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First meeting of the CSIC Equality Committees at ICM-Institut de Ciències del Mar

The Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC), in coordination with the CSIC Equality Committee and the CSIC Women and Science Committee, is promoting the first meeting of the Equality Committees of the CSIC centers on December 10, 2020. Anna May Masnou, Communication & Outreach Officer and member of the ICMAB Gender Equality Committee, will represent the ICMAB at the conference, where everyone is invited. 

Women in Science, Online

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Hailin Wang will defend his PhD Thesis on 15 December 2020 at 11 am!

The PhD researcher Hailin Wang from the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN), and Advanced Characterization and Nanostructured Materials (ACNM) groups at ICMAB will defend his PhD thesis on Tuesday, 15 December 2020, at 11 am in an online session. The PhD Thesis Defense will be held by videoconference from the ICMAB Meeting Room.  Register here to attend the PhD Thesis defense via Zoom. 

PhD Defense

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PostDoc Talk: "Rational Engineering of Binary Oxides and Semiconductors for Photocatalytic Applications" by Claudio Cazorla (Mon, 14 Dec 2020)

We would like to invite you to the last PostDoc Talk of 2020, within the cycle of ICMAB Online Seminars:

Rational Engineering of Binary Oxides and Semiconductors for Photocatalytic Applications

by Claudio Cazorla, Departament de Física, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona

Monday, 14 December 2020 @ 12 pm
Online Invited Seminar by Zoom. Register here to attend.
PostDoc Talks cycle

Periodical Lectures & Invited Seminars, 2020

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Concepció Rovira gives a talk on the future of "Molecular Electronics" at IEC

Concepció Rovira, ICMAB researcher at the Nanomol Group, gave on Thursday, 26 November 2020, a Conference entitled "Can we open a new era of electronics with the power of molecules" in the framework of the Science Thursdays at IEC (Institut d'Estudis Catalans). The talk is now available on the IEC Youtube Channel. 

Meetings Participation, Outreach & Dissemination, Online

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Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Adhesives for Transfer Printing of Carbon Nanotubes and Metallic Nanostructures

Autores: Camilla Dore, Bernhard Dörling, Juan Luis Garcia‐Pomar, Mariano Campoy‐Quiles, Agustín Mihi
Publicación: Small 2020, 2004795
 
Mentions: Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Adhesives for Transfer Printing of Carbon Nanotubes and Metallic Nanostructures
Transfer printing is one of the key nanofabrication techniques for the large‐scale manufacturing of complex device architectures. It provides a cost‐effective and high‐throughput route for the integration of independently processed materials into spatially tailored architectures.

Energy

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Image: Electron microscopy image of a typical SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus particle, freely distributed by the NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (NIAID-RML),1 colored to emphasize the virus structure.

Molecular simulations to understand coronavirus

The rapid characterization of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has allowed researchers at the Soft Matter Theory Group to learn more about how it interacts with surfaces through extremely precise simulations. The results have been published in the scientific journal Biointephases.

Websites News, Top Science Results

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Fourth visit of the Scientific Advisory Board at ICMAB - online!

On 3-4 December 2020, the ICMAB Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) meeting will take place to evaluate the research lines and the overall performance of the Institute. The SAB is composed of 12 worldwide scientific experts in the areas of the targeted research of our Severo Ochoa project: Smart Functional Materials for a Better Future (FUNFUTURE) in the areas of Clean Energy, Sustainable Electronics and Smart Nanomedicine.

Visits and open doors, Meetings Organization, Breaking News, 2020

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Discovery of highly polarizable semiconductors BaZrS3 and Ba3Zr2S7

Título : Discovery of highly polarizable semiconductors BaZr S3 and Ba3 Zr2 S7
Autores: Stephen Filippone, Boyang Zhao, Shanyuan Niu, Nathan Z. Koocher, Daniel Silevitch, Ignasi Fina, James M. Rondinelli, Jayakanth Ravichandran, and R. Jaramillo.
Publicación: Phys. Rev. Materials 4, 091601(R) – Published 8 September 2020. 
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.4.091601
Mentions: Discovery of highly polarizable semiconductors BaZrS3 and Ba3Zr2S7

There are few known semiconductors exhibiting both strong optical response and large dielectric polarizability. Inorganic materials with large dielectric polarizability tend to be wide-band gap complex oxides. Semiconductors with a strong photoresponse to visible and infrared light tend to be weakly polarizable. Interesting exceptions to these trends are halide perovskites and phase-change chalcogenides.

Oxides

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Lídia Ballell, Poster Prize at the SCN2 II Annual Conference of Nanomedicine

Lídia Ballell, PhD fellow doing her research between the Nanomol Group at ICMAB and the company Nanomol Technologies, won the Poster Prize award at the SCN2 II Annual Conference of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology celebrated on 19 November 2020 and focused on the latest advances on nanobiomedicine. Lídia Ballell's poster was entitled "Delos nanovesicles for drug delivery: an example of reformulation of a protein to treat complex wounds". 

PhD Awards

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Judith Guasch talks about biomimetics and cancer immunotheraphy in CosmoCaixa Live Talks

On 18 November 2020, Valentina Raffio, science journalist, interviewed ICMAB researcher at the Nanomol Group Judith Guasch in the framework of the CosmoCaixa Live Talks organized by CosmoCaixa and the Catalan Association of Science Communication (ACCC). The event took place online on CosmoCaixa Facebook Live and is now available online.

Social, Outreach & Dissemination, Online

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Congratulations, Dr. Pengmei Yu, our recent ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Pengmei Yu from the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) group at ICMAB defended her PhD thesis on Tuesday, 24 November 2020. The PhD thesis was entitled "Atomic layer deposition: From molecular chemistry to functional oxide coatings" and was supervised by ICMAB researcher Mariona Coll.

PhD Congrats, 2020

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Conservation of structural arrangements and 3:1 stoichiometry in a series of crystalline conductors of TMTTF, TMTSF, BEDT-TTF, and chiral DM-EDT-TTF with the oxo-bis[pentafluorotantalate(V)] dianion

Autores: Nabil Mroweh, Cécile Mézière, Magali Allain, Pascale Auban-Senzier, Enric Canadell * and Narcis Avarvari *.
Publicación: Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 10078-10091. 
DOI: 10.1039/D0SC03665J
Mentions: Conservation of structural arrangements and 3[thin space (1/6-em)]:[thin space (1/6-em)]1 stoichiometry in a series of crystalline conductors of TMTTF, TMTSF, BEDT-TTF, and chiral DM-EDT-TTF with the oxo-bis[pentafluorotantalate(V)] dianion

The occurrence of isostructural conducting radical cation salts of diversely substituted tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) precursors with the same anion is most often limited to very similar derivatives such as tetramethyl-tetrathiafulvalene (TMTTF) and tetramethyl-tetraselenafulvalene (TMTSF).

Molecular

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PostDoc Talk: "Plasmon-enhanced light–matter interaction: from molecular detection to energy harvesting applications" by Luis A. Pérez (Mon, 30 Nov 2020)

We would like to invite you to the third PostDoc Talk of this new cycle of Online ICMAB Seminars:

Plasmon-enhanced light–matter interaction: from molecular detection to energy harvesting applications

by Luis Alberto Pérez, NANOPTO group, ICMAB, CSIC

Monday, 30 November 2020 @ 12 pm
Online Invited Seminar by Zoom. Register here to attend.
PostDoc Talks cycle

Periodical Lectures & Invited Seminars, 2020

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Open call for Severo Ochoa FUNFUTURE Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects (FIP) 2020 at ICMAB

A new internal competitive call for Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects (FIP) within the Severo Ochoa "Smart Functional Materials for a Better Future" (FUNFUTURE) is now open. The call, open to all ICMAB researchers, either individually or collaborative, has two modalities: “Exploration of novel ideas and methodologies” and “Proof-of-concept”. We encourage all researchers to participate. Deadline is 21 Dec 2020. 

Project Calls, Breaking News, 2020

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Neutral Organic Radical Formation by Chemisorption on Metal Surfaces

Autores: M. R. Ajayakumar, César Moreno*, Isaac Alcón, Francesc Illas, Concepció Rovira, Jaume Veciana, Stefan T. Bromley*, Aitor Mugarza, and Marta Mas-Torrent*.
Publicación: J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2020, 11, 10, 3897–3904. 
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c00269
Mentions: Neutral Organic Radical Formation by Chemisorption on Metal Surfaces

Organic radical monolayers (r-MLs) bonded to metal surfaces are potential materials for the development of molecular (spin)electronics. Typically, stable radicals bearing surface anchoring groups are used to generate r-MLs.

Molecular

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10 Measures for LGBT+ equality in Research Centers by PRISMA #ConferenciaPRISMA

The 18th of November is the date chosen to highlight the discriminations that people in the LGBT+ collective suffer in the field of science and a day to show the support to this community. In face of this discrimination, members of the PRISMA association offer 10 measures that we can apply to help fight prejudice and lessen its consequences.

Commemorations, Women in Science

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Welcome Esteve Ribas at ICMAB!

Nombre: Esteve Ribas
Hi all! I’m Esteve Ribas, student of the master’s degree in Advanced Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the UAB. I've recently joined the Functional Nanomaterials and Surfaces (FunNanoSurf) group to carry out my master thesis. The work will be focused on the synthesis of new curcuminoid molecules and testing their properties for sensing applications. I'm really glad to have the opportunity to work at the ICMAB and I hope to learn a lot and enjoy this experience!

Spain

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The Nanopto Group is YouTuber!

The Nanostructured Materials for Optoelectronics and Energy Harvesting (NANOPTO) research group, which focuses on producing and characterizing advanced semiconducting structures for optoelectronics and energy-related and sensing devices, has started using one the most popular techniques for scientific outreach: YouTube!

Outreach Videos, 2020

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Announcement of a public-private investment fund for the promotion of knowledge transfer

Councillor Ramon Tremosa visited the facilities of the ALBA Synchrotron with its director, Caterina Biscari, on 16 November 2020. After the visit, they both met with several Directors of other research centers in the area, including ICMAB Director Xavier Obradors. During the meeting the announcement of the Government's intention to create a public-private investment fund to promote the knowledge transfer of the research in Catalonia was made. 

Top Science Results, Breaking News, 2020

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Surface specificity and mechanistic pathway of de-fluorination of C60F48 on coinage metals

Título : Surface specificity and mechanistic pathway of de-fluorination of C60F48 on coinage metals
Autores: Rogger Palacios-Rivera, David C. Malaspina, Nir Tessler, Olga Solomeshch, Jordi Faraudo,* Esther Barrena* and Carmen Ocal.
Publicación: Nanoscale Adv., 2020, Advance Article. 
https://doi.org/10.1039/D0NA00513D
Mentions: Surface specificity and mechanistic pathway of de-fluorination of C60F48 on coinage metals

We provide experimental and theoretical understanding on fundamental processes taking place at room temperature when a fluorinated fullerene dopant gets close to a metal surface. By employing scanning tunneling microscopy and photoelectron spectroscopies, we demonstrate that the on-surface integrity of C60F48 depends on the interaction with the particular metal it approaches.

Molecular

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New NFFA-Europe project to continue offering access to nanoscience research infrastructures

We are very happy to announce that the NFFA-Europe project that enables the use of shared research infrastrucures in nanoscience and nanotechnology will continue during the next years as NFFA-Europe Pilot (NEP). The project, in which the ICMAB participates as partner, will be strengthened bya new consortium with third parties, which will enhance the impact on European research.

New Projects, 2020

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Selection of the two enantiotropic polymorphs of diF-TES-ADT in solution sheared thin film transistors

Autores: Tommaso Salzillo, Nieves Montes, Raphael Pfattner and Marta Mas-Torrent *
Publicación: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2020, Advance Article
https://doi.org/10.1039/D0TC03222K
Mentions: Selection of the two enantiotropic polymorphs of diF-TES-ADT in solution sheared thin film transistors
We report the effect of solution shearing speed on the performances of diF-TES-ADT-based OFETs. X-ray diffraction reveals that th low-temperature phase is predominant at low shearing speed, while, upon increasing the speed, the high-tempertature phase prevails. The effect of polymorph composition on the electrical performances is reported with the best mobilities found in a mixture of the two polymorphs.

Molecular

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Welcome Houssem Rezgui at ICMAB!

Nombre: Houssem Rezgui
Hello, I'm Houssem Rezgui, PhD student in the faculty of sciences of Tunis. My thesis subject is about nanoscale heat transport and emerging nanodevices (Graphene FETs, CNTs FETs and 10 nm FinFET technology nodes) and now I'm going to work with Dr. Riccardo Rurali. My favorite hobbies are bike riding and nature observation. I'm delighted to be at ICMAB

Tunisia

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R&D in B. Braun, a professional career or an attitude towards life? by Pau Turon (Mon, 23 Nov 2020)

We would like to invite you to the the following Online Invited Seminar:

R&D in B. Braun, a professional career or an attitude towards life?

by Pau Turon Dols, Vice-President of Research and Development, B. Braun Surgical, S.A.U.

Monday, 23 November 2020 @ 12 pm
Online Invited Seminar by Zoom. Register here to attend.

Periodical Lectures & Invited Seminars

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27-28 Nov 2020: Are you ready for the Researchers' Night in Catalonia?

Many of the activities confirmed for the event, which will take place on November 27-28, 2020, can already be found on the website of the Researchers' Night in Catalonia. The programme includes both online and face-to-face activities organized by more than 50 entities throughout Catalonia. The ICMAB will collaborate in some of the activities programmed. Will you join us?

Fairies, Outreach Videos, Breaking News, 2020, Online

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Artur Romanov awarded at the Applied Superconducivity Conference 2020

The Applied Superconductivity Conference 2020 conference awarded Artur Romanov, PhD researcher at the SUMAN group, on 5 November 2020, the third prize in the materials section of the Student Paper Contest and additonally the Alexander Shikov memorial award for design and manufacturing of "LTS and HTS Conductors". 

PhD Awards, 2020

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Welcome Rubén Rodríguez at ICMAB!

Nombre: Rubén Rodríguez
Hi! It is Ruben here and I am a last-year student of Physics and Chemistry at UAB. I am joining Inorganic Materials and Catalysis group under the supervision of Dr. Rosario Nuñez. My work in ICMAB will be focused on the characterization of different fluorophores based on perylene derivatives coupled to boron clusters. See you around!

Spain

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Magnetic droplet solitons

Autores: Ferran Macià, and Andrew D. Kent.
Publicación: Journal of Applied Physics 
https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0018251
Mentions: Magnetic droplet solitons

Magnetic droplet solitons are dynamical magnetic textures that form due to an attractive interaction between spin waves in thin films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Spin currents and the spin torques associated with these currents enable their formation as they provide a means to excite non-equilibrium spin-wave populations and compensate their decay.

Oxides

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The OPTOFEM 2020 school counted with 85 participants from around the world

The OPTOFEM 2020 School on Optically Controlled Ferroelectric Memristors held its first edition in an online format on 22-23 October 2020. The ICMAB school was a huge success, and counted with more than 85 participants from 18 countries around the world, who attended more than 16 hours of lectures on the topic. 

2020, Online

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Welcome Alba Cazorla Moreno at ICMAB!

Nombre: Alba Cazorla Moreno
Hi! I am Alba Cazorla Moreno and I am in my last year of Physics degree at UAB. I will be performing my final project degree in the Nanostructured Materials group with Dr Esther Barrena. I am very excited to be here and I hope to learn as much as I can in this experience!

Spain

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