Research news

Nanomotors can be propelled by light

Researchers working at IBEC and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed nanomotors that are powered by a fuel-free, biofriendly and unlimited power source: light.

Nano- and micromotors, man-made devices with huge potential in biomedical situations – as drug delivery systems, for example – have typically focused on catalytic motors to propel them through their surroundings.

However, this involves using chemical components, which has drawbacks; the most widely used fuel, hydrogen peroxide, is biotoxic.

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Other news

600 attend Bojos per la Ciència opening ceremony

600 people attended the opening ceremony of “Bojos per la Ciència” (Crazy about Science), the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera initiative that aims to encourage scientific vocation, at Món Sant Benet on Friday.

2018 will be the first year that IBEC takes part in the initiative, first launched in 2013, which offers courses to selected high school students who show aptitude in science.

IBEC’s course on bioengineering – which has 25 people enrolled – will introduce students to the multidisciplinary environment offered by the field, where different disciplines come together to solve health problems.

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