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Interview with our colleague Alejandro Manjavacas published in the ABC newspaper

Óptica Guiada No-Lineal y en la Nanoescala (N2GO)-en

  • Nanotechnology could be a new industrial and technological revolution

Madrid / 13 de December de 2022

Recently published in the ABC a report that It deals with the situation of scientific research in nanotechnology and its industrial development in Spain.

In this report we have interviewed our colleague Alejandro Manjavacas from the group of Nonlinear Guided Optics and in the Nanoscale ( N2GO) in which he investigates theoretical nanotechnology.
In the interview he explains how nanotechnology is very interesting because the rules of physics change at that scale, where quantum effects are produced, being able to achieve impossible phenomena with objects at larger scales.

In the field of light, the current applications of nanophotonics involve achieving better batteries and solar cells, faster microprocessors or biosensors at the nanometric scale that can be present almost anywhere.

Illustration of a set of hot nanoparticles

Furthermore, this is a constantly growing field in which new behaviors can be found that can be used in a multitude of applications, which is why many countries are investing in nanotechnology preparing for what could be a new industrial revolution.

However, although Spain is well placed in terms of its contribution to scientific research in nanoscience, having little industry there are few of them with the capacity to develop new technologies, and this means that few patents are reaching the market.

Other prominent researchers in the field of nanotechnology have also participated in this interview, such as Salvador Pané, professor at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems and co-director of Multi-Scale Robotics Lab at ETH Zürich, Marisol Martín, CSIC research professor, Luis M. Liz-Marzán, professor at the Basque Science Foundation (Ikerbasque) and Scientific Director of CIC biomaGUNE, Pedro Serena, CSIC researcher at the Institute of Materials Science in Madrid and Jordi Díaz Marcos, Researcher and disseminator at the University of Barcelona (Ccitub/IN2UB) and professor of Materials

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