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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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Welcome Stephen Filippone at ICMAB!

Hi!! I'm a PhD student at MIT in the Materials Science department. I am spending time here under the supervision of Ignasi Fina to characterize the low temperature dielectric properties of BaZrS3 and Ba3Zr2S7.
I enjoy cooking and reading. Currently I am reading 3 books: Narcissus and Goldmund, The New Jim Crow, and Behave. I'm also a daily practitioner of yoga and meditation. Most of all I miss my bicycle.

 

"Smart Inorganic Polymers", the new book co-authored by members of the ICMAB Inorganic Materials & Catalysis Lab

Clara Viñas, Rosario Núñez and Francesc Teixidor, from the Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Laboratory at ICMAB, and Isabel Romero, from the Universitat de Girona, co-authored the Wiley-VCH book "Smart Inorganic Polymers: Synthesis, Properties, and Emerging Applications in Materials and Life Sciences", in particular, the chapter "Highlighting the Binding Behavior of Icosahedral Boron Clusters Incorporated into Polymers: Synthons, Polymers Preparation, and Relevant Properties".

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Welcome Jameel Imran at ICMAB!

Hello!
I'm Jameel! I'm a Materials Science PhD student at UCL. I'll be working under Dr. Xavier Torrelles to train in surface X-ray diffraction data analysis for a few months. My undergraduate was at the University of Glasgow in Chemistry. I'm originally from Manchester and enjoy city cycling and cooking in my spare time.

 

Henkel-UAB postdoc programme 2019 - Polymer/Organic Chemistry

Henkel-UAB is looking for a postdoc in Organic Chemistry or Chemistry of Polymers. The position is to work in a highly dynamic and international team and the programme will offer the opportunity to become acquainted with Henkel's adhesives, sealants and surface technologies through challenging, application-oriented experimental work. In the course of the work, the candidate will be involved in all aspects and stages of the project, from inception to delivery and gather valuable experience in industrial research. Deadline: 31 May 2019.

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The ICMAB celebrates the second Severo Ochoa Meeting on Organic and Molecular Electronics (ORGI) 2019

The event, held on 8-9 May, belongs to the series of workshops offering an overview of the different research areas covered by the ICMAB Severo Ochoa Strategic Plan. It was focused on molecular and organic electronics, and organised by a local organising committee formed by researchers of the research lines RL1 (Sustainable energy conversion and storage systems) and RL4 (Molecular electronics). 

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"Química i Cel·luloide": Cinema and Science at the CSIC "Residència d'Investigadors"

The CSIC in Catalunya and the CSIC "Residència d'Investigadors" organize a cycle about cinema and science during October-November 2019 to celebrate the 150 years of the Periodic Table. The films that will be shown (for free!) are: "Marie Curie", Temple Grandin", "Wall-E" and "Her". All the films will be on Friday at 6:00 pm, and will be introduced by a CSIC researcher. 

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Welcome Alba Gutierrez at ICMAB!

My name is Alba and I am from El Figaró, a small village an hour from Barcelona. I studied Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and now I am finishing a master on pharmacology. For that, I am currently doing my master's thesis at ICMAB in the Nanomol Group. As you can see in my profile photo (taken in El Camino de Santiago), I love hiking. I also like learning languages (I know a bit of italian and russian) and I play the piano and the recorder.
See you!

 

Congratulations, Dr. Ferran Vallès, new ICMAB graduate!

Dr. Ferran Vallès from the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) Group at ICMAB defended his PhD thesis entitled "Vortex pinning and creep in YBCO nanocomposite films grown by chemical solution deposition" on Tuesday, 7 May 2019. Ferran's supervisors were Teresa Puig and Anna Palau. Congratulations!

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Marta Dolcet

Hello!!
I’m Marta and I will be in Nanomol group during my TFM research. I’m from Lleida, but I carry Barcelona in my heart, too. I’m a nature lover and a sports enthusiast. I enjoy reading business books and listening to music. Here, I show you my last visit to the Monastery of Montserrat, I love its history, spirituality and magical surroundings. I absolutely like walking through its mountains while I discover and experience its spectacular and amazing views with the best company of a good friend, such as David Escalante, who doesn’t stop surprising me with the most beautiful secrets of this wonderful place.

 

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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mNACTEC, 6-7 June 2019: "Som Elèctrics! Transició energètica i mobilitat elèctrica" wth M. Rosa Palacín

On June 6 and 7, "Som Elèctrics" will celebrate their fourth congress at the National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (mNACTEC) in Terrassa. The event will deal with the energy transition and electrical mobility from a current and future perspective. The contents will be structured in two blocks: "Transformation and awareness" and "New systems of energy generation and consumption". M. Rosa Palacín will give the seminar "Recursos materials i tecnologies de bateries, hi ha vida més enllà del liti" on 6 June at 11:30 am. Free registration. 

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The longest C-C bonds are found in the carboranes by Clara Viñas et al!

Have you ever thought if the carbon-carbon (C-C) bond distance is always the same, or it can change? And if it changes, which is the maximum distance of this kind of bond? An article published in "Chemical & Engineering News!" addressed this topic. After this article was first published, Clara Viñas contacted C&EN to let them know that even longer carbon-carbon bonds exist than the ones they mentioned: In 2002, a team including Clara Viñas described a 2.022 Å long carbon-carbon bond in an inorganic cluster (Inorg. Chem. 2002, DOI: 10.1021/ic011285z). 

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Research Position at the ICMAB on a proof-of-concept project on Autonomous Sensors

A research position is offered within the project "Sensoraïm: Autonomous Distributed Sensor Networks for a Smart Viticulture" funded by FEDER (Fons Europeu de Desenvolupament Regional), Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) and Secretaria d’Universitats i Recerca del Departament d'Empresa i Coneixement de la Generalitat de Catalunya through a PRODUCTE grant in the framework of AGAUR Producte (2018 PROD 00191). The position is open starting immediately, and runs until the project finishes on 31st of October, 2020. Application deadline: 31 May, 2019. 

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Marianna Rossetti

Hi! I'm Marianna, a Post-Doc from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. I'm a Chemist with expertise in DNA nanotechnology. I will spend 3 months in Nanomol group in the frame of NanoOligoMed project, to develop novel chemical sensors by combining the advantageous features of DNA nanotecnology with that of Nanomol tecnology.

 

Laura Ciammaruchi

Hi All
My name is Laura and I am from Italy (as well as from all the places I have been travelling to so far). At Icmab, I will be working on topics related to new materials and devices for photovoltaic applications. Out of Icmab, I keep being obsessed with green energy-related matters!

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