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Future Plan of ASTIP, next to ALBA Synchrotron

ICMAB involved in ASTIP, the Next Generation EU proposal for advanced research in complex materials and bio systems

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ASTIP, acronym for Alba Science, Technology and Innovation Park, is one of the Next Generation EU proposals, planning to create a large advanced research center next to the ALBA Synchrotron.

ASTIP plans to create a powerful research hub in Cerdanyola del Vallès, encompassing part of the future light lines of ALBA II at ALBA Synchrotron, and counting with the synergies and research expertise of the ICMAB (Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona), ICN2 (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology), IFAE (Institute for High Energy Physics), IBMB (Molecular Biology Institue of Barcelona) and UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), under the umbrella of the CSIC and BIST, and also with the participation of EURECAT, the Technology Center of Catalunya.

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As seen on TV: ICMAB is featured in Valor Afegit TV3

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Materials for the energy of the future: superconductors, batteries, and thermoelectricity. Main characters for three nights in a row in TV prime time. 

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Fourier-filtered electron microscopy image showing phase coexistence between M1 phase and the newly discovered x3M phase, with the two phases weaving across each other forming a “tweed” pattern

Tweed texture revealed in vanadium dioxide in metal-insulator transitions

The study of metal-insulator transitions in VO2 through atomic scale imaging has allowed to uncover a periodical tweed structure: a weaving of vanadium dimers acting like the threads of an actual tweed at the atomic level. This research, led by ICMAB researcher Felip Sandiumenge and ICN2 and ICREA researcher Gustau Catalan, and published in Advanced Materials, provides relevant information for the understanding of transitional states in specific classes of materials.

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A) Spatial organisation of the catalytic biostructures. B) and C) Detail of the two types of amino acids and their interactions.

Nanoenzymes designed with a unique combination of structure and functions

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ICMAB researchers from the LMI group have collaborated in a study to design minimalist biostructures that imitate natural enzymes, capable of carrying out two differentiated and reversibly regulated activities thanks to a unique combination of structural and functional properties. The strategy used opens the door to the creation of “intelligent” nanomaterials with tailor-made combinations of catalytic functions.

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Smart4Fabry Lab in VHIR | ICMAB

A more effective nanomedicine developed for the treatment of Fabry rare disease designated as Orphan Drug

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This is one of the major achievements of the European Smart4Fabry project, which is now coming to an end after four years of work. The results have been made possible thanks to nanotechnology and the approach developed could be applied to other drugs in the future. The new drug improves on current treatments, helps reduce costs and improve patients' quality of life.

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Irene Anton, researcher at the NN group, holding a bacterial nanocellulose membrane

Bio-membranes with ocular stem cells to treat corneal disorders

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The production, preparation, and use of bacterial nanocellulose as corneal bandages could be the key to help delicate stem cells to migrate to the cornea and heal the eye from a range of ocular disorders.

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The Matilda effect in the Catalunya Radio Programme "Les dones i els dies"

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The radio programme "Les dones i els dies" in Catalunya Radio, led by Montse Virgili, talked about the Matilda Effect with three scientists: Maria José Yzuel (UAB), Sònia Estradé (UB) and Arancha González (ICMAB). 

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Mariano Campoy-Quiles and Xabier Rodríguez-Martínez, co-authors of the study, in their lab | ICMAB

Machine learning to predict the performance of organic solar cells

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In this study, researchers have demonstrated that by feeding machine-learning algorithms with high-throughput experimental datasets, it is possible to retrieve predictive models for the performance of organic solar cells.

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Mariona Coll on 9TV

Mariona Coll in a El 9 TV programme !...i bona lletra"

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The TV programme "... i bona lletra!" from El 9 TV interviewed on 22 January 2021 Mariona Coll to talk about her new project on new materials for photovoltaics received by the BBVA Foundation Leonardo Grant programme.

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The Societat Catalana de Química Magazine Issue for 2020

Two ICMAB articles in the last Issue of the Societat Catalana de Química magazine

Título Artículo: Two ICMAB articles in the last Issue of the Societat Catalana de Química Magazine

The Societat Catalana de Química (SCQ) has been publishing the highlights in Chemical Research in Catalunya for the last two decades. Between the pages of the latest Edition we can find two publications by ICMAB Researchers who have made significant contributions to the field this year.

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A photon reverses the binary 0/1 state of a memory device

Storing information with light

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New photo-ferroelectric materials allow to store information in a non-volatile way using light stimulus. The idea is to create energy efficient memory devices with high performance and versatility to face the challenges of the current society.
 
The study has been publishd in Nature Communications by Josep Fontcuberta and co-workers and opens a path towards further investigations on this phenomenon and to neuromorphic computing applications. 

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ICMAB Researchers by Pau Franch

ICMAB’s most frequent collaborators in 2020 - A year in review

Collaboration is a key part of research. Whether it be collaboration with similar researchers with different skill sets or perspectives, or collaboration with researchers in others fields for an interdisciplinary approach, joining efforts with other institutions is a solid way to improve ICMAB’s work. Here are the institutions that have collaborated more with ICMAB in 2020:

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Europe in a globe by Krzysztof Hepner

ICMAB’s top countries with whom we have collaborated in 2020 - A year in review

International research partnerships are a key factor to improve our collective knowledge. Not only does it allow everybody to share access to different scientific installations and techniques, it also gives research a more diverse viewpoint that ensures every possibility is considered. These are the countries that ICMAB has collaborated more with during 2020:

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Glasses and books by Marylou Fortier

ICMAB’s 2020 most published journals - A year in review

Scientific dissemination is clearly dependent on journals to help spread the word about research done all around the world. Many specialized journals, in fields like materials science or nanotechnology, have helped ICMAB Researchers get eyes on their research. These are the journals that have shared more of our research in 2020:

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The 10 ICMAB articles with a higher IF in 2020 - A year in review

The Clarivate journal Impact Factor metric system gives a yearly numeric indicator of how much has an article been cited and how much impact has it had. This year, ICMAB’s average IF has been at 7.42, with an 18 % of all publications having an IF higher than 10. These are the ICMAB articles that have had a higher IF during 2020:

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The 15 most cited ICMAB articles of 2020 - A year in review

Citation is one of the key factors to understand the effect an article has had on a particular field. This year, ICMAB Researchers have published articles across many fields, like energy storage, thermoelectrics, or nanomedicine. From all this research, two of ICMAB’s articles have become highly cited pieces. Do you want to know which articles have been the most cited this year?

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New COVER in "Organometallics" on boron-based antimicrobial and antifungal agents

The Organometallics journal (ACS Publications) features in its COVER the recently published article "Metallacarborane Assemblies as Effective Antimicrobial Agents, Including a Highly Potent Anti-MRSA Agent" by ICMAB researcher, Clara Viñas and co-workers from ICMAB, Universitat de Girona, Universidad de Córdoba and Durham University (UK).

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ERC grantees at ICMAB: Marta Mas-Torrent, Agustín Mihi, Mariano Campoy-Quiles, Teresa Puig, Alexandre Ponrouch, Massimiliano Stengel, Núria Aliaga-Alcalde, Gerard Tobias, Martí Gich, Can Onur Avci

ICMAB is the 10th Catalan Institution with more ERC Grants

Título Artículo: ICMAB is the 10th Catalan Institution with more ERC Grants
A new publication by AGAUR highlights the importance of Catalan Research in the European context and shares the top research institutions in ERCs, Numbers show that from 2007 to 2019, Catalunya has received 369 ERC grants and that 82 % of them are distributed in 16 institutions, including ICMAB. 

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Aireamos platform to stop aerosol transmission of Covid-19

The Aireamos platform is the result of the efforts of different Spanish research groups and entities that are studying the virus transmission mechanism via aerosol by analyzing CO2 levels in air. The platform was presented via Youtube on 3 December 2020. Albert Verdaguer, ICMAB researcher, is part of this group.

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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. 

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Unexpected soft ferroelectric domain walls

"Our colleagues at ICN2 studied a range of ferroelectrics using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and discovered that 180-degree domain walls – regions separating ferroelectric domains with opposite polarization – are mechanically softer than the surrounding material" says Konstantin Shapovalov, ICMAB researcher and co-author of the now published article in Physical Review X Mechanical Softness of Ferroelectric 180° Domain Walls, in which he contributed with the theoretical interpretation of this unexpected phenomenon. 

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Electric forces to characterize future biocompatible organic electronic devices

A joint collaboration between the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) and The University of Manchester has succeeded in mapping the electrical properties of organic biosensor/electrolyte interfaces at the nanoscale by measuring local electric forces. Electronic biosensorsbased on organic materials could make soon a reality the dream of low-cost, disposable, flexible and biocompatible electronic devices for the interaction with biological systems.

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New semiconductors with strong optical response in the framework of a MIT "la Caixa" Foundation project

The first article of the joint project between ICMAB and MIT in the framework of the collaborative project MIT-SPAIN "la Caixa" Foundation SEED FUND is now published in Physical Review Materials. The project is focused on the investigation of new materials for photovoltaic applications. Ignasi Fina is the ICMAB researcher involved in the study. 

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Borate-based passivation layers enables reversible calcium batteries

A study published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science has combined experimental and theoretical approaches to study the passivation layers formed on calcium metal electrodes and their influence on the reversible operation of calcium-based batteries. The work is led by researchers from the ICMAB-CSIC, who have collaborated with the ALBA Synchrotron (MIRAS beamline) as well as with other international laboratories and universities. 

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Local conductance control in h-Er(Mn,Ti)O3.

NextGen nanotechnology: changing conductivity with an Atomic Force Microscope with nanoscale precision

A route to control the conductivity in the functional oxide Er(Mn,Ti)O3 through the use of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) could allow for an improvement of conductivity that is not detrimental to other materials’ properties like magnetism or multiferroicity, as demonstrated in a new Nature Materials article that counts with the collaboration of ICMAB Researcher Konstantin Shapovalov from the Electronic Structure of Materials (LEEM) Group.

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The ICMAB Annual Report 2019 is now published online!

The ICMAB publishes its Annual Report 2019, which covers the most remarkable activities of 2019, a selection of scientific highlights, and the main outcomes of the actions supported by the Severo Ochoa project (2016-2019). Check it out!

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