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.’
Since the 1950's, magnetic materials have been used to store all kinds of information. The use of magnetic materials is ideal since they allow you to store information for very long periods of time and, moreover, information is easily accessible through well-known reading methods.
However, when storing sensitive information, easy access to information becomes a drawback rather than an advantage, and that's when hiding information becomes a necessity.
ICMAB participates in the initiative "Yo ilustro la ciencia 3" within Illustraciencia, an international cycle of activities between October and December 2017. We are hosting a Science Illustration exhibition by Roc Olivé Pous, specialized in paleoart, dinosaurs, biology and medicine, in the framework of the "Setmana de la Ciència 2017" activities organized by the CSIC in Catalunya.
ICMAB participated on 10,11,12 November 2017 at ExpoMiner, the exhibition of minerals, fossils and jewelry, with some outreach talks given by four of our researchers, and science demos in our stand about superconducting materials, photovoltaic energy, batteries and graphene. According to ExpoMiner, which highlighted that the science talks and demos had been very popular among the visitors, all the talks and workshops of the exhibition attracted more than 450 visitors, which represented a 12.5 % increase respect to last year.
On 13-14 November, 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, the research lines evaluated were RL1: Sustainable energy conversion and storage systems, and RL3: Oxide electronics.
2017 is the year of minerals as an energy resource. EXPOMINER (10-12 November) has chosen as its theme the relationship between minerals, energy and sustainable development. ICMAB, a research center of materials science, will participate in the event with some amazing talks from our researchers and interactive workshops. Join us in this event!
During 7-8 November ICMAB hosted the 3rd Scientific Meeting of Barcelona Nanocluster (BNC-b) PhD students in nanoscience. The meeting was organized by PhD students from the centers belonging to the whole Barcelona Nanocluster in Bellaterra (BNC-b) as a joint activity between the young researchers from ICMAB, ICN2, IMB-CNM, ALBA Synchrotron, and UAB.
Hello everyone! I'm Mikko Kataja and I come from Finland, where I did my PhD in Aalto University on magneto-optically active plasmonic nanoparticles. I am now in ICMAB in Multifunctional Oxides and Complex Structures research group to explore the possibilities that active oxide materials, such as ferromagnetic and ferroelectric oxides, offer in the field of optics, especially for active nanoscale optical devices. In my freetime, I enjoy cooking and board games.
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.
my name is Gabriela Avila and I'm a biotechnologist engineer from Costa Rica. Right now I'm doing my master in Biochemistry, Molecular biology and Biomedicine in the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) .
For my master thesis i'll be working at the ICMAB, with the Nanomol group in developing Dynamic supramolecular hydrogels for cancer immunotherapies.
I am really excited to start working with them and I hope to have the chance to learn a lot during these nine months I'm staying here.
When I'm not in the lab I love doing outdoor activities, traveling, reading, hanging out with my friends, dancing and playing football.
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 Workshop in June 2017. The roundtable discussion was chaired by ICN2 Business Development Officer, Nadia Pons.
On the afternoon of October 18, 2017, the 41 research centers and units recognised by the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu certificate of excellence formalized the creation of the Excellence Alliance (SOMMa) during its first formal meeting. The meeting was chaired by the Secretary of State in R+D+i, Carmen Vela. The main objective of the Alliance is to internationally promote and strengthen the centers and units accredited for their excellence, and enhance the visibility of their research.
This Friday we had the visit of more than 25 students from IES Consell de Cent (Barcelona), who joined the ESCOLAB programme to visit universities and research centers in Catalonia.
On October 6th, the Retirement Reception honoring Prof. Vladimir Laukhin, "Volodya", took place at the Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles of the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB), where he has been working during the last 20 years.
Watch the BRIDG3D video that brought Andrés Gómez and Guillermo de Andrés to the final of Ciencia en Acción
As we already announced, Andrés Gómez and Guillermo de Andrés Iglesias, from ICMAB, have been selected as finalists with their project “BRIDG3D: Imprimiendo puentes en 3D” in the XVIII Edition of "CiencIa en Acción" in the category "Science and Technology". Well, the FINAL day has arrived: tomorrow, Andrés and Guillermo will head to Izarra Centre in Ermua (Vizcaya, Basque Country) to defend their project in front of many others, from 6 to 8 October 2017.
Entitled: “Additive manufacturing ink jet printing of high temperature superconducting layers using combinatorial chemistry”
This project is part of the ERC Advanced Grant ULTRASUPERTAPE which aims to demonstrate an unprecedented approach for fabrication of low cost / high throughput / high performance High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) tapes, or Coated Conductors, to push the emerging HTS industry to market.
The 18th Edition of EXPOQUIMIA, the International Chemistry Event from Fira de Barcelona, will take place on October 2-6, 2017, and will be the venue for the 10th World Congress on Chemical Engineering, the World Chemical Summit, and the PHARMAprocess forum. It will also host the exhibition Smart Chemistry, Smart Future, and the Industrial Biotech forum, and the IN(3D)USTRY, EQUIPLAST and EURSURFAS events.
The Catalan universities and research centers have rejected the intervention of the public accounts by the Spanish Ministry of Finance and have denounced that this measure violates the principle of university autonomy.
One of the projects of Dr. Anna Laromaine, ICMAB researcher in the Nanoparticles and Nanocomosites Group (NN), is featured on EU Research Digital Magazine. The article focuses on one of her projects involving the synthesis and evaluation of nanoparticles in 3D environments: 3DinvitroNPC.
Fabrizio Guzzetta, Anna Roig*, and Beatriz Julián-López*. J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2017, 8. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b02473
The science outreach initiative "Un investigador a la teva aula" (A researcher in your classroom) brought Dr. Miquel Royo, from the Materials Simulation and Theory Group, to La Salle Bonanova highshool, in Barcelona, on the morning on November 13.; and Dr. Juan Luís García Pomar, Pau Molet and Cristiano Matricardi, from the NANOPTO group at Institut Gorgs, in Cerdanyola, on Friday 17 November....
New system to recover and reuse helium acquired by the Low Temperatures and Magnetometry Service at ICMAB
Christmas has arrived early this year at the Low Temperatures and Magnetometry Service at ICMAB. We have received these days two nice presents, which willl make a real difference at the Institute, especially regarding helium consumption!
Marie Skłodowska Curie was born one 7 November 1867, 150 years ago. She is, probably, the most known woman in science. She is the only one that many people can identify and remember, the only one who won two Noble prizes: one in Physics (in 1903, for the discoveries on radioactivity) and one in Chemistry (in 1911, for the discovery of radium), and the first and only woman (for many years) who participated at the Solvay Conferences (the most famous one in1927, in the picture).
My name is Sara Battista and I'm a PhD student at University of L'Aquila. I did my bachelor's degree in chemistry at University of Rome "La Sapienza" and my master's degree in Chemical Science (organic chemistry) at University of L'Aquila. I'm working on liposomes used to develop a sensor for dosing biomarker enzymes and to vehiculate natural substances with farmacological activity. Now I'm doing a period of three months at ICMAB with the Nanomol group to investigate our formulations using a different methodology to increase stability and selectivity of systems.
In my freetime I like to ski, sing and walk with my dog.
Excimers from Stable and Persistent Supramolecular Radical-Pairs in Red/NIR-Emitting Organic Nanoparticles and Polymeric
ICMAB at the 100xCiencia.2 Meeting of Excellence in Research: Co-creating value in scientific research
Are you a researcher looking for illustrators and designers to illustrate your paper, and get your article published on a scientific journal cover? Or maybe you are an illustrator or designer, passionate about science, who would like to collaborate with researchers?
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.
On 23 October 2017 we presented the ICMAB Annual Report 2016 at the Institute. This Annual Report presents new features compared to the previous ones. Firstly, there are two versions available: the printed version (also available online here), with the basic information about the center, including the main Scientific Highlights of the year and the main Facts & Figures; and the fully new and complete website, with an overview of the scientific and technological developments performed at ICMAB, and a complete list of all the activities.
My name is Xiaodong Zhang and I come from Northeastern University in China. I had a background of Metallurgical engineering and did something about inorganic materials. Now I’m in the group of Crystallography of Magnetic and Electronic Oxide and Surfaces(CMEOS) under the guidance of Prof. José Luis García-Muñoz to extend my education career as a Ph.D. student. I’ll work on preparing different multiferroic oxides and analyzing their related properties. Hoping that I can do some novel and constructive work afterwards. In my spare time I like to play badminton, swimming, reading and travelling. I’d like to enjoy this new experience and spending good time with all of you!
See you around!
The 3rd Face to Face Project Meeting for FASTGRID is being held on the 19-20 October 2017 at the UAB Campus. The meeting is organized by KIT in Karlsruhe and hosted by ICMAB, in Barcelona. The project meeting starts at 12.00 pm on Thursday with a lab tour of ICMAB, followed by the individual partner presentations as well as status report by the project coordinator, Pascal Tixador from CNRS, at 2 pm at Hotel Campus, Bellaterra.
Hello! My name is Zsolt Kelemen. I did my PhD in Hungary and have joined at the Laboratory of Inorganic Materials as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow under supervision of Prof. Clara Viñas. My research interests include chemistry of low-valent compounds, ferrocene-containing systems and ionic liquids. My current project is to tune both the photoluminescence and conductive properties of new COP materials.
According to EcoDiario.es, the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) increased from 170 to 202 employees from 30 November 2011 to 31 July 2017, which represents an increase of nearly 19 %.
On Monday, 23 October, we will present the ICMAB Annual Report 2016 at 12 pm at Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles (ICMAB).
As already announced in July 2017, on Tuesday 3rd October, Pof. Anna Roig received the Albus Award 2017, by Grifols, to develop her project on "Albumin iron-oxide nanocages". The Awards Ceremony took place at the Grifols Museum, which is located in the same building where the Grifols company started their activities, in 1940.
My name is Milena Sulzbach and I am brazilian. In Brasil, I studied Physics and acquired my Bachelor's and Master's degree from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Now, I have started my PhD in ICMAB under the supervision of Prof. Fontcuberta in the Multifunctional Oxides and Complex Structures group. In my free time, I enjoy walking, listen music, reading and travelling to new places with my friends.
See you in ICMAB!
Judith Guasch*, Christine A. Muth, Jennifer Diemer, Hossein Riahinezhad, and Joachim P. Spatz. Nano Lett., DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b02636
This post features one of the articles published at CORDIS about the EUROTAPES project, which main goal is to develop superconducting tapes to improve energy efficiency in Europe. The SUMAN group, here at ICMAB, has actively participated in this European project, in a consortium that consists of 20 partners from 8 member states - 6 universities, 6 institutes, 1 technological center and 8 industrial companies.
Alicante hosts the international meeting on research transfer and co-creation of the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu Research Centers and Units of Excellence
The 100xCiencia.2 Meeting, which will gather researchers and staff from 40 Severo Ochoa Research Centers and María de Maeztu Research Units, will take place on November 2-3, 2017, in Alicante. The registration is already open at http://100xciencia.umh.es/.