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Cobaltabis(dicarbollide) ([o-COSAN]−) as Multifunctional Chemotherapeutics: A Prospective Application in Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) for Glioblastoma

Título : Cobaltabis(dicarbollide) ([o-COSAN]−) as Multifunctional Chemotherapeutics: A Prospective Application in Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) for Glioblastoma
Autores: Miquel Nuez-Martinez, Catarina I. G. Pinto, Joana F. Guerreiro, Filipa Mendes, Fernanda Marques, Amanda Muñoz-Juan, Jewel Ann Maria Xavier, Anna Laromaine, Valeria Bitonto, Nicoletta Protti, Simonetta Geninatti Crich, Francesc Teixidor and Clara Viñas*
Citation and DOI:

Cancers 202113(24), 6367
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers13246367

PlumX: Cobaltabis(dicarbollide) ([o-COSAN]−) as Multifunctional Chemotherapeutics: A Prospective Application in Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) for Glioblastoma
Purpose: The aim of our study was to assess if the sodium salt of cobaltabis(dicarbollide) and its di-iodinated derivative (Na[o-COSAN] and Na[8,8′-I2-o-COSAN]) could be promising agents for dual anti-cancer treatment (chemotherapy + BNCT) for GBM. Methods: The biological activities of the small molecules were evaluated in vitro with glioblastoma cells lines U87 and T98G in 2D and 3D cell models and in vivo in the small model animal Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) at the L4-stage and using the eggs. Results: Our studies indicated that only spheroids from the U87 cell line have impaired growth after treatment with both compounds, suggesting an increased resistance from T98G spheroids, contrary to what was observed in the monolayer culture, which highlights the need to employ 3D models for future GBM studies.

Biomaterials

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Mixed-valence gold bis(diselenolene) complex turning metallic under pressure

Título : Mixed-valence gold bis(diselenolene) complex turning metallic under pressure
Autores: Yann Le Gal, HengBo Cui, Pere Alemany, Enric Canadell, * Reizo Kato, Thierry Roisnel, Vincent Dorcet, Marc Fourmigué and  Dominique Lorcy *
Citation and DOI: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2021,9, 12291-12302
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1039/D1TC02751D
PlumX: Mixed-valence gold bis(diselenolene) complex turning metallic under pressure
While oxidation of d8 anionic gold bis(dithiolene) complexes most often affords the corresponding neutral radical single-component conductor, an original gold bis(diselenolene) complex isolated as a Ph4P+ salt affords upon electrocrystallization a mixed-valence 1 : 2 salt, [Ph4P][Au(Me-thiazds)2]2 (Me-thiazds: 2-methyl-1,3-thiazoline-2-thione-4,5-diselenolate).

Molecular

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The ESTORE project aims to innovate the energy storage in supercapacitors

The project comes from the collaboration of ICMAB Researchers and groups from the UAB and UB.

Electrochemical capacitors, or supercapacitors, are one of the key technologies being researched in the field of energy storage.

A cornerstone of the large-scale implementation of renewable energies, electrochemical storage solutions that can store large amounts of energy are necessary to implement renewable energy, smart energy distribution grids, efficient electric transport, as well as mobile and autonomous devices.

New Projects, Breaking News, 2022

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Ultrafast Interface Charge Separation in Carbon Nanodot–Nanotube Hybrids

Título : Ultrafast Interface Charge Separation in Carbon Nanodot–Nanotube Hybrids
Autores: Alice Sciortino*, Francesco Ferrante, Gil Gonçalves, Gerard Tobias, Radian Popescu, Dagmar Gerthsen, Nicolò Mauro, Gaetano Giammona, Gianpiero Buscarino, Franco M. Gelardi, Simonpietro Agnello, Marco Cannas, Dario Duca, and Fabrizio Messina*
Citation and DOI:
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13, 41, 49232–49241
Publication Date:October 5, 2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.1c16929
PlumX: Ultrafast Interface Charge Separation in Carbon Nanodot–Nanotube Hybrids
Carbon dots are an emerging family of zero-dimensional nanocarbons behaving as tunable light harvesters and photoactivated charge donors. Coupling them to carbon nanotubes, which are well-known electron acceptors with excellent charge transport capabilities, is very promising for several applications.

Biomaterials

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Interfaces and Interphases in Ca and Mg Batteries

Título : Interfaces and Interphases in Ca and Mg Batteries
Autores: Juan D. Forero-Saboya, Deyana S. Tchitchekova, Patrik Johansson, M. Rosa Palacín, Alexandre Ponrouch
Citation and DOI:

Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 2101578. 
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/admi.202101578

PlumX: Interfaces and Interphases in Ca and Mg Batteries
The development of high energy density battery technologies based on divalent metals as the negative electrode is very appealing. Ca and Mg are especially interesting choices due to their combination of low standard reduction potential and natural abundance.

Energy

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Cell penetrability of DNA-grafted quatsomes

New fluorescent nanovesicles for intracellular biomarker detection

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A new work by the Nanomol Group, belonging to the CIBER-BBN network, together with a team from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, presents new nanovesicles capable of crossing biological barriers such as cell membranes, while maintaining their sensing capacity, which makes them attractive probes for intracellular detection of biomarkers.

Websites News, Press Release, Top Science Results

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Welcome Mario Villa Navas at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Mario Villa Navas
Hello everyone! My name is Mario and I am from Madrid. Over the last three years, I've worked in the nanofabrication of devices for carrying out in-situ electron microscopy experiments, working in different countries such as Portugal, Ireland and Saudi Arabia. Last November I enrolled as a PhD student at ICMAB to study the polarization mechanisms of ferroelectric oxides by means of Scanning-Transmission Electron Microscopy techniques. In my spare time, I enjoy going out with my friends, travelling and practising sport, but also staying at home cooking, watching series or reading.
Looking forward to meeting you all in this new phase. Cheers!

Spain

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13 ICMAB researchers in the Stanford ranking of most highly cited scientists

Up to 523 CSIC scientists are in the ranking, 82 of them from centers in Catalonia.

ICMAB researchers in this ranking are working in the fields of sustainable batteries, oxide electronics, electronic and crystallographic structure of materials, flexoelectricity, borane-based materials, molecular materials, nitride-based materials, photovoltaics and thermoelectrics, among others. 

Top Science Results, Breaking News, 2022

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Ferromagnetic metallic Sr-rich Ln1/2 A1/2 CoO3 cobaltites with spontaneous spin rotation

Título : Ferromagnetic metallic Sr-rich Ln1/2 A1/2 CoO3 cobaltites with spontaneous spin rotation
Autores: Jessica Padilla-Pantoja, Arnau Romaguera, Xiaodong Zhang, Javier Herrero-Martín, Francois Fauth, Javier Blasco, and José Luis García-Muñoz,*
Citation and DOI:

Phys. Rev. B 104, 054411 – Published 9 August 2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.104.054411

PlumX: Ferromagnetic metallic Sr-rich Ln1/2 A1/2 CoO 3 cobaltites with spontaneous spin rotation
The Pr0.50Sr0.50CoO3 perovskite exhibits unique magnetostructural properties among the rest of ferromagnetic (FM)/metallic Ln0.50Sr0.50CoO3 compounds. The sudden orthorhombic-tetragonal (Imma → I4/mcm) structural transition produces an unusual magnetic behavior vs temperature and external magnetic fields. The symmetry change is responsible for a spontaneous spin rotation in this metallic oxide.
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Welcome Laura Remacha Gelabertó at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Laura Remacha Gelabertó
Hello everyone! My name is Laura Remacha and I’m from Lleida. I’m a last year student of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology degree at UAB. Thanks to a JAE scholarship I will be staying for a few months at ICMAB, working with nanoimprint lithography techniques to create multifunctional coatings, in collaboration with the Nanopto group. In my spare time I enjoy drawing and painting, and also hiking with my family and friends. See you around!

Spain

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Bulk photovoltaic effect in hexagonal LuMnO3 single crystals

Título : Bulk photovoltaic effect in hexagonal LuMnO3 single crystals
Autores: Yunwei Sheng, Ignasi Fina, Marin Gospodinov, Aaron M. Schankler, Andrew M. Rappe, and Josep Fontcuberta.
Citation and DOI:

Phys. Rev. B 104, 184116
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.104.184116

PlumX: Bulk photovoltaic effect in hexagonal LuMnO3 single crystals
When illuminating a non-centrosymmetric material with light of energy higher than the bandgap, a net current appears because the electrons do not see the same electronic environment in one direction and the opposite direction, thus they hold a net momentum. This is the bulk photovoltaic effect (BPE), which depends on the light polarization.

Oxides

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Giant Thermal Transport Tuning at a Metal / Ferroelectric Interface

Título : Giant Thermal Transport Tuning at a Metal/Ferroelectric Interface
Autores: Yipeng Zang, Chen Di, Zhiming Geng, Xuejun Yan, Dianxiang Ji, Ningchong Zheng, Xingyu Jiang, Hanyu Fu, Jianjun Wang, Wei Guo, Haoying Sun, Lu Han, Yunlei Zhou, Zhengbin Gu, Desheng Kong, Hugo Aramberri, Claudio Cazorla, Jorge Íñiguez, Riccardo Rurali, Longqing Chen, Jian Zhou, Di Wu, Minghui Lu, Yuefeng Nie, Yanfeng Chen, Xiaoqing Pan
Citation and DOI:

Adv. Mater. 2021, 2105778. 
DOI: 10.1002/adma.202105778

PlumX: Giant Thermal Transport Tuning at a Metal/Ferroelectric Interface
Interfacial thermal transport plays a prominent role in the thermal management of nanoscale objects and is of fundamental importance for basic research and nanodevices. At metal/insulator interfaces, a configuration commonly found in electronic devices, heat transport strongly depends upon the effective energy transfer from thermalized electrons in the metal to the phonons in the insulator.

Energy

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Congratulations! ICMAB is the first H2020 CSIC Institute

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ICMAB is number one of the entire CSIC in securing funding from the H2020 European Research and Innovation Framework Programme. It represents 8 % of the total CSIC H2020 funding and 49 % of the Materials Area. In total, 4 CSIC Institutes in Catalunya are among the top 6. 

ICMAB Awards, Breaking News

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Efficient spin pumping into metallic SrVO3 epitaxial films

Título : Efficient spin pumping into metallic SrVO3 epitaxial films
Autores: Francesc Macià, Mathieu Mirjolet, Josep Fontcuberta
Citation and DOI: Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 546, 15 March 2022, 168871
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2021.168871
PlumX: Efficient spin pumping into metallic SrVO3 epitaxial films
Spin-charge conversion requires materials with a large spin-orbit coupling, which is typically obtained in heavy metal (Pt, etc.) ions. Here we demonstrate spin pumping across interfaces between metallic SrVO3, where V is a 3d1 ion, epitaxial thin films and ferromagnetic Ni80Fe20.

Oxides

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A picture of José Piers Jurado hugging supervisor Mariano Campoy-Quiles, after his defense.

Congratulations Dr. José Piers Jurado, new ICMAB Graduate

Date: 2021-12-17

Doctor José Piers Jurado, from the Nanostructured Materials for Optoelectronics and Energy Harvesting (NANOPTO) Group (ICMAB-CSIC), defended his PhD thesis titled "Hybrid PV-TE devices based on organic semiconductors" on Wednesday 15 December 2021 in a hybrid session. Congrats!

PhD Congrats

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Polylactide, Processed by a Foaming Method Using Compressed Freon R134a, for Tissue Engineering

Título : Polylactide, Processed by a Foaming Method Using Compressed Freon R134a, for Tissue Engineering
Autores: María Aguado, Laura Saldaña, Eduardo Pérez del Río, Judith Guasch, Marc Parera, Alba Córdoba, Joaquín Seras-Franzoso, Olivia Cano-Garrido, Esther Vázquez, Antonio Villaverde, Jaume Veciana, Imma Ratera, Nuria Vilaboa, and Nora Ventosa
Citation and DOI:

Polymers 202113(20), 3453; 
DOI: 10.3390/polym13203453

PlumX: Polylactide, Processed by a Foaming Method Using Compressed Freon R134a, for Tissue Engineering
Fabricating polymeric scaffolds using cost-effective manufacturing processes is still challenging. Gas foaming techniques using supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) have attracted attention for producing synthetic polymer matrices; however, the high-pressure requirements are often a technological barrier for its widespread use. Compressed 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane, known as Freon R134a, offers advantages over CO2 in manufacturing processes in terms of lower pressure and temperature conditions and the use of low-cost equipment.

Biomaterials

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Esther Barrena, Francesco Silvestri and Carmen Ocal at the ICMAB Terrace

Congratulations Dr. Francesco Silvestri, new ICMAB Graduate

Date: 2021-12-15

Doctor Francesco Silvestri, from the Physical Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces (SURFACES) Group (ICMAB-CSIC), defended his PhD thesis titled "Nanoscale Morphology and Structure of Organic Donor/Acceptor Heterojunctions" on Tuesday 14 December 2021 in a hybrid session. Congrats!

PhD Congrats

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Storing energy with molecular photoisomers

Título : Storing energy with molecular photoisomers
Autores: Zhihang Wang, Paul Erhart, Tao Li, Zhao-Yang Zhang, Diego Sampedro, Zhiyu Hu, Hermann A. Wegner, Olaf Brummel, Jörg Libuda, Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen, Kasper Moth-Poulsen
Citation and DOI: Joule, Published: November 22, 2021
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2021.11.001
PlumX: Storing energy with molecular photoisomers
The global energy demand continues to grow both due to the increasing population and wealth. As one of the potential solutions, renewable energy resources can relieve the pressure on conventional energy sources. However, due to fluctuations in both supply and demand, they need to be complemented with load-leveling technologies.

Energy

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Direct and Converse Flexoelectricity in Two-Dimensional Materials

Título : Direct and Converse Flexoelectricity in Two-Dimensional Materials
Autores: Matteo Springolo, Miquel Royo, and Massimiliano Stengel
Citation and DOI: Physical Review Letters, Vol. 127, Iss. 21 — 19 November 2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.127.216801
PlumX: Direct and Converse Flexoelectricity in Two-Dimensional Materials
Building on recent developments in electronic-structure methods, we define and calculate the flexoelectric response of two-dimensional (2D) materials fully from first principles. In particular, we show that the open-circuit voltage response to a flexural deformation is a fundamental linear-response property of the crystal that can be calculated within the primitive unit cell of the flat configuration.

Oxides

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Welcome Andrea Delledonne at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Andrea Delledonne
Hello everyone! I'm Andrea, a visiting PhD student from Italy. I have a master's degree in chemistry and my current research activity at the University of Parma concerns fluorescent materials for bioimaging applications. Here at ICMAB I will work on the preparation and characterization of quatsomes loaded with different dyes. Unfortunately my stay will only last a month but I really hope to see you around!

Italy

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Endovascular administration of magnetized nanocarriers targeting brain delivery after stroke

Título : Endovascular administration of magnetized nanocarriers targeting brain delivery after stroke
Autores: Alba Grayston, Yajie Zhang, Miguel Garcia-Gabilondo, Mercedes Arrúe, Abraham Martin, Peter Kopcansky, Milan Timko, Jozef Kovac, Oliver Strbak, Laura Castellote, Sara Belloli, Rosa M Moresco, Maria Picchio, Anna Roig and Anna Rosell
Citation and DOI:

Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism
DOI: 10.1177/0271678X211028816

PlumX: Endovascular administration of magnetized nanocarriers targeting brain delivery after stroke Alba
The increasing use of mechanical thrombectomy in stroke management has opened the window to local intraarterial brain delivery of therapeutic agents. In this context, the use of nanomedicine could further improve the delivery of new treatments for specific brain targeting, tracking and guidance. In this study we take advantage of this new endovascular approach to deliver biocompatible poly(D-L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanocapsules functionalized with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and Cy7.5 for magnetic targeting, magnetic resonance and fluorescent molecular imaging.

Biomaterials

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