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The Government of Catalonia and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have merged their research centers in nanoscience to strengthen research in this area. The result is the creation of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), which integrates the best research groups of both institutions, and which is located in the Building Q at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) campus.

This operation is possible thanks to the agreement signed between the Department of Economics and Knowledge of the Catalan Government, CSIC and UAB. CSIC joins the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology (ICN) Board to strengthen collaboration maintained since 2006. The ICN2 adopts the CERCA system, the Catalan governance model for research institutes, which ensures flexibility in the management and better use of public resources.

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