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Join us at BIYSC! Build your own smart city with nanotechnology-based sensors

By Àlex Argemí (Marketing and Communication at Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), BIYSC Coordinator of the project “Build your own Smart City with Nanotechnology”.

Cities are getting smarter. Big data can help us solve contemporary urban issues. The challenge is not only to efficiently process the information generated by a complex environment such a city, but also to create a sustainable network of sensors generating relevant data. Nanotechnology is having a great impact in our lives (smartphones, materials, medicine, energy, etc.). It can also offer smart solutions for sensing critical parameters that can become very useful to live more comfortably in a smarter city.


The challenge designed by researchers from the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is evolving. What started as an interactive activity to experiment the utility of piezoelectricity is becoming a broader project in which you will be able to create your own smart city. Together we will build a model city and bring it to life using smart sensors.

During the time we will spend together, you will learn the physical and chemical principles behind different types of nanosensors. You will also be able to apply this knowledge into the design and fabrication of your own sensors in our state-of-the-art facilities located in the UAB Campus. Finally, you will be able to test them in your own model city.

BIYSC ICN2 electron

Sense the traffic circulating through the streets of your city using piezoelectricity. Sense the quality of the water traveling through your water pipes using chemical nanosensors. Sense particles in the air using fluorescence microscopy and your smartphone in a Do It Yourself Science challenge. Sense the power of nanotechnology for shaping the future!

“Sense and the city”: A sexy and surprising challenge brought to you by ICN2.

Join us at BIYSC!  Some materials change their electrical properties when a pressure is applied over them due to nano-scale phenomena such as piezoresistivity or piezoelectricity. Challenge yourself and bring basic research discoveries to the real life to use them, for example, to find a free parking slot.e ready to prepare organic molecules and devices that can be used to transform the sunlight into electrical power.  APPLY NOW!


BIYSC is an International Scientific Challenge programme, that aims to connect the most passionate science students with the best researchers in their field. Registrations are open, do not lose your place! If you like science and you are between 16-19 years-old you cannot miss BIYSC from July 11th to 22nd 2016 in ‪#‎Barcelona! 10 projects, 10 ‪#‎research centers, two weeks of practical courses to work in research centers side-by-side with researchers, ‪#‎scientific conferences, debates, visits to the research centers and much more! Are you in? www.biysc.org

The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is a non-profit international research institute located close to Barcelona, Spain. The patrons of ICN2 are the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya), the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). ICN2 promotes collaboration among scientists from diverse backgrounds to develop basic and applied research, always seeking interactions with local and global industry. ICN2 also trains researchers in nanotechnology, develops numerous activities to facilitate the uptake of nanotechnology by industry, and promotes networking among scientists, engineers, technicians, business people, society, and policy makers. ICN2 is part of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).

Director of the center: Pablo Ordejón  Renowed Researcher: Gustau Catalán

Excellence and recognition awards

biysc _research centers and collaborations 2016

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Contact us: contact@biysc.org or groups@biysc.org



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