Outreach

New edition of the scientific photography contest FOTCIENCIA17!

The new edition of the scientific photography contest FOTCIENCIA is now open! The aim of this initiative, organised by the CSIC and the FECYT, is to bring science and technology closer to society. The participants have until 16 December 2019 to send their photographies! Good luck!

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The Science Week brings 185 students aged 12-16 years to discover the new materials of the ICMAB!

During the Science Week (Setmana de la Ciència) 2019, which was between the 8 and 17 of November 2019, the ICMAB received the visit of 4 schools, which amounted a total of 185 students. The students could attend the "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers", visit some of our labs and participate in the workshops about "Properties of the Minerals and Periodic Table Elements". 

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Talks and workshops about minerals and the periodic table at EXPOMINER! Great success of the ICMAB and ICTJA activities!

The ICMAB participated on 8, 9, 10 November 2019 at the 41st edition of Expominer, the exhibition of minerals, fossils and jewelry, organized by Fira Barcelona. We participated with two outreach talks given by two of our researchers, and with workshops in our stand about the chemical elements, minerals, and their properties (conductivity, magnetism, fluorescence...). We had a great time! This event was part of the Science Week 2019. 

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Setmana de la Ciència 2019: Participate in the Science Week 2019 with the ICMAB! #SC19

In the framework of the Science Week (Setmana de la Ciència) celebrated between 8-17 November 2019, there will we a whole bunch of scientific outreach activities throughout the territory. More than 100 CSIC research centers and institutes have programmed more than 350 activities (around 50 of them in Catalunya), and other research centers, universities and institutions have organized plenty of things, including a great variety of activites: workshops, open days, live experiments, scientific tours, talks and seminars, theater, guided visits, exhibitions... At ICMAB we have prepared a bunch of activities. Do you want to join us?

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Martí Gibert participates in the "Science Truck" YouTube program about nanoscience and nanotechnology!

Martí Gibert, PhD researcher at the NANOPTO group, participated on Friday, 8 November 2019, on the YouTube Science Truck programme, in which the main topic was Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and the invited scientific youtuber was Anna Morales (Size Matters), who is working on her PhD in Switzerland. Martí talked about Organic Solar Cells and Nanostructures! You can listen him from minute 53:24 to minute 1:02. Well done, Martí!

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BCN, 8-10 NOV 2019: Talks and workshops about minerals and the periodic table at EXPOMINER!

For another year, the ICMAB will be present at EXPOMINER (8-10 November, Palau 1, Fira Barcelona), with more activities and talks! Come and listen to the amazing talks by our researchers Ana M. López Periago and Rosario Núñez. They will talk about the applications of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) and boron-based comounds! And in our stand, you will have the opportunity to play with minerals and the periodic table, in this year, in which we commemorate the 150 anniversary of the Periodic Table of Dmitri Mendeleev! Don't miss it!

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A new Helium Liquefier has entered the ICMAB "We will be able to satisfy between 90-95 % of our Helium needs"

We have a new Helium Liquefier! With the new ATL 160 QuantumDesign equipment, we will be able to satisfy between 90-95 % of our Helium needs (now we were around 60 %). We use liquid Helium at the Low Temperatures and Magnetometry Service, since magnetic measurements are carried out at extremely low temperatures (5 K!). Liquid Helium is used as a refrigerant. 

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CosmoCaixa, 19-20 OCT 2019: Explora els Minerals, de la Mina a la Taula Periòdica dels Elements

The weekend 19-20 October 2019, CosmoCaixa hosts the exhibition about minerals and the Periodic Table, in the framework of the celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Elements. The exhibition is entitled "Explora els Minerals: de la mina a la Taula Periòdica dels Elements" and will include several samples of minerals and some new materials and devices related with the chemical elements. Don't miss it!

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019: a close look from an ICMAB point of view (by M. Rosa Palacín and Josep Fontcuberta)

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 was awarded on October 9, 2019, jointly to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries. At the ICMAB we are very happy for this award, for several reasons: Josep Fontcuberta was a former postdoc fellow of Goodenough, in Oxford; and Goodenough was once a member of our Scientific Advisory Board! Moreover, M. Rosa Palacín, researcher in the batteries field, has met all three of them, and has continued their work, developing post lithium-ion batteries at the ICMAB! In this post, both researchers have written some words on this matter! Continue reading!

Books and articles, 2019

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The Matheroes exhibition at the Biblioteca Vapor Badia (Sabadell)

"Matheroes" is a scientific project designed by the ICMAB-CSIC in collaboration with the FECYT (Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología). The project counts with an exhibiton of 5 Supermaterials that are now presented in the "Biblioteca Vapor Badia" in Sabadell, from 7 October to 22 November 2019. Come to discover the materials of the future!

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The ICMAB at the Maker Faire Barcelona: Reinvent, Redesign, Repair, Reuse and Recycle, with the 3Doodler nanostructures

This year, the Maker Faire Barcelona took place the weekend of 5-6 October in a new location: at the NAU BOSTIK, in the neighborhood of La Sagrera in Barcelona. The space was perfect for this kind of event, full of artists, inventors, creativity and sustainability. We felt really good there! From the ICMAB, Andrés Gómez and Anna May did two rounds of the workshop "Printing nanomaterials with 3Doodler" and gathered around 12-15 participants in each round. Thank you to the Maker Faire for counting on us!

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"Yo investigo. Yo soy CSIC": new video contest for PhDs

The Department of Postgraduate and Specialization (DPE) of the CSIC has announced the open call of the science outreach contest “Yo Investigo. Yo soy CSIC” with the aim that predoctoral researchers from the CSIC present their doctoral thesis to a non-specialist audience through a video of maximum 3 minutes in duration.

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Great success of "Madame Châtelet" for the European Researchers Night in Cosmocaixa

During the European Researchers' Night celebrated on Friday, 27 September 2019 in Cosmocaixa Barcelona (Nit Jove de la Recerca), the representation of the dramatised lecture "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram Followers" was held (twice!) with a great amount of people in the audience! We could expland the knowledge of great women scientists to all those who came to see the Châtelet team in action!

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The ICMAB, at the European Researchers’ Night: Welcome to the Nanoworld workshops and Speakers’ Corner Talks

The European Researchers’ Night, since its firs edition in 2005, brings science, technology and researchers closer to the general public on the last Friday of September. The ICMAB participated in this year's edition with talks, workshops and a dramatised lecture at the event organized at CosmoCaixa Science Museum in Barcelona, and in the CSIC "Residència d'Investigadors". 

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Judit Morlà and Andrés Gómez are "Researchers in your classroom" for the European Researchers' "Morning"

In the morning of Thursday, 26 September 2019, Judith Morlà, TecnioSpring researcher at the Nanomol Group, and Andrés Gómez, Senior Technician at the Scanning Probe Microscopy Lab, became "A researcher in your classroom": they went to give some science talks to two high schools, in the framework of the European Researchers' Night

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"Global Challenges" to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CSIC "Residència d'Investigadors"

To celebrate the 20th anniversaty of the CSIC "Residència d'Investigadors" in Barcelona, the institution has prepared the document "Reptes globals: perspectives des de la Ciència" (Global challenges: perspectives from Science), in which different experts in several fields explain how they see some of the most important challenges that our society is facing. From the ICMAB, Xavier Obradors writes about "Advanced Functional Nanomaterials: the key for the fourth Industrial Revolution". The document is available in Spanish and Catalan. 

Meetings Participation, Commemorations, 2019

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Dolores Bueno in “Naukas” with the “Show your rare!” talk

Naukas Bilbao is one of the greatest event in Science Communication in Spain. This year the 9th edition of Naukas will take place in Bilbao, from 19 to 22 September 2019, at the Palacio Euskalduna, which can host an audience of more than 2,000 people! This year, the Nanomol Group researcher Dolores Bueno, will give a talk about the project in which she is participating, Smart4Fabry. The talk is entitled "Share your rare!" and will be on Friday, 20 September, at 11:10 am. Good luck, Dolores!

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Scientific internship at the ICMAB thanks to the SCQ-IEC Research Awards

The "Societat Catalana de Química" (SCQ-IEC) organizes every year the contest on the best research chemistry projects for secondary school students (Premis als Treballs de Recerca de Batxillerat dins l'Àmbit de la Química). The award for the finalist students is a two-week scientific internship in a Catalan research center or university during July 2018. This year, at the ICMAB we had Nerea and Helena, who spent two weeks with us!

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Three "Joves i Ciència" doing research in materials science at the ICMAB: superconductors, photovoltaics and MOFs

This year the ICMAB hosted three (3) students from the program "Joves i Ciència" from Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera: Carla París, Teresa Echevarría and Benet Fité. They came to our Institute to do some research stays with some of our researchers, in the fields of superconducting materials, solar cells, and metal-organic-frameworks (MOFs). And they dit SUCH a great job!

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The CSIC Annual Report 2018 is out!

The CSIC Annual Report 2018 is now online. You can find information about the 120 research centers and units, 1,597 research groups, and 10,642 total staff. The ICMAB article "Hydroxypropyl cellulose photonic architectures by soft nanoimprinting lithography" (Nature Photonics 12, 343 (2018)) appears as one of the highlights in the Materials Science and Technology area

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"Toda ciencia es abierta" by Alejandro Santos in the CSIC Library Network journal "Enredadera"

The 33rd issue of the electronic journal of the CSIC Library Network "Enredadera", entitled Ciencia Abierta y la Red de Bibliotecas y Archivos del CSIC, is now available. The section En directo contains the article Toda ciencia es abierta, a collaboration by Alejandro Santos, librarian and documentalist of the Library Manuel Cardona at ICMAB-CSIC. 

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"Thin-sections, the past serving the future": two articles from Jordi Rius featured in UABDivulga

The studies "Synchrotron tts-µXRD identification of secondary phases in ancient ceramics" published in Heritage Science, and "Breaking Preconceptions: Thin Section Petrography For Ceramic Glaze Microstructures" published in Minerals are now featured in UABDivulga. These two articles, in which researchers from the UAB and the ICMAB have collaborated, refute the common perception of thin-sections as an old-fashioned laboratory preparation and show how this sample format conceived in the 19th century is still in force and can be adapted to the research and the new tools of the 21st century, such as the synchrotron facilities.

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The challenges of the electric car, debated in a conference in Madrid with M. Rosa Palacín

M. Rosa Palacín was on Thursday, 11 July 2019, in Madrid at the conference organized by EL PAÍS, CincoDías and Cadena SER about the future of electric cars "Los retos del coche eléctrico". The event counted with the presence of Teresa Ribera (Ecologic Transition Minister), Reyes Maroto (Industry, Commerce and Turism Minister), José Bogas (Endesa) and Luis Antonio Ruiz (Jaguar Land Rover), and other experts in engineering and materials science. 

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Clara Viñas and Francesc Teixidor, co-authors of the "Handbook of Boron Science"

Clara Viñas and Francesc Teixidor, from the Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Book, have written Chapter 5 of Volume 1 of the "Handbook of Boron Science". The chapter is entitled: "Halogenated Icosahedral Carboranes: A Platform for Remarkable Applications". The handbook counts with 4 volumes, the first one being "Boron in Organometallic Chemistry". The handbook is edited by Narayan S Hosmane (Northern Illinois University, USA) andRobert Eagling.

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Educational Resources for the classroom to work with the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements #aitp2019

Maybe you are a teacher of a primary or secondary highschool, and you would like to talk about the Periodic Table of the Elements in school, but you wonder how could you be more creative. The website taulaperiodica.cat offers a collection of educational resources (activities, workshops, guides, videos...) that could help you! The CSIC centers ICMAB, IQAC and IDAEA are sponsoring entities of these activities. 

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An article about "Science Predators" at the CSIC blog "Ciencia para llevar" by Mariano Campoy-Quiles

Iif you are in the science field, you probably receive every week plenty of spam emails asking you to write an article for this or that journal, or to go to this or that conference. Usually, these emails are easy to spot, and they are quickly thrown on the trash folder. However, is there a way to properly detect them? And to fight them? Read this article by Mariano Campoy-Quiles (and with an original illustration by Alejandro Santos) to know how.

Books and articles, 2019

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Roundtable in Vil·la Urània: The energy of the future or the future of energy

Xavier Obradors participated on June 19, 2019, on a roundtable about the "Energy of the future" in the framework of the European Week of Sustainable Energy in Vil·la Urània (Barcelona). Obradors gave an introductory talk on "Nanotechnology and Energy Transition" and then participated in the discussion with the other experts in the field from different research centers and organisations. 

Meetings Participation, 2019, Outreach & Dissemination

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The winners of the ESCOLAB contest "Tenim una idea" had visited the ICMAB to discover the materials of the future for nanomedicine

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!

Visits and open doors, 2019

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"Nanoroses", the winning picture of our #FOTICMAB2019 photo contest

Our traditional photo contest, FOTICMAB, is already a consolidated activity and receives every year a high participation. This year, we had three categories: scientificartistic and humoristic. The artistic category was the one with the highest participation (27 photos), followed by our most favourite scientific category (12 photos) and a humoristic category, with (only) 5 photos. We also received one video in the ClowntICMAB video category! 

Commemorations, 2019

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The #Matheroes in YouTube thanks to SizeMatters!

Anna Morales, alias SizeMatters in YouTube, is a Researcher in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and a YouTuber. She owns the channel "SizeMatters", which is a nanoscience and nanotechnology channel in Spanish. In her last video, she explains the concepts of nanotechnology in some Marvel superheroes, and also in our Matheroes: ElectroWoman, Magnon, Bionanocapsule and Fotoenergy! 

Outreach Videos, Social, 2019

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The ICMAB organises its Energy Day event on 17 June 2019 as part of the EUSEW Energy Days!

Energy Days are organised by local public and private organisations to celebrate the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2019, organised by the European Commission, between 17-21 June 2019. Energy Days are activities and events that promote clean energy transition. Any activity can be an Energy Day – from a workshop, to a competition, to a tour of a power station – provided it engages citizens and energy stakeholders in building the Energy Union. At the ICMAB, our Energy Day will be on June 17, 2019, with the ICMAB Periodical Lecture given by Jordi Llorca, on Hydrogen!

Commemorations, 2019

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Session “How the ALBA Synchrotron aids quantum information” at CCCB with, Gervasi Herranz

On Wednesday, 12 June 2019, the Quantum exhibition at CCCB received the visit of three scientists working in Quantum research at the ALBA Synchrotron: Gervasi Herranz, from the ICMAB, Salvador Ferrer, from ALBA, and Jordi Fraxedas, from the ICN2. The three researchers talked to an audience of about 40 people about their quantum experiments at the ALBA synchrotron. 

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The "Bojos per la Física" come to the ICMAB to discover piezoelectricity and molecular simulation!

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. The ICMAB joined in 2017 the initiative "Bojos per la Física" coordinated by the ICN2, and the IFAE. This year, Ignasi Fina and Jordi Faraudo were in charge of showing piezoelectricity and molecular simulation to the students. 

Visits and open doors, 2019, Outreach & Dissemination

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Do you want to write an article at the MATERIAL-ES journal?

The Material-ES scientific magazine is published every three months by the Spanish Materials Society (SOCIEMAT). They are always looking for authors that would like to publish an article with them. Written works in Spanish and English will be accepted. Once received, they will be scheduled for publication in the next issues.

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“Som Elèctrics! Transició energètica i mobilitat elèctrica” with M. Rosa Palacín

On June 6 and 7, "Som Elèctrics" will celebrate their fourth congress at the National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (mNACTEC) in Terrassa. The event will deal with the energy transition and electrical mobility from a current and future perspective. The contents will be structured in two blocks: "Transformation and awareness" and "New systems of energy generation and consumption". M. Rosa Palacín will give the seminar "Recursos materials i tecnologies de bateries, hi ha vida més enllà del liti" on 6 June at 11:30 am. Free registration. 

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