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Highly cited ICMAB articles in 2023 - A year in review

ICMAB has, since 1986 and until this year 2023, over 6,000 publications and 200,000 citations. This year 2023 ICMAB researchers have published, 215 publications. Some of them are considered highly cited articles. 

In this post, we share the "Highly cited papers" of 2023, the most cited articles of the last 11 years (since 2013), and the most cited from all the ICMAB history (since 1986).

The most cited article has over 10,000 citations! Do you know which one is it?

Top Science Results

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ICMAB’s most frequent collaborators in 2023

ICMAB researchers work together with many different scientists around the world. 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 top 10 countries that ICMAB has collaborated more with during 2023:

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Congratulations Dr. Jordi Alcalà, new ICMAB graduate!

Dr. Jordi Alcalà defended his PhD thesis on "Tailoring the superconducting properties of YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films by microstructure engineering and local oxygen doping" on Wednesday, 15 May 2024  at ICMABCongratulations, Jordi!

PhD Congrats

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ICMAB’s 2023 most published journals - A year in review

"It doesn't exist if it is not published", or "Publish or perish". For sure you have heard some of these sentences. Our ICMAB researchers do great science, and also publish the results in specialized scientific journals, to disseminate the research results they obtain. This year 2023 our researchers have published 215 research articles in many different journals, in the fields of physics, chemistry, materials, nanotechnology and more. A total of 129 different journals! Take a look at the wordcloud below to see all the words of the journal titles.

Top Science Results

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Top 10 ICMAB articles with a higher IF in 2023 - 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. With a total of 211 of publications with IF, ICMAB’s average IF has been at 8.5, with an 23 % of all publications having an IF higher than 10. These are the ICMAB articles that have had a higher IF during 2023. This year, articles with higher IF range from the topics of growth, to solar panels and batteries, to nanoparticles and nanotechnology: 

Top Science Results

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Rationalizing the carborane versus phenyl-driven luminescence in related dicarboxylic ligands and their antenna effect for their Eu3+ and Tb3+ metal–organic frameworks: a combined experimental and computational study


Replacement of a phenyl moiety by a carborane in 1,3-di(4-carboxyphenyl) derivatives has a pronounced effect on the photophysical properties of the compounds themselves and their corresponding Eu3+ and Tb3+ metal organic frameworks.

SCIENTIFIC HIGHLIGHTS/, M4ELC Sustainable Electronics

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The InCAEM project: new equipment has arrived!

The In-situ Correlative Facility for Advanced Energy Materials (InCAEM), directly linked to the ALBA Synchrotron, is in full development to enable correlative in-situ (Scanning) Transmission Electron Microscopy ((S)TEM), Scanning Probe Microscopies (SPM) and synchrotron radiation experiments for addressing some of the scientific challenges of the European Green Deal plan, to promote a more sustainable EU economy. It is part of the Planes Complementarios program, within the Advanced Materials project, launched and cofunded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation together with the Generalitat de Catalunya, with the support of NextGeneration EU funds.

New Projects

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JAE Intro call 2024: now open!

The JAE Intro program offers grants at CSIC centers (CSIC-owned, mixed or associated units) aimed at university students interested in starting a research career.

Breaking News

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Welcome Víctor Blanco Martínez at ICMAB

  • Víctor Blanco Martínez
Hello! I'm Víctor, a last year Nanoscience and Nanotechnology student at UAB. I will be doing my bachelor thesis with the LASER group about the synthesis of catalyst for the water splitting reaction, aiming for improving on hydrogen production. See you in the lab!


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Welcome Javier Ordóñez at ICMAB

  • Javier Ordóñez
Hello, I am Javier Ordóñez, from Mexico. I obtained my Ph.D. in Chemistry in Mexico City (UNAM). I am a Marie-Curie postdoctoral researcher and will be working at the Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Rosario Núñez. The main goal of my project is to engineer novel boron-rich biocompatible photosensitizers (PSs), with suppressed π-π interactions thereby enhancing efficiency in singlet oxygen production. These PSs hold promise for potential applications as aPDT agents, contributing to the inactivation of microorganisms.


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CO2 conversion over Martian and Lunar regolith simulants for extraterrestrial applications


In space, every carbon atom matters. It is a potential source for a wealth of products essential for human space exploration and habitation. Here, we report the use of Martian and Lunar regolith simulants as catalysts for the thermochemical catalytic conversion of CO2. Results of this study clearly underlines activity towards CO production through the RWGS reaction at high temperature for all Martian and Lunar regolith simulants. Characterization of the samples reveals improved catalytic activities directly correlated with the presence and further transformation of iron and magnesium-based compounds and their subsequent migration at the surface. These findings point towards the feasibility of producing propellants in other celestial bodies using local resources.

SCIENTIFIC HIGHLIGHTS/, M4ELC Sustainable Electronics

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ICMAB Participation in the 10alamenos9 Nanoscience Festival

Last week, researchers from ICMAB-CSIC participated in the '10alamenos9' Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Festival that took place in the UAB campus. More than 150 students aged 15 to 18 visited 3 centers in the campus that do research in the nanoscale: IMB-CNM-CSIC, ICN2 and ICMAB-CSIC, and the Science Faculty. 

Visits and open doors

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Welcome Diego Gutiérrez at ICMAB

  • Diego Gutiérrez
Hello!  My name is Diego, coming back to ICMAB. I am happy to be here again to work in e-MolMat group. I was born in Colombia but I've been living in Barcelona for several years. I'm going to contribute to e-MOLMAT with my knowledge. Electric Transport, Semiconductor Physics and Data Acquisition are some of my interests. 


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IPOE Congress 2024:17-20 September

IPOE-2024 is a single-session conference, comprising invited lectures, oral contributions, and a poster session. It will be held in Barcelona from the 17th to the 20th of September.

Courses and Workshops

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Premis Sant Jordi de la IEC a Àxel Cortés pel seu Treball Final de Grau i Miquel Nuez per la seva Tesi Doctoral

Miquel Nuez ha fet la seva tesi al grup LMI, titulada "El paradigma dels metal·lacarborans: ús dels clústers en tractaments de càncer, contra bacteris resistents i en catàlisi verda". Àxel Cortés ha fet el seu Treball Final de Grau en el grup FOXEM, amb el projecte “Overcoming dewetting by a seed-assisted growth: the role of seed thickness
in the structural and electrical properties of ferroelectric h-LuFeO3”. 

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Congratulations Dr. Matteo Springolo, new ICMAB graduate!

Congratulations Dr. Matteo Springolo for successfully defending your PhD Thesis "Flexoelectricity in two-dimensional materials from density-functional perturbation theory" at ICMAB! If you want to know more about Matteo, read below! 

PhD Congrats

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Dynamical tuning of the thermal conductivity is critical for thermal management applications, as well as for energy harvesting and the development of novel phononic devices able to perform logic operations with phonons. Here, we show that such a control can be efficiently achieved in a wide class of ferroelectrics by a photoinduced phase transition

Light-driven dynamical tuning of the thermal conductivity in ferroelectrics

Dynamical tuning of the thermal conductivity in crystals, κ, is critical for thermal management applications, as well as for energy harvesting and the development of novel phononic devices able to perform logic operations with phonons. Such a desired κ control can be achieved in functional materials that experience large structural and phonon variations as a result of field-induced phase transformations. However, this approach is only practical within reduced temperature intervals containing zero-bias phase transition points, since otherwise the necessary driving fields become excessively large and the materials’ performances are detrimentally affected. Here, based on first-principles calculations, we propose an alternative strategy for dynamically tuning κ that is operative over broad temperature conditions and realizable in a wide class of materials.

SCIENTIFIC HIGHLIGHTS/, M4ELC Sustainable Electronics

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Doctoral Candidate position in Synthesis-structure-performance correlations in Prussian Blue Analogues as positive electrode active materials for Na-ion batteries in the RIDERS mainframe

  • Deadline: 2024-06-30

The Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) is a multidisciplinary research center focused on cutting-edge research in functional advanced materials in the fields of ENERGY, ELECTRONICS, NANOMEDICINE and application fields yet to imagine.

PhD Fellows

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