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Madrid, 28-30 March 2019: The ICMAB at the 10th International Postgraduate and Continuous Training Forum #ForodePostgrado2019

The ICMAB research is present at the 10th International Postgraduate and Continuous Training Forum in Madrid in the CSIC stand (5E01). The forum opens its doors on 28-30 March from 10 am to 8 pm. If you are a student and/or a professional in the education field, here you will find endless options to expand your academic education: masters, doctorates, postgraduate studies, or language schools, in business schools, educational centers, universities, or research centers.

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Jan-April 2019: "Dilluns de ciència: Els cristalls i la Vida"

The next conference cycle "Dilluns de Ciència" is about crystals and life. Two of the five conferences of the cycle will be given by two ICMAB researchers, Dra. Núria Aliaga (ICREA Reserach Professor) and Dr. Gerard Tobias (Tenured Scientist at ICMAB). All the talks will be at the "Residència d'Investigadors" at 6:30 pm, and will take place always on a Monday. The first talk is on January, 21, and the last one will be on April, 29, 2019. 

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"Exploring the metal-insulator transition in vanadium oxide thin films" by Mariela Menghini (Mon, 25 March 2019)

The Seminars and Training Committee kindly invites you to the following ICMAB Periodical Lecture

Exploring the metal-insulator transition in vanadium oxide thin films

by Mariela MENGHINI,IMDEA Nanociencia, Madrid, Spain / Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Monday, 25 March 2019 @ 12 pm
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles

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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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A year in review: ICMAB Top 10 Journals of 2018

During 2018, ICMAB researchers have written more than 200 articles in international peer-review science journals of various disciplines: chemistry, physics, materials, nanotechnology, photonics, energy, superconductivity, biochemistry, etc. We have selected in this post the journals with the highest Impact Factor (IF) in which the researchers have published an article. Do you want to know which they are?

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UB, 4 Feb 2019: Jornada d'Investigadors Predoctorals Interdisciplinària

The 7th edition of the Interdisciplinary Meeting of Predoctoral Researchers (JIPI) will take place on Monday, 4 February 2019. The JIPI has become a meeting point for all predoctoral researchers in Catalonia. It offers the possibility to meet researchers of many other fields, learn about their interests and put ideas in common. It also aims at answering some unpleasant questions such as: Who might be interested in my research? Is it useful? What can I do after the PhD? Are you going to miss it?

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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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Giant topological Hall effect in correlated oxide thin films

Lorenzo Vistoli, Wenbo Wang, Anke Sander, Qiuxiang Zhu, Blai Casals, Rafael Cichelero, Agnès Barthélémy, Stéphane Fusil, Gervasi Herranz, Sergio Valencia, Radu Abrudan, Eugen Weschke, Kazuki Nakazawa, Hiroshi Kohno, Jacobo Santamaria, Weida Wu, Vincent Garcia & Manuel Bibes. Nature Physics (2018).

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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!

 

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.

 

First school visit of the ESCOLAB 2018-2019 programme

On Friday, 14 December 2018, 25 secondary school students from the "Escola Vedruna Gràcia" visited the ICMAB thanks to the ESCOLAB programme. The students, all from the scientific branch, could enjoy a talk on "Nanomaterials for nanomedicine" by Anna Laromaine, from the NN group, and then visiti some of our Scientific Services.

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A year in review: ICMAB most cited articles of 2018

After another year, we look back and see how was this year's scientific research. More than 200 articles, which makes a total of more than 5,200 publications (remember that we reached the 5,000 this last February?) and more than 140,000 citations since the Institue's foundation, in 1986, which makes an average of more than 13,300 citations per year, and 27 citations per article.

The most cited articles of 2018 are shown in this post. Do you want to know which ones are they?

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Congratulations to Dr. Mahdi Chaari, new ICMAB graduate, who defended his PhD Thesis in Tunisia!

Dr. Mahdi Chaari defended his PhD Thesis on December 7, 2018, at the Université de Sfax (Tunisia), obtaining the highest mark Mention Très Honorable avec les félicitations du jury. His supervisor from the ICMAB-CSIC, Dr. Rosario Núñez, was very happy for him. The thesis was entitled "Synthesis and characterization of new carborane derivatives for photo-optical and medicinal applications"

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Oxolutia: to the kilometer length superconducting tapes

OXOLUTIA SL, the ICMAB spin off created in 2010, has made relevant advances in the last 2 years in the technological development of coated conductors using cost-effective inks for the production of high temperature superconducting layers, as stated in their website on December 12, 2018. 

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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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"Subnanosecond magnetization dynamics driven by strain waves" at MRS Bulletin

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. 

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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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