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Six Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects (FIP) granted in the third internal call within the Severo Ochoa FUNMAT programme

Continuing the Strategic Vision for the Severo Ochoa programme FUNMAT ("Smart FUNctional MATerials for social grand challenges"), the ICMAB opened the call for the third edition of the Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects (FIP) earlier this year 2018. Out of all the proposals submitted, 6 projects in different fields have been granted so far, although there is a possible extension to grant other projects on September 2018. 

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Toni Serés

Hi, my name is Toni and I'm from Lleida, a city near Barcelona. I'm a first of baccalaureate student and I want to study physics in Barcelona. I'm in the ICMAB learning crystallography and other physics subjects with the researcher Elies Molins during three weeks. I like to do judo and read, and I really love to be with my friends just having fun

 

Ana M. López-Periago, second prize at the science monologues contest "Científiques a prop"

On July 17, 2018, the fourth edition of "Científiques a prop" (Getting closer to scientists) organized by AMIT-CAT took place with great success in La Monroe de la Filmo. This edition counted with the participation of Ana M. López-Periago, from the ICMAB, who became second in the audience award, with her talk on "CO2: hero or villain?", in which she talked about the benefits of using supercritical CO2 in the preparation of materials. 

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Alfonso del Rey

I am Alfonso del Rey and I will be working in the Tech Transfer Unit, helping researchers in taking their technologies to the market. I have a molecular biology PhD and experience in the private sector. Before coming to ICMAB I was working as Technology Transfer Officer in a catalan research institute. As I use to work indoors, sitting in front of a computer or having meetings, in my spare time I try to get outdoors as much as possible enjoying my family

 

 

New boost to future calcium batteries - A possible cathode?

  • A recent study demonstrates the feasibility of the electrochemical extraction of calcium from a metal oxide, which could be used as a cathode (positive electrode) for calcium batteries
  • The study, published in Dalton Transactions, was carried out in collaboration with Toyota Motor Europe, which shares the patent

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Do you want to work with us at the ICMAB? Call for postdoctoral fellowships is now open!

Open call (INCOMING) for 22 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities, to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu distinction of excellence, Institutos de Investigación Sanitaria Carlos III or units qualified as "excellent" or "exceptional" by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. Candidates must have resided in Spain less than 12 months in the last three years. Moreover, another open call (RETAINING) for 11 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities to carry out research at any university or research centre in Spain. In this case, candidates must have resided in Spain more than 12 months in the last three years. 

The ICMAB is a Severo Ochoa Cener of Excellence since 2016 and is happy to host postdoctoral fellows in this call! Please feel free to contact our researchers, they will be happy to answer your questions. You will find information on our research groups here: ICMAB Reserach Groups

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Arnau Sabater

Hi everyone! I'm Arnau and I'm an student from Maçanet de la Selva, near Girona. I'll be working at the ICMAB joining a project on crystallography tutored by Anna Crespi and Carlos Frontera, which I'm really enjoying. I love music and spend my time playing the piano and meeting my friends. Next year I'll start a degree on Human Biology and I couldn't be more excited about it!

 

Kick-off of the interactive exhibition "Matheroes: Supermaterials, hereos of the future"

On July 12, 2018, the ineractive exhibiton "Matheroes: Supermaterials, heroes of the future" was officially inaugurated in Artea, a shopping center located in Leioa (Bilbao). The inauguration was held by Enrique Echeverría, Artea Managing Director, Anaida Flores, Artea Director of Marketing, Aitor Bergara, Researcher at UPV/EHU, Anna May-Masnou, Communication & Outreach officer at ICMAB-CSIC, and Guillermo Orduña, Director of Marketing at Esciencia.

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Marta Vallès

Hi! My name is Marta and I am living in Barcelona, but I'm from a little town near Tarragona. I've just finished my first year of physics in UB and I like everything related with science, specially physics. I love dragonflies, the mountain, poetry, write some stories and I really like to learn new things everyday. I will be in the ICMAB for a few days to learn a lot of things and take advantage of the summer

 

 

Ana M. López-Periago at the IV edition of "Científiques a prop" organized by AMIT-CAT

AMIT-CAT (Associació de Dones Investigadores i Tecnòlogues a Catalunya) organizes the IV edition of "Científiques a prop" in La Monroe bar (Barcelona) on July 17, 2018, at 7 pm. This event consists of four scientific monologues given by four women researchers. Ana M. López-Periago, from ICMAB, will give the talk "CO2: here or villain?", in which she will explore the diverse funcionalities of CO2 for synthesis when you can control its properties. 

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Pilar Roig

Hi! My name is πlar and I am an student from Lleida. I will be working at the ICMAB in sustainable energy conversion and storage system, specially in Photovoltaics, tutored by Mariona Coll. I like to spend my time in nature, laughing and writing. See yoou soon!

 

Fouad El Bahja Montferrer

Hi everyone! I'm Fouad El Bahja, from Barcelona. I'm finishing the degrees of Physics and Nanotecnology, and doing in the ICMAB the final degree project for the last one in the biomolecular dynamics simulations field. I love reading, mostly historic or phyolosophycal books, or having a nice afternoon with friends

 

«From quantum physics to nanotechnology» at the 50 Universitat Catalana d'Estiu in Manresa with ICMAB researchers

Xavier Obradors, Josep Fontcuberta and Gerard Tobias, participate at the 50 Universitat Catalana d'Estiu (UCE) "I tanmateix, la remor persisteix", which for the first time has an edition in Manresa. They will give some lectures within the program of science and technology: From quantum physics to nanotechnology (De la física quàntica a les nanotecnologies). The UCE in Manresa started on Thursday, 5 July, and will finish on Tuesday, 10 July. 

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Queralt Olesti Domingo

Hi! My name is Queralt and I'm going to stay a few days with NANOMOL group. I won this experience thanks to "Societat Catalana de Química"'s "Treball de Recerca" prize. Next year, I will be studying Biotechnology at UAB. In my free time, I love listening to music and meet my friends

 

Peter Manshausen

Hi, I'm Peter, a third year physics student from Heidelberg, Germany. I will be doing experiments on spintronics during July and the beginning of August. Other than that I'll spend my time reading at the beach and exploring Barcelona and its surroundings. See you around!

 

10 Early Stage Researchers granted with predoctoral fellowships from the MSCA COFUND DOC-FAM program will start their PhD in advanced functional materials at ICMAB-CSIC, IREC and ALBA Synchrotron

  • The first call for this program has been closed offering 10 http://inspiraciencia.es predoctoral grants: 5 of them at the ICMAB-CSIC, 2 at the IREC and 3 at the ALBA Synchrotron
  • The DOC-FAM program is the first MSCA COFUND coordinated by a center of the CSIC, the ICMAB
  • The next call for the program will offer 12 fellowships to do the PhD in these centers and also at ICN2 and IMB-CNM-CSIC

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PhD Extraordinary award for three ICMAB graduates: Justo Cabrera, María de la Mata Fernández and Manuel Souto

Three ICMAB graduates have been awarded by the UAB with the PhD Extraordinary Award for their doctoral thesis, developed during the period 2015-2016: Justo Cabrera in the field of Chemistry, and María de la Mata Fernández and Manuel Souto in the field of Materials Science. The awards ceremony will take place on November 2018. Congratulations!

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Peter Grünberg, an inspiration for many magnetic ICMABers: from spinwaves to GMR

"Peter Grünberg was one of the first physicists to understand the potential of nascent nanotechnologies for fundamental research. He discovered giant magnetoresistance, or GMR: a large change in electrical resistance induced by a small magnetic field in stacks of ultrathin magnetic and non-magnetic layers." says Albert Fert* in Peter Grünberg's Obituary in Nature.

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Job Offer at IFW Dresden: Junior Research Group Leader in "Applications of unconventional superconductors"

The Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden – in short IFW Dresden – wants to establish a new Junior Research Group in the field of applied superconductivity. The particular research focus for this group is open with the exception that it needs to be related to the application of unconventional superconductors (i.e. cuprates, Fe-based superconductors etc.) in any device or system.

Application deadline: August 30, 2018

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ICMAB, 5 SEPT 2018: Kids' Day at ICMAB

On Wednesday, 5 September 2018, ICMAB will celebrate another edition of the Kids’ Day, the day in which staff and researchers from the institute are invited to bring their children for a morning of science activities. 

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Seven Master Students will do their thesis at ICMAB thanks to a Severo Ochoa fellowship

This year the ICMAB counted with 7 out of the 34 fellowships for Master students that the CSIC distributed among the five Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence of the CSIC (Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT), Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CNB), Instituto de Física Corpuscular (IFIC), Instituto de Neurociencias (IN) and Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB); and the Structural Biology Unit of Excellence María de Maeztu. The 7 granted students will do their Master Thesis Project with one of our researchers during 5 months, and will receive 5,000 €. 

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Seven "Joves i Ciència" at the ICMAB labs during this summer!

This year the ICMAB hosted seven (7) students from the program "Joves i Ciència" from Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera: Roger, Pilar, Antoni, Pere, Mariona, Anastasia and Arnau. They came to our Institute to do some research stays with some of our researchers, in the fields of spintronics, solar cells, superconducting materials, porous materials for energy, sustainable chemistry and crystallography. 

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Laia Pascua Solé

Hi!
I’m Laia and I’m from Barcelona. I’m currently studying a degree in Physics at the UB. From July until September I will be doing an internship in the ICMAB analysing ferroelectric materials. I really like to learn new things, especially languages. It’s a good way to discover different cultures. I love to travel every time I can.

 

 

The ICMAB awarded with the Gender Equality Certificate by the CSIC

The ICMAB has been awarded by the CSIC with the Gender Equality Certificate (Distintivo de Acreditación en Igualdad de Género), in its first edition. This certificate was promoted by the CSIC President, Rosa Menéndez, following an explicit commitment to offer equal opportunities for men and women in their workplaces. The objective of the call was to promote gender perspective in all the CSIC institutes, and to promote measures to eliminate the barriers that women may encounter during their career. 

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Josep Maria Batllori

Hello everybody! My name is Josep Maria. I am currently studying the degree of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. I am sharing a flat with other students in Cerdanyola del Vallès during the course but I am actually living in a small village called Vilajuïga, near Figueres. I love listening to music, playing paddel and watching films, as well. I will spend the whole summer at the SUMAN department of ICMAB experimenting with superconductors. See you soon!

 

Paula Pamies

Hi everyone!
I'm Paula, I'm living in Barcelona but I'm from Alicante. I'm in the last year of nanoscience and nanotechnology degree at UAB. I will do my final research project at Nanostructered Materials Department (NANOPTENER). I like spending time with my friends, traveling, visiting art museums or galleries, doing sport and watching series or movies.
See you around!!

 

Four students from the UAB Argó Program have spent 10 days at the ICMAB this summer

The ICMAB hosted this year four students from the UAB Argó Program, from June 25 until July 11, 2018. During their final day they presented their projects on "Synthesis and characterization of gold nanoparticles" and "Synthesis and characterization of an oxide thin film", which they carried out in our Scientific Platforms with the help of many of our technicians and research staff.

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The ICFO School on Emerging Photovoltaics visits the ICMAB research labs

On Thursday, 5 July, the students participating at the ICFO School on Emerging Photovoltaics (2-6 July 2018) came to ICMAB from 3 to 6 pm to visit our research labs. The ICMAB researchers and PhD fellows guided the participants through the different labs and explained them the research performed in our Institute on photovoltaics, including organic solar cells, photonic crystals, perovskites, and oxide photovoltaic materials, and the equipment and facilities for materials characterization. 

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The project Greene3D, awarded as best initiative of circular economy by the Generalitat and the PRUAB

Laura López Mir, Doctor in Physics graduated at ICMAB, and Beatriz Espinosa, PhD researcher at ICTA, were awarded with the First Prize in the Program "Generació d'Idees", organized by the PRUAB and the Generalitat, for their Greene3D project: sustainable filament for 3D printing based on agroindustrial organic waste, such as olive stones, which are a valuable, abundant and a proximity resource. Congratulations!

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Roger Castellanos

I am a seventeen years old student from Girona. My main interests are food, sport and politics. I am staying at ICMAB for all July, studying ferroelectric memristors and spin currents, tutored by Dr. Ferran Macià

 

José Jurado, Milena Cervo and Jan Grzelak received their INPhINIT "la Caixa" fellowship at Caixaforum

On 3 July 2018, CaixaForum Barcelona hosted the ceremony to deliver the INPhINIT "la Caixa" doctorate program fellowships. The event was chaired by the Secretary of State for Universities, Research and Development, Ángeles Heras. Three Research Fellows, out of the 57 granted, have started their PhD at ICMAB: José Jurado from the USA, Milena Cervo Sulzbach from Brazil and Jan Grzelak from Poland.

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