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Welcome Dídac Pérez Escrich at ICMAB!

Hi there!
I am Dídac, 22 years old and I am in the last course of the double degree in Physics & Chemistry offered by the UAB. I am joining the ICMAB in order to do my end-of-degree projects altogether with the theory and simulation of materials group under the supervision of Dr. Riccardo Rurali. I cannot wait to get hands on with real science!

 

Welcome Emanuele Bosoni at ICMAB!

Ciao people! My name is Emanuele and I've just joined the Theory and Simulation unit, working with Alberto Garcia. I'm originally from Italy, but I feel pretty European after living in 4 different countries in the past 5 years. I just finished my PhD program in Dublin and here I work as maintainer/developer of the software aiida-siesta. Aiida-siesta allows to run quantum-mechanical simulations on many systems in an automatic way. The idea is to unlock the power of modern supercomputer in order to create databases of calculated material properties that can then be explored in search for materials with ad-hoc characteristics.

I love sports, swimming and judo mostly. Moreover I like to travel and admire the beauty of the Creation (see picture for a reference!). I'm very exited for this new adventure in Barcelona, I look forward to explore new science and meet new people!

Welcome Adolfo de Hoyos-Limón at ICMAB!

My name is Adolfo, I am nanoscience and nanotechnology student at UAB and I will be at Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials Group (NANOMOL) during my TFG research. I am looking forward to learn and contribute as much as possible.

 

Susagna Ricart participates in a project that unites Art and Science: NANOCAEDRE

The Catalan Association of Scientific Communication (ACCC), together with many research centers and universities, including the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB), have initiated an art project that will represent in a different way thw world of nanotechnology: NANOCAEDRE. Susagna Ricart, from the ICMAB, participates in this project with her expertise in the superconducting phenomena. The presentation of the project will take place at the Basilica Sants Màrtirs Just i Pastor (Barcelona), on Tuesday, 10 December, at 7 pm.

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A new video in the JoVE journal on a new protocol from Gervasi Herranz and the MULFOX group relating magnetics and photonics

A new protocol from Gervasi Herranz and the MULFOX group at ICMAB shows how magnetic fields can change the propagation of light in confined nanostructured materials and reveal enhanced optical responses. This new protocol is published as a VIDEO-ARTICLE at the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). The new protocol allows to directly study how magnetization changes the photonic response.

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Congratulations to NanoEduca, Premi Nacional de Comunicació Científica 2018!

We would like to congratulate our colleagues from the NanoEduca programme, created by the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2) and Centre de Recursos Pedagògics Específics de Suport a la Innovació i la Recerca Educativa (CESIRE), for the 2018 National Award on Science Communication (Premi Nacional de Comunicació Científica 2018), which they received last night, Tuesday 3 December 2019, at the TNC. 

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IEC, 23-24 MARCH 2020: Research and innovation in the field of molecular materials, in honour of Prof. Veciana and Prof. Rovira on their 70th birthday

The NANOMOL group organizes a lunch-to-lunch Workshop entitled “Research and innovation in the field of molecular materials, in honour of Prof. Veciana and Prof. Rovira on their 70th birthday” the next 23-24 March 2020. The meeting will focus on the molecular materials field, where they have played an important role with many relevant scientific contributions from basic to a more applied research.

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ICMAB members participate in the gathering of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On Monday, 25 November 2019, a gathering in the entrance of the ICMAB building was announced between 11 and 11:15 am to show respect to the victims and concern for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Members of the ICMAB Gender Equality Committee read the Statement that the Gender Equality Committee and the Committee of Women and Science of the CSIC had prepared, on the occasion of this international day.

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The Science Week brings 185 students aged 12-16 years to discover the new materials of the ICMAB!

During the Science Week (Setmana de la Ciència) 2019, which was between the 8 and 17 of November 2019, the ICMAB received the visit of 4 schools, which amounted a total of 185 students. The students could attend the "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers", visit some of our labs and participate in the workshops about "Properties of the Minerals and Periodic Table Elements". 

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"A researcher in your classroom" for the Science Week reaches 6 schools and more than 220 students

During the Science Week 2019, in November, six of our researchers brought scientific research closer to the young students aged 15-17 years old within the framework of the programme "A researcher in your classroom". They went to five different highschools and gave a talk to the students, who had the opportunity to learn more about nanoscience and nanotechnology and about what is it like to be a scientist.

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BCN, 4-7 FEB 2020: GoNano Winter School "Creating Social Value with Nanotechnology"

The GoNano project organizes the winter school "Creating Social Value with Nanotechnology" on 4-7 February 2020 in Barcelona. The winter school is designed to impart the findings from the project to early stage researchers and to address concepts such as RRI, co-creation, and communication applied to nanotechnology. Deadline for registration is 30 November! Register now before it's too late!

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Madrid, 29-31 JAN 2020: #NALS2020 2nd International Conference on Nanomaterials Applied to Life Sciences

The 2nd International Conference on Nanomaterials Applied to Life Sciences 2020 (NALS 2020) is being organized by IMDEA Nanociencia to be held in the Excellence Campus of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid,Spain) on 29-31 January 2020. NALS 2020 intends to establish synergies, foster long-lasting collaborations, and contribute to a fruit-full academia-industry liaison, to work together on the development of disruptive nanomaterials based techniques and devices for applications in the fields of Medicine, Biology, and Environment, among others. Abstract submission deadline is 25 November 2019. 

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Congratulations, Dr. Yu Chen, new ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Yu Chen from the Laboratory of Multifunctional Thin Films and Complex Structures (MULFOX) Group at ICMAB defended his PhD thesis on Thursday, 14 November 2019 at the ICMAB. His thesis "Artificial Synapses based on the Photoconductance of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Quantum Wells" was supervised by Gervasi Herranz. Congratulations! Continue reading to know more about Yu Chen!

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Martí Gibert participates in the "Science Truck" YouTube program about nanoscience and nanotechnology!

Martí Gibert, PhD researcher at the NANOPTO group, participated on Friday, 8 November 2019, on the YouTube Science Truck programme, in which the main topic was Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and the invited scientific youtuber was Anna Morales (Size Matters), who is working on her PhD in Switzerland. Martí talked about Organic Solar Cells and Nanostructures! You can listen him from minute 53:24 to minute 1:02. Well done, Martí!

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Welcome Filipe Correia at ICMAB!

Hola! My name is Filipe Correia. I am a Metallurgist with a minor in physics from the very North of Portugal. As a PhD student at the University of Minho, my goal is to increase the thermoelectrics properties of some Transparent conductive oxides. At ICMAB, I will be working with the Nanopto group, measuring thermal conductivity of doped ZnO and TiO2 thin films. I enjoy hiking, swimming and of course playing football. I am very happy to be here, see you around!

 

A multidisciplinary research team develop biotransistors able to hear small beats of live

Researchers at IBEC and ICMAB develop a flexible, cheap and biocompatible transistor platform able to record an electrocardiogram of cells and micro-tissues during long periods of time. The platform, based on organic transistor technology (EGOFET), can also measure the effect of drugs on beating cells, as cardiomyocytes, opening the door to several applications such as implantable devices for health.

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Nora Ventosa at the SOMMa 100xCiencia4 meeting in Donostia/San Sebastián

On November 22-23, 2019, representatives from all of the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu Excellence Centres and Units met at the ‘100xCiencia4’ Meeting in Donostia/San Sebastián (Spain) to share experiences around this year's topic, which is "What is science doing for you? Building bridges between science and society".

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"A network of science: 150 years of Nature papers"

The prestigious Nature scientific journal celebrated its 150th anniversary on November 4, 2019. In order to commemorate it, the journal published a video on the role played by the journal in the history of science, and also prepared an interactive graph that explains the complex network created by the co-cited journal articles. More than 88,000 articles are published since 1900. 

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UAB, 10 DEC 2019: M. Rosa Palacín at the Nobel Prize 2019 UAB Conferences

Every year the UAB organizes the Nobel Prize 2019conferences to talk about the science topics of the Nobel Prize. This year, M. Rosa Palacín, ICMAB researcher, will give the talk about the Nobel Prize 2019 in Chemistry, which was given to J. B. Goodenough, M. S. Whittingham and A. Yoshino for the Lithium-ion Batteries. The talks will be on Tuesday, 10 December, at 12 pm at the "Sala d'actes". 

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ICMAB, 19 DEC 2019: "El Enigma Agustina" and Agustí Nieto-Galan to celebrate Christmas!

On Thursday, 19 December 2019, the film "El Enigma Agustina" will be screened at the ICMAB (VOSE). The film will be introduced with a talk by Agustí Nieto-Galan (Centre d’Història de la Ciència, CEHIC-UAB) entitled "Dreams of Modernity: Scientific Research and Cosmopolitanism in Spain (1900- ism in Spain (1900-1939)". The film will be followed by a colloquim about the Scientific Research in Spain before the Civil War and the role of women scientists at that time, and by the Christmas Songs by ICMAB Choir. Come to celebrate Christmas with us!

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Vote for C. elegans to enter the "Fira de Recerca en Directe 2020"

The "Fira Recerca en Directe 2020", organized by the "Parc Científic de Barcelona" in collaboration with "la Caixa" Foundation, opens the Popular Election period, so everybody can vote for the projects that they would like to see in CosmoCaixa during the days of the faire (6-9 May 2020). One of the projects is proposed by the ICMAB and the Neuroscience Institute of the UAB (INc). The project is about "C. elegans, the ideal worm as a model organism to study diseases". Until 13 December you can vote for this project! 

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Expominer 2019 for the Science Week: Great success of the ICMAB and ICTJA activities!

The ICMAB participated on 8, 9, 10 November 2019 at the 41st edition of Expominer, the exhibition of minerals, fossils and jewelry, organized by Fira Barcelona. We participated with two outreach talks given by two of our researchers, and with workshops in our stand about the chemical elements, minerals, and their properties (conductivity, magnetism, fluorescence...). We had a great time! This event was part of the Science Week 2019. 

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Congratulations, Dr. Núria Portolés, new ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Núria Portolés Gil from the Supercritical Fluids and Functional Matirials Group at ICMAB defended her PhD thesis on Monday, 18 November 2019. Her thesis was entitled "Green synthesis of coordination polymers using supercritical carbon dioxide", and was supervised by Dr. Concepción Domingo and Dr. Ana Maria López-Periago, from the ICMAB, and Dr. Jose Antonio Ayllón, from the UAB. Congratulations, Núria! Continue reading to know more about here next steps!

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New scientific books in our Library "Manuel Cardona"!

Our "Manuel Cardona" Library has acquired 17 new scientific books for all our staff! The books are about some of the main topics of our research: magnetism, neutron scattering, smart inorganic polymers, medical imaging, carbon nanomaterials or thermoelectric materials. Take a look at the list below!

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Congratulations, Dr. Inés Temiño, new ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Inés Temiño from the Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials (NANOMOL) Group at ICMAB defended her PhD thesis on Friday, 15 November 2019 at the ICMAB. Her thesis "Solution-Processed Organic Field-Effect Transistors: from Fundamental Aspects to Applications" was supervised by Marta Mas-Torrent. Congratulations! Continue info to know what Inés Temiño will do in a near future!

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UAB, 20-21 NOV 2019: TADeF: Trobada Anual Doctorands en Física

The First Annual Meeting of PhD researchers in Physics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona(TADeF) will take place next 20-21 November 2019 at the UAB Factulty of Science. From the ICMAB, Teresa Puig (SUMAN group) will give one of the keynote talks on "High Temperature Superconductors: Complex materials with novel physics opportunities". Martí Gibert, PhD researcher at the NANOPTO group, will participate in the meeting with the short talk "Near Infrared Organic Photodetectors based on Enhanced Charge Transfer State Absorption by Photonic Architectures". 

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Strasbourg, 25-29 May 2020: E-MRS Spring Meeting. Call for Abstracts is now open!

We announce the forthcoming 2020 E-MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit, that will be held in Strasbourg, France from 25-29 May 2020. Mariano Campoy-Quiles and Narís Mestres, ICMAB researchers, participate in the organization of some symposia in the fields of "Energy materials" and "Nanomaterials and advanced characterization". Deadline for abstract submission: 15 January 2020.

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Towards an all-electrical control of heat flux for zero-power "electronics"

  • Researchers from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) have shown that thermal conductivity can be tuned by an external applied electric field.
  • If the material is mechanically deformed in a suitable way, the external applied electric field can be much lower to achieve the same thermal response.
  • These advances allow envisaging a truly zero-power analogue of electronics, because phononics circuits would need no power supply.

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Welcome Joana Ribeiro at ICMAB!

Hello! My name is Joana Ribeiro and I am from Guimarães, a city in the North part of Portugal. I am an applied physicist and just started my PhD at the University of Minho. The goal of my work is to increase the thermoelectric properties of Transparent conductive oxide thin films. At ICMAB, I will be working together with the Nanopto group, measuring the thermal conductivity of doped ZnO and TiO2 thin films.

I practice japanese martial arts and enjoy travelling, photography and drawing.

Best Regards, Joana Ribeiro

 

ICMAB, 3 DEC 2019: European Research Council (ERC) funding opportunities – a 360° overview

On Tuesday, 3 December 2019, the ICMAB organizes an event to talk and share experirences on ERC projects called "European Research Council (ERC) funding opportunities – a 360° overview". The event will count with the presence of Nadine Vermorel, from the ERC Executive Agency (ERCEA) and with Lucía Benito, from the CSIC European Program. Five of the ICMAB ERC grantees will talk about their ERC experience from their own point of view. Come and join us, if you want to know more about funding opportunities for these ERC excellent projects!

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