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New video on how to fabricate organic solar cells with thickness gradients

The Nanostructured Materials for Optoelectronics and Energy Generation (NANOPTO) group has auto-edited a video in which the process of fabrication or organic solar cells with thickness gradients is explained. This process is part of the ERC project by Mariano Campoy-Quiles "FOREMAT: Finding a needle in a haystack: Efficient identification of high performing organic energy materials".

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Calcium-based batteries featured in Nature Research Chemistry Community to celebrate the #IYPT2019

The paper “Towards a calcium-based rechargeable battery” published in Nature Materials in 2016 has been featured in the interactive periodic table, associated with the element Calcium (Ca). This interactive has been put together in celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT), and showcases important and interesting papers chosen by the Nature Materials editors from 150 years of original research published in Nature and the Nature Research journals. Now, a retrospective style blog post featuring the paper written by M. Rosa Palacín has been published in the Nature Reserach Chemistry Community, in the #IYPT2019 channel. 

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The 8th International Conference on Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (ICSE8) is ready to start!

This Sunday, 26 May 2019, the 8th International Conference on Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (ICSE8) starts at the World Trade Center, and will last until 31 May 2019. Six days devoted to the instrumentation, science and applications of spectroscopic ellipsometry and related techniques, and with a high participation of ICMAB researchers. The Conference Chair is M. Isabel Alonso, from the ICMAB-CSIC.

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mNACTEC, 6-7 June 2019: "Som Elèctrics! Transició energètica i mobilitat elèctrica" wth M. Rosa Palacín

On June 6 and 7, "Som Elèctrics" will celebrate their fourth congress at the National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (mNACTEC) in Terrassa. The event will deal with the energy transition and electrical mobility from a current and future perspective. The contents will be structured in two blocks: "Transformation and awareness" and "New systems of energy generation and consumption". M. Rosa Palacín will give the seminar "Recursos materials i tecnologies de bateries, hi ha vida més enllà del liti" on 6 June at 11:30 am. Free registration. 

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"Smart Inorganic Polymers", the new book co-authored by members of the ICMAB Inorganic Materials & Catalysis Lab

Clara Viñas, Rosario Núñez and Francesc Teixidor, from the Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Laboratory at ICMAB, and Isabel Romero, from the Universitat de Girona, co-authored the Wiley-VCH book "Smart Inorganic Polymers: Synthesis, Properties, and Emerging Applications in Materials and Life Sciences", in particular, the chapter "Highlighting the Binding Behavior of Icosahedral Boron Clusters Incorporated into Polymers: Synthons, Polymers Preparation, and Relevant Properties".

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Ferran Macià participates in "Somos Científicos" 2019 in the #ZonaCSIC

Ferran Macià, researcher at ICMAB in the MULFOX group has been selected to participate in the Spanish edition of the international science outreach programme “I’m a scientist, get me out of here!”. The 2019 edition of “Somos científicos, ¡Sácanos de aquí!” takes place from 1-12 April 2019. During this time, Ferran will chat in a multidisciplinary group of scientists – the CSIC zone – that includes researchers from other CSIC centres.

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The ICMAB participates in the Open Innovation Forum 2019

The ICMAB is involved in the Open Innovation Forum 2019, where companies launch technological challenges and universities and research centres suggest solutions. Our Technology Transfer Officer, Alfonso del Rey, and some of our researchers are their to present their innovations, tackle the existing challenges and have meetings with multiple companies that might be interested in them. The first meeting takes place on 3 April in CaixaForum. 

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The Superconducting Materials group at the "Saló de l'Ensenyament" 2019

On Thursday 21 March, the Superconducting Materials group was at the "Espai Ciència" of the "Saló de l'Ensenyament" at the CSIC-Catalunya stand, which included different kinds of activities from different Catalan CSIC research centers. The Superconducting team showed the visitors the science behing the levitating train, liquid nitrogen and the properties of nanoparticles. 

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"Science and Research in the Agenda 2030" in Spain presented in La Moncloa

On Monday, 18 March, the meeting "Science and Research in the Agenda 2030" (Ciencia e Investigación en la Agenda 2030) took place in La Moncloa (Madrid), with the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque, and the High Comissioner for the Agenda 2030, Cristina Gallach. The CSIC President, Rosa Menéndez, participated in the event, and Mariano Campoy-Quiles, from ICMAB-CSIC, attented the event, together with 150 representatives of the science, research and innovation field in Spain. 

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The Superconducting Materials group at the "Fira de Recerca en Directe" at CosmoCaixa

The members of the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) Group, were last week during four days at CosmoCaixa for the "Fira Recerca en Directe", where research groups from different universities and research centers present their research to primary and secondary schools and families. The SUMAN group showed how to prepare superconducting thin films, and how levitating trains work.

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The students of Centre d'Estudis Roca discover the materials of the future for solar energy

On Friday, 1 February 2019, students from the Centre d'Estudis Roca school, in Barcelona, came to the ICMAB to discover the materials of the future in solar energy! The visit consisted in a first talk from Mariano Campoy-Quiles, researcher at the ICMAB, followed by a visit to four different labs: SEM, XRD, AFM and NANOPTO labs. The visit is in the framework of the ESCOLAB programme of the Ajuntament de Barcelona. 

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Meet the 10 future scientists working on Advanced Functional Materials of the DOC-FAM MSCA-COFUND project!

On Tuesday, 29 January 2019, the Welcome Day of the Doctoral Training Programme in Functional Advanced Materials (DOC-FAM) First Call Fellows took place at the ICMAB. The DOC-FAM is a H2020-MSCA-COFUND project coordinated by ICMAB-CSIC in collaboration with four partner research institutions from the area: IMB-CNM, IREC, ALBA Synchrotron and ICN2. In this first call, 10 PhD Fellows from all around the world have started their research training programme within these institutions. Meet them here! 

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ICMAB, 14 March 2019: Jornada de Igualdad de Género en Centros de Investigación "¿Y a mí, qué me aporta la igualdad?"

On Thursday, 14 March 2019, the ICMAB hosts the workshop on Gender Equality in Research Centers entitled "¿Y a mí, qué me aporta la igualdad?". The workshop is aimed for all the ICMAB staff (scientific, technical, administration, students...) and will take place from 8:45 am to 2 pm. Don't miss this opportunity to learn and interact with your colleagues about this topic that affects all of us!  

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Monday, 4 Feb 2019: “Nanotecnologia i transició energètica” by Xavier Obradors at CMES

The CMES is the "Col·lectiu per a un Nou Model Energètic i Social Sostenible". Funded in 2012, the group is formed by professionals, mainly from the engineering field, worried about the current energy model based on fossil fuels and uranium, which "will lead us to an environmental, economic and social crisis without precedents". The CMES group came to visit the ICMAB and listen to some of our researchers working on renewable energies, superconducting materials and batteries. Now, Xavier Obradors, ICMAB Director, will give a talk on "Nanotechnology and energy transition" on February 4, 2019. 

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#11F: "Lise Meitner: insights from recent research" by Xavier Roqué

To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the ICMAB will host a conference about Lise Meitner, followed by a presentation of the AMIT-Cat Association. You are all invited to join us on 11 Februrary!

Lise Meitner: insights from recent research

by Xavier ROQUÉ, Centre d'Història de la Ciència (CEHIC)

Monday, 11 February 2019 @ 11 am
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles

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INSPIRACIENCIA 2019: IX Contest of short stories inspired in science

The CSIC Delegation in Catalunya organizes the IX edition of short-stories inspired in science "INSPIRACIENCIA". The short texts can be written in Catalan, Spanish, Galician and Euskera. They must have a maximum of 800 words. There are two categories: Young, between 12 and 17 years old; and Adult, from 18 years old. Deadline to participate: 19 June 2019. 

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The longest C-C bonds are found in the carboranes by Clara Viñas et al!

Have you ever thought if the carbon-carbon (C-C) bond distance is always the same, or it can change? And if it changes, which is the maximum distance of this kind of bond? An article published in "Chemical & Engineering News!" addressed this topic. After this article was first published, Clara Viñas contacted C&EN to let them know that even longer carbon-carbon bonds exist than the ones they mentioned: In 2002, a team including Clara Viñas described a 2.022 Å long carbon-carbon bond in an inorganic cluster (Inorg. Chem. 2002, DOI: 10.1021/ic011285z). 

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The ICMAB celebrates the second Severo Ochoa Meeting on Organic and Molecular Electronics (ORGI) 2019

The event, held on 8-9 May, belongs to the series of workshops offering an overview of the different research areas covered by the ICMAB Severo Ochoa Strategic Plan. It was focused on molecular and organic electronics, and organised by a local organising committee formed by researchers of the research lines RL1 (Sustainable energy conversion and storage systems) and RL4 (Molecular electronics). 

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The RSEQ publishes an article about Boron written by Clara Viñas to celebrate the IYPT 2019

If you follow the Twitter of the RSEQ (@RSEQUIMICA) you will find on their timeline a bunch of articles devoted to the Peridic Table Elements. The RSEQ is preparing a special issue of the journal "Anales de Química", that will come out on May 5, 2019, to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT) 2019. The article about Boron is written by Clara Viñas, researcher at ICMAB, who has been working for a long time with this element!

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Campus UAB, 11 APR 2019: The 10alamenos9 Festival arrives to its 4th edition!

The 10alamenos9 Festival of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology arrives to its 4th edition! On April 2019, more than 1,000 participants (around 700 secondary school students, 150 primary school students), will participate in the more than 70 activities prepared by all the entities collaborating in this macro-event, that takes place in many cities around Spain, including Barcelona, Zaragoza, Valencia, Bilbao and Madrid...

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The ICMAB receives the visit of Engineering Undergraduate students from the EUSS

On Wednesday, 27 March 2019, we received the visit of Engineering Undergraduate students from the Escola Universitària Salesiana de Sarrià (EUSS) (Salesian University School of Sarrià). The EUSS is a center afiliated to the UAB created in 1994 and located in Barcelona. Xavier Obradors gave a first overview to the ICMAB research and then the students could visit some of our labs.

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The #Matheroes project presented in a Library in Sabadell to 50 students

On Friday, 29 March 2019, the "Matheroes: Supermaterials, the materials of the future" were presented for a school class of students aged 11-12 (6è Primària) from Sabadell in the Ponent Library in Sabadell (Biblioteca de Ponent). Núria Crivillers, Juan-Luís García-Pomar and Anna May Masnou, presented some of the supermaterials and their properties and applications.

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"Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers" performed for the students of "Els Pins del Vallès" in Sant Cugat

On 12 March 2019, and in the framework of the Women's International Day, 8 March, the Châtelet team went to Sant Cugat to perform the dramatised reading that visibilizes the women scientists along history "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers". The students, of 11-12 years old, were really attentive and asked many questions after the lecture. Thank you for inviting us!

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"Theater as a tool to visibilize women scientists" presented at the Women, Science and Technology Conference in Terrassa

Terrassa held on 6-7 March 2019 the first edition of the "Women, Science and Technology" (WSciTech19) Conference (Congrés de Dones, Ciència i Tecnologia) and the "Châtelet team" at ICMAB presented their dramatised lecture "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers" as a tool to visibilize the wise women in the history of science. Susagna Ricart and Anna May, in representation of the team, presented a Poster, and an Oral Communication, which resulted in a fantastic colloquium.

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M. Rosa Palacin in the closing session of the 7th edition of the JIPI meeting at the UB Paranimf

On Monday, 4 February 2019, the Paranimf of the Universitat de Barcelona hosted the 7th edition of the Interdisciplinary Meeting of Predoctoral Researchers (JIPI, Jornada d'Investigadors Predoctorals Interdisciplinària), organized by PhD fellows and supported by many entities and organizations, including the ICMAB-CSIC. M. Rosa Palacin was invited in the closing session of the event, in which some of our ICMAB PhD researchrers participated. 

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#11F: "Our scientists in the school" for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The CSIC Delegation in Catalunya wants to contribute to the promotion of scientific vocations in young girls, and facilitate the contact between them and the scientists from the nearby research centers. For this reason, an educational action in the framework of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) is organized, consisting on school visits by some CSIC researchers, who will explain their research projects and their life as a scientist to primary school students.

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Dominique Givord, in memoriam

We heard with great sadness that Dominique Givord, CNRS researcher in Grenoble, passed away this week. Many researchers from the ICMAB collaborated with him and worked directly with him. Dominique contributed to the build of the ICMAB by inspiring many of our research activities and research lines, supporting young scientists and advising us on the big challenges of magnetic materials, as required by our modern and future society. His loss is felt by many of us.

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Barcelona, 7-11 Feb 2019: the ICMAB will participate in the Biennal Ciència i Ciutat

From 7 to 11 February, Barcelona will be the City of Science. The Biennal Ciència i Ciutat will fill the city with activities related with science: talks, debates, roundables, exhibitions, etc. The ICMAB will also participate by collaborating in two roundtables about Chemistry and Health, and Chemistry and Bateries (8 Feb, Cosmocaixa). You cannot miss it! Take a look at the extense programme, there is something for you, for sure!

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"Charge generation in organic photovoltaic devices: Could coherence contribute?" by Olle Inganäs (Friday, 15 March 2019)

The Seminars and Training Committee kindly invites you to the following ICMAB Invited Seminar:

Charge generation in organic photovoltaic devices: Could coherence contribute?

by Olle Inganäs, Professor emeritus, Biomolecular and organic electronics, Dept.Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

Friday, 15 March 2019 @ 12 pm
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles

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Sitges, 7-8 March: VI Immersió Estratègica - Clúster MAV

On 7-8 March 2019, the VI Strategic Immersion of the Advanced Materials Cluster (Cluster MAV), in collaboration with ACCIÓ, took place in Sitges. Our Technology Transfer Officer, Alfonso del Rey, attented the event, which main aim was to know the main trends and world challenges in the advanced materials field. 

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Published a review on thermoelectric materials, from the very beginning and to the future!

A broad and comprehensive review on thermoelectric materials has been published in "Materials Science and Engineering: R: Reports", a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Elsevier established in 1993 with an impact factor of more than 25! The review, with 47 pages, includes the participation of Mariano Campoy-Quiles and Bernhard Dörling from the ICMAB-CSIC, and 12 more institutions around the world (Italy, USA, UK, Germany, Sweden and Spain). 

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#11F 2019: Celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science at ICMAB

On Monday, 11 February 2019, we will celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science at ICMAB! We have a full morning prepared with a seminar to discover who was and what did Lise Meitner do, followed by a presentation of some of the participants of the STEM-AMB-TU initiative from AMIT-CAT to encourage scientific vocations to young girls. Do you want to share this day with us?

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Alejandro Santos "El sketching no es ilustración científica" during his talk at IMB-CNM-CSIC

Alejandro Santos is the Librarian & Documentalist of ICMAB. His office is right inside the Manuel Cardona Library, at ICMAB. However, during his free time he is also a professional sketcher, and during the last years he has participated in numerous projects on "scientific sketching" in different research centers in the Barcelona Area. On Thursday, 20 December 2018, he gave a talk at the IMB-CNM-CSIC about sketching and science entitled "Sketching y Ciencia. Divulgando dibujando".

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