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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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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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The Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units Alliance (#SOMMa) aims at promoting Spanish excellence science, and preserving its competitiveness

The creation of SOMMa will allow research centres and units to increase their impact, foster their cooperation, work as a network, and enrich the R+D system as a whole. SOMMa has presented the document “SOMMa Position Paper: Actions required to safeguard science competitiveness”, which aims at drawing the attention of politicians to tackle some of the current administrative issues urgently and in a long-lasting manner.

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Madame Châtelet for the high school Infanta Isabel from Barcelona who visited ICMAB

On Friday, March 9 2018, one day after the International Women's Day, the students from 2n BTX of the high school Infanta Isabel in Barcelona visited our Institute.

A surprise awaited them: instead of having the usual seminar from one of our researchers, they had 12 researchers from the Institute waiting from them. But this 12 women did not give them a talk. Instead, they represented the play "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers".

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Yannick Roselló Marín

My name is Yannick Roselló and I come from Mallorca, from the University of the Balearic Islands, Chemistry Department. I’ll be staying at ICMAB for a while to do my master final research project about cocrystallization of nitrogenated bases and their derivates under the supervision of the Crystalography Group. I’m very happy for this new experience and I can’t wait to meet you all at ICMAB!

 

 

Some words on Jorge Wagensberg from his ICMAB friends and colleagues

Jorge Wagensberg died on Saturday 3 March 2018 in Barcelona at the age of 69. Not only the scientific community, but the whole city of Barcelona mourns the loss of this great scientist, Physics professor, humanist, poet, author of fundamental books, creator of the new CosmoCaixa in Barcelona, director of Hermitage Barcelona until his death, great friend of ICMAB's people, and much more. 

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Sendai, Japan, 8-12 AUG: 6th International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association Conference (ISHA2018)

The 6th International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association Conference (ISHA2018) will be held on August 8-12, 2018 in Sendai Japan. This conference will cover wide-variety topics on solvothermal and hydrothermal research, as well as some topics including food science, waste disposal, characterization techniques, origin of life, mathematics and simulation.

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Madrid, 23-27 JUL 2018: ICSNN: International Conference on Superlattices, Nanostructures and Nanodevices

The 20th edition of the ICSNN  (International Conference on  Superlattices, Nanostructures and Nanodevices) will take place this year in Madrid between 23 and 27 July 2018. The ICSNN is a biennial conference series with a tradition lasting back to the 1980s, usually being the largest satellite conference to the International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors (ICPS). The ICPS will be held in Montpellier (France) the week after ICSNN.

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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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The ICMAB presents its research at the largest Nano- European Event: ImagineNano2018

Between March 13-15, 2018, Bilbao (Spain) hosts the 4th edition of the largest European Event in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, ImagineNano2018, at Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC), a 3 days event to discuss the latest in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology.

Researchers from the ICMAB will be at ImagineNano 2018, presenting some of the latest and cutting-edge research projects, involving bacterial nanocellulose, atomic force microscopy, photonic architectures and superabsorbers. The CSIC also has an exhibitor stand, in which the research on microelectronics and nanomaterials will be presented. 

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Konstanze Hahn

After my PhD in Physical Chemistry in Zurich I spent several years at the University of Cagliari in Sardinia. I came to ICMAB in October 2017 and I work in the field of computational condensed matter. Besides science I like to spend my time in nature running, climbing, hiking, sailing...

 

 

Santander, 23-27 JUL 2018: Summer School "De la nanociencia a la nanotecnología: luces y sombras del control de la materia a escala atómica"

Between 23 and 27 July 2018, the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) in Santander will host a new edition of the course "De la nanociencia a la nanotecnología: luces y sombras del control de la materia a escala atómica", coordinated by Pedro A. Serena and Agustina Asenjo from the Institue of Materials Science of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC) and in which Anna Roig, from ICMAB, participates as lecturer.  

The course is aimed at undergraduate students (third and fourth year) and master students, in the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Materials Science, Nanoscience, and Engineering, etc. in order to guide their graduate training to studies in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

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Barcelona, 23-27 JUL 2018: International Conference and Workshop on High Pressure Semiconductors & Superconductors Physics

Join the18th International Conference on High Pressure Semiconductor Physics and the 2nd International Workshop on High Pressure Study of Superconductors (HPSP18 & WHS2) , that will be held at CosmoCaixa Museum (Barcelona) on 23-27 July 2018.

ICREA Research Professor at ICMAB, Alejandro Goñi, is a member of the Organizing Committee and responsible for hosting this event. 

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YoMo 2018: ICMAB presents 3D printed structures, scientific portraits and minerals and microscopy games

On 27 and 28 February, the ICMAB was present at YoMo 2018, The Youth Mobile Festival, with an interactive stand open to all the primary and secondary school students who visited the Festival, and to all of their teachers. On Tuesday 27 February, the stand was devoted to the 3D printed structures with the 3D printing 3Doodler pens, by Andrés Gómez, from the Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) lab. Both boys and girls gathered around the tables willing to build their bridge or the structure of a carbon nanotube with the 3D pens.

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