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The winners of the ESCOLAB contest "Tenim una idea" had visited the ICMAB to discover the materials of the future for nanomedicine

On June 18, 2019, the winners of the ESCOLAB contest "Tenim una idea" were revealed. In the category "Idees to improve the health and nurition of the citizens" an idea to "develop an injectable chemical substance based on nanoparticles to regenerate bones in a quick and efficient way" was the winner. The idea came from Aina Vilar and Carlota Garcia, from the "Escola Pia de Granollers" who visited us last 10 May 2019, to learn about "The materials of the future for nanomedicine" with researcher Nora Ventosa. Congrats!

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ICMAB, 11 July 2019: South Korean Flexible Electronics workshop

On Thursday, 11 July, we receive the visit of South Korean researchers working on Flexible Electronics. We have organized a small workshop open to all our staff and researchers of the surrounding centers, in which they will explain their research, and then some of our ICMABers researchers, will explain our research on this topic. You are all invited!

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Congratulations, Dr. Qiaoming Zhang, new ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Qiaoming Zhang from the Nanomol Group at ICMAB, defended successfully his PhD thesis on Thursday, 13 June 2019. "I am the first Chinese Doctor of the NANOMOL group", he said, happily after his PhD Defense. Marta Mas-Torrent and Francesca Leonardi, his supervisors, were as proud as one can be! We have interviewed Qiaoming, to know about what he thinks of his PhD at ICMAB. Continue reading!

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CSIC Innovation: "Trabajamos para mejorar el mañana"

The CSIC Innovation has launched a new promotional video, which identifies new technologies made in CSIC for a better life, and relates them to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: 17 Goals to transform our world, of the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations. Take a look at it!

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The #Matheroes in YouTube thanks to SizeMatters!

Anna Morales, alias SizeMatters in YouTube, is a Researcher in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and a YouTuber. She owns the channel "SizeMatters", which is a nanoscience and nanotechnology channel in Spanish. In her last video, she explains the concepts of nanotechnology in some Marvel superheroes, and also in our Matheroes: ElectroWoman, Magnon, Bionanocapsule and Fotoenergy! 

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Published a review on organic semiconductors and polymer blends for organic field-effect transistors #OFETs

Published in Advanced Materials Technologies a Review on the recent progress on the use of organic semiconductors blended with insulating binding polymers as active materials in organic transistors. This route leads to more reliable, less expensive devices with enhanced electrical performance. A great work by Sergi Riera-Galindo, Francesca Leonardi, Raphael Pfattner and Marta Mas-Torrent. 

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The students from the Institut Marina (La Llagosta) at the Energy Day at the ICMAB #EUSEW19

We received a call from one of the students of 1st BTX of the Institut Marina, from La Llagosta. They wanted to visit us, since they had seen us at the "Fira de la Recerca en Directe" at CosmoCaixa Barcelona. So we agreed they would come and visit us. On Friday 24 May 2019 they came to the ICMAB to discover the "Materials of the future for energy" and to celebrate a EU Energy Day with us. 

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The "Bojos per la Física" come to the ICMAB to discover piezoelectricity and molecular simulation!

The Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera develops the program "Bojos per la Ciència" to open the doors of the most relevant research institutes to the most excellent secondary school students. The ICMAB joined in 2017 the initiative "Bojos per la Física" coordinated by the ICN2, and the IFAE. This year, Ignasi Fina and Jordi Faraudo were in charge of showing piezoelectricity and molecular simulation to the students. 

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"Magnetic particles for biomedical applications: sample preparation, transport, detection and surface modification" (Fri, 14 June 2019)

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

Magnetic particles for biomedical applications: sample preparation, transport, detection and surface modification

by Prof. Abdelhamid Elaissari, University of Lyon-1, CNRS, Villeurbanne, France

Friday, 14 June 2019 @ 9:30 am
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles

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Welcome Emilia Schneider at ICMAB!

Hello! I'm Emilia from México. I came to ICMAB to do my master final work with NANOMOL group in hydrogels for cancer immunotherapy. This is possible for me thanks to Fundación Carolina scholarship to pursue a Master in Biomedicine.
I'm really glad to be here!

 

José Vidal participates at the "V Scientific Day" at the INS Mercè Rodoreda

On Friday, 15 March 2019, the secondary school INS Mercè Rodoreda (Hospitalet de Llobregat) celebrated their "V Scientific Day" (V Jornada Científica) with scientific activities for their students, from 1st ESO to 2nd BTX. José Vidal-Gancedo, Reseracher at ICMAB, was one of the invited speakers. He had the big challenge of talking about "Organic radicals for biomedical applications" to 3rd and 4th ESO students. 

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Do you want to write an article at the MATERIAL-ES journal?

The Material-ES scientific magazine is published every three months by the Spanish Materials Society (SOCIEMAT). They are always looking for authors that would like to publish an article with them. Written works in Spanish and English will be accepted. Once received, they will be scheduled for publication in the next issues.

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IDAEA-CSIC, 5 June 2019: Celebrate the #WorldEnvironmentDay with the Periodic Table #aitp2019

On 5 June 2019 we celebrate the World Environment Day to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. The event called "Environment and Society" is organized at IDAEA-CSIC. Nora Ventosa, researcher at the ICMAB and vice-president of the SCQ, will open the event, which has the Periodic Table as main theme, and in which all the speakers are women scientists!

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Vil·la Urània, 19 June 2019: Taula rodona: 'L'energia del futur o el futur de l'energia'

In the framework of the European Week of Sustainable Energy, experts from the field of energy transition will talk about the energy of the future and the social impact of the energetic system as we know it. Xavier Obradors, from the ICMAB will give an introductory talk. A roundtable with the participation of members of IREC, ICN2, ICFO, CNM, ICMAB and "Xarxa per la Sobirania Energètica" will follow. 

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UB, 4 June 2019: 3rd Edition of Nanoinventum with Anna Roig

On June 4 the final event of Nanoinventum will take place at the Faculties of Chemistry and Biology of the University of Barcelona. Primary school students and their teachers from 5 different schools, involving more than 200 students, will present the work in nanorobots that they have carried out this year. They will also interview Anna Roig (ICMAB) and Mercè Segarra (UB) to know more about the life of a scientist. 

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The ICMAB organises its Energy Day event on 17 June 2019 as part of the EUSEW Energy Days!

Energy Days are organised by local public and private organisations to celebrate the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2019, organised by the European Commission, between 17-21 June 2019. Energy Days are activities and events that promote clean energy transition. Any activity can be an Energy Day – from a workshop, to a competition, to a tour of a power station – provided it engages citizens and energy stakeholders in building the Energy Union. At the ICMAB, our Energy Day will be on June 17, 2019, with the ICMAB Periodical Lecture given by Jordi Llorca, on Hydrogen!

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Watch here the talk by Gerard Tobias "El carboni: de l’origen de la vida a la nanociència" #aitp2019

On Monday, 27 May 2019, Gerard Tobias was in charge of giving the talk within the "Dilluns de Ciència" conference cycle in commemoration of the 150 years of the Periodic Table of the Elements, at the Residència d'Investigadors of the CSIC. Gerard's talk was entitled "El carboni: de l’origen de la vida a la nanociència", and is about carbon nanomaterials and their applications. Luckily the conference was filmed and now you can watch it online! 

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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 Escola Pia de Granollers visits the ICMAB to discover the secrets of nanomedicine!

On Friday, 10 May 2019, we received the visit of a class of 25 students from 4t ESO from the Escola Pia de Granollers, who came to learn about "The nanomaterials of the future for nanomedicine" and, particularly, those for drug delivery. Dr. Nora Ventosa, reseracher at the Nanomol Group, and Vicepresident of the Catalan Chemical Society (SCQ) gave a talk on nanotechnology, materials for nanomedicine and focused on liposomes and nanocapsules for drug delivety.

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"Nanoroses", the winning picture of our #FOTICMAB2019 photo contest

Our traditional photo contest, FOTICMAB, is already a consolidated activity and receives every year a high participation. This year, we had three categories: scientificartistic and humoristic. The artistic category was the one with the highest participation (27 photos), followed by our most favourite scientific category (12 photos) and a humoristic category, with (only) 5 photos. We also received one video in the ClowntICMAB video category! 

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Ignasi Fina and Gervasi Herranz, co-authors of the book "Oxide Spintronics"

The book "Oxide Spintronics" (Pan Stanford Publishing) has recently been published. Ignasi Fina and Gervasi Herranz, reserachers at the MULFOX group (Laboratory of Multifunctional Thin Films and Complex Structures) have co-authored the book, collaborating in some chapters about spintronic in multiferroics, and orbital symmetry and electronic properties of 2D electron systems.

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Towards Oxide Electronics: a Roadmap

M. Coll, J. Fontcuberta, M. Althammer, M. Bibes, H. Boschker, A. Calleja, G. Cheng, M. Cuoco, R. Dittmann, B. Dkhil, I. El Baggari, M. Fanciulli, I. Fina, E. Fortunato, C. Frontera, S. Fujita, V. Garcia, S.T.B. Goennenwein, C.-G. Granqvist, J. Grollier, R. Gross, A. Hagfeldt, G. Herranz, K. Hono, E. Houwman, M. Huijben, A. Kalaboukhov, D.J. Keeble, G. Koster, L.F. Kourkoutis, J. Levy, M. Lira-Cantu, J.L. MacManus-Driscoll, Jochen Mannhart, R. Martins, S. Menzel, T. Mikolajick, M. Napari, M.D. Nguyen, G. Niklasson, C. Paillard, S. Panigrahi, G. Rijnders, F. Sánchez, P. Sanchis, S. Sanna, D.G. Schlom, U. Schroeder, K.M. Shen, A. Siemon, M. Spreitzer, H. Sukegawa, R. Tamayo, J. van den Brink, N. Pryds, F. MilettoGranozio. Applied Surface Science, Volume 482, 15 July 2019, Pages 1-93.

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A general quantum-mechanical method to address spatial dispersion effects: flexoelectricity and dynamical quadrupoles

Published in Physical Review X a study which, by combining the “long-wave method,” a mainstay of condensed-matter theory since the 50s, with modern electronic-structure techniques, researchers obtain highly accurate predictions of physical responses of crystals to nonhomogenous external perturbations. A great work by Miquel Royo and Massimiliano Stengel! 

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ALBA, 8-10 OCT 2019: IX AUSE Conference and 4th ALBA users meeting 2019

The IX AUSE Conference and 4th ALBA User’s Meeting 2019, jointly organized by AUSE (the Spanish Synchrotron User Association) and ALBA Synchrotron, will be held in ALBA synchrotron, Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona) during Tuesday-8th and Thursday-10th of October 2019. Submit your abstracts to participate until 14 June 2019!

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Welcome Rosemary Jones at ICMAB!

I am a postgraduate student from the University of Manchester visiting Dr. Xavier Torrelles' group to learn surface x-ray diffraction data analysis.My undergraduate degree was from University of Manchester in Chemistry. I enjoy mountain running and cycling in my spare time.

 

The FUB+GRAN nanotechnology students from Manresa visit the scientific platforms of the ICMAB

This year the ICMAB has participated for the third time in the seventh edition of the University Programme FUB+GRAN "Saber per descobrir", organized by the Fundació Universitària del Bages (UVIC-UCC), and addressed to people of more than 55 years old, who have interest in learning more. On Wednesday, 29 May 2019, the students came to visit the ICMAB to see some of our scientific and technical services. 

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Bologna, 11-13 SEPT 2019: Nano Scientific Forum Europe 2019

The University of Bologna and Park Systems are proud to announce the 2nd NanoScientific Forum Europe 2019 (NSFE 2019) on September 11 – 13, 2019. After the successful first edition in October 2018 at the TU Freiberg, Germany we are happy to invite scientists and researchers working in the field of Atomic Force Microscopy to beautiful Bologna. Esther Barrena is an Invited Speaker in this Nano Scientific Forum, devoted to Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM). 

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Since 20 May 2019 our measurements are attached to nature constants

On May 20, 2019, this year's World Metrology Day, the changes in the definitions of the International System of Units (SI) were accepted. All the units, now, depend on the laws of nature, instead of depending on physical artefacts. The "Big Kilo" as we knew it, will no longer be the reference to the "kilo". Instead, this unit will be based on the Planck constant, as the "meter" is based on the speed of light. In the redefinition, four of the seven SI base units – the kilogram, ampere, kelvin, and mole – were redefined by setting exact numerical values for the Planck constant (h), the elementary electric charge (e), the Boltzmann constant (k), and the Avogadro constant (NA), respectively. Read more about it here:

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All you ever wanted to know about the present and future of oxide electronics, compiled in a roadmap

Mariona Coll and Josep Fontcuberta from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Fabio Miletto Granozio from the CNR-SPIN (Complesso Universitario di Monte Sant’Angelo, Napoli, Italy) and Nini Pryds from the Department of Energy Storage and Conversion, Technical University of Denmark, have edited the compendium "Towards Oxide Electronics: a Roadmap" published recently in Applied Surface Science. The article counts with 28 contributions from 56 authors of 42 academic institutions and industries from Europe, USA and Japan. The compendium has 93 pages and includes 913 references!

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Alghero, 3-7 SEPT 2019: International Summer School on Hybrid (bio)Nanostructures #HyNano

In the framework of the MSCA-RISE 2017 H2020 Project: Hybrid Nanostructured Oligonucleotide Platforms for Biomedical Applications (Nano-OligoMed), the International Summer School on Hybrid (bio) Nanostructures (HyNano), which is focused on hybrid organic-inorganic materials containing biomolecules or having bioinspired structures, will take place in Alghero (Italy) between 3-7 September 2019. Nora Ventosa from the NANOMOL group is Invited Speaker. Register before 30 June 2019! 

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NanoSpain 2019 in Barcelona, with the participation of many ICMABers!

The 16th edition of the NanoSpain Conference, annual appointment for experts in nanoscience and nanotechnologies, takes place at the Parc Científic of Barcelona on May 28-31, 2019. Many ICMABers are attending the conference, including Anna Laromaine as Invited Speaker, and Jaume Veciana as Advisory Board. 

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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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