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A paper that converts waste heat into electricity produced at ICMAB

  • The device is composed of cellulose produced in the laboratory by bacteria, with small amounts of carbon nanotubes, resulting very sustainable
  • The device could be used to generate electricity in wearables, in medical and sports applications, and as intelligent thermal insulator

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The SEPOMO network is "Training the next generation of photovoltaic researchers"

With the participation of 9 academic institutions and 2 industrial organisations in 6 countries, the SEPOMO European H2020 MSCA-ITN network is training 15 early-stage researchers during a 3-year period in the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering for efficient photovoltaic devices based on organic molecules. Two of these fellows are supervised by ICMAB researchers: Francesco Silvestri, supervised by Esther Barrena, and Rana Adel Abdelaleim Mohammed, who is doing her research at Eurecat, co-supervised by Mariano Campoy-Quiles

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A project to prevent infectious diseases with functionalized catheters led by Imma Ratera awarded by La Marató de TV3

Resarchers from the NANOMOL group at the ICMAB-CSIC and from CIBER-BBN, led by Dr. Imma Ratera, have been awarded with a project from Fundació La Marató de TV3 for the coordinated-project about prevention of infections related with vascular catheters: "Prevenció d’infeccions relacionades amb els CATèters vasculars mitjançant la FUNcionalització de catèters impregnats d'hidrogels activables tèrmicament amb  antimicrobians d’ampli espectre (FUNCATH)".

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New outcome of the NFFA-Europe project: a paper in Nanoscale on piezoelectric thin films

The paper Direct and converse piezoelectric responses at the nanoscale from epitaxial BiFeO3 thin films grown by polymer assisted deposition published this October in the Nanoscale journal, has received funding from the EU-H2020 research and innovation programme, having benefitted from the access provided by the ICMAB-CSIC in Barcelona, within the framework of the NFFA-Europe Transnational Access Activity

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Extremely sensitive radiation detectors to explore the universe in the forthcoming ESA space missions

Dr. Lourdes Fàbrega, from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), leads the development in Spain of a special type of sensors that can detect very small changes in temperature and that will be used in the forthcoming European space missions.

These sensors are extremely sensitive and miniaturized microcalorimeters, like small thermometers, that can detect even the energy of one single photon.

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Seven Master Students will do their thesis at ICMAB thanks to a Severo Ochoa fellowship

This year the ICMAB counted with 7 out of the 34 fellowships for Master students that the CSIC distributed among the five Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence of the CSIC (Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT), Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CNB), Instituto de Física Corpuscular (IFIC), Instituto de Neurociencias (IN) and Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB); and the Structural Biology Unit of Excellence María de Maeztu. The 7 granted students will do their Master Thesis Project with one of our researchers during 5 months, and will receive 5,000 €. 

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Nine Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects (FIP) granted in the third internal call within the Severo Ochoa FUNMAT programme

Continuing the Strategic Vision for the Severo Ochoa programme FUNMAT ("Smart FUNctional MATerials for social grand challenges"), the ICMAB opened the call for the third edition of the Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects (FIP) earlier this year 2018. Out of all the proposals submitted, 9 projects in different fields have been granted. 

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10 Early Stage Researchers granted with predoctoral fellowships from the MSCA COFUND DOC-FAM program will start their PhD in advanced functional materials at ICMAB-CSIC, IREC and ALBA Synchrotron

  • The first call for this program has been closed offering 10 predoctoral grants: 5 of them at the ICMAB-CSIC, 2 at the IREC and 3 at the ALBA Synchrotron
  • The DOC-FAM program is the first MSCA COFUND coordinated by a center of the CSIC, the ICMAB
  • The next call for the program will offer 12 fellowships to do the PhD in these centers and also at ICN2 and IMB-CNM-CSIC
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Comfuturo project granted to Ignasi Fina for his project on improving photovoltaic efficiency

The Comfuturo program (“Un Compromiso público privado con la ciencia y el Futuro”) has granted the research project "NANOingeniería de ÓXIdos para el mayor aprovechamiento de la energía SOLar usando rutas no convencionales (NANOXISOL)" (Oxides nanoengineering for improvement of photovoltaic efficiency using non-conventional routes) presented by Ignasi Fina in this second edition.

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CIBER-ONC/CIBER-BBN grant for an ICMAB project on cancer immunotherapy: ALYCIA

ICMAB is the recipient of one of the three collaborative seed projects of a new funding programme launched by CIBER-ONC and CIBER-BBN networks from Carlos III Health Institute. The program funds innovative projects in the areas of bioengineering, biomaterials and nanomedicine, which aim to respond to a clinical oncological need.
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First CARBAT FET Open project meeting at ICMAB to evaluate the first 6 months of the project

On April 5, 2018, the first CARBAT project meeting was celebrated. The meeting was held at the CARBAT coordinator's research institute, Prof. M. Rosa Palacín, the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) in Bellaterra. CARBAT is a FET Open research and innovation action in the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, funded over the H2020-FETOPEN-2016-2017 call, which started on October 2017. 

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TNSI: Nanotechnology brings together companies and research centres from both sides of the Pyrenees

A new European-funded project that started in February 2018 is enabling greater cooperation between SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and research centres in the Spain-France border regions. Coordinated by the Basque company BihurCrystal, the ICMAB researcher Dr. Xavier Torrelles is contibuting to the project. Here we present the official press release.

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SMART-4-FABRY: NANOMOL-CIBER group at ICMAB coordinates the European project focused on the Fabry rare disease

Smart-4-Fabry is a project funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program with € 5.8 M for 4 years, which aims to develop a new nanomedicine for the treatment of the Fabry rare disease.
Fabry disease is a rare disease belonging to the group of lysosomal storage disorders, with a global incidence of 1:5,000 - 1:10,000, representing a priority health problem at European level.
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PLANT HEALING: Biopolymer to heal plant wounds: a collaboration between ICMAB and CRAG

Dr. Anna Laromaine, from ICMAB-CSIC, and Dr. Núria Sánchez-Coll, from CRAG (Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics) have developed an effective method for plant tissue regeneration that involves the use of a bacterial cellulose-based biopolymer. It enhances the formation of new cell layers which boosts the healing processes.

Bacterial cellulose biopolymer
Wounds in plants can be caused by several agents like weather events (hail, wind…), predators (herbivores, insects) or humans (pruning, grafting), among others. 

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EUROTAPES, nanotechnology enters the realm of superconductors | CORDIS

This post features one of the articles published at CORDIS about the EUROTAPES project, which main goal is to develop superconducting tapes to improve energy efficiency in Europe. The SUMAN group, here at ICMAB, has actively participated in this European project, in a consortium that consists of 20 partners from 8 member states - 6 universities, 6 institutes, 1 technological center and 8 industrial companies. 

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OXOLUTIA SL and PLASGOM start a new project together

PLASGOM is a company specialized in the design and production of PVC compounds and other polymeric materials (PE, PP, EVA, EBA, TPEE). Their products are used in sectors such as cables (electrical and communications), building, fluid transport, packaging, etc. They sell worldwide with a major presence in Europe.
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The Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) will coordinate the first MSCA-COFUND programme awarded to CSIC

  • The doctoral fellowship programme DOC-FAM will allow the mobility of 22 PhD students in the field of functional advanced materials.
  • ICMAB-CSIC, IMB-CNM-CSIC, ICN2, IREC and ALBA Synchrotron will host these fellows within a period of 5 years.
  • The total budget of the programme is 3.453.120€, of which 50% will be covered by the EC grant..
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Heavy metals sensor platform developed during the COMMON SENSE project

A sensor platform to detect heavy metals has been developed within the COMMON SENSE project and presented during its final event, last Friday 27th January. The partners that participated in the development of this sensor platform are Dublin City University (DCU), DropSens, National Center of Microelectronics (CNM-IMB) (CSIC), and the Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites Group (NN) at ICMAB (CSIC). 

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Reunión de coordinación del desarrollo del detector europeo para el instrumento X-IFU

Los pasados 13 y 14 de octubre se llevó a cabo en Barcelona, en la Casa de Convalescència, una reunión de coordinación del desarrollo del detector europeo para el instrumento X-IFU, el espectrómetro de alta resolución espectral de ATHENA, el futuro telescopio de rayos X de la Agencia Europea del Espacio  (ESA), que será lanzado en el 2028.

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El ICMAB participa con ISGLOBAL en un proyecto con financiación de la Fundación USAID

El “Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge” de USAID ha sido otorgado a un equipo de expertos liderado por Krijn Paaijmans, investigador de ISGlobal, para desarrollar prototipos funcionales de barreras eléctricas contra mosquitos (EMBs) que protegen contra picaduras de mosquitos transmisores de enfermedades como el dengue, chikungunya, zika y malaria. 

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El ICMAB participa en un proyecto de Comunitats RIS3CAT

Solo dos grupos de investigación del CSIC participarán en proyectos financiados por la primera convocatoria de Comunitats RIS3CAT de ACCIO. El Departamento Nanomol del ICMAB, que participa en el proyecto Nanonafres liderado por Leitat, es uno de ellos. El CSIC presentó 7 proyectos en 5 Comunidades

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The NANOMOL group at ICMAB-CSIC participate in the RIS3CAT NANONAFRES project for the development of a new treatment against ulcers caused by venous insufficiency

Researchers from the Nanomol group of the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) participate in the NANONAFRES project coordinated by the company Nanomol Technologies S.L, spin-off of the CSIC. The study is carried out within the framework of the RIS3CAT project of the TEC-SALUT Community.

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Superconductors for the “Energy Transition” in Europe

Research on superconductivity is showing promising results that will not only lead to the development of electrical highways across Europe, but also to higher energy efficiency and reduction of costs for renewable energy and global research projects such as CERN and ITER. In addition, the results could also be applied to a future all-electric airplane.

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L’Esfera UAB-CEI incorpora 25 investigadors de la convocatòria P-SPHERE

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Els investigadors postdoctorals, provinents de 14 països diferents, s’incorporaran als centres de l’Esfera UAB-CEI en els propers mesos. El programa de contractació d’investigadors P-SPHERE obrirà una segona convocatòria la propera tardor.

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Tret de sortida al projecte europeu NFFA Europe

El projecte NFFA Europe engega amb una jornada a Milà en la que presentarà les infraestructures més important a Europa per a la investigació en nanociència i explicarà els serveis i instal·lacions que ofereix a investigadors i empreses. 

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Un projecte en el qual participa l'ICMAB ha estat escollit dins dels cinc projectes finalistes del Programa de Generació d'Idees

El projecte Organic Infra Sensing (OISensing) ha estat escollit dins dels cinc projectes finalistes del Programa de Generació d'Idees, que organitza el Parc de Recerca UAB per la seva capacitat per transformar-se en solucions de mercat del sector aeroespacial, OISensing és un projecte en el que s'ha desenvolupat un nou material, anomenat “Bi-Layer” Film, completament orgànic sensible a la radiació infraroja.
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L'ICMAB participa a la major xarxa d'infraestructures científiques europees en nanociència

L'NFFA-Europe compta a més amb el Sincrotró ALBA i dos centres de recerca que han obtingut la menció Severo Ochoa a la excel·lència científica i gaudeixen de reconeixement internacional en la recerca de nanociència i nanotecnologia: l'Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2) i l'Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB), un altre centre del CSIC ubicat al campus de Bellaterra de la Universitat.

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Una possible cura per al càncer de pulmó amb accent bagenc

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El manresà Gerard Tobías, investigador de l'Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB), i la santvicentina Belén Ballesteros, de l'Institut de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2), han estat al capdavant del projecte RADDEL, en què han participat una quarantena d'investigadors d'onze universitats i centres europeus d'Alemanya, Itàlia, el Regne Unit i la República Txeca, entre d'altres.

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