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ICTS participation in the First guide to facilitate the sustainable design of printed electronic devices

Scientists of NANBIOSIS Unit 8 have participated in the publication of a a comprehensive experimental review of inks, paper substrates, and printing techniques. The objective is to offer the scientific community a guide with data to facilitate the design of printed devices and manufacture them in an ecological way.

Gemma Gabriel, researcher of Biomedical Applications Group at IMB-CNM and last author of the article, highlights the applications of the results in health monitoring, with non-invasive techniques such as glucose detection, although there are many applications where printed electronic materials and technologies are very useful. Among them, environmental monitoring, (in air and water quality control systems or detection of pollutants), in wearable electronics, such as flexible and lightweight devices that can be integrated into clothing, accessories or directly on the skin; energy harvesting and storage such as lightweight and flexible energy harvesting devices such as solar cells and thermoelectric generators; and the “Internet of Things (IoT)” with low-cost sensors that are easy to implement in smart home systems and industrial automation.

Implication of Unique Scientific and Tecnical Research Infraestructures
For the research, the team has used the Unit 8 of the ICTS NANBIOSIS of the CIBER in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) at the IMB-CNM-CSIC and the MICRONANOFABS network, the ICTS of clean rooms of micro and nanofabrication of which the IMB-CNM-CSIC is a part.

The research has been carried out within the ECOTRONIC projects, funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation in the 2018 Innovation Challenges call, and CEL-SENS, within the framework of the Strategic Projects Oriented to the Ecological Transition and the Digital Transition financed by the Ministry with funds from the European Union ‘NextGenerationEU’/Plan for Recovery, Transformation and Resilience.

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NANBIOSIS receives the support of the Spanish Research Agency (Ministry of Science and Innovation) financing the NANBIO-ACCESS project, in the 2022 call for Excellence Research Networks.

Today has been published the Resolution of the Presidency of the State Research Agency of the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation granting fund for the selected projects in the 2022 call for “RESEARCH NETWORKS” within the framework of the State Program to Promote Scientific-Technical Research and its Transfer, of the State Research Plan Scientific, Technical and Innovation

The final resolution proposal was issued on June 21, 2023, once the hearing process has been completed and prior acceptance by the interested parties.

The two years lasting project 2021-2023RED2022-134685-I “NANBIO-ACCESS” was among the selected proposals.

The main goals pursued by the projects are:

1. Promote and consolidate the offer of the NANBIOSIS strategic services, which target advanced challenges in biomedical research: our Cutting-Edge Biomedical Solutions.

2. Promote the open and competitive access to NANBIOSIS services and, especially, to our strategic services.

3. Strengthen NANBIOSIS communication tools and enhance internationalization capabilities.

The proposed activities address the coordination within NANBIOSIS and the complementarity of the capacities of its units, optimizing its resources. Actions are especially proposed to promote the participation of NANBIOSIS nodes and units to the “Cutting-Edge Biomedical Solutions” program.

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Resolution of the 2nd competitive call of 2023 for access to NANBIOSIS

NANBIOSIS is a Research Infrastructure for Biomedicine made up of the Platforms of the Center for Centro de Ivesntigación Biomedica en Red (CIBER- in the area of Bioengineering, Biomaterials, and Nanomedicine -CIBER-BBN), the Preclinical Infrastructure and the Development of Minimally Invasive Technologies, of the Jesús Usón Minimally Invasive Surgery Center (CCMIJU) and the Nanoimaging unit of the Biomedical Research Institute of Malaga-Nanomedicine Platform (IBIMA-BIONAND Platform).

NANBIOSIS as part of the Spanish Map of ICTS (an acronym for “Scientific and Technical Unique Infrastructures” in Spanish), approved by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, is open to all interested national and international users who may come either from the public or the private sector, and who can apply for access under the “Competitive Open Access” or “Access on Demand” modalities.

The 20% of the NANBIOSIS Units’ capacity is granted on the Competitive Open Access modality and will be prioritized according to scientific and technical quality and singularity of the applictions.

Consult the Resolution and details here

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Jesús Santamaría, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS Unit 9, elected foreign member of the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Science et Lettere

Jesús Santamaría, Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Zaragoza, has been elected a foreign member of the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Science et Lettere, in its division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Chemistry section.

This institution was originally founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1797, as the National Institute of the Cisalpine Republic, in charge of collecting discoveries and perfecting the arts and sciences, following the model of the Institut de France. Napoleon himself appointed the first members of the Institute and its first president, Alesssandro Volta, Italian chemist and physicist, famous primarily for the discovery of methane in 1776 and the invention and development of the electric battery in 1799 .

Today the Istituto Lombardo depends on the Italian Ministry of Culture with headquarters in the Brera Palace, and has maintained its founding task of contributing to “issues related to education and public welfare. It currently develops a wide program of activities, including support for research in the fields of action of the institution, numerous events and public conferences, as well as its publications and the management of its famous archives and library.

Among the members who have belonged to the Istituto Lombardo are, in addition to Napoleon himself and Volta, the poet Vincenzo Monti, the writer and politician Alessandro Manzoni, the philosopher Carlo Cattaneo and the cleric Achille Ratti, future Pope Pius XI, as well as several Nobel Prize winners. : Camillo Golgi (Medicine), Giosuè Carducci (Literature), Giulio Natta (Chemistry) and Eugenio Montale (Literature).

Professor Santamaría has a long and profuse career in the academic and scientific field, with 370 published articles, 35 doctoral theses supervised, 26 patents and participation in 18 European projects, including two of the prestigious Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC),. Jesús Santamaría is the Principal Investigator of the NFP (Nanostructured Films and Particles) research group, that belongs to the Aragon Institute of Materials and Nanoscience (INMA), CSIC-UNIZAR joint center, the Aragon Health Research Institute (IIS Aragon), and the Biomedical Research Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN). He is also the Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U9 “Synthesis of Nanoparticles Unit” since its creatrion in 2007 by UNIZAR and CIBER-BBN, recognized by the Spanish Governmen as “Unique Scientific and Technical Infraestructure” (ICTS in Spanish) .

Santamaría has been director of the Samca Chair of Nanotechnology, deputy director of the Unizar Nanoscience Institute of Aragon and editor of the Chemical Engineering Journal. He has carried out postdoctoral research stays at the University of Notre Dame and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both in the United States.

His current research topics include the development of new methods for the synthesis of nanomaterials, and applications of the synthesized materials in medicine, photo-assisted catalysis, microwave catalysis, molecular recognition sensing, and nanosafety.

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U9-E08. Portable Tándem NanoScan SMPS Nanoparticle Sizer 3910 and Optical Particle Sizer (OPS) 3330

Equipment funded by European Union (NextGeneratioEU) -Plan de Transfomación y Resilencia

Portable Particle sizers acquired for Unit 9 in NANBIOSIS through Next Generation Funding.

Description: NanoScan SMPS™ Nanoparticle Sizer delivers a TSI Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS™) spectrometer in a portable package that is about the size of a basketball. Easy to use, lightweight and battery-powered, the NanoScan SMPS™ spectrometer enables investigators to collect valuable nanoparticle size data. The NanoScan SMPS™ Nanoparticle Sizer spectrometer is suitable for a variety of applications, such as a multitude of mobile studies, workplace exposure monitoring, point source identification, and student lab education. Derived from TSI core technologies, the NanoScan SMPS spectrometer is an innovative, cost effective solution for real-time nanoparticle size measurements.

Technical Specifications: Weighing less than 20 pounds (including two hot-swappable batteries), the NanoScan SMPS™ Nanoparticle Sizer 3910 measures nanoparticle size distributions from 10 to 420 nm in one minute. Its internal Condensation Particle Counter (CPC) uses isopropyl alcohol as a working fluid, so the NanoScan is suitable for use in a variety of sensitive environments. Single particle mode allows the user to monitor particle concentrations of a single, user-set particle size. Data logging is built in to the instrument, so measurements may be made without the use of a laptop.

As a package, i.e. the model 3910 combined with the Optical Particle Sizer (OPS) 3330 enables users to measure three orders of size magnitude from 10 nm to 10 µm. These instruments are affordable, portable, and provide real-time data that can be merged with the multi-instrument manager (MIM) software. Used already for cabin measurements in cars and airplanes, the sky is literally the limit when it comes to new applications. Quantification thresholds reach to maximum concentrations of up to 150.000 particles per cm3.

Applications: General applied research; Indoor/outdoor air quality investigations; Nanotechnology/nanoparticle applications; Combustion/emission research; Mobile studies; Health effects/inhalation toxicology; Occupational hygiene/workplace exposure monitoring; Point source identification.

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