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PHORNANO products now available!

A variety of PHORNANO nanomaterials are now available at our webshop! Get your second item for half the price using coupon code 4n-GET-2* * applicable to silver and gold nanospheres, valid until June 30, 2019   HighQuant silver nanoparticles · HighQuant silver nanoparticles are highly concentrated and higly monodispere particles, available in 10 or 20nm (other sizes upon request). They come in a highly concentrated acqueous suspension, free from agglomeration. What distinguishes HighQuant nanoparticles from conventional ones is their extraordinarily high localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) absorption intensity, combined with an extremely low level of residual Ag ions. These leftover[...]

PHORNANO and BihurCrystal enter into a distribution agreement

BihurCrystal is very pleased to announce a distribution agreement with PHORNANO. PHORNANO (4n), established in 2016, aims to address the particular needs of the community continuously searching for more effective solutions. 4n’s portfolio extends from designing, manufacturing and providing nanomaterials to implementation of processes involving nanotechnology. Experience of decades in nano- and laser-technology allows 4n to support its partners in realizing their demanding goals. BihurCrystal has been appointed as 4n's representative for its European clients, and PHORNANO HighQuant NPs are now available online from stock at BihurCrystal. HighQuant nanoparticles unlock strongest localized surface plasmon resonance response in its class. Applications,[...]

European Project SUPERTED

Project SUPERTED has been awarded a FET-OPen grant within Horizon 2020's RIA  funding scheme (Research and Innovation action). The SUPERTED consortium is made up of University of Jyväskylä (the project coordinator),  the Spanish, French and Italian national research councils (CSIC, CNRS and CNR) and the SME Bihurcrystal, specializing in developing and commercialising both equipment and advanced materials for scientific research. The consortium will collaborate in the study and potential commercialization of novel radiation detectors. Superconducting detectors, such as the transition edge sensor and the kinetic inductance detector, are some of the most sensitive detectors of electromagnetic radiation and they have found application in various[...]

TNSI Project funded by POCTEFA 2014-2020

(English below) BihurCrystal liderará el proyecto TNSI (Trans-pyrenean Node for Scientific Instrumentation) financiado en parte por fondos FEDER de la Unión Europea, en el marco del programa POCTEFA 2014-2020. TNSI reúne centros de investigación y PYMEs de la región fronteriza entre España y Francia con el objetivo de crear un nodo tecnológico basado en la nanotecnología, los materiales avanzados y la fabricación avanzada. El consorcio está formado por ocho socios y dos socios asociados: BihurCrystal, San Sebastián, España Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Centro de Física de Materiales (CSIC-UPV/EHU), San Sebastián, España Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón (CSIC-UZ),[...]

End of Year Promotion

ali 1000 promotion

We are offering an end-of-year promotion on the ALI Deposition System! Order before December 1 2017 and get the ALI system for just 16.500€. This includes ALI deposition unit ALI control unit ALI control software Pfeiffer APR250, pressure gauge for pre-injection system Shipping Offer valid while supplies last. Contact us for more information!


BihurCrystal is the beneficiary of a NEOTEC project grant (EXP – 00084812 / SNEO-20151521). NEOTEC grants aim to support emerging technology-based businesses.

BihurCrystal and GPNT

BihurCrystal and Graphene Nanotech (GPNT) are delighted to announce their agreement that BihurCrystal will be the exclusive sales partner for the GPNT 8mm x 8mm graphene grown on SiC. "GPNT is one of the leading growers of high purity graphene and we are very pleased to have reached an agreement to sell their substrates to our customers working in surface science and other fields" said Francisco Lopez, CEO of BihurCrystal. For a limited period, BihurCrystal will be offering these substrates at 495€ + shipping before VAT. Contact us for more information.

Two new publications on Curved Crystals

Two new studies using curved crystals have been published! The first, by S. Blomberg et al. investigates the catalytic activity of the steps of a curved Pd(111) crystal using Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence, and elucidates the dependence of the light-off temperature on step-type (type A vs type B). (Read a summary of the paper in our portfolio.) The second publication, by M. Ilyn et al., investigates the structure of a curved Ni(111) using Low Energy Electron Diffraction and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, exploring the occurrence of step-doubling as a function of temperature and vicinal plane. A striking asymmetry towards step-doubling is found for different step-types. (Read a summary of the[...]

Talk on Curved Crystals

The 7th edition of the surface science conference Encuentro de Física y Química de Superficies 2016 is taking place at the Centro Científico Tecnológico Litoral of Santa Fe, Argentina from the 26th to the 29th of October. Jorge Lobo Checa, researcher at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón (ICMA), Spain, and co-author of several papers using curved surfaces, will be giving a talk on the curved crystal concept: Curved crystal surfaces: A genuine playground for Surface Science. The talk will discuss his work to date on curved surfaces, which includes the study of step-lattice interactions, scattering of surface[...]

Tesela Project

BihurCrystal and the research group ESISNA (Structure of Nanoscopic Systems Group, of the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales in Madrid) have begun a collaboration within the frame of the Retos-Colaboración 2015 call. This call is part of the Spanish National Programme for Research Aimed at the Challenges of Society that is financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The joint project, called TESELA (tessera or tile in Spanish), will explore new bottom-up approaches for the obtention of high-quality graphene films directly on non-conductive substrates. The most wide-spread method to produce graphene is by the decomposition of hydrocarbons on metal substrates, which act as catalyzers in this process. Graphene obtained in[...]


BihurCrystal is pleased to announce a collaboration with Avactec for the distribution of their recently launched deposition system ALI (Atomic Layer Injection). Avactec is a distribution company based in Madrid that distributes in the Spanish and Portuguese markets for a wide range of manufacturers. With over 30 years experience in the field of vacuum technology, the company specializes in the distribution of equipment used for vacuum deposition and investigation under UHV conditions. We are looking forward to working together with Avactec!

TiO2 Curved Crystal in NanoLetters

Another work using curved crystals has recently been published in Nano Letters by A. Miccio et al.. A curved rutile TiO2(110) crystal, produced by BihurCrystal, was used to investigate the presence and role of oxygen vacancies on the surface for different terrace widths using STM and ARPES. Rutile is the most stable polymorph of titanium dioxide and is used in fields such as catalysis and memristors. TiO2‘s lattice defects — oxygen vacancies in particular — play an important role in many of its applications, because they turn the otherwise insulating material into an n-type semiconductor. Thanks to the curved sample approach, the authors are[...]

Official Launch of ALI-1000

BihurCrystal’s first deposition system — the ALI-1000 — has finally been launched this month. ALI stands for Atomic Layer Injection, and is a versatile tool for depositing  molecules and nanoparticles from solution in UHV. ALI is especially useful for large or delicate molecules (including biomolecules) that degrade when heated, and can therefore not be deposited by evaporation. The ALI Deposition System (displayed on the left) is made up of a pulse valve, used to inject the liquid into the UHV chamber, and a pre-injection system through which the liquid is introduced along with the carrier gas that is also necessary for injection. When[...]

New BihurCrystal HQ

BihurCrystal S.L. was created under the guidance of BIC-Berrilan and with the support of the institutions from which the start-up emerged, the Centro de Física de Materiales (CFM, CSIC-UPV/EHU) and the Donostia International Physics Center. The business project took shape in BIC-Berrilan’s business center, located in the J. M. Korta building on the university campus, and the necessary technology was developed by BihurCrystal’s team at the CFM, in the frame of an industrial development project. BIC2Once defined and licensed this technology served as the foundation of the start-up company. BihurCrystal’s growing need for a space in which to continue with[...]


BihurCrystal has been awarded a grant within the Spanish Ministry's program for the promotion of talent and employment (Programa de Promoción del Talento y su Empleabilidad), which is part of the state plan for Sciencific and Technical Research and Innovation (Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica, Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016

Curved Pt(111) in Nature Communications

A study on a curved Pt(111) crystal produced by BihurCrystal has been published in Nature Communications this month. [Read the paper here.] Platinum is widely used as a catalyst in a huge number of relevant processes. Perhaps most well-known is its role in catalytic converters, where Pt catalyzes the oxidation of carbon monoxide, converting toxic CO to the more harmless CO2. In spite of decades of research and their extensive use in industrial applications, catalytic processes are still not fully understood at the most basic level. In order to study catalytic reactions at the atomic scale, clean metal surfaces in UHV can serve as model systems. Surface defects or steps are often preferred[...]


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