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Boron clusters (ferrabisdicarbollides) shaping the future as radiosensitizers for multimodal (chemo/radio/PBFR) therapy of glioblastoma

Miquel Nuez-Martínez, María Queralt-Martín, Amanda Muñoz-Juan, Vicente M. Aguilella, Anna Laromaine, Francesc Teixidor, Clara Viñas, * Catarina G. Pinto, Teresa Pinheiro, Joana F. Guerreiro, Filipa Mendes, Catarina Roma-Rodrigues, Pedro V. Baptista, Alexandra R. Fernandes, Srecko Valic and Fernanda Marques *

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common and fatal primary brain tumor, and is highly resistant to conventional radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Therefore, the development of multidrug resistance and tumor recurrence are frequent. Given the poor survival with the current treatments, new therapeutic strategies are urgently needed. Radiotherapy (RT) is a common cancer treatment modality for GBM. However, there is still a need to improve RT efficiency, while reducing the severe side effects. Radiosensitizers can enhance the killing effect on tumor cells with less side effects on healthy tissues.

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"Dijous de ciència i tecnologia a l'IEC: Bateries i materials"

In the next conference of the IEC "Dijous de ciència" the talk will be by M. Rosa Palacín on batteries.

The Science and Technology Section of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans invites you to the conference of the 2023 Science and Technology Thursday cycle—research at the service of society—, which will be given by M. Rosa Palacín, research professor at the 'Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) of the CSIC, and which will be entitled "Batteries and materials: where do we come from and where are we going".

Day: Thursday, February 9, 2023
Time: 6:30 p.m
Place: Institut d'Estudis Catalans (C. del Carme, 47, 08001 Barcelona) Sala Pere i Joan Coromines
The conferences can also be followed online on the IEC YouTube channel

The February issue of the magazine "El Pou de la Gallina" from Manresa is devoted to "Doing research abroad". The number was presented at the Casino in Manresa in a round table with Xavier Obradors, who participated in the report. 


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"Leave the country for research and never come back" (El Pou de la Gallina)

February 07, 2023
On Wednesday, 1 February 2023, at 7:30 PM, a round table within the cycle "Temes del Pou" (Pou Topics), on "Doing research abroad", in the Auditorium of the Casino Cultural Center to present the new issue of the journal.  The debate counted with the intervention of Francesc Comas, historian and family member of researchers abroad, and Xavier Obradors, Research Professor at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC). This new issue is dedicated to interview a dozen of ...
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Semitransparent organic photovoltaic module at ICMAB´s garden | ICMAB, CSIC

SYNATRA, new project on organic solar cells for transparent agrivoltaics

The project is funded within the "Strategic Lines Projects 2022" call of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation - Agencia Estatal de Investigación's State Program for the Promotion of Scientific-Technical Research and its Transfer.

Members of the EU-funded project NABIHEAL during the kick-off meeting in Barcelona on 11 January 2023.

New European Project NABIHEAL in biomaterials for complex wound healing

The Horizon Europe project NABIHEAL, coordinated by the Center for Biomedical Research Network (CIBER) at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), was launched on 11-12 January 2023 in Barcelona with the first meeting of the international consortium, formed by 14 partners from 7 countries, including research centers, universities, and private companies. 


Alejandro De Sousa with supervisors and PhD Committee | ICMAB, CSIC

Congratulations Dr. J. Alejandro De Sousa, new ICMAB PhD graduate!

Doctor Jesús Alejandro De Sousa Rodríguez from the Molecular Materials for Electronic Devices (eMolMat) group at ICMAB-CSIC, defended his PhD thesis "Stable perchlorinated trityl radicals on surfaces for molecular (opto)electronics and spintronics" on Friday, 16 December 2022 at ICMAB. 

Congratulations Dr. Jinghai Li, new ICMAB PhD Graduate!

Doctor Jinghai Li from the Molecular Materials for Electronic Devices (eMolMat) group at ICMAB-CSIC, defended his PhD thesis "Device Performance Optimisation and Photoresponse of Printed Organic Field-Effect Transistors" on Tuesday, 13 December 2022 in an online session. 


"Leave the country for research and never come back" (El Pou de la Gallina)

The February issue of the magazine "El Pou de la Gallina" from Manresa is devoted to "Doing research abroad". The number was presented at the Casino in Manresa in a round table with Xavier Obradors, who participated in the report. 

New nanoarchitectonics to enhance cell-adhesion with quatsomes

ICMAB researchers have participated in a study to create a versatile platform based on hierarchically nanostructured cell-adhesion peptides using quatsomes, which opens new possibilities for tissue engineering. The study, published in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces is a collaboration of three CIBER-BBN groups at ICMAB, IQAC (both CSIC) and IBEC.


Lemon batteries with M. Rosa Palacín

#CientífKsEnJoc: video game about energy with M. Rosa Palacín

 #CientífiksenJoc is a program for 5th Primary School classes, where students will design a video game about an active Catalan researcher. This year the topic of energy is discussed from various research perspectives. 

Anastasiya Syurzhyk Revo at her video

Discovering the world of quatsomes by Anastasiya Syurzhyk Revo, a Joves i Ciència fellow

In this video you will see the day-to-day experince of our Joves i Ciència fellow at ICMAB during July 2022. 

PoC Training Program at Eureka building PRUAB

New Proof of Concept Training Program for ICMAB researchers

The PoC Training Program takes place at the Eureka building of the UAB Research Park. 14 participants from ICMAB attend it and 6 from the UAB.

Electrochemical sensor to detect water pollutants in situ

ICMAB researchers have developed an electrochemical sensor to detect water pollutants in-field with no need of pre-processing the sample.


Gabriele De Luca | ICMAB, CSIC

Gabriele De Luca, new Ramón y Cajal researcher at ICMAB in complex oxides

Gabriele De Luca has been granted with a Ramón y Cajal grant from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Leonardo Scarabelli | ICMAB, CSIC

BBVA Leonardo Grant for Leonardo Scarabelli

ICMAB researcher Leonardo Scarabelli has been awarded with a Leonardo Grant for a project on new generation plasmonic photocatalysts. 

"Dijous de ciència i tecnologia a l'IEC: Bateries i materials"

In the next conference of the IEC "Dijous de ciència" the talk will be by M. Rosa Palacín on batteries.

The Science and Technology Section of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans invites you to the conference of the 2023 Science and Technology Thursday cycle—research at the service of society—, which will be given by M. Rosa Palacín, research professor at the 'Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) of the CSIC, and which will be entitled "Batteries and materials: where do we come from and where are we going".

Day: Thursday, February 9, 2023
Time: 6:30 p.m
Place: Institut d'Estudis Catalans (C. del Carme, 47, 08001 Barcelona) Sala Pere i Joan Coromines
The conferences can also be followed online on the IEC YouTube channel

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Upcoming Events

"Advancing a novel nano-pharmaceutical towards clinical translation" by Elisabet González (Mon, 13 Feb 2023)

The Seminars and Training Committee kindly invites you to the following ICMAB Periodical Lecture on nano-pharmaceuticals: 

Monday, Feb 13

Daniel Riba will defend his PhD Thesis on 1 March 2023 at ICMAB

The PhD researcher Daniel Riba López from the Functional Nanomaterials & Surfaces (FunNanoSurf) group at ICMAB-CSIC, will defend his PhD thesis on Wednesday, 1 March 2023 at 11 am at ICMAB.

Wednesday, Mar 01

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