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Arnau Bertran: Premi Sant Jordi 2018 from the SCQ-IEC for his bacherlor's thesis

Arnau Bertran Inglada, who did his bachelor's thesis at ICMAB under the supervision of Gerard Tobias (ICMAB, Solid State Chemistry Group) and Àlvar Sánchez (UAB, Physics Dept) has been awarded with the "Premi Sant Jordi 2018" of the Societat Catalana de Química (SCQ-IEC) for his work entitled "Òxid de grafè reduït decorat amb nanopartícules d’òxid de ferro. Síntesi, caracterització i estudi magnètic" (Reduced graphene oxide decorated with iron oxide nanoparticles. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic study). 

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The Châtelet team from ICMAB went to congratulate Margarita Salas, now Doctor honoris causa by the UAB

Margarita Salas, who has been for more than 50 years working on molecular biology research, was honored with the Doctor honoris causa by the UAB on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 at noon. The ceremony took place at the conference hall (Sala d'Actes) of the Rectorat building, presided by the UAB Dean, Margarita Arboix, and the deans of the Faculties of Science and Biosciences. Montserrat Llagostera, Chair Professor of the Department of Genetics and Microbiology, who proposed Margarita Sals for this award, introduced her to the audience. 

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MIT-Spain grant for ICMAB project: new materials for photovoltaics

ICMAB is the recipient of one of twelve MIT-Spain ”la Caixa” Foundation Seed Fund grants under a brand new funding programme in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The presentation of the grants took place on 18 April 2018 at Palau Macaya (Barcelona). A common objective of all the awarded projects is to face some of the challenges of the XXI century: organs on a chip to fight cancer, polymers against antibiotic resistance, in vitro biologic 3D ears, quantic computers for data processing, or new materials to increase the efficiency of photovoltaic cells, to name a few. This latter is the project from Dr. Ignasi Fina, from the MULFOX group at ICMAB, who will work together with Dr. Rafael Jaramillo, at MIT

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ICMAB, 19-20 APRIL 2018: Workshop on Assessing the technology transfer potentials at ICMAB. Results and benchmarking.

On Thursday 19 April, and Friday 20 April, ICMAB will host the "Workshop on Assessing the technology transfer potentials at ICMAB. Results and benchmarking" open to all ICMAB members.

The workshop will present the results of the study performed during this previous months about the technology transfer potential of the Institue research and projects. Joins us!

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Marta Alcaina Hernando

Hi everyone!
I’m Marta, from Barcelona. I’m currently finishing my final year of biochemistry degree at UAB. From April to June I’ll be in Nanomol-Tech with Lídia Ferrer doing an extracurricular internship. In my free time I enjoy playing basketball and spending time with my friends! See you around!

 

TNSI: Nanotechnology brings together companies and research centres from both sides of the Pyrenees

A new European-funded project that started in February 2018 is enabling greater cooperation between SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and research centres in the Spain-France border regions. Coordinated by the Basque company BihurCrystal, the ICMAB researcher Dr. Xavier Torrelles is contibuting to the project. Here we present the official press release.

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Iridescent photonic cellulose, mimicking the structural color of insects, with optical applications

  • The study developed at the ICMAB and published in Nature Photonics describes, for the first time, the technique to provide structural coloration on a cellulose derivative through its nanostructuration
  • The colors obtained do not depend on pigments but on nanostructures that interact differently with the incident light, therefore presenting different colors. 
  • The applications of this technology include eco-friendly production of color in packaging systems or decorative paper, anti-counterfeiting technology, or biocompatible, biodegradable, washable and edible and low cost detectors, sensors or labels for the food or medical industry.

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Gerrit Bredeck

Hello everybody!
My name is Gerrit and I’m a master’s student of toxicology from Düsseldorf, Germany. In 2016 I got my bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical chemistry in Cologne. I am glad to enter the Group of Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites for an internship of six months under the supervision of Dr. Anna Laromaine. My topic will be the investigation of the effects of cellulose on the nematode C. elegans and vice versa. I’m looking forward to meeting you.

Open PhD position at Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble: Spin-crossover molecular-based materials for efficient carbon capture and release

Spin-crossover molecular-based materials for efficient carbon capture and release. The role of anthropogenic CO2 emissions as a major contributor to climate change is nowadays beyond discussion and a proposed way to mitigate these effects in the medium term is to employ carbon capture and sequestration or recycling.

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University of Cambridge: Research Assistant/Associate in Bulk Superconductors for Biomedical Applications (Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on a project concerning the development of a practical system for generating high magnetic fields using MgB2 Bulk Superconductors. This work forms part of a collaborative project funded by EPSRC between the University, the University of Oxford and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

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Prof. Teresa Puig and the SUMAN group spreading the knowledge on superconductivity at the UAB

Prof. Teresa Puig, from the SUMAN group (Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures) was invited to give a talk on superconducting materials at “Dissabtes de la Física on Saturday, 24 February 2018, at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. More than 100 secondary school students listened to her talk (10:00 am, Sala d'actes).

On 21 March 2018, Teresa gave the talk "La superconductivitat: un fenomen quàntic que està contribuint al canvi energètic" (Superconductivity: a quantum phenomenon that is contributing to the energy change) at the Facultat de Ciències of the UAB, in an event organized by the Catalan Association of Physics Students (Associació Catalana d'Estudiants de Física) (12:15 pm, C3/022).

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Berlin, 22-24 OCT 2018: ANNIC 2018 - Applied Nanotechnology and Nanoscience International Conference

The fourth edition of the Applied Nanotechnology and Nanoscience International Conference (ANNIC 2018) will take place in Berlin between 22 and 24 October 2018. It is an annual event hosting high-profile plenary speakers, world-class researchers, oral and poster presentations, workshops, sponsor exhibits and afterworks. This event is a great opportunity to share your research findings with a wide audience, promote knowledge exchange, and network on nano-related topics. 

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Núria Aliaga participates at the "IV Scientific Day" of INS Mercè Rodoreda

On Friday, 16 March 2018, the secondary school INS Mercè Rodoreda (Hospitalet de Llobregat) celebrated their "IV Scientific Day" (IV Jornada Científica) with scientific activities for their students, from 1st ESO to 2nd BTX. Núria Aliaga, ICREA Research Professor at ICMAB, was one of the invited speakers. She had the big challenge of talking about science to "Arts and Humanities" 3rd and 4th ESO students. 

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ICMAB, 17-20 SEPT 2018: MATENER 2018: Severo Ochoa Summer School on Materials for Energy

On 17-20 September ICMAB will host the MATENER 2018: Severo Ochoa Summer School on Materials for Energy. This summer school is addressed to last year undergraduate, master and PhD students, who are interested in the development of materials with energy applications, such as photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, batteries or superconducting materials. 

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Postdoctoral Researcher in Organic Solar Cells in the NANOPTO group

A postdoctoral research position is offered within the framework of the project “Finding a needle in a haystack: efficient identification of high performing organic energy materials (FOREMAT)”, funded by the European Research Council through the program ERC-Consolidator Grant.

The appointment has an initial duration of 2 years, starting in May 2018. 

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Recap of the RRI2018 meeting and workshop at ICMAB

On 16 March 2018, with the aim of introducing this concept to the research community at ICMAB, and in collaboration with the Marie-Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) i-Switch, a workshop on "Ethics and Responsible Research & Innovation in Research" (RRI2018) was organized. 

The workshop gathered several experts from the field that provided us with some insights on how to deal with some of the aspects included in RRI, from ethics and gender aspects in research to integrity and scientific misconduct. Two practical workshops focusing on the promotion of RRI and the available methods to implement it, by Rosina Malagrida (IrSiCaixa), were also included. 

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First CARBAT FET Open project meeting at ICMAB to evaluate the first 6 months of the project

On April 5, 2018, the first CARBAT project meeting was celebrated. The meeting was held at the CARBAT coordinator's research institute, Prof. M. Rosa Palacín, the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) in Bellaterra. CARBAT is a FET Open research and innovation action in the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, funded over the H2020-FETOPEN-2016-2017 call, which started on October 2017. 

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"Graphene-based photocatalysts to obtain hydrogen" featured in UABDivulga

A study from Dr. Angel Pérez del Pino et al. was featured on 13 April in the website UABDivulga: Graphene-based photocatalysts to obtain hydrogen. We transcribe here the full article:

Graphene-based materials are an efficient, cheap, abundant and non-toxic alternative for catalysing the obtaining of hydrogen, which can be used as a removable fuel, through the photoinduced water splitting. A group of the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) has developed, based on laser technology, a nitrogen-doped graphene powder material in different experimental conditions for different catalytic functions through the process, in a simple, versatile and scalable to industry way. 

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New organic and miniaturized photodetectors that absorb light beyond the visible range

A study led by the Technische Universität Dresden, in which the group of Dr. Mariano Campoy-Quiles of the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) participated, has developed organic photodetectors that detect light below its absorption band, with high efficiency, in a tunable way and in a very precise wavelength of the electromagnetic spectrum.

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University of Cambridge: Research Assistant/Associate in Portable High Field Magnet Systems (Fixed Term)

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering's Bulk Superconductivity Group to work on Portable High Field Magnet Systems. The post holder will work with Dr Mark Ainslie, an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Early Career Fellow, on an EPSRC-funded project to develop portable, high magnetic field charging of bulk superconductors for practical engineering applications.

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PhD candidates wanted for a project on "Architectured & Flexible Structure for Building Integrated Photovoltaics" - IDEX project, Grenoble

PhD Position in Architectured & Flexible Structure for Building Integrated Photovoltaics in the frame of an IDEX project in Grenoble. Areas: Materials science, physics of semiconductors and opto-electronic devices, physical-chemistry, and engineering.

Deadline for submission: 30th April 2018

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Exporecerca Jove 2018: projects for a better future

 The XIX Edition of ExpoRecerca Jove 2018 took place between 22 and 24 March in La Salle, Barcelona. Anna May, from ICMAB, participated as member of the jury of the presented projects by the talented groups of students from all over the world. 

Is is a great event in which the students present their pioneer and innovative projects, in many different fields: health, technology, biology, chemisty, arts & literature, robotics, etc. The students explain their projects to the jury members, and to all the visitors who wish to learn more about the future challenges of our world. 

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Prof. Elies Molins has collaborated in the creation of the exhibition "Numbers and humanity"

Prof. Elies Molins, researcher at ICMAB and member of GISME (Interdisciplinary Reflection Group and Math Solutions for Entities), has collaborated in the creation of the exhibition 'Numbers and humanity' (Los números y la humanidad), which was exposed in the begining of 2018 at the UB, and on March this year at the "Saló de l'Ensenyament", next to the "Espai Ciència". Prof. Elies Molins is Scientific Director of the exhibition, together with Prof. Javier Tejada (GISME-UB), who is also the main organizer and curatior of the exhibition.

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Barcelona, 26-27 OCT 2018: BCNspiracy, second edition

After the success of the first edition in 2017 with more than 300 attendees, the second edition of BCNspiracy will taka place in CosmoCaixa Barcelona on 26-27 October 2018. This year, apart from the traditional talks BCNspiracy on science outreach, there will be a session on INspriacy (26 October), where secondary school students will have the opportunity to get inspired by young students who are studying their degree or are doing their PhD. On 27 October there will also be workshops and shows (PLAYspiracy) to show the interactive side of science, and a final networking event between speakers and audience, BEERspiracy

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Esther Barrena and Stefania Sandoval bring the new materials to the schools with the program "A researcher in your classroom"

Two of our researchers, Dr. Esther Barrena, from the Physical Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces group, and Dr. Stefania Sandoval, from the Solid State Chemistry Group, went to two secondary school in the framework of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11F) and within the program "A researcher in your classroom" (Un investigador a la teva aula), to give two seminars on new materials for the future

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Mohamed Ramadan

My name is Mohamed Ramadan and my permanent work is assistant professor at Faculty of Engineering, Helwan University, Egypt. Currently, I have joined the group of Nanostructured Materials for Optoelectronics and Energy Harvesting /Laser processing research as a postdoctoral researcher at the ICMAB-CSIC under supervision of Prof. Angel Perez. More about me, I like traveling, walking, reading and playing chess.

Barcelona, 26-29 SEPT 2018: 14th International Symposium on Ferroic Domains

The forthcoming International Symposium on Ferroic Domains (ISFD-14) is going to be held in Barcelona, at the “Casa de Convalescencia”, a UNESCO-listed modernist building a stone’s throw from the Sagrada Familia.

Hosted in this 14th edition by the ICN2, the International Symposium on Ferroic Domains (ISFD) has been held bi-annually since 1989, timed to fall between the International Meeting of Ferroelectricity and the European Meeting of Ferroelectricity. It serves both as a half-way stop between them and as a portent of what’s going to be hot in the next year’s highlight meeting of ferroelectricity.The research themes cover experimental and theoretical advances in our understanding of domains, domain walls, phase boundaries and other topological mobile structures. Scientific quality and originality are the sole criteria for selecting talks.

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Mesoporous Silica Adsorbed on Cellulosic Textiles with Strong Antibacterial Properties against Foodborne Pathogens

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