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The meeting of the SOMMa members at the Ministry highlights the impact of this excellence programme

In the afternoon of Monday, 9 September 2019, a meeting was held between the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, the research centres and units distinguished with the certificate of excellence Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu, and representatives of 15 autonomous communities. The purpose of the meeting at the Ministry was to highlight the impact of the Severo Ochoa - María de Maeztu programme, and to expose its benefits for the consolidation of excellence research of the different autonomous communities.

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12 Early Stage Researchers will start their PhD within the DOC-FAM MSCA COFUND project

  • The second call of this program will allow 12 predoctoral researchers to start their PhD at the ICMAB-CSIC, the ICN2, the IMB-CNM-CSIC, the IREC and the ALBA Synchrotron
  • In total the DOC-FAM program will enable 22 early stage researchers to conduct their PhD in the field of "Advanced Functional Materials" in these outstanding research institutions
  • The DOC-FAM program, coordinated by the ICMAB, is the first MSCA COFUND coordinated by a CSIC center

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Bilbao, 19-22 SEPT 2019: Dolores Bueno in "Naukas" with the "Show your rare!" talk

Naukas Bilbao is one of the greatest event in Science Communication in Spain. This year the 9th edition of Naukas will take place in Bilbao, from 19 to 22 September 2019, at the Palacio Euskalduna, which can host an audience of more than 2,000 people! This year, the Nanomol Group researcher Dolores Bueno, will give a talk about the project in which she is participating, Smart4Fabry. The talk is entitled "Share your rare!" and will be on Friday, 20 September, at 11:10 am. Good luck, Dolores!

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Welcome Clemens Lindermeir at ICMAB!

Hi, my name is Clemens Lindermeir from Wolfenbüttel, Germany. I am eighteen years old and joined the ICMAB to do an internship for a year. In Germany I study chemical engineering at the Clausthal University of Technology. Apart from that I enjoy being outdoors, riding motorcycle and playing my guitar. I am also a big fan of travelling. During my stay I`d like to learn Spanish (and maybe Catalan) fluently and I will keep looking for new experiences and friends to spend time with.

 

BCN, 16-17 SEPT 2019: Campus Gutenberg 2019 "Del laboratori al prime time: com aconseguir que la recerca accedeixi un plató de televisió"

The culture and science communication conference Campus Gutenberg-CosmoCaixa will present this year a programme with more than 50 science communication and outreach activities. The event will take place on 16-17 September at CosmoCaixa. One of the workshops, organized by science communicators of different research centers (including ICMAB) will challenge the participants to bring some research results to the TV:  Del laboratori al prime time: com aconseguir que la recerca accedeixi un plató de televisió”. Are you ready?

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Superconductors instead of copper for the future circular collider (FCC) at CERN

  • The future circular collider (FCC), with a 100 km circumference ring, will extend the research currently being conducted at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in the search for new physics.
  • High-temperature superconductors, such as YBCO, are being studied to be used as coating for the FCC ring instead of copper. Researchers have found that these materials outperform copper by a factor of 40, which would greatly enhance the FCC efficiency and provide big energy savings.
  • The Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) group at the ICMAB-CSIC participates in this study as part of a consortium with the ALBA Synchrotron, the IFAE and the UPC.

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Scientific internship at the ICMAB thanks to the SCQ-IEC Research Awards

The "Societat Catalana de Química" (SCQ-IEC) organizes every year the contest on the best research chemistry projects for secondary school students (Premis als Treballs de Recerca de Batxillerat dins l'Àmbit de la Química). The award for the finalist students is a two-week scientific internship in a Catalan research center or university during July 2018. This year, at the ICMAB we had Nerea and Helena, who spent two weeks with us!

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Researchers from the Nanomol Group initiate contacts with the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) to bring a new treatment against venous leg ulcers to clinical practice within the Nanonafres Project

Researchers of the Nanomol group of the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), together with the company Nanomol Technologies S.L. have begun a consultation process with the Spanish Association of Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) to try and enter a new treatment in a clinical studies stage, to fight against venous ulcers in lower extremities. The study is carried out within the framework of the RIS3CAT NANONAFRES project.

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Congratulations, Dr. Andrea Schiaffino, new ICMAB graduate!

Dr. Andrea Schiaffino from the Theory and Simulations Group at ICMAB succesfully defended his PhD thesis on "First-principles theory of flexoelectricity: methods and applications" supervised by ICREA Research Professor at ICMAB-CSIC, Massimiliano Stengel, on Tuesday, 2 July 2019.

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X-rays find key insights in metal-oxide thin film interfaces

Researchers from the ICMAB-CSIC and ALBA Synchrotron have led a collaborative research, together with the iCN2, the Dept. of Electronics and Biomedical Engineering (UB) and CIC nanoGUNE (Donostia), where they have exploited X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the BOREAS beamline of ALBA for unveiling the optical and spin transport properties of transition metal oxides for photovoltaics and spintronics applications. 

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The CSIC Annual Report 2018 is out!

The CSIC Annual Report 2018 is now online. You can find information about the 120 research centers and units, 1,597 research groups, and 10,642 total staff. The ICMAB article "Hydroxypropyl cellulose photonic architectures by soft nanoimprinting lithography" (Nature Photonics 12, 343 (2018)) appears as one of the highlights in the Materials Science and Technology area

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Open Call for the "Ideas Generation Programme" on Smart Food

The 10th edition of the "Ideas Generation Program" (Programa Generació d'Idees) is special since it is part of a broader initiative to solve smart food challenges. Innovations can be implemented in the production, processing, packaging or consumption of the whole food industry. Any ideas? Registration is open until October 1, 2019. 

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Welcome Alper Özoğul at ICMAB!

Hi! I'm Alper, a PhD student from Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. I will be working as a guest researcher with Prof. Carmen Ocal's group, Physical Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces, on synthesis and characterization of organic semiconductor thin films. Cheers!

 

IEC, 18 SEPT 2019: "La Física dona. La dona física" SCF Opening Conference 2019-2020

The opening conference of the 2019-2020 course of the Catalan Physics Society (SCF - Societat Catalana de Física) will take place on Wednesday, 18 September, at the Sala Nicolau d'Owler (Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Carrer del Carme, 47) at 7 pm. The conference will be given by Dr. Àngels Ramos, Professor in the area of Atomic and Nuclear Physics at the University of Barcelona. 

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Welcome Shima Fasahat at ICMAB!

Hi, I'm Shima Fasahat from Iran and Isfahan city. I came to the ICMAB for a summer research internship in the field of nanocarbon supercapacitors. This was a great chance for me to learn many new things. Currently I am an undergraduate physics student at university of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran. I am interested in learning new languages and at the moment I know English and French in addition to my mother tongue which is Persian. I'm going to learn Spanish for the third foreign language. I also do fitness as my sport time and hobby

 

Welcome Núria Alcalde at ICMAB!

Hi! I am Núria, a student from the UB.
I am going to spend the summer at the ICMAB doing my my TFG in the SUMAN group and I am looking forward to learn everything I can from this experience!

 

Three "Joves i Ciència" doing research in materials science at the ICMAB: superconductors, photovoltaics and MOFs

This year the ICMAB hosted three (3) students from the program "Joves i Ciència" from Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera: Carla París, Teresa Echevarría and Benet Fité. They came to our Institute to do some research stays with some of our researchers, in the fields of superconducting materials, solar cells, and metal-organic-frameworks (MOFs). And they dit SUCH a great job!

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First KardiaTool project meeting in CSIC Brussels: interview with the researchers

The first review meeting of the KardiaTool project, a project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, was organised onMarch 2019. The project involves fourteen partners from nine European countries and one non-European country (United States). The consortium is formd by five universities, five research centres, including the CSIC, two SMEs and two industry partners. 

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The ICMAB receives one ERC Proof of Concept Grant for enabling high-temperature superconducting technologies

  • Teresa Puig, group leader of the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) group, is among the awardees for a project to scale-up a new manufacturing process of high-temperature superconductors.
  • The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded top-funding totalling 9.3 M€ to 62 ERC grant holders via its Proof of Concept Grants. They are meant to explore the commercial or societal potential of their research. 

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Poster Prize for the "Madame Châtelet" project at the Biennial RSEF 2019

The poster "The theatre as a tool to spotlight the relevance of women in the history of science", which explains the project "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers" has received the Poster Prize at the Biennial of Physics (XXXVII Reunión Bienal de la Real Sociedad Española de Física). Carmen Ocal, one of the founders of the project, presented the poster at the "Women and Physics" symposium, on 16 July 2019. Many ICMAB researchers were present at the #BienalRSEF presenting posters and oral communications. This is a great meeting for physicists in Spain!

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The exhibition "Energía: origen y final del todo" is now online!

Elies Molins participated in the creation of the exhibition "Energía: origen y final del todo", which was exhibited at Laboratorium Museum in Bergara (Basque Country) from January to May 2019. The curators and designers were Carlota Oliver, Javier Tejada (Universitat de Barcelona) and Elies Molins (ICMAB-CSIC). 

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