"Trampa de luz" from Cristiano Matricardi awarded in the 16th edition of FOTCIENCIA

Cristiano Matricardi, PhD fellow at the NANOPTO group (Nanostructured Materials for Optoelectronics and Energy Harvesting) is one of the recipients of the 16h edition of the science photography contest "FOTCIENCIA" awards. From a total of 697 photographies, 7 photos have been chosen by the jury as the winners, and "Trampa de luz" is one of them. Congratulations! 

12 May 2020: Celebrating Women in Mathematics

The May12 initiative is an opportunity for the mathematical community to celebrate women in mathematics. The initiative is supported by several organisations for women in mathematics. The day is chosen because it is the birthdate of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician at Stanford University, expert in geometry and dynamical systems and Fields Medal awardee. She died from cancer in 2017 with 40 years old. A the ICMAB we want to join this celebration that aims to inspires women and men to pursue their dreams in science and mathematics.

Alexandre Ponrouch receives the International Battery Association (IBA) Early Career Award 2019 in San Diego

Last week, during the International Battery Association (IBA) 2019 meeting in San Diego, Alexandre Ponrouch, researcher at ICMAB, received the IBA 2019 Early Career Award. The International Battery Association (IBA) awards significant contributions to battery research and technology development that have impacted the advancement of energy storage systems, and for lifelong service to the IBA. The awards were recognized at the banquet of the IBA meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Congratulations to all the winners of IBA2019! 

Amanda Muñoz, winner of the #100QSD Twitter science microstories contest

Amanda Muñoz, Master student and researcher in the N&N group at ICMAB is one of the winners of the #100QSD microstories contest organized by @CSICDivulga and @CatarataLibros on Twitter! Congratulations! We have asked her about her experience in this Twitter contest, and this is what she says: 

Breakthrough in the ultrafast growth of superconducting films with high performances

  • The new low-cost, environmentally friendly and scalable method, designed by ICMAB-CSIC researchers, represents a breakthrough in the production of superconducting materials
  • transient liquid phase is formed with the new precursors, from which the superconducting films grow at speeds of 100 nm/s
  • This method is fully compatible with the incorporation of nanoparticles into the superconductor structure, essential for high magnetic field applications in wind generators, electric aviation or particle accelerators


Mariano Campoy Quiles y Robert Sewel
Ciencia Rias Baixas, 8

Imagínese un mundo sin CDs ni DVDs, donde los envases no tuvieran códigos de barra y las comunicaciones más rápidas fueran las telefónicas (nada de fibra óptica). Un mundo que tuviéramos que recorrer, como los grandes exploradores del pasado, con un mapa impreso en papel y donde el GPS (sistemas de posicionamiento global) no fuera más que un sueño. En 2010 celebramos el 50 an iversario de la invención que permitió la revolución de la información y las telecomunicaciones: el láser.



José Vidal-Gancedo talks about COVID-19 and temperature on RAC1

The relationship between environmental factors and SARS-CoV-2 will shape the ways in which we respond to the virus as the weather changes. It is still soon to have a definitive idea of how it is affected by variables like temperature, humidity, or ultraviolet radiation, but José Vidal-Gancedo has been compiling what we know and developing a comprehensive article on the topic. His findings have been echoing on the media: he first published the article on La Vanguardia, which was followed by an interview on Aquí Cuní on SER Catalunya.

M. Rosa Palacín at the Christmas Conference of the SCQ-IEC about Li-ion batteries

This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three great scientists for the developement of Li-ion batteries. The Catalan Chemical Society (SCQ) wanted to dedicate this year's Christmas Conference to this fact, and invited M. Rosa Palacín to give the keynote lecture on this topic. The event took place on Thursday, 19 December 2019 at the IEC (Institut d'Estudis Catalans), in Barcelona. 

Mariano Campoy recogió su Premio de Física 2012

Más allá del grafeno, los físicos trabajan en el desarrollo de nuevos materiales, como Mariano Campoy Quiles, científico del Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona (ICMAB) y ganador del Premio en la categoría de Investigador Novel en Física Experimental. Campoy investiga en el área de los materiales termoeléctricos y semiconductores orgánicos, en especial de cara a sus posibles aplicaciones en el sector energético, en particular células solares orgánicas."

Online Seminar "Molecular probes and gated materials in biomedical applications and communication between nanoparticles" by Ramón Martínez (Mon, 8 June 2020)

The Seminars & Training Committee would like to invite you to the following Online ICMAB Periodical Lecture:

Molecular probes and gated materials in biomedical applications and communication between nanoparticles

by Ramón Martíñez Máñez
Dept de Química, Escuela de Ingeniería Industrial, Instituto Interuniversitario de Investigación de Reconocimiento Molecular y Desarrollo Tecnológico, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Monday, 8 June 2020 @ 12 pm
Online Periodical Lecture. Register HERE to attend the seminar. 

Poster Prize for the "Madame Châtelet" project at the Biennial RSEF 2019

The poster "The theatre as a tool to spotlight the relevance of women in the history of science", which explains the project "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers" has received the Poster Prize at the Biennial of Physics (XXXVII Reunión Bienal de la Real Sociedad Española de Física). Carmen Ocal, one of the founders of the project, presented the poster at the "Women and Physics" symposium, on 16 July 2019. Many ICMAB researchers were present at the #BienalRSEF presenting posters and oral communications. This is a great meeting for physicists in Spain!

Superconductor Week talks with Teresa Puig about new improved growth process for YBCO epitaxial films

Teresa Puig appears on the 34th volume of Superconductor Week, a monthly newsletter dedicated to bringing news and analysis about superconductivity to all related parties, from scientists to investors in the industry. Their latest issue covers the breakthrough achieved by the Superconducting Materials Research Group (SUMAN) in the field of growth of YBCO epitaxial films, which was already covered in Nature Communications 11, 334 (2020).

The ICMAB is now a member of the innovation cluster SECPHO

The ICMAB is now a member of SECPHO, a national technological innovation cluster formed by companies, technology centres and research centres. SECPHO is focused on promoting technological unnovation through the application of photonic technologies, or technologies based on light, to all types of sectors of our economy.

The ICMAB receives one ERC Proof of Concept Grant for enabling high-temperature superconducting technologies

  • Teresa Puig, group leader of the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) group, is among the awardees for a project to scale-up a new manufacturing process of high-temperature superconductors.
  • The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded top-funding totalling 9.3 M€ to 62 ERC grant holders via its Proof of Concept Grants. They are meant to explore the commercial or societal potential of their research. 

Women in Science 150 years after Marie Curie was born

Marie Skłodowska Curie was born one 7 November 1867, 150 years ago. She is, probably, the most known woman in science. She is the only one that many people can identify and remember, the only one who won two Noble prizes: one in Physics (in 1903, for the discoveries on radioactivity) and one in Chemistry (in 1911, for the discovery of radium), and the first and only woman (for many years) who participated at the Solvay Conferences (the most famous one in1927, in the picture). 

Xavier Obradors talks about the new era for materials in "Innovadores"

New technologies are frequently supported on innovative functional materials that allow for improvements in performance in order to leave behind the physical limitations of current materials. The economic supplement of La Razón Innovadores talked with 6 expert researchers on the field of materials, amongst which was ICMAB's Director Xavier Obradors, to find more about the future of hardware in advanced technologies. 

Zsolt Kelemen, #MSCA IF Fellow of the Week!

It's time to meet Zsolt Kelemen, our #MSCA IF Fellow of the Week! Zsolt is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Inorganic Materials and Catalysis group, and he is working in the framework of the Tuning COPs project. Congratulations, Zsolt!

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