: (Lead Research Associate) holds a MSc. in Physics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, and a PhD defended at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy, studying electron interactions in semiconductor quantum dots. Before joining the CRP-GL (former LIST). He was scientific advisor at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission at the Institute for the Health and Consumer Protection, being in charge of development of physical characterisation methods of nanomaterials. In his current position as Lead Research Associate in LIST heads the research activities on electrochemical sensors and actuators integrated with lab-on-a-chip devices. He is the principal investigator of NANOpH one of the strategic projects of the Luxembourgish funding agency (FNR) for the development of biopolymer microarrays with electrochemical in-situ synthesis.

IMB-CNM talks: Nanomechanical sensing based on colorimetric response

Sala de Actos Pepe Millán, IMB-CNM, Campus UAB.
01/02/2019 11:30 a.m.

Abstract: Nanomechanical sensors have become an emerging and promising technology for sensing and biosensing applications, due to their small size, fast response, high sensitivity and their compatible integration into ‘‘lab-on-a-chip’’ devices. However the multiplexed capability for monitoring several nanomechanical transducers (each one associated with the detection of a specific compound) still present some limitations related mainly with the integration of the read-out methodology when working with an array of transducers (alignment, power,…).
To solve this limitation, we perform a colorimetric detection of nanomechanical bending. We present the development of polymeric nanomechanical sensors (membranes and microcantilevers) with integrated diffraction gratings based on 2D colloidal crystals.
We explore and exploit the white light diffraction to achieve a power-free array of sensors that change their reflective colour depending on the surface stress change (bending) produced on each sensor.

IMB-CNM talks: Efficient generation of proton beam from a 3 TW table-top laser interacting with submicrometric solid targets

Sala de Actos Pepe Millán, IMB-CNM, Campus UAB.
14/12/2018 11:30 a.m.

Abstract:Thin layer membranes with controllable features and material arrangements are often used as target materials for laser driven particle accelerators. Reduced cost, large scale fabrication of such membranes with high reproducibility, and good stability is central to establish applications of laser driven proton beams.
Beyond introducing the concept and state of art in the field of laser driven particle acceleration, this presentation will focus on the fabrication and characterization of sub-micrometric gold and aluminum membranes embedded in a silicon wafer obtained by applying nano/micro-electro-mechanical-system (N/MEMS) processing and which were then used for laser-driven particle acceleration in the target normal sheath acceleration (TNSA) regime.
Finally, I will discuss results of laser driven proton acceleration experiments carried out on a purpose-made table-top Ti:Sa laser running at 3 TW peak power with a contrast over ASE of 108.

IMB-CNM talks: Self-powered smart patch for cystic fibrosis screening

Sala de Actos Pepe Millán, IMB-CNM, Campus UAB.
23/11/2018 11:30 a.m.

Abstract:In the presented work, we have developed the first self-powered conductivity sensor focused on screening Cystic Fibrosis (CF). The main core of the device is a paper battery-sensor able to discriminate between different sweat conductivities. The whole device performs the screening of Cystic Fibrosis by measuring the conductivity of the sample, giving a positive result when the CF condition is detected. The validation of the device has been performed following the guidelines of Clinical and Laboratory Standard Institute by testing 40 devices with artificial sweat.
The device has been implemented by integrating a paper battery-sensor in a flexible substrate with a printed electronic circuit, discrete electronic components and electrochromic displays. The design of the electronic circuit has been conceived based on a minimal electronics approach to ultimately make it totally printable.

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