With 17 research units or departments and 3 Specialised Technical Divisions, ICN2 promotes collaboration among scientists from diverse backgrounds (physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering) to develop basic and applied research while seeking interactions with local and global industry. ICN2 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 plays an active role in disseminating nanoscience to a broad audience, interacting closely with universities, research and technology centres. ICN2 numbers some 200 staff from over 30 countries, of which about 170 are researchers. ICN2’s achievements were recently recognised by the Spanish government via the prestigious Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence accreditation in 2014 – one of only 18 centres in Spain to hold the award. ICN2 is consistently ranked among the top 10 of Spanish research institutes in terms of excellence in scientific publications (SCIMAGO rankings). One half of ICN2’s budget comes from competitive grants or industry projects, including ERC grants and coordinated FET projects.
ICN2’s Theoretical and Computational Nanoscience Group, headed by Stephan Roche, studies quantum transport and device simulation using efficient in-house computational methodologies. Combining first- principles simulation with order-N real-space approaches, the group has a long track record in modelling complex graphene-based materials and devices, extracting charge mobilities of realistic models of graphene compounds, and developing multiscale approaches to provide device characteristics comparable with experimental data. The group has collaborated with companies over the past including NOKIA, STMicroelectronics and SAMSUNG.