Meetings Participation

"Science and Research in the Agenda 2030" in Spain presented in La Moncloa

On Monday, 18 March, the meeting "Science and Research in the Agenda 2030" (Ciencia e Investigación en la Agenda 2030) took place in La Moncloa (Madrid), with the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque, and the High Comissioner for the Agenda 2030, Cristina Gallach. The CSIC President, Rosa Menéndez, participated in the event, and Mariano Campoy-Quiles, from ICMAB-CSIC, attented the event, together with 150 representatives of the science, research and innovation field in Spain. 

#11F: "Our scientists in the school" for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The CSIC Delegation in Catalunya wants to contribute to the promotion of scientific vocations in young girls, and facilitate the contact between them and the scientists from the nearby research centers. For this reason, an educational action in the framework of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) is organized, consisting on school visits by some CSIC researchers, who will explain their research projects and their life as a scientist to primary school students.

#11F2019 Arántzazu González in "L'informatiu" TVE1 for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Arántzazu González, researcher from the ICMAB-CSIC, went on 11 February to a Primary School (Can Maiol) to talk to the students and visibilize women scientists, within the initative "Nuestras científicas: Jornada de investigadoras actuales y futuras" of the CSIC-Catalunya. The initiative appeared on the TVE1 news programme "L'informatiu" at 2 pm on 11 February 2019. Look at it here, from minute 16:04! 

A new iron oxide polymorph found at high pressures

  • Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility have characterized the structural, electronic and magnetic behavior of nanoparticles of a rare phase of iron oxide, the epsilon phase, under extreme pressure conditions, emulating the conditions of the interior of the Earth.
  • The study, published in Nature Communications, concludes that the presence of this rare phase of iron oxide in the inner Earth is possible, and that under these conditions there is a new iron oxide phase, epsilon prime, with magnetic properties radically different from those known so far.

A year in review: ICMAB most cited articles of 2019

After another year, we look back and see how was this year's scientific research. More than 220 articles, which makes a total of more than 5,400 publications and more than 145,000 citations since the Institue's foundation, in 1986. The most cited articles published in 2019 are shown in this post. Do you want to know which ones are they? From FCC-hh, oxide electronics, perovskites, oxide thin films, organic field-effect transistors and much more! 

All you ever wanted to know about the present and future of oxide electronics, compiled in a roadmap

Mariona Coll and Josep Fontcuberta from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Fabio Miletto Granozio from the CNR-SPIN (Complesso Universitario di Monte Sant’Angelo, Napoli, Italy) and Nini Pryds from the Department of Energy Storage and Conversion, Technical University of Denmark, have edited the compendium "Towards Oxide Electronics: a Roadmap" published recently in Applied Surface Science. The article counts with 28 contributions from 56 authors of 42 academic institutions and industries from Europe, USA and Japan. The compendium has 93 pages and includes 913 references!

Anna Laromaine participates in the project "Ciencia y Tecnología en femenino"

On 26 October 2018, Anna Laromaine participated in the project "Ciencia y Tecnología en femenino", organized by the Asociación de Parques Científicos y Tecnológicos de España (APTE) and with the support of Bayer, which took place at the Barcelona Science Park (PCB). The project consisted of a whole morning of science talks, workshops and a visit to the exhibition "Women that changed the world" for secondary school students. 

Aromaticity in 3D Boron clusters is better than expected!

Although the concept of aromaticity in chemistry is something that chemists have in their minds very clearly, they find it very difficult to define. Moreover, among chemists, there are two currents with two distinct points of view: the experimental chemists and the theoretical chemists. What happens when we look at the aromaticity of 3D boron clusters?

Ashley P. Black

Dr. Ashley Black graduated with a thesis in "New oxynitride materials with luminescent, magnetic and catalytic properties"in the Solid State Chemistry group, supervised by Dr. Amparo Fuertes.

Barcelona, 29 April 2019: "Madame Châtelet" dramatised reading will open a Alumni UB conference cycle on women of science

Register before it's too late! The dramatised reading "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers", which recently received a Grant from FGCSIC, will open the Conference Cycle organized by Alumni UB "Dones de ciència retrobades en la història". The dramatised reading will take place on Monday, 29 April at 6 pm at the "Sala Gabriel Oliver" (Facultat de Filologia, Edifici Històric UB). Entrace is free but registration is needed. 

Bernhard Dörling

Dr. Bernhard Dörling graduated with a thesis in"Conjugated Materials for Thermoelectrics and Photovoltaics"in the NANOPTOgroup, supervised by Dr. Mariano Campoy-Quiles and Dr. Miquel Garriga Bacardí. 

Blai Casals

Dr. Blai Casals Montserrat has defended his PhD thesis, entitled "Magneto-optical spectroscopy and domain imaging of functional oxides"on Friday, September 15th, at 11 am. The ICMAB Sala d'actes Carles Miravitlles was not big enough to fit all the people, including ICMAB colleagues, friends and family, who attented the PhD defense!

Bordeaux, 17-20 MAY 2020: 18th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids

On 17-20 May 2020 in Bordeaux (France), the 18th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids will take place. The objective of the meeting is to gather together all the members of the supercritical fluid community and to give the opportunity to academic researchers and industrial practitioners to provide a complete and critical up-date on all the current technologies using Supercritical Fluids, their different applications as well as the latest innovations being developed. Abstract deadline for orals and posters is January 15, 2020.

CCCB, 12 Juny 2019: How the ALBA Synchrotron aids quantum information

On Wednesday, 12 June 2019, a new session on the "Quantum" exhibition at the CCCB. A session in which the lines of research of the ALBA Synchrotron that use quantum principles, and two experiments carried out, are presented as an example of the possibilities it has in this field. With Salvador Ferrer (ALBA), Gervasi Herranz (ICMAB), and Jordi Fraxedas (ICN2).

Congratulations to Dr. Ana Pérez, new ICMAB graduate!

Dr. Ana Pérez defended her PhD Thesis entitled "Nanoscale interpretation of performances in organic solar cells and field effect transistors" on Monday 16 April at 11 am at ICMAB and obtained the highest mark! Congratulations!

Congratulations to Dr. Bernat Mundet, new ICMAB graduate!

Dr. Bernat Mundet defended his PhD thesis on "Atomic-scale characterization of structural distortions in perovskite oxide thin films"Monday, 9 October 2018, with great success, surrounded by his friends, family and colleagues! Congratulations! 

Congratulations, Dr. Adrián Francisco! Our most recent ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Adrián Francisco from the NANOPTO Group at ICMAB defended his PhD thesis on Tuesday, 14 April 2020, at 11 am. The PhD Thesis was entitled "Understanding the temperature and pressure dependence of the Optoelectronic and Structural Properties of FAxMA1-XPbI3 Perovskite Solid Solutions" and was supervised by Alejandro Goñi, Mariano Campoy-Quiles,and M. Isabel Alonso. Congratulations!

Congratulations, Dr. Eduardo Pérez, new ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Eduardo Pérez from the NANOMOL Group at ICMAB defended his PhD thesis entitled "3D Systems for immune cells culture and their applications in Immunotherapy"and supervised by Imma Ratera and Judith Guasch, on Thursday, 2 April 2020, at 11 am from home!

Congratulations, Dr. Inés Temiño, new ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Inés Temiño from the Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials (NANOMOL) Group at ICMAB defended her PhD thesis on Friday, 15 November 2019 at the ICMAB. Her thesis "Solution-Processed Organic Field-Effect Transistors: from Fundamental Aspects to Applications"was supervised by Marta Mas-Torrent.Congratulations! Continue info to know what Inés Temiño will do in a near future!

Congratulations, Dr. Yu Chen, new ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Yu Chen from the Laboratory of Multifunctional Thin Films and Complex Structures (MULFOX) Group at ICMAB defended his PhD thesis on Thursday, 14 November2019 at the ICMAB.His thesis "Artificial Synapses based on the Photoconductance of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Quantum Wells" was supervised by Gervasi Herranz.Congratulations! Continue reading to know more about Yu Chen!

CosmoCaixa, 19-20 OCT 2019: Explora els Minerals, de la Mina a la Taula Periòdica dels Elements

The weekend 19-20 October 2019, CosmoCaixa hosts the exhibition about minerals and the Periodic Table, in the framework of the celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Elements. The exhibition is entitled "Explora els Minerals: de la mina a la Taula Periòdica dels Elements" and will include several samples of minerals and some new materials and devices related with the chemical elements. Don't miss it!

CSIC Innovation: "Trabajamos para mejorar el mañana"

The CSIC Innovation has launched a new promotional video, which identifies new technologies made in CSIC for a better life, and relates them to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: 17 Goals to transform our world, of the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations. Take a look at it!

Elena Marchante

Dr. Elena Marchante graduated with a thesis in "Self-assembled monolayers of electroactive molecules for the preparation of memory devices" in the NANOMOLgroup, supervised by Dr. Marta Mas-Torrent and Dr. Núria Crivillers Clusella. 

Henkel-UAB postdoc programme 2019 - Polymer/Organic Chemistry

Henkel-UAB is looking for a postdoc in Organic Chemistry or Chemistry of Polymers. The position is to work in a highly dynamic and international team and the programme will offer the opportunity to become acquainted with Henkel's adhesives, sealants and surface technologies through challenging, application-oriented experimental work. In the course of the work, the candidate will be involved in all aspects and stages of the project, from inception to delivery and gather valuable experience in industrial research. Deadline: 31 May 2019.

ICMAB nanomaterials and minerals at the TV children's show "Catakrac" from Betevé

One of our workshops for primary school students called "Become a Materials Detective" is the star of the TV children's show "Catacrak" from Barcelona Televisió (betevé), showcasted on Sunday 31 March 2019! Students from the school "Escola Mestre Morera" from Barcelona came to ICMAB to participate in the activity, in which they are introduced to the nanoworld and to the daily life of minerals. Do you want to see the video?

ICMAB received the Maker of Merit award at the Barcelona Maker Faire 2018

On 16-17 June the ICMAB participated at the Barcelona Maker Faire. Many members of the NANOMOL group presented their research on encapsulation and hydrogels for biomedical applications. They used the spherification concept as a metaphor for the nanoencapsulation, and the gelification of agar agar for the hydrogels. The stand, which was always full of families and kids, obtained the Maker of Merit award, given by the organization to the best Makers of this year's edition. 

ICMAB within the Top 10 Institutions in Barcelona according to Nature Index 2017 Science Cities

The Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) is the 7th Top Institution in Barcelona, according to the Nature Index 2017 Science Cities.

This current 12-month Index, corresponding to year 2016, shows Barcelona's leading institutions for high-quality science ordered by the number of articles published (AC) in a list of science journals, and the number of authors of each institution, considering the percentage of authorship in each article (WFC) (with the correction of the centers dedicated to space science, which have a lot of coauthrs in the articles). 

IDAEA-CSIC, 5 June 2019: Celebrate the #WorldEnvironmentDay with the Periodic Table #aitp2019

On 5 June 2019 we celebrate the World Environment Day to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. The event called "Environment and Society" is organized at IDAEA-CSIC. Nora Ventosa, researcher at the ICMAB and vice-president of the SCQ, will open the event, which has the Periodic Table as main theme, and in which all the speakers are women scientists!

Ines Bennour

Ines Bennourdefended her PhD thesis entitled "Synthesis of new polybranches carborane macromolecules aiming to medicine and biomaterials applications" on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at the Science Faculty at University of Sfax (Tunisia), obtaining the highest qualification.

Intense colloquium at the "Energy of the future" roundtable

Xavier Obradors participated on June 19, 2019, on a roundtable about the "Energy of the future" in the framework of the European Week of Sustainable Energyin Vil·la Urània (Barcelona). Obradors gave an introductory talk on "Nanotechnology and Energy Transition" and then participated in the discussion with the other experts in the field from different research centers and organisations. 

Job offer: Postdoctoral position in Plasmonics at ICMAB!

We are looking for a photonics expert to participate in the integration of large area and inexpensive photonic architectures (plasmonic structures, photonic crystals, etc.) in optoelectronic devices to boost their performance through exciting photonic properties. Deadline: the sooner the better. 

Judit Morlà talks about the Coronavirus on “Som-hi” on TAC12 TV

On 2 April 2020, ICMAB researcher Judit Morlà, from the Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials (NANOMOL) group, had her first appearance in “Som-hi”. Her section aired on tac12, a TV channel that can be tuned in from any point in the Tarragonès and is also available online. “Som-hi” is a television magazine that offers local news and information as well as some light educative sections.

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. 

Madrid, 28-30 March 2019: The ICMAB at the 10th International Postgraduate and Continuous Training Forum #ForodePostgrado2019

The ICMAB research is present at the 10th International Postgraduate and Continuous Training Forum in Madrid in the CSIC stand (5E01). The forum opens its doors on 28-30 March from 10 am to 8 pm. If you are a student and/or a professional in the education field, here you will find endless options to expand your academic education: masters, doctorates, postgraduate studies, or language schools, in business schools, educational centers, universities, or research centers.

Manuel Souto: crònica de la taula rodona amb Martin Schulz

El 31 de octubre tuve la suerte de poder participar en un encuentro con el presidente del Parlamento Europeo, Martin Schulz, organizado por la sección Entre Todos de EL PERIÓDICO DE CATALUNYA. Quisiera darle las gracias tanto a los miembros organizadores del evento −por darnos la oportunidad de dirigirnos directamente a un político distinguido en un formato que resultó muy original y agradable−,  como a los otros jóvenes que participaron.

mNACTEC, 6-7 June 2019: "Som Elèctrics! Transició energètica i mobilitat elèctrica" wth M. Rosa Palacín

On June 6 and 7, "Som Elèctrics" will celebrate their fourth congress at the National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (mNACTEC) in Terrassa. The event will deal with the energy transition and electrical mobility from a current and future perspective. The contents will be structured in two blocks: "Transformation and awareness" and "New systems of energy generation and consumption". M. Rosa Palacín will give the seminar "Recursos materials i tecnologies de bateries, hi ha vida més enllà del liti"on 6 June at 11:30 am. Free registration. 

Open Call for the Programme "Generació d'Idees" on Biomed and Insustrial Biotech

The 9th edition of the Generating Idees Programme ("Generació d'Idees") is now open. This year, the topic is Biomedicine and Insutrial Biotechnology, and will take place between April-June 2019. The programme is organized by the UAB Research Park (PRUAB) and the Biotechnology Reference Network (XRB) and is aimed to help the researchers to find the best application for their research. Registration deadline: 5 April 2019!

Open position for a predoctoral researcher in magnetic oxides chemistry at ICMAB

One PhD fellowship is offered to talented and enthusiastic individuals with a background in chemistry. The selected candidate will work in the context of the 5-year ERC project Ferrites-by-design for Millimetre wave and Terahertz Technologies (FeMiT), supervised by Dr. Martí Gich, within the Nanoparticles & Nanocomposites group at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC). Deadline for applications: 8 June 2019.

Open position for a predoctoral researcher in magnetic oxides physics at ICMAB

One PhD fellowship is offered to talented and enthusiastic individuals with a background in physics, nanotechnology or materials science. The selected candidate will work in the context of the 5-year ERC project Ferrites-bydesign for Millimetre wave and Terahertz Technologies (FeMiT), supervised by Dr. Martí Gich, within the Nanoparticles & Nanocomposites group at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC). Deadline for applications: 8 June 2019.

Postdoc Offer at the ICMAB FunNanoSurf group on graphene-based devices

FunNanoSurf is a multidisciplinary group based at the ICMAB (Spain) interested in the integration of molecules as active elements in nano-/micro-devices with the goal of developing functional molecular-based platforms for electronic and/or sensing applications. We are looking now for a postdoctoral fellow to join in our team to work on hybrid graphene-based devices. Deadline for application: applications will be considered as they are received until September 2019.

Postdoctoral Fellowships Programme 2019, Junior Leader “la Caixa” at ICMAB

If you are considering to carry out a postdoc, come to the ICMAB with one of "la Caixa" Postdoctorate Junior Leader Fellowships!

Incoming: 30 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities, to conduct a research project at accredited centres with the Severo Ochoa or María de Maeztu excellence award, Institutos de Investigación Sanitaria Carlos III or units qualified as "excellent" by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.

Retaining: 15 postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of all nationalities to carry out research at any university or research centre in Spain and Portugal.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Photonics and Plasmonics in the NANOPTO group

We are looking for a motivated and proactive Postdoctoral Researcher to work in the project "Photonic and Plasmonic Architectures by Soft Lithography".

The project aims at the integration of large area and inexpensive photonic architectures in optoelectronic devices to boost their performance through exciting photonic properties.

Research Position at the ICMAB on a proof-of-concept project on Autonomous Sensors

A research position is offered within the project "Sensoraïm: Autonomous Distributed Sensor Networks for a Smart Viticulture" funded by FEDER (Fons Europeu de Desenvolupament Regional), Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) and Secretaria d’Universitats i Recerca del Departament d'Empresa i Coneixement de la Generalitat de Catalunya through a PRODUCTE grant in the framework of AGAUR Producte (2018 PROD 00191). The position is open starting immediately, and runs until the project finishes on 31st of October, 2020. Application deadline: 31 May, 2019. 

Take a look at our European projects! Let's celebrate #EuropeDay2019

To celebrate this year's Europe Day, we wanted to give visibility to the European projects in which we work here at ICMAB, which represent some of the work performed at the Institute on advanced functional materials for energy, electronics and nanomedicine. Do you want to know more about them?

The ICMAB at the "XIII Fira d'Empreses" at the UB

On April 11, 2018, the ICMAB was present at the XIII "Fira d'Empreses" or Business Forum, at the Universitat the Barcelona (UB), after some years of absence. This forum is designed to showcase job opportunities and career paths and attract students in the final stages of their university degree, and is organized by the Science and Engineering Departments of the UB (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, Earth Sciences and Biology). 105 industries, research centers and universities participated in the event, which counted with the visit of more than 600 unversity students from sixteen degrees and twenty-two masters in these scientific areas. 

The SOMMa Alliance holds its first meeting on gender equality policies

Directors of SOMMa Centres discussed at CNIO (Spanish National Cancer Research Center) in Madrid, the network's best practices in gender equality, to implement a change of culture that allows gender equality to be integrated into strategic science decisions. From the ICMAB, Riccardo Rurali, ICMAB Deputy Director and Coordinator of the Gender Equality Committe at the ICMAB, attended the event.

The SOMMa Alliance holds its first meeting on gender equality policies

Directors of SOMMa Centres discussed at CNIO (Spanish National Cancer Research Center) in Madrid, the network's best practices in gender equality, to implement a change of culture that allows gender equality to be integrated into strategic science decisions. From the ICMAB, Riccardo Rurali, ICMAB Deputy Director and Coordinator of the Gender Equality Committe at the ICMAB, attended the event.

The Superconducting Materials group at the "Fira de Recerca en Directe" at CosmoCaixa

The members of the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) Group, were last week during four days at CosmoCaixa for the "Fira Recerca en Directe", where research groups from different universities and research centers present their research to primary and secondary schools and families. The SUMAN group showed how to prepare superconducting thin films, and how levitating trains work.

UB, 10 April 2019: The ICMAB will be at the XIV Business Forum "Fira d'Empreses" at the UB

On Wednesday 10 April 2019, the ICMAB will be at the XIV Business Forum "Fira d'Empreses" organized by the Faculty of Physics and the Faculty of Chemistry, with the participation of three more faculties, Mathematics and Computer Science, Earth Sciences and Biology. If you are a student or a researcher and would like to do an internship with us or work with us, come and visit us and we will inform you, from 10 am from 5 pm. 

UB, 10 April 2019: The ICMAB will be at the XIV Business Forum "Fira d'Empreses" at the UB

On Wednesday 10 April 2019, the ICMAB will be at the XIV Business Forum "Fira d'Empreses" organized by the Faculty of Physics and the Faculty of Chemistry, with the participation of three more faculties, Mathematics and Computer Science, Earth Sciences and Biology. If you are a student or a researcher and would like to do an internship with us or work with us, come and visit us and we will inform you, from 10 am from 5 pm. 

UB, 4 June 2019: 3rd Edition of Nanoinventum with Anna Roig

On June 4 the final event of Nanoinventum will take place at the Faculties of Chemistry and Biology of the University of Barcelona. Primary school students and their teachers from 5 different schools, involving more than 200 students, will present the work in nanorobots that they have carried out this year. They will also interview Anna Roig (ICMAB) and Mercè Segarra (UB) to know more about the life of a scientist. 

We are hiring! New PhD positions with FPI and Severo Ochoa contracts!

The Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities opens the call, from 17 October to 7 November 2019, to the Predoctoral Contrats: FPI (Formación Personal Investigador) and Severo Ochoa contracts (for Severo Ochoa centers). See the ICMAB projects and apply! We have many projects related to functional materials for energy, electronics and biomedicine applications for you!


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