One of our workshops for primary school students called "Become a Materials Detective" is the star of the TV children's show "Catacrak" from Barcelona Televisió (betevé), showcasted on Sunday 31 March 2019! Students from the school "Escola Mestre Morera" from Barcelona came to ICMAB to participate in the activity, in which they are introduced to the nanoworld and to the daily life of minerals. Do you want to see the video?
On Friday, 29 March 2019, the "Matheroes: Supermaterials, the materials of the future" were presented for a school class of students aged 11-12 (6è Primària) from Sabadell in the Ponent Library in Sabadell (Biblioteca de Ponent). Núria Crivillers, Juan-Luís García-Pomar and Anna May Masnou, presented some of the supermaterials and their properties and applications.
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!
On Thursday 21 March, the Superconducting Materials group was at the "Espai Ciència" of the "Saló de l'Ensenyament" at the CSIC-Catalunya stand, which included different kinds of activities from different Catalan CSIC research centers. The Superconducting team showed the visitors the science behing the levitating train, liquid nitrogen and the properties of nanoparticles.
Cristiano Matricardi, PhD fellow at the NANOPTO group (Nanostructured Materials for Optoelectronics and Energy Harvesting) is one of the recipients of the 16h edition of the science photography contest "FOTCIENCIA" awards. From a total of 697 photographies, 7 photos have been chosen by the jury as the winners, and "Trampa de luz" is one of them. Congratulations!
On Monday, 18 March, the meeting "Science and Research in the Agenda 2030" (Ciencia e Investigación en la Agenda 2030) took place in La Moncloa (Madrid), with the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque, and the High Comissioner for the Agenda 2030, Cristina Gallach. The CSIC President, Rosa Menéndez, participated in the event, and Mariano Campoy-Quiles, from ICMAB-CSIC, attented the event, together with 150 representatives of the science, research and innovation field in Spain.
Many of the people (researchers, students, technicians, administrative staff) that have worked at ICMAB since its foundation in 1986, are now developing their career and continuing their training in leading academic institutions and industries all over the world. Are you one of them? Would you like to keep in touch with your former colleagues? Then continue reading...
Alexandre Ponrouch receives the International Battery Association (IBA) Early Career Award 2019 in San Diego
Last week, during the International Battery Association (IBA) 2019 meeting in San Diego, Alexandre Ponrouch, researcher at ICMAB, received the IBA 2019 Early Career Award. The International Battery Association (IBA) awards significant contributions to battery research and technology development that have impacted the advancement of energy storage systems, and for lifelong service to the IBA. The awards were recognized at the banquet of the IBA meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Congratulations to all the winners of IBA2019!
"Theater as a tool to visibilize women scientists" presented at the Women, Science and Technology Conference in Terrassa
Terrassa held on 6-7 March 2019 the first edition of the "Women, Science and Technology" (WSciTech19) Conference (Congrés de Dones, Ciència i Tecnologia) and the "Châtelet team" at ICMAB presented their dramatised lecture "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers" as a tool to visibilize the wise women in the history of science. Susagna Ricart and Anna May, in representation of the team, presented a Poster, and an Oral Communication, which resulted in a fantastic colloquium.
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
Dr.Sílvia Illa, former PhD researcher under the supervision of Dr. Jordi Faraudo (Theory and Simulation group at ICMAB) and Dr. Swapans K. Pati (Theoretical Science Unit, JNCASR, India), defended her PhD thesis entitled "Molecular Modelling of Quatsome nanovesicles" publicly on 28 February 2019 at the ICMAB-CSIC Auditorium. We have interviewed her to know a little bit more about her PhD and her life at the ICMAB!
The European Union Innovation Radar selects one technology developed in the framework of a EU project led by ICMAB
A technology developed by a team led by Dr. Núria Crivillers, researcher at the Nanomol Group at ICMAB, has been selected as a high potential innovation by the European Union (EU).
We are looking for a photonics expert to participate in the integration of large area and inexpensive photonic architectures (plasmonic structures, photonic crystals, etc.) in optoelectronic devices to boost their performance through exciting photonic properties. Deadline: the sooner the better.
Sign in for the GoNano Innovation and Co-Creation Workshop on "Nanotechnology for Energy" that will take place in Barcelona, on 7 March 2019, organized under the EU project GoNano and hosted by RMIT Europe. If you are interested in co-creating and fins solutions in nanotechnology for the future energy challenge, don't miss it!
Tuning the deposition parameters for optimizing the faradaic and non-faradaic electrochemical performance of nanowire array-shaped ITO electrodes prepared by electron beam evaporation
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.
We are seeking a dynamic and organized person with good communication skills to be in charge of administrative tasks within the groups of "Inorganic materials for battery applications" and "Nanoparticles & Nanocomposites" at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) located at the Campus of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Deadline for application: 22 April 2019
Davide Beretta, Neophytos Neophytou, James M.Hodges, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, DarioNarducci, Marisol Martin- Gonzalez, Matt Beekman, Benjamin Balke, Giacomo Cerretti, Wolfgang Tremel, Alexandra Zevalkink, Anna I. Hofmann, Christian Müller, Bernhard Dörling, Mariano Campoy-Quiles, Mario Caironi. Materials Science and Engineering: R: Reports.
One PhD fellowship is offered to talented and enthusiastic individuals with a background in chemistry. The selected candidate will work in the context of the 5-year ERC project Ferrites-by-design for Millimetre wave and Terahertz Technologies (FeMiT), supervised by Dr. Martí Gich, within the Nanoparticles & Nanocomposites group at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC). Deadline for applications: 8 June 2019.
On 11 April, at 6 pm, the meeting of the Spanish Association for the Advancement of Science (AEAC) will take place in Palau Macaya, Barcelona. A meeting to place the AEAC in the panorama of Spanish scientific associations, starting with their mission to be a pro-science association that, although promoted by the scientific community, is open to citizen participation.
The Open Science Day in the context of the Working Group on Open Science within the network of Severo Ochoa Centers and María de Maeztu Units (SOMMA), led by BCAM and DTIC-UPF, will take place on 8 April 2019 at the Dept. of Information and Communication Technologies, Univ. Pompeu Fabra (DTIC-UPF) in Barcelona.
I'm Alex, a last year physics student from Sant Andreu, Barcelona. I will be in the Materials Simulation and Theory group for a 3 month internship. I love music, snorkelling and scuba diving and also other mainstream activities as going out, do sport or travelling.
"Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers" performed for the students of "Els Pins del Vallès" in Sant Cugat
On 12 March 2019, and in the framework of the Women's International Day, 8 March, the Châtelet team went to Sant Cugat to perform the dramatised reading that visibilizes the women scientists along history "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers". The students, of 11-12 years old, were really attentive and asked many questions after the lecture. Thank you for inviting us!
Rafael Cichelero, Mikko Kataja, Mariano Campoy-Quiles, and Gervasi Herranz, "Non-reciprocal diffraction in magnetoplasmonic gratings," Opt. Express 26, 34842-34852 (2018).
Hello!! I’m Carlota and I’m from Sant Cugat del Vallès. This year I’m finishing my studies in Chemical Engineering and thanks to the JAE Intro fellowship, I will be joining the Solid State Chemistry group to develop my final degree thesis.
In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, hiking with my dog and discovering new places. I also love to travel. See you around!
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!
The 9th edition of the Generating Idees Programme ("Generació d'Idees") is now open. This year, the topic is Biomedicine and Insutrial Biotechnology, and will take place between April-June 2019. The programme is organized by the UAB Research Park (PRUAB) and the Biotechnology Reference Network (XRB) and is aimed to help the researchers to find the best application for their research. Registration deadline: 5 April 2019!
My name is María del Carmen Luzardo. I come from La Habana, Cuba. There, I am fulltime professor at the University of Habana (UH) else I`m researcher in the Center of Molecular Immunology (CIM), in Havana city. We have one laboratory inside this BioCubaFarma industry (Lab. UH-CIM). My expertise: physic-chemical characterization of liposomes containing proteins in order to study their properties as adjuvants and immune-modulators in preclinical assays. This is my first time in Spain.I want to thank NanoOligoMed proyect and the Dr. Nora Ventosa and Dr. Marilyn Lanio (Cuba) for give me this opportunity as post-doc of the ICMAB
Unexpected large transverse magneto-optic Kerr effect at quasi-normal incidence in magnetoplasmonic crystals
R. Cichelero, M. A. Oskuei, M.Kataja, S. M. Hamidi, G.Herranz. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. Volume 476, 15 April 2019, Pages 54-58
Dr. Laia Soler, former PhD researcher under the supervision of Prof. Xavier Obradors and Dr. Susagna Ricart (Superconducting and Large Scale Nanostructures group at ICMAB) defended her PhD thesis entitled "Liquid-assisted ultrafast growth of superconducting films derived from chemical solutions" publicly on 1 March 2019 at the ICMAB-CSIC Auditorium. We have interviewed her to know a little bit more about her PhD and her life at the ICMAB!
Post-Doctoral Research Associate for the Coherent Soft X-ray Scattering (CSX) beamline in Brookhaven National Laboratory
Brookhaven National Laboratory is looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate for the Coherent Soft X-ray Scattering (CSX) beamline. The successful candidate will lead experiments on innovative 2D artificial structures in collaboration with Harvard University and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at BNL.
I am Bea, from Tortosa, a small town in Baix Ebre. I am a last year Nanoscience and Nanotechnology student. I just joined the Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials group, and I will be studying the physico-chemical properties of different quatsomes with medical therapy applications.
I enjoy sports, mostly swimming, I love going to the theater and of course I go travelling whenever I can!
The Gender Equality Committe at the LIBRA workshop on “How to design, implement and follow-up a Gender Equality Plan”
Carlos Frontera, researcher at ICMAB and member of the Gender Equality Committee of the ICMAB, attended on February 14-15, 2019, the European project LIBRA workshop to share experiences on “How to design, implement and follow-up a Gender Equality Plan”.
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.
Quantification of propagating and standing surface acoustic waves by stroboscopic X-ray photoemission electron microscopy
Xavier Obradors, ICMAB Director, gave a talk to the CMES group (Col·lectiu per a un Nou Model Energètic i Social Sostenible) on February 4, 2019. You can watch here the entire conference, which is on Youtube:
On Monday, 4 February 2019, the Paranimf of the Universitat de Barcelona hosted the 7th edition of the Interdisciplinary Meeting of Predoctoral Researchers (JIPI, Jornada d'Investigadors Predoctorals Interdisciplinària), organized by PhD fellows and supported by many entities and organizations, including the ICMAB-CSIC. M. Rosa Palacin was invited in the closing session of the event, in which some of our ICMAB PhD researchrers participated.