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The researcher Estitxu Villamor got a special mention in the CAF-Elhuyar awards


Estitxu Villamor, who has developed her PhD thesis in the Nanodevices group at CIC nanoGUNE, received the special mention certificate in the CAF-Elhuyar Awards. These awards are designed to promote, reward and recognize popularization, journalism and the integrating into society of subjects and research relating to science and technology in Basque. These awards are organized by the Elhuyar Foundation with the help of the Basque company CAF and the economic collaboration of the Department of Culture of the Government of the Basque Government.

Aspargi, Inbiomed, and nanoGUNE working hand in hand against Parkinson Disease

Microphotography of live young neurons, derived from human stem cells, growing on a synthetic matrix produced at nanoGUNE.

Aspargi, the Parkinson Association of Gipuzkoa (Basque Country, Spain), supports an Inbiomed-nanoGUNE joint research project with a grant of 6 000€, in order to develop better ways to grow neurons, in order to investigate the disease mechanisms and to find new treatments.

Graphenea embarks on a new era

graphenea, nanogune

CIC nanoGUNE, founder of Graphenea together with a group of private investors, will no longer be a partner of the company from its fifth anniversary, as stipulated in the foundational agreement with Nanotechnology Investment Group SL. Graphenea has become an international benchmark in the sector of graphene, a key material in the development of nanotechnology

“Nanostructuring of Devices for Nanoscience Applications”, PhD Thesis by Libe Arzubiaga


Libe Arzubiaga, Pre-doctoral Researcher at the Nanodevices Group at nanoGUNE, receives her PhD at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) after the defense of her thesis project on Monday 16 March 2015. Her research work, entitled “Nanostructuring of Devices for Nanoscience Applications”, has been developed under the supervision of the Nanodevices Group Leader and Ikerbasque Research Professor Dr. Luis Hueso.

Marco Gobi, Best Experimental Thesis Award


Marco Gobbi has been awarded the Best Experimental Thesis Prize by GEFES, Group Specialized on Solid State Physics of the Spanish Royal Physical Society. Dr. Gobbi is a former pre-doctoral researcher at the Nanodevices Group of nanoGUNE, where he presented the PhD thesis “Spintronic Devices Based On Fullerene C60” on May 2013.

Nature Communications: ultrasensitive magnetoplasmonic sensors


Systems allowing label-free molecular-level detection are expected to have enormous impact on biochemical sciences. Research focuses on materials and technologies based on exploiting the coupling of light with electronic charge oscillations, the so-called localized surface plasmon resonances, in metallic nanostructured antennas. The reason for this focused attention is their suitability for single-molecule sensing, arising from the intrinsically nanoscopic sensing volume and the high sensitivity to the local environment. Usually the metals used to build such nanoantennas are gold or silver. To couple light effectively into localized plasmons with ferromagnetic metals like nickel or cobalt was for a long time considered in practice impossible.

Pablo Alonso-González, Winner of the RSEF-BBVA Foundation 2014 prize


The nanoGUNE researcher Pablo Alonso-González has been awarded the RSEF-BBVA Foundation 2014 prize for Physics in the New Researchers in Experimental Physics category. Alonso-González works in this center’s Nanooptics group in Donostia-San Sebastian and his research is currently focussing on the optical properties of graphene at the nanoscale. The researcher was the first to obtain guided light imaging in this material with nanometric precision, and his work was published by the journal Nature.

Nature Materials: Graphene plasmons go ballistic


Squeezing light into tiny circuits and controlling its flow electrically is a holy grail that has become a realistic scenario thanks to the discovery of graphene. This tantalizing goal is realized by exploiting so-called plasmons, in which electrons and light move together as one coherent wave. Plasmons guided by graphene -a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms – are remarkable as they can be confined to length scales of nanometers, one to two hundred times below the wavelength of light. However, until now these plasmons were found to rapidly lose energy, limiting the range over which they could travel.

CTECHnano, tailor-made solutions for the industry


CTECHnano is a recently created company, promoted by nanoGUNE in a joint initiative with AVS and Cadinox companies, providing thin-film coating solutions. It is specialized in Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technology and it has a strong team to answer to customer´s needs.


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