The article published in JACS by Pepe Giner et al. in which the international team reports a MOF (metal-organic framework) that can separate biobutanol from the biomass fermentation products has received much attention in the American media, since there is a high demand for gasoline, and one of the research collaborators was from Oregon State University.
The newspaper "El Mundo" published on 17 July 2019 a report on the new materials "that will revolutionize the world". The ICMAB appears in the article, together with other research centers working in nanomaterials and materials science.
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!
Researchers at IBEC and ICMAB develop a flexible, cheap and biocompatible transistor platform able to record an electrocardiogram of cells and micro-tissues during long periods of time. The platform, based on organic transistor technology (EGOFET), can also measure the effect of drugs on beating cells, as cardiomyocytes, opening the door to several applications such as implantable devices for health.
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.
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!
El ICMAB participara en la próxima edicion de EXPOQUIMIA en varias actividades que incluyen:
Espacio CSIC: con ofertas tecnológicas, folletos, video promocional y otros.
Mesa redonda "Encuentros médico-científicos destinados a la Nanomedicina", en la que participará el Prof. Jaume Veciana. Dia 16/11 en la Sala 4.3; Centro de Convenciones 4. Recinto Gran Via, Fira de Barcelona. Horario: 14:00h - 16:00h & 16:30 - 18:00h
STAND B 265. CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Pabellón 6, Nivel 0. Stand B 265.
Avenida Juan Carlos I 08908 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona)
El Programa Argó és un programa institucional del la UAB de transició entre la Secundària i la Universitat. Una de les línees d’aquest programa consisteix en organitzar un campus d’estiu per a estudiants de batxillerat. Enguany l’ICMAB s’ha volgut sumar a aquesta iniciativa i ha acollit sis estudiants que han tingut l’oportunitat de fer una estada en el nostre centre i de conèixer més de prop algunes de les tècniques que utilitzen els investigadors per a caracteritzar els materials que desenvolupen. La Judit Oró, l’Anna Crespi, l’Ana Esther Carrillo i la Noemí Alonso han estat les responsable d’organitzar les diferents activitats. Els estudiants, la Marta, la Montse, l’Adrià, en David, en Gabriel i l’Alejandra estan cursant el batxiller a l’IES de Castellar del Vallés, a l’ Institut Montserrat i al Col•legi Salesià Sant Joan Bosco de Barcelona i a l’Escola Cervetó de Granollers. Ells mateixos han fet aquest vídeo explicant l’experiència.
Judit Tomsen, PhD fellow at the Nanomol group, was awarded with the best oral presentation at the European Students Colloid Conference (ESC-2019), that took place in Varna (Bulgaria) on 18-22 June 2019.
Perovskites promise to be the next star material for solar cells, but the reason of their high efficiency is still unknown.
Researchers at the Institute of Materials Science in Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (Germany) have demonstrated with a new microscopy technique that perovskites are not ferroelectric, as was thought.
The new technique, patented by CSIC in 2017, is the direct piezoelectric force microscopy (DPFM) which, for the first time, is used in lead halide perovskite solar cells.
On 29 December 2018 the article "Martí Gich rep dos milions d'euros per investigar el 5G", written by the journalistNúria Jar, was published in the printed version of the "Diari de Sabadell", a local newspaper from the near city of Sabadell.
As scientific developments get more and more complex, the challenge of communicating any innovation increases. Despite the increasing amount of applications of new materials in day to day life, explaining how they work is not an easy task, especially with younger people, who might not see any of the more advanced concepts in their science classes. Anna May Masnou, Head of the Communication Department at the ICMAB, has written an article at the SOCIEMAT magazine Material-ES about the MATHEROES initiative, which personalizes material properties into superheroes.
Organic solar cells based on ternary systems have promise as high efficiency and high stability systems. Finding the performance sweet‐spot is, however, a monumental task. The article published in Advanced Energy Materials "Efficient Exploration of the Composition Space in Ternary Organic Solar Cells by Combining High‐Throughput Material Libraries and Hyperspectral Imaging", which made it to the cover of the journal's issue, Mariano Campoy‐Quiles and co‐workers present a simple high‐throughput method to map the ternary parameter space and efficiently discover optimum conditions.
Carbon nanocapsules, filled with stable Samarium atoms, are activated with neutrons just before entering the body. This novel nanomaterial-based system is effective for both biomedical imaging and cancer radiotherapy.
Fernando Bartolomé, Juan J. de Damborenea, José L. G. Fierro, Albert Figueras, José González de la Campa y otros
Las personas nos vemos inmersas en un universo fabricado a partir de materiales de naturaleza metálica, polimérica, cerámica y todas sus posibles combinaciones. Estos materiales sustentan nuestro presente bienestar y hacen factibles nuestro progreso futuro.
Las pilas de combustible, alimentadas con hidrógeno o metanol, son una alternativa eficiente a los motores de combustión. El trabajo de I+D avanza a buen ritmo hacia el abaratamiento de pilas que constituirán un engranaje clave dentro de un ciclo energético crecientemente basado en energías renovables Imaginemos por un momento una gran avenida de una gran ciudad, pongamos una Gran Vía cualquiera, bulliciosa y llena de tráfico humano, como siempre; transitada por multitud de coches, como de costumbre.
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!
Material engineering at the nanoscale can be successfully employed in the design of a new type of materials: this is the case of superlattices formed by layers the same material with different crystal structure.
The study, published in Nano Letters, paves the way for efficient thermoelectric and nanoelectronic devices, which require high quality materials without defects within their structure and interfaces.
One of the seven awarded photos in this year's edition of FOTCIENCIA, the photo from our PhD fellow, Cristiano Matricardi, "Trampa de luz" is the star of the HERALDO newspaper article "Juegos de luces entre la naturaleza y el laboratorio" by María Pilar Perla Mateo. You can read here the article.
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.
Within the MOTHER project (Molecule-based materials and supramolecular organizations for therapy, diagnosis and tissue engineering), the NANOMOL group from ICMAB collaborates with the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Research (VHIR), on the developement of a new nanomedicine for the treatment of high risk neuroblastoma, one of the most typical childhood cancers. Now, researchers from VHIR have identified new microRNAs that reduce the progression of this type of cancer.
On June 18, 2019, the winners of the ESCOLAB contest "Tenim una idea" were revealed. In the category "Idees to improve the health and nurition of the citizens" an idea to "develop an injectable chemical substance based on nanoparticles to regenerate bones in a quick and efficient way" was the winner. The idea came from Aina Vilar and Carlota Garcia, from the "Escola Pia de Granollers" who visited us last 10 May 2019, to learn about "The materials of the future for nanomedicine" with researcher Nora Ventosa.Congrats!
Researchers from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) have shown that thermal conductivity can be tuned by an external applied electric field.
If the material is mechanically deformed in a suitable way, the external applied electric field can be much lower to achieve the same thermal response.
These advances allow envisaging a truly zero-power analogue of electronics, because phononics circuits would need no power supply.
Marie Skłodowska Curiewas 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).
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.