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BCN, 28-29 SEPT 2018: The European Researchers Night is back!

The European Researchers' Night (Nit Europea de la Recerca) is celebrated throughout Europe on the last Friday of September, with the aim of bringing science, research and technology closer to the public. In Catalonia, under the theme "Research, heritage of all", outreach activities will take place on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September in Barcelona, ​​Tarragona, Lleida, Girona, Blanes and Vic, among other places.

The ICMAB will participate with some highschool talks on Friday morning, with a nanoscience workshop and a Speaker's Cornet talk in CosmoCaixa on Friday evening, and in the Biblioteca Sagrada Família on Saturday morning with "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers".

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Girona, 20 SEPT 2018: "New challenges in chemistry: nanovesicles and biologic control of pests"

On Thursday, 20 September, Dra. Nora Ventosa, researcher at the NANOMOL group at ICMAB, and member of the Catalan Society of Chemistry (SCQ) will participate in the event organized by the SCQ and the University of Girona (UdG) at the Science Building of the UdG: "New challenges in chemistry: nanovesicles and biologic control of pests" (Jornada sobre nous reptes en química: nanovesícules i control biològic de plagues). 

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Extremely sensitive radiation detectors to explore the universe in the forthcoming ESA space missions

Dr. Lourdes Fàbrega, from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), leads the development in Spain of a special type of sensors that can detect very small changes in temperature and that will be used in the forthcoming European space missions.

These sensors are extremely sensitive and miniaturized microcalorimeters, like small thermometers, that can detect even the energy of one single photon.

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Marta Mas-Torrent and Teresa Puig, ERC researchers, in #LasCientíficasCuentan

The project "Las Científicas Cuentan" is an initiative of the CSIC Delegation in Brussels financed by the FECYT. The aim of the project is to bring basic science to the general public, through the story of women scientists who have been awarded with a ERC project during the past years. From the ICMAB, Marta Mas-Torrent (ERC-Starting Grant) and Teresa Puig (ERC-Advanced Grant) participate in the project.

The presentation will be on Wednesday, September 19 in Barcelona with a talk by Teresa Puig on superconducting materials (7 pm).

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The ICMAB website: the most visible of the CSIC

According to the Ranking Web of Research Centers, the ICMAB has the most visible website of all the CSIC research centers and units. In addition, the ICMAB website has raised to the 2nd position in the global ranking (in 2017 it was in the 4th place, and in 2016 in the 13th), from a total of 138. 

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The Severo Ochoa call in the press - What is excellence in research?

Following the provisional resolution of this year's Severo Ochoa Centers of Excellence call, there has been a hustle and bustle in the press and in the social networks regarding the criteria of excellence of the Severo Ochoa programme, and the fact that the ICIQ (Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia) is not within the selected members. 

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PhD Extraordinary award for three ICMAB graduates: Justo Cabrera, María de la Mata Fernández and Manuel Souto

Three ICMAB graduates have been awarded by the UAB with the PhD Extraordinary Award for their doctoral thesis, developed during the period 2015-2016: Justo Cabrera in the field of Chemistry, and María de la Mata Fernández and Manuel Souto in the field of Materials Science. The awards ceremony will take place on November 2018. Congratulations!

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Peter Grünberg, an inspiration for many magnetic ICMABers: from spinwaves to GMR

"Peter Grünberg was one of the first physicists to understand the potential of nascent nanotechnologies for fundamental research. He discovered giant magnetoresistance, or GMR: a large change in electrical resistance induced by a small magnetic field in stacks of ultrathin magnetic and non-magnetic layers." says Albert Fert* in Peter Grünberg's Obituary in Nature.

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Job Offer at IFW Dresden: Junior Research Group Leader in "Applications of unconventional superconductors"

The Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden – in short IFW Dresden – wants to establish a new Junior Research Group in the field of applied superconductivity. The particular research focus for this group is open with the exception that it needs to be related to the application of unconventional superconductors (i.e. cuprates, Fe-based superconductors etc.) in any device or system.

Application deadline: August 30, 2018

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ICMAB, 5 SEPT 2018: Kids' Day at ICMAB

On Wednesday, 5 September 2018, ICMAB will celebrate another edition of the Kids’ Day, the day in which staff and researchers from the institute are invited to bring their children for a morning of science activities. 

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Seven Master Students will do their thesis at ICMAB thanks to a Severo Ochoa fellowship

This year the ICMAB counted with 7 out of the 34 fellowships for Master students that the CSIC distributed among the five Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence of the CSIC (Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT), Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CNB), Instituto de Física Corpuscular (IFIC), Instituto de Neurociencias (IN) and Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB); and the Structural Biology Unit of Excellence María de Maeztu. The 7 granted students will do their Master Thesis Project with one of our researchers during 5 months, and will receive 5,000 €. 

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Seven "Joves i Ciència" at the ICMAB labs during this summer!

This year the ICMAB hosted seven (7) students from the program "Joves i Ciència" from Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera: Roger, Pilar, Antoni, Pere, Mariona, Anastasia and Arnau. They came to our Institute to do some research stays with some of our researchers, in the fields of spintronics, solar cells, superconducting materials, porous materials for energy, sustainable chemistry and crystallography. 

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Laia Pascua Solé

Hi!
I’m Laia and I’m from Barcelona. I’m currently studying a degree in Physics at the UB. From July until September I will be doing an internship in the ICMAB analysing ferroelectric materials. I really like to learn new things, especially languages. It’s a good way to discover different cultures. I love to travel every time I can.

 

 

The ICMAB awarded with the Gender Equality Certificate by the CSIC

The ICMAB has been awarded by the CSIC with the Gender Equality Certificate (Distintivo de Acreditación en Igualdad de Género), in its first edition. This certificate was promoted by the CSIC President, Rosa Menéndez, following an explicit commitment to offer equal opportunities for men and women in their workplaces. The objective of the call was to promote gender perspective in all the CSIC institutes, and to promote measures to eliminate the barriers that women may encounter during their career. 

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Josep Maria Batllori

Hello everybody! My name is Josep Maria. I am currently studying the degree of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. I am sharing a flat with other students in Cerdanyola del Vallès during the course but I am actually living in a small village called Vilajuïga, near Figueres. I love listening to music, playing paddel and watching films, as well. I will spend the whole summer at the SUMAN department of ICMAB experimenting with superconductors. See you soon!

 

Paula Pamies

Hi everyone!
I'm Paula, I'm living in Barcelona but I'm from Alicante. I'm in the last year of nanoscience and nanotechnology degree at UAB. I will do my final research project at Nanostructered Materials Department (NANOPTENER). I like spending time with my friends, traveling, visiting art museums or galleries, doing sport and watching series or movies.
See you around!!

 

We're hiring! Postdoc in Radical Dendrimers as Contrast Agents for MRI

The group of Dr. José Vidal, in the NANOMOL group is looking for a "Posdoctoral Researcher in Radical Dendrimers as Contrast Agents for MRI". 
The appointment has an initial duration of 1 year, starting in Oct 2018. 

The activities of the successful candidate will focus on the synthesis and characterization of radical dendrimers and their study as paramagnetic contrast agent for Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

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"Functions from flaws: Devices that harness vacancies and deficiencies in oxide thin films" by Dr. Sharath Sriram (Wed, 12 Sept 2018)

The Seminars and Training Committee kindly invites you to the following ICMAB Invited Seminar

Functions from flaws: Devices that harness vacancies and deficiencies in oxide thin films

by Dr. Sharath SRIRAM,RMIT University, Australia

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 @ 10 am
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles

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The SCQ-IEC Research Project Awards bring two students to the ICMAB for a scientific internship

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. 

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Nine Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects (FIP) granted in the third internal call within the Severo Ochoa FUNMAT programme

Continuing the Strategic Vision for the Severo Ochoa programme FUNMAT ("Smart FUNctional MATerials for social grand challenges"), the ICMAB opened the call for the third edition of the Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects (FIP) earlier this year 2018. Out of all the proposals submitted, 9 projects in different fields have been granted. 

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Toni Serés

Hi, my name is Toni and I'm from Lleida, a city near Barcelona. I'm a first of baccalaureate student and I want to study physics in Barcelona. I'm in the ICMAB learning crystallography and other physics subjects with the researcher Elies Molins during three weeks. I like to do judo and read, and I really love to be with my friends just having fun

 

Ana M. López-Periago, second prize at the science monologues contest "Científiques a prop"

On July 17, 2018, the fourth edition of "Científiques a prop" (Getting closer to scientists) organized by AMIT-CAT took place with great success in La Monroe de la Filmo. This edition counted with the participation of Ana M. López-Periago, from the ICMAB, who became second in the audience award, with her talk on "CO2: hero or villain?", in which she talked about the benefits of using supercritical CO2 in the preparation of materials. 

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Alfonso del Rey

I am Alfonso del Rey and I will be working in the Tech Transfer Unit, helping researchers in taking their technologies to the market. I have a molecular biology PhD and experience in the private sector. Before coming to ICMAB I was working as Technology Transfer Officer in a catalan research institute. As I use to work indoors, sitting in front of a computer or having meetings, in my spare time I try to get outdoors as much as possible enjoying my family

 

 

New boost to future calcium batteries - A possible cathode?

  • A recent study demonstrates the feasibility of the electrochemical extraction of calcium from a metal oxide, which could be used as a cathode (positive electrode) for calcium batteries
  • The study, published in Dalton Transactions, was carried out in collaboration with Toyota Motor Europe, which shares the patent

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Do you want to work with us at the ICMAB? Call for postdoctoral fellowships is now open!

Open call (INCOMING) for 22 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities, to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu distinction of excellence, Institutos de Investigación Sanitaria Carlos III or units qualified as "excellent" or "exceptional" by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. Candidates must have resided in Spain less than 12 months in the last three years. Moreover, another open call (RETAINING) for 11 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities to carry out research at any university or research centre in Spain. In this case, candidates must have resided in Spain more than 12 months in the last three years. 

The ICMAB is a Severo Ochoa Cener of Excellence since 2016 and is happy to host postdoctoral fellows in this call! Please feel free to contact our researchers, they will be happy to answer your questions. You will find information on our research groups here: ICMAB Reserach Groups

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Arnau Sabater

Hi everyone! I'm Arnau and I'm an student from Maçanet de la Selva, near Girona. I'll be working at the ICMAB joining a project on crystallography tutored by Anna Crespi and Carlos Frontera, which I'm really enjoying. I love music and spend my time playing the piano and meeting my friends. Next year I'll start a degree on Human Biology and I couldn't be more excited about it!

 

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