Emulating the plasticity of synapses between neurons in a physical system by light stimuli

This is the first case of a 2D electron system, in which the electron population can be increased and reduced in a controlled way by light. The study, published in Physical Review Letters, has been carried out by Gervasi Herranz and co-workers from the Laboratory of Multifunctional Thin Films and Complex Sructures (MULFOX) group at the ICMAB. 

Press Release, Top Science Results, 2020

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SUMAN group joins European COST Action “High Temperature SuperConductivity for AcceLerating the Energy Transition” (HiSCALE)

Researchers from the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) group will be joining researchers from 13 other countries in the development of a network with the intention to push for the implementation of Hight Temperature Superconductors (HST) to all the different parts of the electrical energy chain, in the framewor of a European COST Action.

New Projects, 2020

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New developments and applications for SIESTA program

The SIESTA methodology and program, first described in 2002, is a simulation paradigm that has allowed for extensive and precise theoretical research in the properties of materials based on first principle electronic-structure methods. Almost two decades later, a new publication details the improvements made to the paradigm and how this new tools can be applied.

Top Science Results, 2020

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Welcome Eleonor Artot at ICMAB!

Hi! I am Eleonor Artot from France. I am a chemistry student in material’s field in an engineering school. I will spend an internship period at ICMAB in order to complete my second-year engineering studies. I just joined the laser processing research group of Dr. Angel Perez Del Pino to perform researches on fabrication of nanocarbon-based supercapacitors through laser processing techniques. My favourites hobbies are swimming and travelling. I am looking forward to explore new sciences and contribute as much as possible.


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Welcome Artur Martínez at ICMAB!

Hello everyone! I'm Artur Martínez, from Barcelona, and I'm joining the communication department at ICMAB! I am really stoked to help get the word out about the good work that's being done here. I enjoy photography and cinema, and I hope to learn a lot during my time in ICMAB, both about my field and about science!


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"Science, technology and innovation after Covid-19: Challenges and opportunities" by Xavier Ferràs (Mon, 13 July, 6 pm)

The Seminars & Training Committee would like to invite you to the following Online ICMAB Invited Seminar: 

Science, Technology and Innovation after Covid: Challenges and Opportunities

by Xavier Ferràs, Associate Professor of Operations Management, Innovation and Data Sciences, ESADE Business School

Monday, 13 July 2020 @ 6 pm
Online Invited Seminar. Register here to attend the seminar via Webex. 

Periodical Lectures & Invited Seminars, 2020

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Anthracene–styrene-substituted m-carborane derivatives: insights into the electronic and structural effects of substituents on photoluminescence

Two anthracenyl–styrenyl-m-carborane triads (one non-iodinated on B, 3, and one iodinated, 4) were synthesized and characterized to be further linked to octavinylsilsesquioxane (OVS) via cross-metathesis, giving rise to the corresponding hybrid materials 5 and 6.

Bioactive materials for therapy and diagnosis

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Face masks during COVID-19 pandemic: current knowledge on materials and reusability | ICMAB Seminar

Jan Grzelak speaks on the current state of face masks: materials and reusability

Face masks are still one of the key factors helping us face the current COVID-19 pandemic, and have been part of the conversation since the first responses to the virus started to appear. The other key factor is physical distancing. In this Online ICMAB Seminar, Jan Grzelak, from the Nanoparticles & Nanocomposites (NN) Group, presents the current knowledge we have on the materials used to create the masks and their reusability.

Outreach Videos, 2020

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The ICMAB participates in the EU's most ambitious battery research project: BIG-MAP

BIG-MAP is the new EU project with a budget of 20 M€ to accelerate the development of the next generation of super batteries. From the ICMAB, M. Rosa Palacín and Alberto García participate in this exciting project, in the framework of the Battery 2030+ initiative and within the H2020-LC-BAT-2019-2020 Call (Building a Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future: Next-Generation Batteries).

New Projects, 2020

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Vertical PFM amplitude images of PbTiO3/ SrRuO3 films deposited on DyScO3 (a) and TbScO3 (b) substrates. Lateral PFM amplitude images of PbTiO3/SrRuO3 films on GdScO3 (c) and SmScO3 (d) substrates. // Source: Ferroelectric Domain Walls in PbTiO3 Are Effective Regulators of Heat Flow at Room Temperature (DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b02991)

Experiments confirm theoretical research: SiGe alloys for optoelectronics and ferroelectric phononic switches

ICMAB Researcher Riccardo Rurali, from the Materials Simulation and Theory (MST) group, has found two of his theoretical predictions to be confirmed through experimental approaches, regarding the use of hexagonal SiGe alloys for optoelectronic applications and the use of domain walls as switches for phononic devices.

Top Science Results, 2020

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Congratulations, Dr. Enrique Pascual! New ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Enrique Pascual San José from the Nanostructured Materials for Optoelectronics and Energy Generation (NANOPTO) Group at ICMAB defended his PhD thesis "On the upscaling of organic solar cells based on non-fullerene acceptors" on Friday, 19 June 2020. The PhD Thesis Defense was by videoconference from the ICMAB meeting room. If you want to know more about Enrique's PhD topic and his experience at the ICMAB, continue reading!

PhD Congrats

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25 June 2020: Roundtable about ODS and sustainabe energy, with M. Rosa Palacín #CSIC4EUSEW

As part of the celebration of the European Sustainable Energy Week, the Vice-presidency of International Relations of the CSIC has organized a campaign that aims to raise awareness about sustainable energy and its efficient use through the promotion of CSIC's European projects. Next Thursday 25 June at 1 pm the online round table will take place: "Accessible, clean and sustainable energy in the future: connecting the ODS and the European Green Deal", in which M. Rosa Palacín, ICMAB researcher, will participate.

Meetings Participation, 2020

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Congratulations, Dr. Júlia Jareño! New ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Júlia Jareño Cerulla from the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) Group at ICMAB defended her PhD thesis entitled "Transient liquid assisted growth of superconducting nanocomposite films"  on Friday, 5 June 2020.  Do you want to know a bit more about her thesis and her experience a the ICMAB? Continue reading!

PhD Congrats

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The ICMAB welcomes you to the EU Sustainable Energy Week #EUSEW2020

This week we celebrate the EU Sustainable Energy Week(EUSEW) 2020, coordinated by the European Commission, between 22-26 June 2020. This year the EUSEW is going completely digital! There are many events organized by pubic and private institutions in which you can participate. From the ICMAB, M. Rosa Palacín will participate on a roundtable on 25 June 2020 at 1 pm organized by the CSIC. Here, in this post, we would like to share with you some of our sustainable-energy related projects! 

Project Results, 2020

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"Photonic mirror" the winning photo of our FOTICMAB 2020 contest

We have already the results of our FOTICMAB photo and video contest, in this 2020 edition. First of all, congratulations to all the participants! The photos were great. And we are happy that you participated in all the categories, even in the new one, dedicated to the "confination" time during the pandemic of the Covid-19. But... there are always winners, and you can discover them here!

Fairies, Commemorations, 2020

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#SinCienciaNoHayFuturo Poster

The day research stood up

As response to the COVID-19 pandemic starts to take shape, the field of research places its eyes in the future. What they see is less than comforting. Spanish researchers start organizing to show the precariousness they face in their careers under the hashtag #SinCienciaNoHayFuturo #NoScienceNoFuture. At the same time, two major initiatives demand more funding for research all across Europe, already trying to stop the next crisis that will happen. All of these events, happening on the same day (17 June 2020), point out the difficulties that have been affecting the scientific area and that will keep existing unless action is taken. 

External Events, Other External News

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Open call for the "Ideas Generation" Program in Industrial Symbiosis 2020

The 11th edition of the Ideas Generation Program is focused on generating projects for waste valorization, waste generated in companies, industries and institutions. This year's program is called industrial symbiosis. The aim is to identify current needs and opportunities for industrial waste management and move towards a green economy. Deadline is open until 21 September 2020.

TT Calls, 2020

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Open call for L'Oreál-UNESCO "For Women in Science" 2020 awards

In its 15th edition, the L'Oréal-UNESCO "For Women in Science" awards five prizes of 15,000 euros each to support research projects carried out by Spanish women scientists in the area of Physical Sciences, Mathematics and/or Computer and Information Sciences. The deadline for application will remain open until 13 September 2020. These should be done through the official website "For Women in Science".

Commemorations, Women in Science, 2020

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Science is Wonderful! 2020 #MSCA online exhibition is now open for applications

this year, Science is Wonderful! will take place online – through an array of innovative, interactive digital activities. The event will highlight some of the solutions Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and other EU-funded research and innovation projects are developing to address the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath, as well as the priorities that are at the core of both European and Global recovery efforts. The call for applications is now open! If you have an EU-funded project, you should be interested!

Fairies, Project Calls, 2020

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COVID-19 will affect women’s career prospects more than men’s. Here’s what we can do about it.

The insidious effects of gender disparity affect all the facets of our society. In times of crisis, all forms of inequality -including those based on gender, but also race, or sexuality- are often aggravated. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Unidad de Mujeres y Ciencia of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación establishes a series of actions that the scientific community must consider in order to both track this disparity and minimize its effects. The report highlights that the gender gap in scientific productivity, exacerbated in this crisis, will have consequences for women researchers' careers.

Women in Science, Other External News

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Successful participation in Catalonia in the contest of nanostories on nanoscience and nanotechnology

A jury formed by specialists in science and dissemination will decide on the contest winners, who will be announced on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at a ceremony where the finalist nanostories will be read. The contest is part of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Festival, 10alamenos9, which aims to bring this science closer to young audiences. Register here to attend to the final event to discover the winners! 

Meetings Organization, 2020

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25 students at the first "Bojos per la Física" online session at ICMAB

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 the session had to be online, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and finally the 25 students could join researchers Ignasi Fina and Jordi Faraudo and Anna May, coordinating the event, on an online session during more than 4 hours on Saturday, 13 June 2020, in the morning. 

Meetings Participation, Outreach & Dissemination, 2020

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ALBA Synchrotron Annual Report 2019: 50 % of the granted shifts are related to Materials Science

The ALBA Synchrotron has released its Annual Report 2019. The document covers the most remarkable activities of 2019, a selection of scientific highlights, technology reviews and facts & figures of the facility last year. Three research studies in which the ICMAB researchers have collaborated with the ALBA Synchrotron are featured in the Report. 

External Events

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What is a day like for a PhD researcher in bio/nanotechnology? Discover it with Irene Anton!

This year the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Festival 10alamenos9 was cancelled, due to the coronavirus. However, another initiative in the framework of the festival appeared: the short talks (around 20 minutes) about nanoscience and nanotechnology through YouTube, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 pm, called "Vermut de Nanociència" (Nanoscience Vermouth). On 3 June 2020 Irene Anton made her contribution, explaining the curious facts of one day of a PhD researcher in this field. 

Outreach Videos, 2020

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"It's a privilege" Stefania Sandoval's experience participating in "Somos Científicos y Científicas, sácanos de aquí" 2020

Stefania Sandoval participated during two weeks in May in the initiative We are Scientists, get us out of here! in which she answered questions from primary and secondary school students eager to learn more about the job of a scientist and science itself. Stefania had a great experience, which she wants to share with us all. Read here what she has learnt from it and has taken as a take-home message!

Women in Science, Outreach & Dissemination, 2020

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ICMAB Researchers in front of the ICMAB building

15th Edition of Spanish Researchers Ranking features ICMAB researchers

The 15th edition of the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities has been published, ranking researchers in Spain as well as Spaniards doing research abroad, and the list features more than a hundred ICMAB researchers. This initiative developed by CSIC intends to boost online publication of research.

Websites News, 2020

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Online Seminar "Face masks during COVID-19 pandemic: current knowledge on materials and reusability" by Jan Grzelak (Mon, 15 June 2020)

The Seminars & Training Committee would like to invite you to the following Online ICMAB Invited Seminar:

Face masks during COVID-19 pandemic: current knowledge on materials and reusability

by Jan Grzelak, NN Group, ICMAB

Monday, 15 June 2020 @ 12 pm
Online Periodical Lecture. Register here to attend the seminar via Zoom.

Periodical Lectures & Invited Seminars, 2020

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Online Seminar "From soft materials to complex material systems" by David Amabilino (Mon, 29 June 2020)

The Seminars & Training Committee would like to invite you to the following Online ICMAB Periodical Lecture:

From soft materials to complex material systems

by David Amabilino, University of Nottingham

Monday, 29 June 2020 @ 12 pm
Online Periodical Lecture. Register here to attend the seminar via Zoom. 

Periodical Lectures & Invited Seminars, 2020

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