Awards

Manuel Souto, honored with the European Award on Molecular Magnetism Doctoral Thesis

Manuel Souto, former PhD researcher at the Nanomol Group, has been awarded with the European Award for Doctoral Thesis in Molecular Magnetism (ADocMolMag) call 2019, organised by the European Institute of Molecular Magnetism, for his PhD Thesis "Multifunctional Materials based on TTFPTM dyads: towards new Molecular Switches, Conductors and Rectifiers" carried out at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Congratulations, Manuel!

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PhD Extraordinary Awards go to four ICMAB Graduates

Four ICMAB graduates have been awarded by the UAB with the PhD Extraordinary Award for their doctoral thesis, developed during the period 2016-2017: Bernhard Dörling in the field of Physics, Laura González and Magdalena Kierkowicz in the field of Materials Science, and Elena Oleshkevich in the field of Chemistry. Congratulations!

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Elena Oleshkevich, ICMAB graduate, awarded with the "Producto del Año 2020" innovation award

Elena Oleshkevich, previous PhD fellow supervised by Clara Viñas at the LMI group, and currently working at the Norwegian company Jotun, has been awarded with one of the "Producto del Año 2020" awards for the industrial project "Majestic Pure Color" paint, selected as the best innovative product of 2020 in the sector of coatings and paintings.

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Iván Caño and Remei Escudero: 2nd and 3rd prize at the SCN2 Dresselhaus Awards for ther research works

Iván Caño and Remei Escudero, former Bachelor Students in Physics and Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the UAB, have won, respectively, the 2nd and 3rd prize of the Dresselhaus Awards, organized by the Catalan Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SCN2). The two students had to defend their work by presenting a poster to a jury formed by PhD fellows of related fields. 

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CELLUPACK by Camilla Dore wins the "Generating Ideas" programme of the PRUAB

CELLUPACK was chosen as the most innovative project of the "Generating Ideas" Programme organized by the UAB Research Park (PRUAB) focused this year on Smart Food. The project proposes the use of cellulose-based materials as substitutes for a variety of single-use plastic packagings. The material is biodegradable, soluble, edible and with a minimum ecological footprint. The idea was conceived by Camilla Dore, from the NANOPTO group, and counts with the participation of members of the IMB-CNM and UAB. 
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Martí Gibert: Poster Prize at the SCN2 First Annual Congress of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

The Societat Catalana de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (SCN2) held its First Annual Congress of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology on Saturday, 16 November 2019. The event took place at Casa Elizalde in Barcelona and focused on Energy harvesting, Environment and Sustainable Development. Martí Gibert, PhD fellow at NANOPTO group won the poster contest with his work on “Near Infrared Organic Photodetectors based on Enhanced Charge Transfer State Absorption by Photonic Architectures”. Congratulations!

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Zsolt Kelemen, #MSCA IF Fellow of the Week!

It's time to meet Zsolt Kelemen, our #MSCA IF Fellow of the Week! Zsolt is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Inorganic Materials and Catalysis group, and he is working in the framework of the Tuning COPs project. Congratulations, Zsolt!

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Poster Prize for the "Madame Châtelet" project at the Biennial RSEF 2019

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!

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The project "Madame Châtelet" awarded with a FGCSIC "Cuenta la Ciencia" grant

The dramatised reading "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers", prepared by a group of women of ICMAB-CSIC, was awarded with a FGCSIC "Cuenta la Ciencia" grant in its second call, this year 2019. The project is entitled "El salón de las mujeres sabias" and aims to stimulate and promote the interst in scientific careers by providing examples of women scientists from different periods of our history.

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Amanda Muñoz, winner of the #100QSD Twitter science microstories contest

Amanda Muñoz, Master student and researcher in the N&N group at ICMAB is one of the winners of the #100QSD microstories contest organized by @CSICDivulga and @CatarataLibros on Twitter! Congratulations! We have asked her about her experience in this Twitter contest, and this is what she says: 

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"Trampa de luz" from Cristiano Matricardi awarded in the 16th edition of FOTCIENCIA

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! 

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Alexandre Ponrouch receives the International Battery Association (IBA) Early Career Award 2019 in San Diego

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! 

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Nora Ventosa designated new numerary member of the IEC

On 8 November 2018, the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) decided to incorporate six new numerary members, two in Biological Sciences and four in Science and Technology. Nora Ventosa, Doctor in Chemical Engineering and researcher at ICMAB-CSIC, was designated new numerary member in the Science and Technology section. Congratulations!

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Roberta Verrelli and Elzbieta Pach, new Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral fellows at ICMAB

Roberta Verrelli, granted with a Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación fellowship, will work in the group of Solid State Chemistry, with M. Rosa Palacín, in the field of next-generation batteries. On the other hand, Elzbieta Pach, granted with a Juan de la Cierva-Formación, will work with Albert Verdaguer, in the SURFACES group.

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The CSIC Gender Equality Certificate to the ICMAB was delivered by the CSIC President, Rosa Menéndez to Xavier Obradors

On Monday, 17 September 2018, Xavier Obradors, ICMAB Director, and Riccardo Rurali, Deputy Director and President of the Gender Equality Committee at the ICMAB, received the CSIC Gender Equality Certificate (Distintivo de Igualdad de Género del CSIC) by the CSIC President, Rosa Menéndez and by Rafael Rodrigo, General Secretary of Scientific Policy Coordination from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, in Madrid. 

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PhD Extraordinary award for three ICMAB graduates: Justo Cabrera, María de la Mata Fernández and Manuel Souto

Three ICMAB graduates have been awarded by the UAB with the PhD Extraordinary Award for their doctoral thesis, developed during the period 2015-2016: Justo Cabrera in the field of Chemistry, and María de la Mata Fernández and Manuel Souto in the field of Materials Science. The awards ceremony will take place on November 2018. Congratulations!

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The ICMAB awarded with the Gender Equality Certificate by the CSIC

The ICMAB has been awarded by the CSIC with the Gender Equality Certificate (Distintivo de Acreditación en Igualdad de Género), in its first edition. This certificate was promoted by the CSIC President, Rosa Menéndez, following an explicit commitment to offer equal opportunities for men and women in their workplaces. The objective of the call was to promote gender perspective in all the CSIC institutes, and to promote measures to eliminate the barriers that women may encounter during their career. 

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The project Greene3D, awarded as best initiative of circular economy by the Generalitat and the PRUAB

Laura López Mir, Doctor in Physics graduated at ICMAB, and Beatriz Espinosa, PhD researcher at ICTA, were awarded with the First Prize in the Program "Generació d'Idees", organized by the PRUAB and the Generalitat, for their Greene3D project: sustainable filament for 3D printing based on agroindustrial organic waste, such as olive stones, which are a valuable, abundant and a proximity resource. Congratulations!

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José Jurado, Milena Cervo and Jan Grzelak received their INPhINIT "la Caixa" fellowship at Caixaforum

On 3 July 2018, CaixaForum Barcelona hosted the ceremony to deliver the INPhINIT "la Caixa" doctorate program fellowships. The event was chaired by the Secretary of State for Universities, Research and Development, Ángeles Heras. Three Research Fellows, out of the 57 granted, have started their PhD at ICMAB: José Jurado from the USA, Milena Cervo Sulzbach from Brazil and Jan Grzelak from Poland.

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Roberta Verrelli, winner of the 6th Early Career Scientist Presentation Contest of the World Materials Research Institute Forum

Between 18 and 22 June 2018, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington (UK) hosted the 6th WMRIF Workshop for Early Career Scientists. From ICMAB, Roberta Verrelli, Francesca Leonardi and Ignasi Fina attended the workshop, which concentrated on exceptional early career scientists in World Materials Research Institute Forum (WMRIF) institutes with the goals of network building, and knowledge and experience exchange, along with the chance to examine facilities of the host institute. 

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Judith Guasch, Arántzazu González and Ignasi Fina awarded with a Ramón y Cajal grant #RYC

Three ICMAB researchers have been granted with a Ramon y Cajal grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.

Ignasi Fina, from the MULFOX group, in the area of Materials Science; Arántzazu González, from the FunNanoSurf group, in the area of Chemistry, and Judith Guasch, from the NANOMOL group, in the area of Biomedicine. Congratulations to all three!

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Five ICMAB graduates in Materials Science received the PhD Extraordinary Award

Five ICMAB graduates from the PhD programme in Materials Science received the PhD Extraordinary Award for their doctoral thesis developed during the period 2014-2015. The award ceremony took place on May 18, 2018, at 6 pm, at the Hotel Campus UAB. Laura Cabana Jiménez, Pedro López-Aranguren Oliver, Nerea Murillo Cremaes, David Pesquera Herrero and Albert Queraltó López were recognised for their PhD dissertations.  

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Sole Roig, PhD researcher at the NN group, finalist of the UAB contest "Tesi en 4 minuts"

On Tuesday, 15 May at 10 am at the UAB Theatre, the final of the contest "Tesi en 4 minuts", in which PhD researchers explain their thesis project in 4 minutes took place. Sole Roig, from the Nanoparticles & Nanocomposites (NN) Group, was one of the 10 finalists. She presented her project "Bacterial Cellulose Nanocomposites", in which she modifies and functionalizes this biopolymer to turn it into an advanced material for medical and energy applications. 

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Arnau Bertran: Premi Sant Jordi 2018 from the SCQ-IEC for his bacherlor's thesis

Arnau Bertran Inglada, who did his bachelor's thesis at ICMAB under the supervision of Gerard Tobias (ICMAB, Solid State Chemistry Group) and Àlvar Sánchez (UAB, Physics Dept) has been awarded with the "Premi Sant Jordi 2018" of the Societat Catalana de Química (SCQ-IEC) for his work entitled "Òxid de grafè reduït decorat amb nanopartícules d’òxid de ferro. Síntesi, caracterització i estudi magnètic" (Reduced graphene oxide decorated with iron oxide nanoparticles. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic study). 

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NANOMOL group accredited with the TECNIO certification

NANOMOL Group has been accredited with the TECNIO certification as a Technology Developer Organization, until 2019. This TECNIO certification was created by the Government of Catalonia, through ACCIÓ. This certification supports the most qualified agents involved in technology transfer processes, allows companies to access advanced R&D and develop new products and services, and increases the scope of technology projects by finding the most suitable technology partners & suppliers.

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Premis Ciutat de Barcelona 2017

The awardees with the Premis Ciutat de Barcelona 2017 have been known on February 1, 2018. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 15, at the Saló de Cent, in a ceremony presided by Ada Colau, and conducted by the journalist Eva Arderius. Prof. Xavier ObradorsICMAB Director, was member of the jury in the category "Experimental Sciences and Technology".

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High interdisciplinarity and leadership within ICMAB researchers according to their h-index

A large number of ICMAB researchers are among those researchers in Spain with high h-index in many different disciplines: Applied Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Crystallography, Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Multidisciplinary Chemistry, and Multidisciplinary Materials Science, according to the Web of Science. 

The website h-webcindario (http://indice-h.webcindario.com) from GRUPO DIH, which compiles the h-index numbers from the researchers based in Spain, has done now the yearly update The h-index numbers are collected from the Web of Science ISI website, which is of free access for the research centers through FECYT.

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New collaborative project between the MULFOX group and MIT, funded by “la Caixa” Foundation

Dr. Ignasi Fina has been recently awarded with a collaborative project, funded by "la Caixa" Foundation, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT-SPAIN "la Caixa" Foundation SEED FUND). The project is focused on the investigation of new materials for photovoltaic applications. The aim is to study the use of a new kind of material, called a ferroelectric semiconductor, that may offer a powerful mechanism to convert sunlight into electricity.

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ICMAB Researcher, Dr. Enric Canadell, elected member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona (RACAB)

On December 2017, Dr. Enric Canadell, Research Professor at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB), became elected member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona (RACAB). Two other researchers from CSIC, Dr. Xavier Querol (IDAEA-CSIC), and Dr. Francesc Piferrer (ICM-CSIC) were also elected, together with Dra. Fàtima Bosch (UAB) and Dr. Roderic Guigó (CRG). Finally, Dra. Fabiola Gianotti (CERN) was elected as correspondent member. 

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