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Open Call for the Programme "Generació d'Idees" on Biomed and Insustrial Biotech

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!

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"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.

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The Superconducting Materials group at the "Fira de Recerca en Directe" at CosmoCaixa

The members of the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) Group, were last week during four days at CosmoCaixa for the "Fira Recerca en Directe", where research groups from different universities and research centers present their research to primary and secondary schools and families. The SUMAN group showed how to prepare superconducting thin films, and how levitating trains work.

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Congratulations Dr. Sílvia Illa Tuset, new ICMAB graduate!

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!

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Job offer: Postdoctoral position in Plasmonics at ICMAB!

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. 

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The students of Centre d'Estudis Roca discover the materials of the future for solar energy

On Friday, 1 February 2019, students from the Centre d'Estudis Roca school, in Barcelona, came to the ICMAB to discover the materials of the future in solar energy! The visit consisted in a first talk from Mariano Campoy-Quiles, researcher at the ICMAB, followed by a visit to four different labs: SEM, XRD, AFM and NANOPTO labs. The visit is in the framework of the ESCOLAB programme of the Ajuntament de Barcelona. 

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Welcome Natalia Martínez Reyes at ICMAB!

Hi there! I´m Natalia, and I come from Valdefuentes del Páramo, a little village in León, Spain. I studied my Bachelor in Biotechnology at the University of León, and now I'm studying the Master in Advanced Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at UAB. Here at ICMAB I am working on my master's thesis on bacterial nanocellulose as bioactive wound dressing with the Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites group. In my free time I like to play the (electric) guitar with my band, going out and exploring the places nearby. I also enjoy a lot doing outdoor activities.

See you around!

Welcome María del Mar Blanes Martínez at ICMAB!

Hi!! I'm Marimar, a 23 years old chemical engineer. I'm from Alcoy, a really beautiful city of Alicante. I'm doing an internship with the Severo Ochoa fellowship and studying the master Science and Engineering of Materials at UPC Campus Diagonal–Besòs (Barcelona). I like sports and dance. I have danced ballet since I was 6 years old. In my free time I used to go hiking in the mountains or train for trails. Currently, as I live in Barcelona city, I’m trying to run, but I ‘ll tell you know about my process. I'm also very creative. I love designing clothes and doing all kinds of crafts. To sum up, I love being always busy with new and interesting things.

I hope to get to know everyone, see you around!!!

Dominique Givord, in memoriam

We heard with great sadness that Dominique Givord, CNRS researcher in Grenoble, passed away this week. Many researchers from the ICMAB collaborated with him and worked directly with him. Dominique contributed to the build of the ICMAB by inspiring many of our research activities and research lines, supporting young scientists and advising us on the big challenges of magnetic materials, as required by our modern and future society. His loss is felt by many of us.

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Barcelona, 7-11 Feb 2019: the ICMAB will participate in the Biennal Ciència i Ciutat

From 7 to 11 February, Barcelona will be the City of Science. The Biennal Ciència i Ciutat will fill the city with activities related with science: talks, debates, roundables, exhibitions, etc. The ICMAB will also participate by collaborating in two roundtables about Chemistry and Health, and Chemistry and Bateries (8 Feb, Cosmocaixa). You cannot miss it! Take a look at the extense programme, there is something for you, for sure!

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"Charge generation in organic photovoltaic devices: Could coherence contribute?" by Olle Inganäs (Friday, 15 March 2019)

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

Charge generation in organic photovoltaic devices: Could coherence contribute?

by Olle Inganäs, Professor emeritus, Biomolecular and organic electronics, Dept.Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

Friday, 15 March 2019 @ 12 pm
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles

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Sitges, 7-8 March: VI Immersió Estratègica - Clúster MAV

On 7-8 March 2019, the VI Strategic Immersion of the Advanced Materials Cluster (Cluster MAV), in collaboration with ACCIÓ, took place in Sitges. Our Technology Transfer Officer, Alfonso del Rey, attented the event, which main aim was to know the main trends and world challenges in the advanced materials field. 

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Published a review on thermoelectric materials, from the very beginning and to the future!

A broad and comprehensive review on thermoelectric materials has been published in "Materials Science and Engineering: R: Reports", a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Elsevier established in 1993 with an impact factor of more than 25! The review, with 47 pages, includes the participation of Mariano Campoy-Quiles and Bernhard Dörling from the ICMAB-CSIC, and 12 more institutions around the world (Italy, USA, UK, Germany, Sweden and Spain). 

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Welcome María del Carmen Luzardo at ICMAB!

Hello everyone!!!
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

 

Congratulations Dr. Laia Soler Bru, new ICMAB graduate!

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!

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Welcome Bea Domingo Tafalla at ICMAB!

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!

 

Urea substitutes noble metal catalysts for the photodegradation of organic pollutants

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.

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M. Rosa Palacin in the closing session of the 7th edition of the JIPI meeting at the UB Paranimf

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. 

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Welcome Aleix Borrella Colomé at ICMAB!

Hi! I am Aleix Borrella, a 21 years old undergraduate student in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology. I am from Vilafranca del Penedès, a small lovely town close to Barcelona, and I will join the Solid State Chemistry group to study an alloy between graphene and polymers for 3D printing as part of my final degree project

 

#11F2019 Arántzazu González in "L'informatiu" TVE1 for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Arántzazu González, researcher from the ICMAB-CSIC, went on 11 February to a Primary School (Can Maiol) to talk to the students and visibilize women scientists, within the initative "Nuestras científicas: Jornada de investigadoras actuales y futuras" of the CSIC-Catalunya. The initiative appeared on the TVE1 news programme "L'informatiu" at 2 pm on 11 February 2019. Look at it here, from minute 16:04! 

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#11F: "Our scientists in the school" for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The CSIC Delegation in Catalunya wants to contribute to the promotion of scientific vocations in young girls, and facilitate the contact between them and the scientists from the nearby research centers. For this reason, an educational action in the framework of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) is organized, consisting on school visits by some CSIC researchers, who will explain their research projects and their life as a scientist to primary school students.

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Meet the 10 future scientists working on Advanced Functional Materials of the DOC-FAM MSCA-COFUND project!

On Tuesday, 29 January 2019, the Welcome Day of the Doctoral Training Programme in Functional Advanced Materials (DOC-FAM) First Call Fellows took place at the ICMAB. The DOC-FAM is a H2020-MSCA-COFUND project coordinated by ICMAB-CSIC in collaboration with four partner research institutions from the area: IMB-CNM, IREC, ALBA Synchrotron and ICN2. In this first call, 10 PhD Fellows from all around the world have started their research training programme within these institutions. Meet them here! 

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ICMAB, 14 March 2019: Jornada de Igualdad de Género en Centros de Investigación "¿Y a mí, qué me aporta la igualdad?"

On Thursday, 14 March 2019, the ICMAB hosts the workshop on Gender Equality in Research Centers entitled "¿Y a mí, qué me aporta la igualdad?". The workshop is aimed for all the ICMAB staff (scientific, technical, administration, students...) and will take place from 8:45 am to 2 pm. Don't miss this opportunity to learn and interact with your colleagues about this topic that affects all of us!  

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Kick-off of the E-MAGIC European Project on Magnesium batteries

The E-MAGIC (European Magnesium Interactive Battery Community) research project is a European H2020 FET-PROACTIVE recently funded with 6.5 million euros. Its aim is to develop new magnesium-based batteries, more powerful, cheaper and safer than lithium-ion ones. The project could pave the way for the establishment of a competitive battery cell production landscape in Europe.

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