The studies "Synchrotron tts-µXRD identification of secondary phases in ancient ceramics"published in Heritage Science, and "Breaking Preconceptions: Thin Section Petrography For Ceramic Glaze Microstructures"published in Mineralsare now featured in UABDivulga. These two articles, in which researchers from the UAB and the ICMAB have collaborated, refute the common perception of thin-sections as an old-fashioned laboratory preparation and show how this sample format conceived in the 19th century is still in force and can be adapted to the research and the new tools of the 21st century, such as the synchrotron facilities.
M. Rosa Palacín was on Thursday, 11 July 2019, in Madrid at the conference organized by EL PAÍS, CincoDías and Cadena SER about the future of electric cars "Los retos del coche eléctrico". The event counted with the presence of Teresa Ribera (Ecologic Transition Minister), Reyes Maroto (Industry, Commerce and Turism Minister), José Bogas (Endesa) and Luis Antonio Ruiz (Jaguar Land Rover), and other experts in engineering and materials science.
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.
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!
ICMAB researchers have collaborated in a study led by ICIQ researchers that look in detail at the interfaces in perovskite solar cells to understand the differences observed in their performance.
On 29 March 2019, the Presidency of the CSIC signed the institutional mandate of Open Access. It is a strong impulse for the open access of different types of CSIC research results, including peer-reviewed publications and associated research data, through the DIGITAL.CSIC repository.
The students of physics and chemistry of 4th ESO of the highschool "La Tordera" in Santa Maria de Palautordera received the visit on 6 February 2019 of Anna Laromaine, researcher at ICMAB. Anna visited the highschool in the framework of the #11F2019, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, in which many researchers gave talks in primary and secondary schools during that week.
The Nature Chemistry journal celebrates its 10th anniversary asking some scientists working in different areas fo chemistry what did they think about the future development of their main field of research: the most amazing, exciting, important or challenging aspects they think are the most relevant.
In last RECERCAT newsletter, our vice-director and researcher, M. Rosa Palacín, was interviewed. She talked about her research in batteries, about the arrival of the electric vehicle, about gender equality in reserach and about materials science in general. Read the interview here!
The online website "Motor Pasion" about the cars and motor word, opens their site today with a news post about the electric vehicle and the future batteries. M. Rosa Palacín, researcher at ICMAB, was consulted by the author of the article, Victoria Fuentes, and appers in the article giving her point of view and state of the art. Read it to know more about it!
Antibacterial biopolymer patches to protect and heal plant wounds: joint publication between ICMAB and CRAG
- A recently published study presents a new method to prevent infection by plant pathogens using bacterial cellulose and silver nanoparticles hybrid patches
- The study is the result of the collaborative work between two research groups belonging to ICMAB and CRAG, both Severo Ochoa Centers of Excellence at the UAB Campus
A new laser-based technique developed by the Institute of Materials Science (ICMAB-CSIC) uses urea, a common substance in the chemical industry and a low-cost alternative to noble metal co-catalysts, to enable a more efficient, one-step production of hybrid graphene-based organic-inorganic composite layers for environmental remediation; photodegradation of antibiotic contaminants from wastewater. The composition and chemical bonds of the urea-enriched thin layers were studied in detail using synchrotron light at the ALBA Synchrotron.
- The device is composed of cellulose produced in the laboratory by bacteria, with small amounts of carbon nanotubes, resulting very sustainable
- The device could be used to generate electricity in wearables, in medical and sports applications, and as intelligent thermal insulator
Anna Laromaine in People First: “Tener mentores y referentes es importantísimo para elegir una profesión”
Anna Laromaine, researcher at the N&N group at ICMAB, was interviewed by People First, a platform where people from different institutions and enterprises are highlighted. Anna, included in the Top 100 Women more influent in Spain, and awarded in 2016 with the L'Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science Research Award, describes her work as a researcher in nanomedicine, talks about the future of nanotechnology and women in science, about her role models in life, and about being a researcher, a university teacher and an entrepreneur at the same time.
Núvol, the digital newspaper about culture, published on 28 December 2018 an article entitled "Escletxes per incloure la dona en la ciència" about our participation in the "Science & Tech Girls Vallès" event, which took pace on 17 November 2018 at the Biblioteca Vapor Badia (Sabadell).
Ferran Macià, researcher at the MULFOX group at ICMAB, and at the University of Barcelona (Fundamental Physics Department) is co-author of the article "Subnanosecond magnetization dynamics driven by strain waves" published in the MRS Bulletin, the monthly Material Science publication with technical theme topics, news, reviews, and commentary.
M. Rosa Palacín in "Business Insider" for the development of calcium batteries for electric vehicles
M. Rosa Palacín, researcher at ICMAB-CSIC and coordinator of the CARBAT project on the development of rechargeable calcium-based batteries appears in this news post in Business Insider, written by Raúl Salinas on the future batteries for electric vehicles. Read the whole text here:
Soft organic materials that change color and charge transfer with the application of an electric field
- Researchers from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) have successfully demonstrated a combinatorial platform that evaluates how good an organic material is for photovoltaic applications.
- The platform method is 50 times faster and saves about 90 % of material compared to the conventional evaluation protocols.
- The study has been published in Advanced Electronic Materials, where it has been back cover, and is performed in the framework of the ERC project FOREMAT from Dr. Mariano Campoy-Quiles
ICMAB researchers collaborate in a study published in Nature Physics about a "Giant topological Hall Effect"
ICMAB researchers Gervasi Herranz, Blai Casals and Rafael Cichelero, from the MULFOX group, have contributed to a study led by the group of Manuel Bibes, from Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales (France), published in Nature Physics on October 15, 2018. The study, entitled "Giant topological Hall effect in correlated oxide thin films" describes the discovery of a giant topological Hall effect arising from the topology of spatial distribution of spin textures.
Watch here the video of the e-GAMES project, the ERC Starting Grant project awarded to Marta Mas-Torrent, explained here in plain words for everyone to understand!
Nobel Prize in Physics for for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics... how do we use lasers at ICMAB?
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2018 has been jointly awarded to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo "for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation". At ICMAB, we also work on projects related to cancer immunotherapy and we are very excited about this prize. However, the strategy followed by our researchers and by the Nobel Prize winners is somehow different. Do you want to know why?
Six highlights with the participation of ICMAB researchers in the ALBA Synchrotron Activity Report 2017
The ALBA Synchrotron has published its annual report, which covers the most remarkable activities of 2017, including scientific highlights. From the 20 highlights that appear on the report, 6 of them include the participation of ICMAB researchers.
The project "Las Científicas Cuentan"is an initiative of the CSIC Delegation in Brussels financed by the FECYT.The aim of the project is to bring basic science to the general public, through the story of women scientists who have been awarded with a ERC project during the past years. From the ICMAB, Marta Mas-Torrent (ERC-Starting Grant) and Teresa Puig (ERC-Advanced Grant) participate in the project.
The presentation will be on Wednesday, September 19 in Barcelona with a talk by Teresa Puig on superconducting materials (7 pm).
According to the Ranking Web of Research Centers, the ICMAB has the most visible website of all the CSIC research centers and units. In addition, the ICMAB website has raised to the 2nd position in the global ranking (in 2017 it was in the 4th place, and in 2016 in the 13th), from a total of 138.
- Researchers from the IBB-UAB fabricate 4 molecules of only 7 amino acidswith the ability to self-assemble and rapidly and inexpensively form nanomaterials for biomedical and nanotechnological purposes.
- Four peptides were used to create one of the most resistant bionanomaterials described to date, nanocables and mini enzymes to act as a catalyst for the formation of nanomaterials.
- The study, publised in ACS Nano included the collaboration of Isabel Fuentes and Francesc Teixidor from the ICMAB-CSIC.
"Stimuli-responsive materials that switch from nano-porous 3D structures to new non-porous 2D structures and vice versa using spherical ligands" featured in UABdivulga
The study published in Advanced Materials "An Unprecedented Stimuli Controlled Single-crystal Reversible Phase Transition of a Metal-Organic Framework and its Application to a Novel Method of Guest Encapsulation" was featured in UABdivulga.
ICMAB researchers develop flexible materials that switch from nano-porous 3D to 2D structures in a reversible way
- These materials can have applications in selective gas separation or gas adsorption, as catalysts for chemical reactions, as encapsulation and drug delivery for active substances or hazardous waste adsorption.
- The strategy is based on the spherical shape of the boron-based linkers used as ligands.
- Look at this video, that explains the transformation: https://youtu.be/eO9fMitBfFY
A group of researchers from the NANOMOL group at ICMAB-CSIC has studied the behavior of an organic radical as a molecular cable formed through the covalent carbon-gold bond between the molecule and the electrodes. This linkage is more stable and geometrically better well-defined than its predecessors, in which other functional groups where used. This improvement opens the door to prepare novel electronic devices for Molecular Electronics applications.
The study has been featured in UABDivulga, and we transcribe here the text.
Researchers from ICMAB-CSIC and ALBA have analyzed the microscopic origin of the so-called "magnetic proximity effect" occurring at the interface between a magnetic material (CoFe2O4) and a nonmagnetic metal (Pt), which may induce a magnetic moment in the latter. The results are published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
Organizations and employers linked to R&D&I show their support for Spanish research and join the request of the Alliance of Severo Ochoa centers and María de Maeztu units (SOMMa) that encourages the political class to address the current administrative problems that affect Spanish science, as soon as possible.
SOMMaand the organizations that support this initiative represent about 6,800 companies, societies, centers and research units, which employ more than 500,000 people in Spain and their economic activity equals 10.53% of GDP.
"Solitons are solitary waves, like a tsunami or a tidal bore" explains researcher Ferran Macià, one of the leaders of this study, published in Scientific Reports and in which the ICMAB has participated together with a team of physicists from the New York University (NYU). "In this work, we studied how magnetic solitons are generated and how fast they can be annihilated."
"Like a tsunami, the mechanism behind their formation is complex, and we needed a lot of experiments and simulations to understand them. Solitons are very interesting because they can be used to propagate energy or information, in a similar way as our neurons work. This is why they have promising applications in neuromorphic computing applications, for example" continues Ferran.Nahuel Statuto, PhD student at the MULFOXgroup, working with Ferran, performed some of the experiments during his secondment at NYU.
ICMAB is the recipient of one of twelve MIT-Spain ”la Caixa” Foundation Seed Fund grants under a brand new funding programme in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The presentation of the grants took place on 18 April 2018 at Palau Macaya (Barcelona). A common objective of all the awarded projects is to face some of the challenges of the XXI century: organs on a chip to fight cancer, polymers against antibiotic resistance, in vitro biologic 3D ears, quantic computers for data processing, or new materials to increase the efficiency of photovoltaic cells, to name a few. This latter is the project from Dr. Ignasi Fina, from the MULFOX group at ICMAB, who will work together with Dr. Rafael Jaramillo, at MIT.
A study from Dr. Angel Pérez del Pino et al. was featured on 13 April in the website UABDivulga: Graphene-based photocatalysts to obtain hydrogen. We transcribe here the full article:
Graphene-based materials are an efficient, cheap, abundant and non-toxic alternative for catalysing the obtaining of hydrogen, which can be used as a removable fuel, through the photoinduced water splitting. A group of the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) has developed, based on laser technology, a nitrogen-doped graphene powder material in different experimental conditions for different catalytic functions through the process, in a simple, versatile and scalable to industry way.
- The study developed at the ICMAB and published in Nature Photonics describes, for the first time, the technique to provide structural coloration on a cellulose derivative through its nanostructuration.
- The colors obtained do not depend on pigments but on nanostructures that interact differently with the incident light, therefore presenting different colors.
- The applications of this technology include eco-friendly production of color in packaging systems or decorative paper, anti-counterfeiting technology, or biocompatible, biodegradable, washable and edible and low cost detectors, sensors or labels for the food or medical industry.
Bacterial cellulose biopolymer
Wounds in plants can be caused by several agents like weather events (hail, wind…), predators (herbivores, insects) or humans (pruning, grafting), among others.
ICMABresearchers have designed ultrathin materials that maximize the absorption of light in a large range of the solar spectrum. The followed strategy, low cost and fully scalable, is based on combining the thin layer deposition of semiconductors on metals, and the nanostructuring of the material forming photonic crystals. The obtained superabsorbers materials have many potential applications, especially in the field of photovoltaic energy and photodetection.
An article about the research in perovskite appeared in "Televisión Nacional de Honduras" website, citing ICMAB, together with other research centers in Spain, where advanced research in this material is done: "Spain is one of the countries in which research (in the development of perovskite) is more advanced.
Apart from the research group in the Institute of Materials Science in Sevilla, there are many more groups specialized in its study, in the University Jaume I of Castelló, the Institute of Molecular Science (University of Valencia), the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), the University Pablo de Olavide in Sevilla, and the Catalan Institue of Chemical Research (ICIQ)."
This news article, appeared at nanotechweb.org websitee (IOP publishing), features a publication recently published by Agustín Mihi and his team in Advanced Materials "Ultrathin Semiconductor Superabsorbers from the Visible to the Near-Infrared" (Pau Molet, Juan Luis Garcia-Pomar, Cristiano Matricardi, Miquel Garriga, Maria Isabel Alonso and Agustín Mihi).
Nanostructuring a thin layer of the semiconductor germanium using a technique called nanoimprinting lithography can greatly boost the amount of light it absorbs across the visible to near-infrared wavelengths. The broadband absorption comes from the strong interplay between Brewster and photonic crystal modes in the material and the effect could benefit optoelectronics applications such as photovoltaics and telecommunications.
This article appeared in Physics Berkeley website on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
We transcribe it here, since some previous ICMAB members participated in the study, which was recently published in PNAS: Emergent chirality in the electric polarization texture of titanate superlattices (Padraic Shafer, Pablo García-Fernández,Pablo Aguado-Puente,Anoop R. Damodaran , Ajay K. Yadav, Christopher T. Nelson, Shang-Lin Hsu, Jacek C. Wojdeł, Jorge Íñiguez, Lane W. Martin, Elke Arenholz, Javier Junquer, and Ramamoorthy Ramesh). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1711652115.
Researchers from ALBA Synchrotron and from ICMAB have established an enriching and fruitful collaboration over the years, which is proven by the number of publications published together since ALBA received its first users, in 2012.
In 2017, 24 publications appeared in collaboration between both institutions, which represented a 21 % of the ALBA Synchrotron articles.
A recent publication in Advanced Functional Materials by Dr. Marta Mas-Torrent and her team has been chosen to be highlighted on Advanced Science News website. The group is working on the development of high-performance electrolyte-gated field-effect transistors (EGOFETs), electronic devices capable of working in aqueous environment.
ICMAB collaboration at the Digital CSIC journal "CSIC Abierto" about Open Access policies and mandates
The last issue (number 16) of the Digital CSIC journal "CSIC Abierto" includes two interviews with ICMAB's Documentalist and Librarian, Alejandro Santos, and with ICMAB Researcher at the NANOPTO Group, Dr. Mariano Campoy-Quiles. The interviews deal with the Open Access mandates adopted by the funding agencies and the experience at ICMAB on accomplishing these mandates.
Research Award L'Oréal-Unesco FWIS 2017 for Mariona Coll and her project on new materials for photovoltaics
As we already announced on July 2017, Mariona Coll, researcher at the Institute of Materials Science (ICMAB) in the SUMAN group, has been awarded with the Research Award L'Oréal-Unesco "For Women in Science" 2017. The awards ceremony took place this last Wednesday, 22 November, in Madrid. Mariona will receive 15.000 € that will be invested in her research project which "can contribute to one of the most important challenges of this century: find a new energy system for the production of clean energy".
The August 2017 edition of the Research*EU magazine featured an interesting overview of the ACMOL project, which is working to develop graphene-based spintronics for next-gen molecular electronic devices. This article held that ‘Spintronics, molecular electronics and graphene have a common trait: they are all considered as key enablers in the future of computing beyond the limitations of Moore’s and Kryder’s laws. The ACMOL project is contributing to their joint advancement with proof-of-concept devices.’
Self-assembly of highly-porous crystalline particles into novel photonic materials for sensing applications
A multi-disciplinary collaboration between research centers in Spain and Holland, led by the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC), in collaboration with the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science of Utrecht University and the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB), has resulted in the formation of highly-porous metal-organic framework particles that spontaneously assemble into well-ordered 3D superstructures that present photonic crystal properties. Published in Nature Chemistry, their discoveries are expected to find applications in the design of novel photonic materials for sensing applications, among others.
Two Scientific Highlights with the participation of ICMAB researchers are featured in the ALBA Synchrotron Activity Report 2016.
ICMAB-CSIC researchers are able, for the first time, to measure the very small amounts of charge generated in piezoelectric materials with an inverse use of the atomic force microscope (AFM). The technique, published in Nature Communications, has been implemented by incorporating a new device to the microscope that allows measuring electric currents one billion times smaller than the ones circulating in an LED.
Xavier Obradors, ICMAB Director and Researcher at the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostrucures (SUMAN) Group, participated in a roundtable "from Lab to Fab" at an ICN2 Severo Ochoa Workshopin June 2017. The roundtable discussion was chaired by ICN2 Business Development Officer, Nadia Pons.
The Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) has become a new member of the European network of science centres and museums ECSITE, which was created more than 25 years ago to foster creativity and critical thinking in European society, emboldening citizens to engage with science.
REGIO7 | 15/03/2017
El coordinador del projecte, Xavier Obradors, ha explicat que Eurotapes és un "projecte europeu de referència de superconductors", resultat de la col·laboració entre el món acadèmic i la indústria. "Les cintes superconductores poden fer passar 100 vegades més corrent que la fibra de coure", ha informat Obradors, i això permetrà "transportar molta energia i disminuir el cost de producció d'aquesta cinta".
Els resultats d'Eurotapes es van presentar a Barcelona, en una roda de premsa que va comptar amb la participació del coordinador del projecte, Prof. Xavier Obradors; la responsable del departament de superconductivitat de l’ICMAB-CSIC, Prof. Teresa Puig; el director executiu d'OXOLUTIA Dr. Albert Calleja; i el director de la Representació de la Comissió Europea a Barcelona, Ferran Tarradellas i l'Agencia EFE, Agència catalana de Notícies, Expansión, La Sexta i El Periódico.
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"Rodríguez and Guillermo de Andrés put together the two-day YoMo workshop, called “Bridg3D: Learning, Engineering, Playing with 3D Printing Technology.” It allowed students to be scientists for a day, thanks to the popular 3D printing pen 3Doodler. ICMAB clearly favors the 3Doodler, having used it last summer in a course the organization designed to teach high school students about materials science. "
The ICMAB is the second institute of the CSIC Materials Science and Technology Area centers in terms of articles publication
Digital CSIC, the institutional repository of the CSIC, has published the annual report concerning the scientific activity of the institution from 2011 to 2015.
Informe: «La actividad científica del CSIC a través de indicadores bibliométricos (Web of Science, 2011-2015)
L’informe «La actividad científica del CSIC a través de indicadores bibliométricos (Web of Science, 2011-2015)» ha estat elaborat per investigadors i tècnics del Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS) del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).
CIENCIA PARA LLEVAR, 18-NOV-2016
Por Manuel Souto, ICMAB
“Hay que promover la actividad de NANBIOSIS, tanto en el ámbito académico como industrial, en la Unión Europea y otros países”
Jaume Veciana lleva más de 20 años liderando el trabajo del grupo Nanomol en los campos de la nanomedicina y el procesamiento de materiales moleculares y poliméricos para aplicaciones biomédicas. Coordina, además, las plataformas del CIBER-BBN y es director científico de NANBIOSIS. En esta entrevista, adelanta alguna de las líneas maestras del Plan Estratégico de esta Infraestructura Científico-Técnica Singular, que incluye una clara apuesta por su internacionalización.
M. ROSA PALACÍN PEIRO (ICMAB-CSIC), Coordinadora de ALISTORE-ERI, Instituto Virtual de Investigación Europea, es investigadora en el Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) y desde hace 18 meses vicedirectora.
A versatile technology, 3D printing has not only set the gears in motion for a manufacturing revolution but has also been a big help in promoting STEM education amongst younger generations.
SS.MM. los Reyes reciben a los centros y unidades de investigación ‘Severo Ochoa’ y ‘María de Maeztu’
Sus Majestades los Reyes han recibido en el Palacio de la Zarzuela a directores y representantes de los 33 centros y unidades que han sido acreditados con el mayor reconocimiento institucional a la investigación científica en España, los centros ‘Severo Ochoa’ y unidades ‘María de Maeztu’.
Hasta ahora se pensaba que la superconductividad y el magnetismo eran fenómenos excluyentes, pero investigadores del Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona y del Sincrotrón ALBA han encontrado una nueva fuente de magnetismo derivada de defectos puntuales en un tipo de superconductor: los cupratos de alta temperatura. El descubrimiento ayudará a mejorar las propiedades de estos materiales.
Xavi Marti 6 mar. 2016
Interesting and useless - this was the common perception of antiferromagnets expressed quite explicitly, for example, in the 1970 Nobel lecture of Louis Neel. Today, 6th March 2016, we operated the first USB-compatible antiferromagnetic memory device.
M. Rosa Palacín, ICMAB-CSIC, y Anne de Guibert, SAFT, explican por qué pierden prestaciones las baterías
Por qué pierden prestaciones las baterías?
Un artículo publicado en la revista Science escrito por la Dra. M. Rosa Palacín, investigadora en el Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona (ICMAB) del CSIC en colaboración con la Dra. Anne de Guibert, Directora de Investigación de la empresa francesa SAFT, fabricante de baterías, recopila las causas del envejecimiento y pérdida de prestaciones de las baterías.