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In the last "Bojos per la Física" at ICMAB students could learn about magnetism and piezoelectricity

On 14 January 2022, the new "Bojos per la Física" course will start. Our last session at ICMAB was on 9 October 2021.

11 January 2022
"Bojos per la Física" participants in front of ICMAB.
"Bojos per la Física" participants in front of ICMAB.

Our contribution to the "Bojos per la Física" (Crazy about Physics) programme consists of one session with our researches. In the 2020 edition, the session had to be online. In 2021, although nearly all the sessions were online, at ICMAB we were the first ones where we could host the students in our facilities, because as it was a Saturday, the center was empty, and we also followed all the Covid-19 safety regulations.

The 25 students that came were very happy to come!


Amanda Muñoz showing the C. elegans on the microscope.

For the session, which took place on Saturday, 9 October 2021 in the morning, we counted with the following researchers and programme:

  • Ignasi Fina, from the MULFOX group, who did a session on "Piezoelectricity" of materials, with a practical application in which students had to use their math skills too.
  • Pablo Guardia and Amanda Muñoz, from the NN group, who did a session about "Magnetism" of nanoparticles, preparation of magnetic nanoparticles and evaluation of their toxicity with C. elegans
  • Anna May Masnou, Communication and Outreach Officer, who gave a brief introduction about ICMAB and coordinated the session


Pablo Guardia explaining how to synthesize magnetic nanoparticles.

The students really enjoyed the session, and could meet in person, after of knowing eachother only online for this year's course. 

Here are some more photos of the session. 

Bojos per la Física

The Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera develops the program "Bojos per la Ciència" to open the doors of the most relevant research institutes to the most excellent secondary school students. ICMAB joined in 2017 the initiative "Bojos per la Física" coordinated by ICN2, and IFAE.

The "Bojos per la Física" initiative allows 20-25 students to interact during 10 work sessions with researchers from ICN2, IFAE, UAB, ICMAB, ICFO and ALBA Synchrotron. Our shared objective is to design a challenging experience for the students and offer them some hints about what does being a researcher in physics mean. 

The programme includes the following general topics: particle physics, nanotechnology, photonics, cosmology, astrophysics, materials science and astronomy, and counts with 11-12 sessions in different research centers where the students can interact with researchers about these and more physics topics.

The new edition of the programme, the 2022, will start on 14 January 2022, with an online session from La Pedrera. Let the show begin!


Students doing some calculations during Ignasi Fina's session.

More information and past sessions:


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