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Six-year old "scientists" from Sabadell enjoy the visit at ICMAB!

On Tuesday, 27 November 2018, we had a very special visit in our Institute: "the scientists" class formed by 24 six-year old students from "La Trama" school in Sabadell visited us. It was a fantastic visit. All the kids were very happy to become real scientists for a day, and to visit the laboratories, the clean room, the glove boxes, the microscopes and even to perform an X-ray diffraction experiment to discover what is sand made of. 

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Students from Lleida visit the ICMAB and the Matheroes!

On Thursday 25 October, the students from 2n BTX from the "Col·legi Maristes de Montserrat" (Lleida) took the bus and came to our center to spend an afternoon learning about nanotechnology and supermaterials! They could enjoy the visit of the "Matheroes" exhibition, a talk from one of our researchers, and a visit to our installations.

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Welcome Arnau Guasch Girbau at ICMAB!

Hi! I'm Arnau, I'm 22 and I live in Sant Quirze. I'm an undergraduate on Nanotechnology and I'll be doing my final thesis working on the Smart4Fabry project with Nanomol-Tech. I used to play handball as well as the saxophone and the drums. In general, I like all kind of sports and I love travelling. See you around!! :)

 

A new iron oxide polymorph found at high pressures

  • Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility have characterized the structural, electronic and magnetic behavior of nanoparticles of a rare phase of iron oxide, the epsilon phase, under extreme pressure conditions, emulating the conditions of the interior of the Earth.
  • The study, published in Nature Communications, concludes that the presence of this rare phase of iron oxide in the inner Earth is possible, and that under these conditions there is a new iron oxide phase, epsilon prime, with magnetic properties radically different from those known so far.

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Christmas Lecture at ICMAB: "Science Dissemination 2.0: Social Media for Researchers" by Xavier Lasauca (Wed, 19 Dec 2018)

This year, to celebrate Christmas, on Wednesday, December 19 2018 at 12 pm, we will have with us Xavier Lasauca, R+D Knowledge and Information Systems Manager at the DGR (Secretary of Universities and Research, Department of Business and Knowledge of the Catalan Government). Xavier will give a Christmas Lecture entitled "Science Dissemination 2.0: Social Media for Researchers", in which he will summarise the benefits which can be gained from the use of social media to support research activities. 

After the seminar, there will be the traditional Christmas Concert by the ICMAB choir and the Christmas Buffet for all our staff. 

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Anna Laromaine participates in the project "Ciencia y Tecnología en femenino"

On 26 October 2018, Anna Laromaine participated in the project "Ciencia y Tecnología en femenino", organized by the Asociación de Parques Científicos y Tecnológicos de España (APTE) and with the support of Bayer, which took place at the Barcelona Science Park (PCB). The project consisted of a whole morning of science talks, workshops and a visit to the exhibition "Women that changed the world" for secondary school students. 

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Nora Ventosa designated new numerary member of the IEC

On 8 November 2018, the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) decided to incorporate six new numerary members, two in Biological Sciences and four in Science and Technology. Nora Ventosa, Doctor in Chemical Engineering and researcher at ICMAB-CSIC, was designated new numerary member in the Science and Technology section. Congratulations!

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Welcome Sohini Sinha at ICMAB!

Hi! I am Sohini and I am from India. I have joined Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Laboratory (LMI's group) as a PhD. I will be working on boron cluster based fluorophores and it's application in two photon absorption spectroscopy. Travelling allows me to be independent, to connect with various people & visit new places. That's why it fascinates me the most, along with swimming & listening to music.
I am extremely glad to be here & I look forward to meet everyone.

 

"Descubriendo la luz: experimentos divertidos de óptica" new science outreach book with the participation of Juan Luís García Pomar, from ICMAB

A new book has just been released to the market. It is a science book about light, but not just that, it is a book about experiments to play with light "Descubriendo la luz: experimentos divertidos de óptica". Juan Luís García Pomar, researcher at ICMAB, is co-author of the book.. We have interviewed him to know more about the book and the interesting optical phenomena associated, such as invisibility! If you want to know more, continue reading!

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The ICMAB congratulated for the participation at Expominer 2018 for all the workshops, Matheroes exhibiton and talks presented

The ICMAB participated on 9, 10, 11 November 2018 at the 40th edition of Expominer, the exhibition of minerals, fossils and jewelry, organized by Fira Barcelona, with some outreach talks given by five of our researchers, workshops in our stand about superconducting materials, minerals, diffraction and photonic materials, and with the exhibition "Matheroes: Supermaterials, heroes of the future".

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Third visit of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) at ICMAB

On 15-16 November 2018, the members of the ICMAB Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) visited our Institute to scientifically evaluate the research lines and the overall performance of the Institute. In this year's visit, three research lines were evaluated: RL2: Superconductors for power applications; RL4: Molecular electronics; and RL5: Multifunctional nanostructured biomaterials.

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Researchers from "Madame du Châtelet" talking about the gender gap in science in the press

On Saturday, 17 November 2018, we participated in the "Science Tech Girls Vallès" event, in the Library Vapor Badia in Sabadell. The event was planned as a morning full of science and technology for girls between 8 and 18 years old. Boys could also participate, but it was an action to encourage the participation of girls in science. The morning started at 10 am with the dramatised reading, created and performed by ICMAB women, "Madame du Châtelet and her Instagram followers", which wants to visibilize the women scientists throughout history. 

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Barcelona, 20-22 NOV 2018: NanoBio&Med Conference 2018

The NanoBio&Med2018 is going to present the most recent international developments in the field of Nanobiotechnology and Nanomedicine and will provide a platform for multidisciplinary communication, new cooperations and projects to participants from both science and industry.

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Congratulations Dr. Xavier Palmer, new ICMAB graduate!

Dr. Xavier Palmer Paricio from the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) group at ICMAB defended his PhD thesis last Tuesday, 13 November 2018. His thesis was about the synthesis of superconducting tapes and ceramic microfibers by the chemical solution depositon (CSD) method. 

Congratulations Xavier!

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Welcome Aida Carreño Fibla at ICMAB!

Hello! I am Aida Carreño from Alcanar (Catalonia, Spain) and I have obtained the master degree about Biotechnology in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Now I have joined the group of Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials (NANOMOL) in order to pursue my PhD. I will be involved in Smart4Fabry project under the supervision of Dr. Nora Ventosa. About me, I enjoy playing basketball and outdoor sports such as cycling, tennis or even walking through the mountain, as well as, traveling.
See you around!

 

"Combining Organic Chemistry with Surface Science: from Elusive Molecules to Graphene Materials" by Diego Peña (Thurs, 13 Dec 2018)

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

Combining Organic Chemistry with Surface Science: from Elusive Molecules to Graphene Materials

by Diego PEÑA,Centro Singular de Investigación en Química Biolóxica en Materiais Moleculares (CiQUS), Departamento de Química Orgánica, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Thursday, 13 December 2018 @ 4 pm
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles

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The Smart4Fabry project presented at the "Lysosomal Rare Disorders" seminar at Vall d'Hebron

On November 19, Vall d’Hebron held a seminar on Lysosomal Rare Disorders: Focus on Fabry Disease as part of the Rare Diseases Program at the Vall d’Hebron Campus, in collaboration with the European Commission, the Center for Biomedical Research Network on Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) and the CIBBIM-Nanomedicine at Vall d Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) through the Smart-4-Fabry project, coordinated by Dr. Nora Ventosa, from ICMAB-CSIC and CIBER-BBN.

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#100xCiencia3 meeting: Society must be more involved in science. And vice versa.

Society should be more involved in science and vice versa. This could be the conclusion of the SOMMa 100xCiencia.3 meeting, held on November 15, 2018, at the National Center for Oncological Research (CNIO), organized by SOMMa, the alliance of Severo Ochoa Centers and Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence to promote the excellence of research in Spain. Representatives of the 41 SOMMa members gathered in this meeting, which focused on the participation of society in science.

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Soft organic materials that change color and charge transfer with the application of an electric field

Wearable electronics, cell phones, electronic papers, smart windows, sensors, and wireless communication devices need mechanically flexible electronic components that are able to change their color and the degree of charge transfer. The development of lightweight flexible organic conducting materials with these properties has a great technological interest in this field.

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NANBIOSIS renews its accreditation as ICTS

On Tuesday, 6 November, the "Consejo de Política Científica, Tecnológica y de Innovación" (CPTI) from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities updated the new Map of the Singular Scientific and Technological Infrastructures (ICTS) for 2017-2020. NANBIOSIS, whose Director is Prof. Jaume Veciana from the ICMAB, and in which the ICMAB and many CSIC institutes participate, is one of these 29 ICTS that renewed its accreditation.

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Welcome Miquel Casademont Viñas at ICMAB!

Hi, my name is Miquel Casademont. I'm from Torroella de Montgrí and I'm a Nanoscience and Nanotechnology student at UAB. I'll be studying thermoelectric materials at NANOPTENER group as part of my final degree project. I play drums and trumpet and I love all types of music. See you around!!

 

Fifteen ERC grantees telling their story in simple words #LasCientíficasCuentan

The following article appeared in the ERC Newsletter on 26 October 2018. It is about the project #LasCientíficasCuentan, which explalins complex science through the voice of fifteen female ERC grantees in Spain. From ICMAB, Teresa Puig and Marta Mas-Torrent participated in the project, funded by the FECYT and the FGCSIC. They give talks, participate in roundtables, and appear in some videos explaining their research!

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San Sebastian, 13-15 Feb 2019: nanoGUNE Winter School 2019

The nanoGUNE Winter School 2019 will be held in the nanoGUNE facilities in San Sebastian (Spain), from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 February 2019. The event is primarily aimed at undergraduate and master students of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. The School will include a combination of academic lectures, soft skills training sessions and hands-on lab practices.   

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