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  • Direction

    Prof. Xavier Obradors Berenguer

    • Director since 12-01-2008
    • CSIC Research Professor
    • Fields: Magnetic materials, Superconducting Materials
    • Member “Real Academia de Ciencies i Arts de Barcelona”
    • Fellow Institut of Physics, U.K.
    • Medal “Narcís Monturiol”, Generalitat de Catalunya
    • Doctor Honoris Causa University of Pitesti, Roumania
    • Member Executive Board Superconductor Science and Technology
    • Award Duran Farell-Gas Natural to the Technological Research 2002


    • Prof. M. Rosa Palacín
    • Dr. Riccardo Rurali


    • Executive Assistant: Imma Colomina
  • Scientific Advisory Board

    christiansen CHRISTIANSEN, Silke
    Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Mat & Energie GmbH

    couvreur COUVREUR, Patrick
    Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie, Pharmacotechnie et Biopharmacie

    gross GROSS, Rudolf
    Technische Universität München, Physik Department

    larbalestier LARBALESTIER, David
    Applied Superconductivity Center, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

    marzan LIZ-MARZAN, Luis
    CIC biomaGUNE

    driscoll MacMANUS-DRISCOLL, Judith
    University of Cambridge, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy

    prato PRATO, Maurizio
    Università di Trieste1  and CIC biomaGUNE2
    1Italy, 2Spain 

    reichmanis REICHMANIS, Elsa
    School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering - Georgia Institute of Technology

    stingelin STINGELIN, Natalie
    School of Materials Science in Engineering - Georgia Institute of Technology

    tarascon TARASCON, Jean-Marie
    Collège de France, Chimie du solide et de l'énergie

    tosatti TOSATTI, Erio
    Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA)

    trolier TROLIER - McKINSTRY, Susan
    Director - W. M. Keck Smart Mat. Int. Lab.

  • Scientific Executive Board

    obradorsXavier Obradors



    palacinRosa Palacín
    Deputy Director



    ruraliRiccardo Rurali
    Deputy Director


    goniAlejandro Goñi
    RL1 Coordinator



    puigTeresa Puig
    RL2 Coordinator

    herranzGervasi Herranz
    RL3 Coordinator



    masMarta Mas
    RL4 Coordinator



    rateraImma Ratera
    RL5 Coordinator



    salasMontse Salas
    Strategic Managing Unit


    cabanaLaura Cabana
    Strategic Managing Unit


  • Institute Governing Board

    • Director: Prof. Xavier Obradors
    • Vicedirectors: 
      • Prof. Rosa Palacín
      • Dr. Riccardo Rurali
    • Secretary: Juan Ricardo Ibáñez

    Heads of Departments:
    • Dr. Isabel Alonso
    • Prof. Amparo Fuertes
    • Dr. Alberto García
    • Prof. José Luis García
    • Prof. Elies Molins
    • Dr. Teresa Puig
    • Prof. Francesc Teixidor
    • Prof. Jaume Veciana
    Staff representatives:
    • Arántzazu González Campo
    • José Amable Bernabé Mateos
    • Rebeca Herrera Saiz
    • Javier Campos López
    PhD fellows representatives:
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  • Scientific Board

    • Prof. Xavier Obradors Berenguer
    • Prof. M. Rosa Palacín
    • Dr. Riccardo Rurali
    • Sr. Joan Ricard Ibáñez
    Scientific Staff
    • Prof. Nuria Aliaga
    • Dr. Isabel Alonso Carmona
    • Dr. Lluis Balcells Argemí
    • Dr. Esther Barrena Villas
    • Dr. Mariano Campoy
    • Prof. Enric Canadell Casanovas
    • Prof. Nieves Casañ Pastor
    • Dr. Mariona Coll
    • Dr. Núria Crivillers
    • Dr. Concepción Domingo Pascual
    • Dr. Mª Lourdes Fábrega Sánchez
    • Dr. Jordi Faraudo Gener
    • Prof. Josep Fontcuberta Griñó
    • Dr. Carlos Frontera Beccaría
    • Prof. Amparo Fuertes Miquel
    • Dr. Alberto García Arribas
    • Prof. José Luis García Muñoz
    • Dr. Miquel Garriga Bacardi
    • Dr. Martí Gich
    • Dr. José Giner Planas
    • Prof. Alejandro Goñi
    • Dr. Xavier Granados García
    • Dr. Joffre Gutiérrez
    • Dr. Eniko Gyorgy
    • Dr. Gervasi Herranz
    • Dr. Anna Laromaine
    • Dr. Elena Laukhina
    • Prof. Benjamín Martínez Perea
    • Dr. Marta Mas Torrent
    • Dr. Narcís Mestres Andreu
    • Dr. Agustín Mihi
    • Prof. Elies Molins Grau
    • Dr. Mª Rosario Núñez Aguilera
    • Prof. Carmen Ocal García
    • Dr. Anna Palau
    • Dr. Ángel Pérez del Pino
    • Dr. Alberto Pomar Barbeito
    • Dr. María Teresa Puig Molina
    • Dr. Imma Ratera
    • Dr. Sebastián Reparaz
    • Dr. Susagna Ricart Miró
    • Prof. Jordi Rius Palleiro
    • Prof. Anna Roig
    • Prof. Concepción Rovira Angulo
    • Dr. Riccardo Rurali
    • Dr. Florencio Sánchez Barrera
    • Dr. Felip Sandiumenge Ortiz
    • Prof Massimiliano Stengel
    • Prof. Francesc Teixidor Bombardó
    • Dr. Gerard Tobías
    • Dr. Dino Tonti
    • Dr. Xavier Torrelles Albareda
    • Dr. Xabier Mikel Turrillas
    • Prof. Jaume Veciana Miró
    • Dr. Nora Ventosa Rull
    • Dr. Albert Verdaguer
    • Dr. José Vidal Gancedo
    • Prof. Clara Viñas Teixidor
  • General Services


    Coming directly under Management, the Administration at the ICMAB is responsible for all of the administrative processes at the Institute, mainly general accounting, charging and payments and also the accounting of the different research projects. It is also responsible for the inventory, purchasing and public tenders. It takes responsibility for all of the tasks referring to personnel; recruitment and contracting. It also acts as an intermediary between travel agencies and personnel and takes care of reserving plane tickets, etc. and thus travel orders, expenses…

    • Juan Ricardo Ibañez General Manager,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • María Jesús Suárez  Invoices, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Maribel Contreras Accounting, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Mª del Mar Astillero Accounting, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • María Rivera Travel justifications, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Rebeca Herrera Projects, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • José Ángel Burriel  Projects, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pietat Sierra Vela Human Resources, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Sonia Roldán AccountingThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Joan Renau Purchases, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Communication & Outreach Officecommunication

    The communication & outreach office is a newly created department within the ICMAB. It supports the dissemination of the research activity and the impact of the work developed by the ICMAB community.

    It has the following responsibilities:

    • Assist researchers in transmitting the results of their research to the general public and the media.
    • Enhance ICMAB online presence, through its website and social media.
    • Strengthen the national and international recognition of ICMAB.
    • Organize outreach activities addressed in enhancing three main areas: scientific vocations, scientific culture, and recognition in the media and industry.
    • Transmit the importance of the frontier research in Materials Science.
    • Support the Research Groups in attracting talented future researchers.
    • Enhance the internal communication withtin the ICMAB staff.

    Anna May Masnou, Head of Communication & Outreach Officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    +34 9385 801 853 (ext. 397)

    Artur Martínez, Communication & Outreach Officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Information & Technologyit

    The IT Service manages all the computer systems, the data network, internal software and the digital presence of the ICMAB, placing them at the service for the researchers and management staff.

    The IT Service is formed by:

    • Joan Figuerola, Head of the IT service
    • Javier Rubio
    • Albert Moreno
    • José Antonio Gómez

    The objectives of the IT Service are:

    • To define the general action plans in the field of IT and communications at the ICMAB
    • To ensure that the Institute has the necessary tools for its computing development
    • To define, install and maintain the computer systems hosted by the ICMAB and the data network
    • To define, install and distribute the specific software for management
    • To coordinate the functionally of the Distributed Computing Services
    • To ensure the reliability, integrity, and security of the data, systems and communications. 

    WEB IT

    Knowledge Transfer Unit utc

    The ICMAB´s Technology Transfer Unit was created on November 1997. Its mission is to collaborate with the ICMAB´s Managing Direction in the activities for the transference of the Centers research results with the aim of spreading and applying the scientific knowledge to the industry’s technological level improvement.



    WEB UTC 





    The library of the Materials Science Institute is specialized in Materials Science. It is part of the global CSIC Library Network, which joins a total of 90 specialized libraries distributed among 21 cities within 10 Autonomous Communities.

    Library Collections: The library collection covers subject areas related to Material Science such as Physics, Chemistry and Crystallography. It has 1000 monographs and 105 periodic publication and, at present, subscribes to 60 periodical journals. 
    Users: The library is open to all ICMAB staff and other CSIC personnel and also other Research or Academic Centres dependent upon official organisms. 
    Services: Reading Room, access to own and external catalogues, data base searches, inter-library borrowing , personal borrowing.

    WEB Library 




    Strategic Managing Unitstrategic

    The Strategic Managing Unit at ICMAB is responsible for the implementation of the funding obtained by the Institute. It plays a key role supporting our researchers in the preparation, submission and reporting of local, national and European grants. In close collaboration with ICMAB’s governing bodies and the other available Units, it promotes a continuous development strategy to position ICMAB as one of the leading European Research Centres in Materials Science. Among its main objectives, the Unit is responsible for the constant search for new funding opportunities focusing on the strategic and innovation objectives of our Severo Ochoa award FUNMAT ("Functional Materials for Social Grand Challenges", 2016-2019) with the aim of enhancing ICMAB's scientific excellence. The Unit keeps always an open-minded approach to detect new opportunities for our researchers.

    • Montse Salas. Project Manager
    • Laura Cabana. Project Manager




    Maintenance Servicemaintenance

    The Maintenance Service is in charge of the maintenance and conservation of the building, of all its facilities and of the equipment. It works from the year 1991, when the Institute moved to the new building. It is also responsible for the mechanic, electronic and electric equipment, available for the Institute staff. 

    • Oriol Sabater, Manager
    • José Manuel Rodriguez
    • José Ángel Algar




  • Committees

    Knowledge and Technology Transfer 

    The Knowledge and Technology Transfer (KTT) Committee was established in July 2017. The main objectives of the Committee are defining the KTT strategy of ICMAB, reviewing the KTT actions done during a certain period of time and planning the future actions.

    Communication & Outreach

    The Communication & Outreach Committee was formally established in April 2018, as part of one of the Severo Ochoa project objectives, to invigorate the Communication & Outreach of the Institute. The committee is formed by the C&O officer and by representatives from the different research lines and technical services of the Institute.
    Communication: The aim of the committee is to support and collaborate on internal and external communications. This includes communication within the center and organization of events, and communication to the press and social media. It functions as a general discussion space for supporting, developing, and sharing information about communications efforts. The committee's primary method of communication is by email and by periodical meetings.  
    Outreach: As part of its mission, ICMAB aims to inform society about the research being conducted by its scientists in materials science, both to help citizens understand the importance of research and make informed decisions, and to encourage young people to consider scientific careers.The institute organizes or takes part in a range of dissemination activities throughout the year. These outreach activities are coordinated by the Communication & Outreach Office, with direct collaboration with researchers from all groups and technicians through the Committee. Together they also develop materials for students and teachers to help explain certain concepts and methods.


    The main objectivies of the Recruitment Committee is to attract junior and senior scientists with outstanding track record on FUNMAT specialties, from Spain and abroad; foster and develop a professional career to promote excellent researchers on FUNMAT specialties.

    Seminars and Internal Training

    OBJECTIVES: To disseminate the ICMAB research lines. To let people know the new researchers incorporated at ICMAB. To divulge the Scientific and Technical services available at ICMAB. To offer periodical seminars by renowned national and international researchers. To organize Training Workshops on specific subjects
    ACTIVITIES: Workshops on specific subjects or techniques. Scientific Seminars. Technical Seminars on ICMAB services. Other seminars and sessions

    Gender Equality 

    Gender is a cross-cutting issue and is mainstreamed in all European and national projects, ensuring a more integrated approach to research and innovation. The objectives of the Gender Equality Committee are based on the strategy on gender equality of Horizon 2020: Fostering gender balance in research teams, in order to close the gaps in the participation of women. Ensuring gender balance in decision-making, in order to reach the target of 40% of the under-represented sex in panels and groups and of 50% in advisory groups. Integrating the gender dimension in research and innovation (R&I) content, helps improve the scientific quality and societal relevance of the produced knowledge, technology and/or innovation. The Gender Committee created within the Severo Ochoa project has the goal of recognizing and strengthening equal opportunities within the Institute. It organizes  workshops and activities to raise awareness, and has sponsored the creation of a mailbox that anyone studying or working at ICMAB can use This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Health and Safety

    Formed on the June 1, 1990, at the instigation of the Director, and with the consent of the governing body, the objective of this committee is to control aspects of safety in the Institute, as well as propose to the Director and Management the necessary measures to fulfil the rules governing these matters. 

    The Health and Safety Committee is formed by a member representing each department, and its meetings are held at least once a year. A report is produced and submitted to the governing body.

    In order to resolve daily prevention issues, a Permanent Technical Committee was created in 2019, which meets more frequently and is in direct contact with Direction and Management.

    Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



    • Elies Molins (RL1)
    • Oriol Sabater (Maintenance)
    • Joan Figuerola (IT)
    • Javier Rubio (IT)
    • Alejandro Santos (Library)
    • One representative of each lab


    The Gas Committee was formed in 1990 during the preparation of the current building. 
    Objectives: Ensuring the safety of laboratories that work with gas. Take care of the security and suitability of the installations and the general gas network. Negotiate the annual prices of special gases and liquid nitrogen with the supply company..Being the link between users and supplier

    • Judith Oró (Technical Services)
    • Oriol Sabater (Head of maintenance)
    • One representative of each lab


    Waste Management 

    • Roberta Ceravola


  • Research Units

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