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On April 3, 2020, an extraordinarily determined, active and kindperson, and a great friend, Prof. Albert Figueras, passed away. He left a deep mark on institutions such as ICMAB and ICN2.
Sant Jordi will be a slightly different experience this year, but that does not mean that we shouldn not celebrate it. At the ICMAB we wanted to focus on one of the most important parts of this festivity: books!
First results of bacterial nanocellulose ocular bandages for innovative ophthalmic treatment have been published at Biomaterials Science. The bacterial nanocellulose, which is more affordable and easier to maintain than current treatments for corneal repair, will be impregnated with growth factors to accelerate corneal regeneration. The research is developed by the Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites Groups (NN) in close collaboration with the Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre in Barcelona, which supports this project from a clinical perspective.
On 26 March 2020, ICMAB researcher Nora Ventosa, from the Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials (NANOMOL) group, was interviewed in the radio show “La Nit dels Ignorants 3.0”, broadcasted in Catalunya Ràdio. “La Nit dels Ignorants 3.0” is a night time show that focuses on knowledge and company, both asking and answering public interest questions.
On 2 April 2020, ICMAB researcher Judit Morlà, from the Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials (NANOMOL) group, had her first appearance in “Som-hi”. Her section aired on tac12, a TV channel that can be tuned in from any point in the Tarragonès and is also available online. “Som-hi” is a television magazine that offers local news and information as well as some light educative sections.
The Seminars & Training Committee would like to invite you to the following Online ICMAB Periodical Lecture:
by Rafael Rodríguez Clemente, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, IDAEA-CSIC
Monday, 4 May 2020 @ 12 pm
Online Periodical Lecture. REGISTER TO THE EVENT HERE.
Sònia Abás, Sergio Rodríguez-Arévalo, Andrea Bagán, Christian Griñán-Ferré, Foteini Vasilopoulou, Iria Brocos-Mosquera, Carolina Muguruza, Belén Pérez, Elies Molins, F. Javier Luque, Pilar Pérez-Lozano, Steven de Jonghe, Dirk Daelemans, Lieve Naesens, José Brea, M. Isabel Loza, Elena Hernández-Hernández, Jesús A. García-Sevilla, M. Julia García-Fuster, Milica Radan, Teodora Djikic, Katarina Nikolic, Mercè Pallàs, Luis F. Callado, Carmen Escolano*. J. Med. Chem. 2020. Publication Date:March 9, 2020
J. Sebastian Reparaz, researcher at the NANOPTO group (ICMAB-CSIC), is co-author of the Chapter 11 "Thermal Transport and Phonon Coherence in Phononic Nanostructures", together with Markus R. Wagner (TU Berlin), in the book "21st Century Nanoscience – A Handbook. Nanophysics Sourcebook (Volume One)" e
The “Idees Innovadores Isabel P. Trabal” award is organised by the Caixa d’Enginyers and is looking for scientific enterprises to boost the development of technological and innovative projects with a focus on engineering and sustainability. The SENSORAÏM project, born at ICMAB, is now eligible for a 10.000 € grant.
Judith Oró-Solé, Carlos Frontera, Ashley P. Black, Augustin Castets, Karen L.Velásquez-Méndez, Josep Fontcuberta, Amparo Fuertes. Journal of Solid State Chemistry Volume 286, June 2020, 121274.
James F. Scott, widely considered the father of integrated ferroelectrics, passed away last April 6, 2020. It’s hard to overstate his influence, as Gervasi Herranz, from the Laboratory of Multifunctional Thin Films and Complex Structures (MULFOX) points out: "Prof. James Scott was one of the most influential materials scientists and he was the most renowned pioneer in the development of ferroelectric memories. His outstanding work will undoubtedly remain a source of inspiration for all of us who work in new applications of ferroelectrics.”
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!
Doctor Eduardo Pérez from the NANOMOL Group at ICMAB defended his PhD thesis entitled "3D Systems for immune cells culture and their applications in Immunotherapy" and supervised by Imma Ratera and Judith Guasch, on Thursday, 2 April 2020, at 11 am from home!
We say goodbye to theoretical physicist Phil Anderson, who helped to build the foundation for our understanding of condensed matter and superconductivity.
Pau Molet, Luz Karimé Gil-Herrera, Juan Luis Garcia-Pomar, Niccolò Caselli, Álvaro Blanco, Cefe López, Agustín Mihi. Nanophotonics. Received January 16, 2020; revised February 20, 2020; accepted February 22, 2020.
For the first time researchers have observed directly sound-driven spin waves (magnetoacoustic waves) and have revealed its nature. Results show that these magnetization waves can go up to longer distances (up to centimeters) and have larger amplitudes than the commonly known spin waves.
Marcos Couto, Catalina Alamón, Carina Sánchez, Belén Dávila, Marcelo Fernández, Nicole Lecot, Pablo Cabral, Francesc Teixidor, Clara Viñas & Hugo Cerecetto. FUTURE MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY. Vol. 11, No. 17.
Miquel Torras and Anna Roig*. ACS Omega 2020.
The Seminars and Training Committee kindly invites you to the first ICMAB Online Periodical Lecture:
by Riccardo Bertacco, Department of Physics, Politecnico di Milano, Milano (Italy); Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie (IFN) – CNR, Milano (Italy)
Monday, 20 April 2020 @ 12 pm
Online Periodical Lecture. Click here to register.
(You will receive an email with the link to attend the meeting once registered)
Dolores Bueno, aka Ununcuadio, has written a science outreach article about how nanomedicine could help to cure the COVID-19. The article is published in "Hablando de Ciencia".
Th article published in the Open Access journal ACS Omega "On the Study of Ca and Mg Deintercalation from Ternary Tantalum Nitrides" by M. Rosa Palacín, Amparo Fuertes et al. and the article "Role of Polymorphism and Thin-Film Morphology in Organic Semiconductors Processed by Solution Shearing" by Marta Mas-Torrent et al. have been selected for the the journal's first-ever Virtual Issue "Women at the Forefront of Chemistry". This special collection of articles, handpicked and guest-edited by the Associate Editor, Professor Luisa Torsi, celebrates the contributions of 50+ leading women scientists at various stages of their career, selected from around the world, who have published high-quality articles in our journal as corresponding authors.
E. Pérez, N. M. Carretero, S. Sandoval, A. Fuertes, G. Tobias and N. Casañ-Pastor*. Mater. Chem. Front., 2020, Advance Article.
Doctor Researcher Dolores Bueno, from the NANOMOL Group at ICMAB, defended her PhD thesis on Friday, 20 March 2020. Her PhD Thesis was entitled "Peptide functionalized nanoliposomes for biomolecule intracellular delivery, prepared using compressed CO2" and was supervised by Nora Ventosa and Elisabet González. If you want to know more about Dolores' experience during her PhD and her future plans, continue reading this post!
A project to improve the security of the identification systems using magnetic memories, a project to enhance the duration of Zn-air batteries, and a project to treat corneal wounds with nanocellulose patches.
What was your one constant excuse for almost everything that you have always wanted to do? To begin with, let me be honest about mine, it was this: “But, I don't have time for that!” or “Yes I would love to. But where is the time?” Well, now we have answer to all those “but's”. The time is here. So, are you ready? During this testing time in history, I would like to shift the focus a little bit and see it from a different perspective…
The PhD Researcher Dolores Bueno from the NANOMOL Group at ICMAB will defend her PhD thesis on Friday, 20 March 2020, at 11 am at the ICMAB. The PhD Thesis Defense will be by videoconference from the ICMAB Meeting Room. No public is allowed.
Shauna Robbennolt,* Pengmei Yu, Aliona Nicolenco, Pau Mercier Fernandez, Mariona Coll and Jordi Sort. Nanoscale, 2020, Advance Article.
Yajie Zhang, Miguel García-Gabilondo, Alba Grayston, Irene V. J. Feiner, Irene Anton-Sales, Rodrigo A. Loiola, Jordi Llop, Pedro Ramos-Cabrer, Ignasi Barba, David Garcia-Dorado, Fabien Gosselet, Anna Rosell* and Anna Roig*. Nanoscale, 2020,12, 4988-5002.
The FASTGRID project, in which the SUMAN group at ICMAB participates, has released a new video, shot in the premises of one of the partners (SuperGrid Institute, France) to explain in simple terms and with animations the objectives of the project. The video includes footage from the production line of the German industrial partner THEVA and from the winding process made by the French company Sigmaphi in collaboration with the SuperGrid Institute.
In 2019 the ICMAB applied for 4 priority patent applications, all of them European, and for an extension in Europe of a French priority patent. This means that from the 34 European patent applications from the CSIC, 5 are from the ICMAB (nearly 15 %). The CSIC leads the European patents applied in Spain, and there is a new record of European patent applications from Spanish origin according to the 2019 Patent Index of the European Patent Office (EPO).
"Nanomaterials purament inorgànics: noves oportunitats del bor en medicina" is the title of the article that Clara Viñas, researcher at ICMAB, has written for the Catalan magazine L'Atzavara. L'Atzavara is a scientific publication of the Natural Science section of the Museum in Mataró that aims to explain scientific concepts in a way that people can understand it since 1979, once a year. This last number (Vol. 30 (2020)) was devoted to the Periodic Table elements and its misteries: "Els elements endreçats: la taula periòdica i els seus misteris".
The EU project FETFX has completed its Journalist-in-the-lab programme last 24-26 February 2020. The initiative, designed by FETFX partner Fondazione iCons, allowed science communication students get hands on with content creation at the ICMAB and the ICN2 with researchers working on FET European projects.
Due to the expansion and the pandemic situation of COVID-19, and respecting the authorities and for our own responsibility, the ICMAB is declared from Monday, 16 March 2020, and until Sunday, 29 March 2020 (minimu), a CSIC Institute of Restricted Access. The basic services will continue to be provided, but the presence of staff in the center is minimized in order to restrict the movement of people to its maximum.
Javier Plou, Isabel García, Mathias Charconnet, Ianire Astobiza, Clara García‐Astrain, Cristiano Matricardi, Agustín Mihi, Arkaitz Carracedo, Luis M. Liz‐Marzán. Adv. Funct. Mater.2020, 1910335.
We are looking for an Executive Assistant to join and provide support to the ICMAB Direction team. Send your CV and cover letter before 10 April 2020 to apply for this call.
If you are an Undergraduate or Master student and would like to conduct research in Materials Science with us, as part of your final project or as part of the curriculuar work experience internships, here are some of the projects that we offer during 2020:
POSTPONED! We proudly announce the ICMAB summer school on “OPTICALLY CONTROLLED FERROELECTRIC MEMRISTORS” (OPTOFEM2020). The School will finally take place on October, 22-23, 2020, at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), since it was postponed due to the COVID-19. Deadline for registration is September 2, 2020.
Adrián Francisco-López, Bethan Charles, M. Isabel Alonso, Miquel Garriga, Mariano Campoy-Quiles, Mark T. Weller, Alejandro R. Goñi*. J. Phys. Chem. C 2020, 124, 6, 3448-3458
The CSIC launches the JAE-Intro 2020: Introduction to research fellowships for University students with the objective to introduce students to research career. Open call from 9 March to 10 June 2020 (new extended deadline).