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In this paper, we investigated how different growth conditions (i.e., temperature, growth time, and composition) allows for trading off cost (i.e., In content) and performance of nanostructured indium tin oxide (ITO) for biosensing applications. Next, we compared the behavior of these functionalized nanostructured surfaces obtained in different growth conditions between each other and with a standard thin film as a reference, observing improvements in effective detection area up to two orders of magnitude. This enhanced the biosensor’s sensitivity, with higher detection level, better accuracy and higher reproducibility.

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A more effective nanomedicine developed for the treatment of Fabry rare disease designated as Orphan Drug

This is one of the major achievements of the European Smart4Fabry project, which is now coming to an end after four years of work. The results have been made possible thanks to nanotechnology and the approach developed could be applied to other drugs in the future. The new drug improves on current treatments, helps reduce costs and improve patients' quality of life.

In the framework of the 10alamenos9 Festival of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, a Nanostories contest has been launched for high school students, from 3rd and 4th ESO and 1st and 2nd BTX. The idea is to write short stories of maximum 200 words in which nanoscience and nanotechnology are present. The deadline to participate is 5 April 2021. Go for it!


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Are you interested in literature and nanoscience? This contest is for you!

February 26, 2021
"There is plenty of room for stories in the nanoworld! Do you want to explain them to us?" This activity combines science and literature and has the objective to open the mind of the young students, and to estimulate their creativity, at the same time that they learn and understand the concepts behind nanoscience and nanotechnology: small size, different effects, different properties, etc. The nanostories should be in Catalan or Spanish, and with a maximum of 200 words. They should be in s...

Four new postdoctoral MSCA-IF fellows will continue their research career at ICMAB

The ICMAB will be the host institution of four new postdoctoral researchers within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships (IF) H2020 programme, granted by the European Commission.

Two ICMAB researchers discussing in a lab

A new mentoring programme for PhD fellows kicks in at ICMAB!

The program offers a mentor to PhD researchers to aid them during this part of their career.


Are you interested in literature and nanoscience? This contest is for you!

In the framework of the 10alamenos9 Festival of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, a Nanostories contest has been launched for high school students, from 3rd and 4th ESO and 1st and 2nd BTX. The idea is to write short stories of maximum 200 words in which nanoscience and nanotechnology are present. The deadline to participate is 5 April 2021. Go for it!

Test your knowledge at the "Women in Science League"

Do you know who is known as the "Queen of carbon", or who was the first woman to receive a salary as a scientist? Do you know since when we celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, or when did the CSIC launch the "Women and Science Committee"?


Irene Anton, researcher at the NN group, holding a bacterial nanocellulose membrane

Bio-membranes with ocular stem cells to treat corneal disorders

The production, preparation, and use of bacterial nanocellulose as corneal bandages could be the key to help delicate stem cells to migrate to the cornea and heal the eye from a range of ocular disorders.

The Matilda effect in the Catalunya Radio Programme "Les dones i els dies"

The radio programme "Les dones i els dies" in Catalunya Radio, led by Montse Virgili, talked about the Matilda Effect with three scientists: Maria José Yzuel (UAB), Sònia Estradé (UB) and Arancha González (ICMAB). 


Workshop "LabEnClass" in a school.

More than 500 students discover the ICMAB sustainable materials for energy

The "LabEnClass" project, which aimed at bringing the research in materials for energy from the labs to the classrooms, finishes with great success: it has reached 20 schools and 500 primary and secondary school students, who discovered the innovative and sustainable materials for photovoltaics and the properties of light.

Online talks are an option to bring together researchers and students | Image by Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Experiences of "A researcher in your classroom 2.0" - online school visits

Even if we cannot go to schools face-to-face, ICMAB researchers have "visited" some schools using online platforms during these last months. For us it is important to still go to schools, to knock down the walls between young students and scientists, "for most of them it is the first time they meet someone who works as a researcher" says Judit Morlà Folch, one of the researchers who has participated. 


Ángel Pérez in the Laser Processing Group lab

Gold medal at Pro Invent 2020 for an ICMAB patent to obtain a flexible electrode

Ángel Pérez Del Pino, ICMAB researcher at the Laser Processing Group, received the Gold Metal for the patent to obtain a flexible electrode using laser techniques at the 18th edition of the International Exhibition of Research, Innovations and Inventions, Pro Invent 2020.

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Open Innovation Forum continues to drive collaboration between companies and research arena

The third Open Innovation Forum, a program that connects challenges proposed by companies with research groups in the BioRegion, finished out 2020 with noteworthy figures.


The "Matheroes" project selected as an innovative action by FECYT

We are happy to announce that FECYT has selected the "Matheroes: Supermaterials, the heroes of the future" project to be part of the eighth edition of the catalog of "Innovative practices in scientific culture". 

The "Innovative practices in scientific culture" catalog includes a selection of activities that FECYT (Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología) has considered as unique in science outreach and science communicatin. It includes innovative and high quality actions that highlight for some of their aspects: their new formats, the strategic objectives they pursue, the specific public they are aimed at, their high impact on the participants, the invomvement of scientific and non-scientific agents, to name a few. 

Jordi Floriach Clark, new SCN2 Communication Manager, and Pamela Machado, new SCN2 President | ICMAB

New SCN2 Direction Board with two ICMABers: Pamela Machado and Jordi Floriach Clark

Pamela Machado, ICMAB PhD fellow, is the new President of the Catalan Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SCN2), and Jordi Floriach Clark, ICMAB MSc fellow, is the new Communication Manager. They both start this new role in the SCN2 with a lot of enthusiasm and exciting future plans!

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