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RL1: Sustainable Energy Conversion and Storage Systems

  • Develop experimental and theoretical tools to increase our understanding on energy materials
  • Replace critical materials to boost sustainability
  • Develop conversion and storage technologies up to proof-of-concept devices with beyond state-of-the-art performance

RL2: Superconducting Materials for Emerging Technologies

  • Superconducting tapes or Coated Conductors (CC) are a unique opportunity to enhance efficiency and reduce environmental impact in electricity transport, distribution, generation and use.
  • Long length CCs rely on achieving low manufacturing costs, while keeping high functional performances.
  • Transmission DC- cables and fault current limiters, 10 MW wind generators and ultrahigh fi eld magnets (>20T) can only be developed by the use of high current superconductors.
  • Achieving a low-cost/high-performance ratio, in the range of 220 €/kAm, i.e. cost reduction of a factor 5 as compared to present status, is critical for market penetration.

RL3: Oxides for New Generation Electronics

Transition metal oxides are considered to be the building blocks for effi cient and energy friendly, data storage, advanced computing and energy harvesting devices. We are enthusiastically committed and contributing in:

  1. Exploit orbital physics and interface engineering to induce emerging properties
  2. Exploring oxides for data storage, communications and light harvesting
  3. Strain engineering of magnetic properties
  4. Searching and understanding multiferroic materials
  5. Integrating ferroelectric and ferromagnetic oxides on Silicon
  6. Beyond oxides: tailoring electronic properties with nitrides
  7. Designing and making artifi cial polar materials

RL4: Tuneable and Low Cost Molecular Electronics

The use of molecules in electronic devices is arousing enormous interest due to their unique advantages for designing tailored functional materials, compatibility with low-cost production processes, biocompatibility and biodegradability. We focus on the fabrication of electronic devices which can have a strong impact on societal well-being related to technological advances and health. The devices are developed considering a holistic perspective including: design and synthesis of the molecules, structural, morphological and electronic characterisation, device fabrication and integration, and theory prediction and rationalization.

RL5: Bioactive Materials for Therapy and Diagnosis

These materials are developed based on the gathered long-term experience in modeling, obtaining, processing and performing in-vitro studies of nanostructured biomaterials of ICMAB researchers on: Theory and Simulation, Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials, Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites, Inorganic Materials and Catalysis, Supercritical Fluids and Functional Materials, and Electrochemistry.