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U8. Micro – Nano Technology Unit

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U8. Micro – Nano Technology Unit

  • Scientific Coordinator: Dr. Gemma Gabriel gemma.gabriel@imb-cnm.csic.es
  • Entities: Instituto de Microelectrónica de Barcelona – Cenro Nacioal de Microelectrónica (IMB-CNM, CSIC)
  • Address: Campus UAB, 08193, Cerdanyola del Vallés, Barcelona, Spain
  • Phone: +34 935 947 700 ext. 1208
  • Web: IMB – CNM, CSIC


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This Micro-Nano Technologies Unit is located in the Microelectronic Institute of Barcelona, (IMB-CNM, CSIC) which is the largest installation with micro-nano technologies facilities in Spain. Its 1500 m2 Clean Room classes 10 to 10,000 are considered as Singular Scientific-Technical Infrastructure (ICTS). The platform is coordinated by Dr. Jordi Aguiló and this unit is based on a CVD (chemical vapor deposition) equipment for the controlled growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
The integration of the unit in the clean room facilities of the IMB-CNM enables a complete range of processes (thermal processes and CVD, metallization, photolithography, dry and wet etching) for the complete fabrication of MNBS devices. So, from the platform it is supported the whole MNBS fabrication steps: the customization of the technology needed, the design of the devices, the complete fabrication process, their encapsulation, the characterization and test up to the technological support on the experimental uses.

News U8

19 Dec

Extraordinary doctoral award to Anton Guimerà Brunet
Extraordinary doctoral award

Anton Guimerà Brunet, member of the GBIO group that coordinates Unit 8 of NANBIOSIS, has obtained the extraordinary doctoral award from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona for his thesis “Novel methods and tools for corneal barrier function assessment through non-invasive impedance measurements”. This thesis was directed by Rosa Villa, Scientific Director of Unit 8 of NANBIOSIS. The thesis covers aspects of basic research as applied, reaching the transference to the biomedical industrial sector and solving a need in the ophthalmological diagnosis to be able to quantify the degree of corneal permeability. This innovation also includes the development of a flexib[...]

19 Dec

NANBIOSIS in three projects funded by CaixaIMPULSE.
NANBIOSIS in three projects funded by CaixaIMPULSE

La Caixa has just presented the twenty projects selected by CaixaImpulse in a call with more than 70 proposals from different research centres, hospitals and universities. CaixaImpulse is an initiative unique in Spain that aims to boost research in biotechnology and life sciences to develop projects that generate value in society. Among the selected projects there are two coordinated by NANBIOSIS researchers: Pseudomonas aeruginosa diagnosis led by Miriam Corredor Sánchez (Unit 2 of NANBIOSIS) and ISCHEMSURG, led by Monica Mir (Unit 7 of NANBIOSIS). In addition, the project ExoLiver, in which participates Rosa Villa and the research group coordinating Unit 8[...]

06 Dec

The Journal “Diario Médico” awards the project "Liver on a chip" participated by researchers of U8 of NANBIOSIS
The Journal “Diario Médico” awards the project “Liver on a chip” participated by researchers of U8 of NANBIOSIS

The 15th edition of  “Best Ideas 2016” by Diario Médico, has awarded the “Liver on a Chip” project, coordinated by Rosa Villa, Scientific Coordinator of Unit 8 of NANBIOSIS. “Liver on a chip” is a microfluidic camera that simulates hepatic microcirculation and will serve as a tool for in vitro studies and diagnostics of cell function, pharmacology, toxicity and personalized medicine. The device could be applicable to any other biomedical research in That the vascular system has relevance (liver, kidney, cardiovascular and others). This project was already recognized last July with the second prize of the category of innovation in[...]

22 Nov

Graphene will revolutionize the world
Graphene will revolutionize the world

Elisabet Prats, researcer of the GBIO Group, coordinator of Unit 8 of NANBIOSIS, participated in the  #ImproCiencia dissemination event, held on November 16 in Madrid organized by CIBER. Elisabet presented the Neurographene project as a monologue and explained how they are using graphene for Measure the electrical activity of the brain. Based on the latest microfabrication technologies, the devices consist of graphene microsensor matrices mounted on flexible polymer substrates that adapt to the surface morphology of the brain. Each sensor detects tiny changes in the electrical activity around it. Thus, the electrical activity generated by the neurons is detected as[...]

08 Jul

Pablo Laguna and Jordi Aguilo, Scientific Directors of the Units 27 and 8 of NANBIOSIS participate in the European program Remote Assessment
Pablo Laguna and Jordi Aguilo, Scientific Directors of the Units 27 and 8 of NANBIOSIS participate in the European program Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse in Central Nervous System Disorders (RADAR-CNS)

RADAR-CNS is an important European research program supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) focused to develop new ways of monitoring patients affected by major depression, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, with the use of wearable technology and smart mobile phones. This program brings together experts from various disciplines in clinical research, engineering, computer and data analysis, as well as health services. RADAR-CN aims to improve symptoms and quality of life of patients and treatment of these and other chronic diseases. This program is jointly led by King’s College London and the pharmaceutical company Janssen and is funded by the Innovative Medicines[...]

14 Apr

Nanbiosis_U8_Graphene Flagship for Biomedical Tecnologies
Graphene Flagship for Biomedical Tecnologies – Kick off meeting April 11-14 Barcelona

On April, 11-12 took place in Barcelona the kick off meeting of the new Graphene Flagship Work Package devoted to Biomedical Technologies, one emerging application area for graphene and other 2D materials. The Kick-off event, was co-organised by Dr. Rosa Villa (CNM-IMB-CSIC, CIBER-BBN) Scientific Coordinator of Unit 8 of NANBIOSIS (in the center of the first row in the photo). More than 35 Scientifics from 14 research groups attended to the meeting The Graphene Flagship, the EU’s biggest ever research initiative, involves the coordination research of over 150 partners from more than 20 European countries withing a timeframe of 10[...]

11 Mar

Nanbiosis_U8 - Biomedical applications of graphene, Elisabet Prats in Informativos.net
Biomedical applications of graphene: Elisabet Prats in Informativos.net

[Elisabet Prats in Informativos.net] As a science disseminator, Elisabet has recently appeared in media and forums explaining the progress made by her research group in the European project Graphene Flagship. For example, a graphene sensor to detect brain electrical activity, successfully presented at Mobile World Congress. Elisabet clearly explains “We are able to measure the electrical signals of the brain with graphene, graphene due to its versatility, allows the reduction in size of the sensors, giving much more information to the doctor” and describes a future in which “we shall control mechanical arms with brains implants”.[...]

24 Feb

Nanbiosis_Unit8-Graphene sensors presented in Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2016
Graphene sensors partially developed in UNIT 8 of NANBIOSIS are presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

These devices, that can detect the electrical activity of the brain, are currently being tested in animals by measuring their brain activity using  Graphene transitors and could have therapeutic applications, as well as allowing the design of new brain-machine interfaces.[...]