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Congratulations, Dr. Adrián Francisco! Our most recent ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Adrián Francisco from the NANOPTO Group at ICMAB defended his PhD thesis on Tuesday, 14 April 2020, at 11 am. The PhD Thesis was entitled "Understanding the temperature and pressure dependence of the Optoelectronic and Structural Properties of FAxMA1-XPbI3 Perovskite Solid Solutions" and was supervised by Alejandro Goñi, Mariano Campoy-Quiles,and M. Isabel Alonso. Congratulations!

PhD Congrats

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Biologically active bacterial nanocellulose ocular bandages for corneal regeneration featured in R+D CSIC

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.

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Nora Ventosa at “La Nit dels Ignorants 3.0” in Catalunya Radio

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.

Radio

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Judit Morlà talks about the Coronavirus on “Som-hi” on TAC12 TV

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.

TV, Outreach Videos, OUTREACH

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Online Seminar "What's what in the European research activities? Are we in a challenging threshold?" by Rafael Rodríguez Clemente (Mon, 4 May 2020)

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

What's what in the European research activities? Are we in a challenging threshold?

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. 

Periodical Lectures & Invited Seminars

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Bicyclic α-Iminophosphonates as High Affinity Imidazoline I2 Receptor Ligands for Alzheimer’s Disease

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

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Sebastian Reparaz co-author of the Handbook "21st Century Nanoscience" with a chapter on Thermal Transport

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)" edited by Klaus D. Sattler (Taylor & Francis). 

Books and articles

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Barcelona equips itself with a European first-class collaborative microscopy platform through the joint action of nine research institutions and the support of ERDF

The ALBA Synchrotron will host two new major experimental facilities, one dedicated to materials science, valued at 4.1 million euros and led by the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), and another meant for molecular biology, valued at 1.7 million euros and headed by the Institute of Molecular Biology of Barcelona (IBMB-CSIC).

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INSPIRACIENCIA 2020: X Contest of short stories inspired in science

The CSIC, with the collaboration of the FECYT, organizes the X edition of short-stories inspired in science "INSPIRACIENCIA". The short texts can be written in Catalan, Spanish, Galician and Euskera. They must have a maximum of 800 words. There are two categories: Young, between 12 and 17 years old; and Adult, from 18 years old. Deadline to participate: 7 June 2020. Extended deadline: 21 June 2020!
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Mourning James Scott, the father of integrated ferroelectrics

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.

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PhD Extraordinary Awards go to four ICMAB Graduates

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!

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Congratulations, Dr. Eduardo Pérez, new ICMAB graduate!

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!

PhD Congrats

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Mourning Phil Anderson

We say goodbye to theoretical physicist Phil Anderson, who helped to build the foundation for our understanding of condensed matter and superconductivity. 

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Large area metasurfaces made with spherical silicon resonators

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.

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Acoustic spin waves: towards a new paradigm of on-chip communication

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.

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Stefania Sandoval participates in "Somos Científicos y Científicas, Sácanos de aquí" 2020 in the #ZonaCSIC

Stefania Sandoval, researcher at ICMAB in the Solid State Chemistry group, has been selected to participate in the Spanish edition of the international science outreach programme “I’m a scientist, get me out of here!”. The 2020 edition of “Somos científicos y científicas, ¡Sácanos de aquí!” will take place from 4-15 May 2020. During this time, Stefania will chat in a multidisciplinary group of scientists – the CSIC zone – which includes researchers from other CSIC centres.

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Online Seminar "Magnetism fights for health. A quantitative lab-on-chip rapid diagnostic test for Malaria" by Riccardo Bertacco (Mon, 20 April 2020)

The Seminars and Training Committee kindly invites you to the first ICMAB Online Periodical Lecture:

Magnetism fights for health. A quantitative lab-on-chip rapid diagnostic test for Malaria

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)

Periodical Lectures & Invited Seminars

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New flexible, robust and secure tapes for information storage in wearable devices

Researchers from ICMAB-CSIC have obtained a flexible tape of an antiferromagnetic material (FeRh, iron-rhodium system) able to store information in a more robust and secure way than the ubiquitous ferromagnetic materials. This innovation may have application where flexibility and data storage robustness are required, such as credit or identification cards.
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The ACS Omega Virtual Issue "Women at the Forefront of Chemistry" features two articles led by ICMAB women

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.

Books and articles, Women in Science

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Congratulations, Dr. Dolores Bueno, new ICMAB graduate!

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! 

PhD Congrats

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10 tips to make your work from home more productive

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…

Books and articles, OUTREACH

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PhD Thesis Defense by Dolores Bueno on 20 March 2020 at 11 am

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. 

PhD Defense

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The ICMAB donates 33.200 gloves for medical uses

The ICMAB is since last Monday 16 March 2020, an Institute with Restricted Access. Most of the laboraories are empty, the Scientific and Technical Services are closed, only the basic services are working and most of the people is working and staying at home. For this reason, when we heard that Personal Protection Equipment was needed in the hospitals and health centers, we had no doubt that we could donate some of the material that we had.

Commemorations

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New FASTGRID video to explain the objectives of the project

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.

Project Results

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15 % of the CSIC European patents applied in 2019 are from the ICMAB

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). 

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"New opportunities for Boron in medicine" in the Catalan magazine L'Atzavara

Books and articles

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Nanocapsules “3-in-1” for in vivo biomedical imaging: an ICMAB and VHIR study

An interdisciplinary research group synthesizes drug delivery nanocapsules with three contrast agents for three biomedical imaging techniques to study their biodistribution. The approach is modular and allows including the contrast agents together or separately on the nanocapsules, without affecting their size or shape, nor interfering with the encapsulated therapeutic agent. The study is co-led by researchers from VHIR and ICMAB-CSIC, and is part of a European project (MAGBBRIS) to prepare safe, biocompatible and biodegradable nanomaterials for biomedical imaging and brain repair after stroke.
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FETFX comes to the ICMAB to train the science communicators of tomorrow

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.

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PhD Thesis Defense by Adrián Francisco on 14 April at 11 am

The PhD Researcher Adrián Francisco from the NANOPTO Group at ICMAB will defend his PhD thesis on Tuesday, 14 April 2020, at 11 am at the ICMAB. The PhD Thesis Defense will be by videoconference from the ICMAB Meeting Room. No public is allowed. 
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The ICMAB becomes an "Institute of restricted access" for the following two weeks

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. 

Commemorations

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Registration is now open for OPTOFEM2020: An ICMAB Summer School on OPTICALLY CONTROLLED FERROELECTRIC MEMRISTORS.

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. 

Meetings Organization

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