A year in review: ICMAB most cited articles of 2019

2019-12-30 10:05:50

After another year, we look back and see how was this year's scientific research. More than 220 articles, which makes a total of more than 5,400 publications and more than 145,000 citations since the Institue's foundation, in 1986. The most cited articles published in 2019 are shown in this post. Do you want to know which ones are they? From FCC-hh, oxide electronics, perovskites, oxide thin films, organic field-effect transistors and much more! 

Two articles made-in-ICMAB at the SCQ journal: magnetic reduced graphene oxide and Smart-4-Fabry project

2019-12-28 12:00:00

The last issue of the journal of the Catalan Chemical Society (Revista de la Societat Catalana de Química) includes two articles from ICMAB researchers. The first one is about graphene oxide nanocomposites decorated with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, and the second one is about the European project "Smart-4-Fabry", which develops a new nanomedicine for the treatment of the Fabry disease. The articles are written in Catalan. We encourage you to have a look at them!

The project "The energy of the future: from the lab to the classroom" has been awarded with a FGCSIC "Cuenta la Ciencia" grant

2019-12-23 09:00:00
The science outreach project "The energy of the future: from the lab to the classroom", prepared in collaboration with Funbrain, and with IP Mariano Campoy-Quiles, has been awarded with a FGCSIC "Cuenta la Ciencia" grant in its thrid call. The project, which will take place during the year 2020, aims at bringing the research performed at our labs to the primary and secondary schools, with attractive experiments related to energy prepared for the scholars. 

CELLUPACK by Camilla Dore wins the "Generating Ideas" programme of the PRUAB

2019-12-21 12:59:50
CELLUPACK was chosen as the most innovative project of the "Generating Ideas" Programme organized by the UAB Research Park (PRUAB) focused this year on Smart Food. The project proposes the use of cellulose-based materials as substitutes for a variety of single-use plastic packagings. The material is biodegradable, soluble, edible and with a minimum ecological footprint. The idea was conceived by Camilla Dore, from the NANOPTO group, and counts with the participation of members of the IMB-CNM and UAB. 

M. Rosa Palacín at the Christmas Conference of the SCQ-IEC about Li-ion batteries

2019-12-19 13:55:00

This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three great scientists for the developement of Li-ion batteries. The Catalan Chemical Society (SCQ) wanted to dedicate this year's Christmas Conference to this fact, and invited M. Rosa Palacín to give the keynote lecture on this topic. The event took place on Thursday, 19 December 2019 at the IEC (Institut d'Estudis Catalans), in Barcelona. 

“El Enigma Agustina” and Agustí Nieto-Galan to celebrate Christmas

2019-12-19 10:00:00
On Thursday, 19 December 2019, the film "El Enigma Agustina" will be screened at the ICMAB (VOSE). The film will be introduced with a talk by Agustí Nieto-Galan (Centre d’Història de la Ciència, CEHIC-UAB) entitled "Dreams of Modernity: Scientific Research and Cosmopolitanism in Spain (1900- ism in Spain (1900-1939)". The film will be followed by a colloquim about the Scientific Research in Spain before the Civil War and the role of women scientists at that time, and by the Christmas Songs by ICMAB Choir. Come to celebrate Christmas with us!

Press Release: Carbon nanocapsules for radiotherapy against cancer

2019-12-18 11:30:00

Carbon nanocapsules, filled with stable Samarium atoms, are activated with neutrons just before entering the body. This novel nanomaterial-based system is effective for both biomedical imaging and cancer radiotherapy

An article about "Ferroelectric Epitaxial Thin Films" highlighted in ACS "Focus on Europe"

2019-12-17 08:00:00
An article made 100 % in ICMAB (Jike Lyu, Ignasi Fina, Raul Solanas, Josep Fontcuberta and Florencio Sánchez) and published in ACS Appl. Electron. Mater. is highlighted in the "Focus on Europe: Advancing Research in Materials Applications" selection of articles published by European researchers in 2019, in the area of Applied Materials and Interfaces. Congratulations!

Smart-4-Fabry EU project: a project on the Fabry rare disease for "La Marató de TV3"

2019-12-13 16:45:00

On the occasion of the "Marató de TV3: Minories que fan una Majoria", which is this year devoted to rare diseases, we would like to show you a project in which we participate and which tackles a rare disease: the SMART-4-FABRY project. One of the main objectives of the project is to use nanotechnology to increase the efficiency of the current treatment for the Fabry disease, based on the GLA enzyme. Nora Ventosa and her team, from CIBER-BBN and NANOMOL group at ICMAB-CSIC, coordinate the project, in which fourteen partners from different countries participate.

M. Rosa Palacín at the Nobel Prize 2019 UAB Conferences

2019-12-10 16:19:10

Every year the UAB organizes the Nobel Prize 2019conferences to talk about the science topics of the Nobel Prize. This year, M. Rosa Palacín, ICMAB researcher, will give the talk about the Nobel Prize 2019 in Chemistry, which was given to J. B. Goodenough, M. S. Whittingham and A. Yoshino for the Lithium-ion Batteries. The talks will be on Tuesday, 10 December, at 12 pm at the "Sala d'actes". 

Press Release: A multidisciplinary research team develop biotransistors able to hear small beats of live

2019-12-10 15:00:00

Researchers at IBEC and ICMAB develop a flexible, cheap and biocompatible transistor platform able to record an electrocardiogram of cells and micro-tissues during long periods of time. The platform, based on organic transistor technology (EGOFET), can also measure the effect of drugs on beating cells, as cardiomyocytes, opening the door to several applications such as implantable devices for health.

Susagna Ricart participates in a project that unites Art and Science: NANOCAEDRE

2019-12-09 10:20:00

The Catalan Association of Scientific Communication (ACCC), together with many research centers and universities, including the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB), have initiated an art project that will represent in a different way thw world of nanotechnology: NANOCAEDRE. Susagna Ricart, from the ICMAB, participates in this project with her expertise in the superconducting phenomena. The presentation of the project will take place at the Basilica Sants Màrtirs Just i Pastor (Barcelona), on Tuesday, 10 December, at 7 pm.

A new video in the JoVE journal on a new protocol from Gervasi Herranz and the MULFOX group relating magnetics and photonics

2019-12-05 13:00:00

A new protocol from Gervasi Herranz and the MULFOX group at ICMAB shows how magnetic fields can change the propagation of light in confined nanostructured materials and reveal enhanced optical responses. This new protocol is published as a VIDEO-ARTICLE at the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). The new protocol allows to directly study how magnetization changes the photonic response.

Press Release: The role of manganese in providing high power capacity in lithium-ion batteries

2019-12-05 09:00:00
Synchrotron light from CLAESS and MISTRAL beamlines of ALBA Synchrotron has unveiled the central role of manganese in the limited cycle-life of lithium-ion batteries. This is the first data published obtained with the CLEAR emission spectrometer. The study was published in J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 

European Research Council (ERC) funding opportunities – a 360° overview

2019-12-03 16:31:57

On Tuesday, 3 December 2019, the ICMAB organizes an event to talk and share experirences on ERC projects called "European Research Council (ERC) funding opportunities – a 360° overview". The event will count with the presence of Nadine Vermorel, from the ERC Executive Agency (ERCEA) and with Lucía Benito, from the CSIC European Program. Five of the ICMAB ERC grantees will talk about their ERC experience from their own point of view. Come and join us, if you want to know more about funding opportunities for these ERC excellent projects!

Congratulations to NanoEduca, Premi Nacional de Comunicació Científica 2018!

2019-12-03 10:00:00

We would like to congratulate our colleagues from the NanoEduca programme, created by the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2) and Centre de Recursos Pedagògics Específics de Suport a la Innovació i la Recerca Educativa (CESIRE), for the 2018 National Award on Science Communication (Premi Nacional de Comunicació Científica 2018), which they received last night, Tuesday 3 December 2019, at the TNC. 

PBSi 2019: International Conference on Phosphorus, Boron and Silicon

2019-12-02 15:00:00
The International Conference On Phosphorus, Boron and Silicon – PBSi 2019 will take place in Rome on 2-4 December 2019. From chemistry to catalysis, materials, biology, and medicine, from theory to application, the main target of this conference is to gather Researchers and Experts in Phosphorus, Boron and Silicon community in order to provide all participants with the latest progress and inputs recorded in each field.

Press Release: First identification of a brown aerinite, the typically known blue pigment of the Romanesque Catalan art

2019-12-02 09:00:00
Researchers from the ICMAB-CSIC and ALBA Synchrotron have identified for the first time brown aerinite. This work constitutes an example of the utility of the through-the-substrate microdiffraction (tts-μXRD) technique when complex rocks need to be characterized

“Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers” releases a promotional video

2019-11-29 12:08:17

The Châtelet team is in YouTube! Thanks to the funding received by the FGCSIC call "Cuenta la Ciencia", we have been able to produce this video and share it with you! Please feel free to share it with your contacts! 

Anna Laromaine, within the Top 100 women leaders, invited to El Pais Con Tu Futuro!

2019-11-28 09:00:00

Anna Laromaine, researcher at the NN Group at ICMAB, and one of the Top 100 women leaders in Spain (MujeresyCía), will be at "El Pais Con Tu Futuro" event next 18-19 December in Madrid, to talk in front of thousands of students who are about to decide their future. Good luck, Anna!

ICMAB members participate in the gathering of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

2019-11-25 08:00:00

On Monday, 25 November 2019, a gathering in the entrance of the ICMAB building was announced between 11 and 11:15 am to show respect to the victims and concern for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Members of the ICMAB Gender Equality Committee read the Statement that the Gender Equality Committee and the Committee of Women and Science of the CSIC had prepared, on the occasion of this international day.

Xavier Obradors, Guest of Honor at the UPC Manresa Graduation!

2019-11-22 09:00:00

On Friday, 22 November 2019, the Kursaal Theater in Manresa hosted the Graduation Event of the 113 students that finalized the studies at the Escola Politècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Manresa (EPSEM) at the UPC Manresa. Xavier Obradors, ICMAB Director, was the "godfather" of the event, together with Ricard Font Hereu, President of the FGC. The event was a great celebration for the UPC students, who now face their future with multiple options!

SOMMa 100xCiencia.4 Meeting: Building bridges between Science and Society, with Nora Ventosa

2019-11-22 09:00:00

On November 22-23, 2019, representatives from all of the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu Excellence Centres and Units met at the ‘100xCiencia4’ Meeting in Donostia/San Sebastián (Spain) to share experiences around this year's topic, which is "What is science doing for you? Building bridges between science and society".

"A researcher in your classroom" for the Science Week reaches 6 schools and more than 220 students

2019-11-21 12:00:00

During the Science Week 2019, in November, six of our researchers brought scientific research closer to the young students aged 15-17 years old within the framework of the programme "A researcher in your classroom". They went to five different highschools and gave a talk to the students, who had the opportunity to learn more about nanoscience and nanotechnology and about what is it like to be a scientist.

Clara Viñas and Francesc Teixidor, in the opening of the new school year in Sfax-ESPIN, Tunisia

2019-11-20 12:00:00

Clara Viñas and Francesc Teixidor were in Sfax (Tunisia), where they gave Plenary Talks at the Fourth International Conference of Engineering Sciences for Biology and Medicine (ESBM 2019) and celebrated the opening of the new school year of the "École supérieure polytechnique internationale privée de Sfax-ESPIN" as partner professors. 

TADeF: Annual Meeting of Physics Doctoral Fellows at UAB

2019-11-20 09:00:00

The First Annual Meeting of PhD researchers in Physics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona(TADeF) will take place next 20-21 November 2019 at the UAB Factulty of Science. From the ICMAB, Teresa Puig (SUMAN group) will give one of the keynote talks on "High Temperature Superconductors: Complex materials with novel physics opportunities". Martí Gibert, PhD researcher at the NANOPTO group, will participate in the meeting with the short talk "Near Infrared Organic Photodetectors based on Enhanced Charge Transfer State Absorption by Photonic Architectures". 

New scientific books in our Library "Manuel Cardona"!

2019-11-19 10:15:00

Our "Manuel Cardona" Library has acquired 17 new scientific books for all our staff! The books are about some of the main topics of our research: magnetism, neutron scattering, smart inorganic polymers, medical imaging, carbon nanomaterials or thermoelectric materials. Take a look at the list below!

Martí Gibert: Poster Prize at the SCN2 First Annual Congress of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

2019-11-16 13:00:00

The Societat Catalana de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (SCN2) held its First Annual Congress of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology on Saturday, 16 November 2019. The event took place at Casa Elizalde in Barcelona and focused on Energy harvesting, Environment and Sustainable Development. Martí Gibert, PhD fellow at NANOPTO group won the poster contest with his work on “Near Infrared Organic Photodetectors based on Enhanced Charge Transfer State Absorption by Photonic Architectures”. Congratulations!

First Annual Conference of the Catalan Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SCN2)

2019-11-16 10:30:00
The Societat Catalana de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia (SCN2) has the pleasure to announce its First Annual Congress of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CANN1-SCN2 2019). It will be celebrated on November 16th in Casa Elizalde, Barcelona. The event, taking place during La Setmana de la Ciència 2019, aims to give visibility to researchers developing their work in Catalunya, in the field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and how their research may provide the answers to current problems with a clear impact on the citizenship.

Press Release: Towards an all-electrical control of heat flux for zero-power “electronics”

2019-11-13 11:32:45
  • Researchers from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) have shown that thermal conductivity can be tuned by an external applied electric field.
  • If the material is mechanically deformed in a suitable way, the external applied electric field can be much lower to achieve the same thermal response.
  • These advances allow envisaging a truly zero-power analogue of electronics, because phononics circuits would need no power supply.

Amanda Muñoz and Pamela Machado participate in the CSIC #YoInvestigo video contest

2019-11-13 09:20:00

Two of our PhD researchers, Amanda Muñoz and Pamela Machado, have participated in the CSIC Video Contest “Yo Investigo. Yo soy CSIC”, in which they have to explain their PhD Thesis in 3 minutes! You can vote by clicking "like" to the videos until 13 December 2019. 

The Science Week brings 185 students aged 12-16 years to discover the new materials of the ICMAB!

2019-11-11 16:00:00

During the Science Week (Setmana de la Ciència) 2019, which was between the 8 and 17 of November 2019, the ICMAB received the visit of 4 schools, which amounted a total of 185 students. The students could attend the "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers", visit some of our labs and participate in the workshops about "Properties of the Minerals and Periodic Table Elements". 

Electric Fields against mosquitos: a research collaboration between the ICMAB, ISGlobal and Biogents in the CSIC Newsletter

2019-11-08 15:00:00

A collaboration project between the ICMAB (Elies Molins), ISGlobal (Krijn Paaijmans), and Biogents AG (Andreas Rose, Germany), has developed electrical barriers that avoid that mosquitos that can transmit diseases such as dengue, chikunguña, zika or malaria, get inside public spaces, such as schools, hospitals or workplaces.

Talks and workshops about minerals and the periodic table at EXPOMINER! Great success of the ICMAB and ICTJA activities!

2019-11-08 15:00:00
The ICMAB participated on 8, 9, 10 November 2019 at the 41st edition of Expominer, the exhibition of minerals, fossils and jewelry, organized by Fira Barcelona. We participated with two outreach talks given by two of our researchers, and with workshops in our stand about the chemical elements, minerals, and their properties (conductivity, magnetism, fluorescence...). We had a great time! This event was part of the Science Week 2019. 

Setmana de la Ciència 2019: Participate in the Science Week 2019 with the ICMAB! #SC19

2019-11-08 11:00:00
In the framework of the Science Week (Setmana de la Ciència) celebrated between 8-17 November 2019, there will we a whole bunch of scientific outreach activities throughout the territory. More than 100 CSIC research centers and institutes have programmed more than 350 activities (around 50 of them in Catalunya), and other research centers, universities and institutions have organized plenty of things, including a great variety of activites: workshops, open days, live experiments, scientific tours, talks and seminars, theater, guided visits, exhibitions... At ICMAB we have prepared a bunch of activities. Do you want to join us?

Martí Gibert participates in the "Science Truck" YouTube program about nanoscience and nanotechnology!

2019-11-08 08:00:00

Martí Gibert, PhD researcher at the NANOPTO group, participated on Friday, 8 November 2019, on the YouTube Science Truck programme, in which the main topic was Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and the invited scientific youtuber was Anna Morales (Size Matters), who is working on her PhD in Switzerland. Martí talked about Organic Solar Cells and Nanostructures! You can listen him from minute 53:24 to minute 1:02. Well done, Martí!

The new method to measure piezoelectricity featured in R+D CSIC

2019-11-07 09:00:00

The new developement of the Scanning Probe Microscopy Lab to measure the piezoelectricity of the materials has been featured in this month newsletter of the R+D CSIC under the title "A microscope to measure accurately the piezoelectric properties of materials"

Elies Molins on a "Porous Materials" scientific tour around Chile

2019-11-06 15:00:00

Elies Molins has given lectures at the International Conference on Materials Science (ICMS), at the Center for Applied Nanotechnology (CNAP) and at the Universidad Autonoma de Chile. His conferences have been about porous materials and their applications in catalysis and medicine. 

Workshop on Good Lab Practices: UV/Vis, Pipetting and pH

2019-11-06 10:00:00

On Friday, 6 November 2019, the ICMAB and Mettler Toledo organize a workshop for students and young researchers on Good Laboratory Practices. There will be three sessions on Spectrometry UV/Vis, Good Pipetting and Electrochemistry and pH. A Certificate of Attendance will be issued for each participant. Regiser before 14 October 2019! The session is especifically for Bachelor and Master Students and PhD fellows, although everyone is invited!

"Graphene Oxide Aerogels" featured at R+D CSIC

2019-11-06 09:00:00

The article and patent related to the preparation of Graphene Oxide Aerogels, using supercritical carbon dioxide, is featured in R+D CSIC, in the news post "Ultralight, elastic and highly porous graphene oxide aerogels". 

A work by Marta Mas-Torrent and co-workers highlighted in Advanced Science News

2019-11-05 08:35:00

The article "A Solid‐State Aqueous Electrolyte‐Gated Field‐Effect Transistor as a Low‐Voltage Operation Pressure‐Sensitive Platform" from Marta Mas-Torrent and co-workers was highlighted in Advanced Science News. The work presents a proof-of-concept of a new transduction mechanism that can be exploited to fabricate pressure-responsive organic devices.

An article from Jaume Veciana and Paula Mayorga highlighted in Chemistry Views

2019-11-04 13:00:00
One manuscript from Jaume Veciana and Paula Mayorga and coworkers has been chosen to be highlighted on the ChemistryViews newsletter. The manuscript chosen is "Organic Free Radicals as Circularly Polarized Luminescence Emitters", published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, and is about the intrinsic chiral emission of enantiometric organic free radicals. 


M. Rosa Palacín at the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Batteries (BatteRIes Europe) Governing Board

2019-11-01 11:00:00

The European Technology and Innovation Platform on Batteries, BatteRIes Europe, held its first General Assembly on 22 October 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. Following the launch of the platform in June 2019, the day was dedicated to setting up the ground of the European initiative supported by the European Commission that will shape the research ecosystem for batteries in Europe, through the election of its very first Governing Board. M. Rosa Palacín will be part of this Governing Board, in the area of "Future and Emerging Technologies". 

The SOMMa Alliance holds its first meeting on gender equality policies

2019-10-29 14:43:15

Directors of SOMMa Centres discussed at CNIO (Spanish National Cancer Research Center) in Madrid, the network's best practices in gender equality, to implement a change of culture that allows gender equality to be integrated into strategic science decisions. From the ICMAB, Riccardo Rurali, ICMAB Deputy Director and Coordinator of the Gender Equality Committe at the ICMAB, attended the event.

Meet the Scientific Equipment Platforms of ICMAB!

2019-10-28 11:00:00

On Monday, 28 October 2019, the ICMAB staff, especially the new Master students and PhD and Postdoc fellows, are invited to the presentation of the Scientific Equipment Platforms (SEP) of the ICMAB. The 9 Scientific and Technical Services have prepared some posters to present their equipment and research techniques to the researchers to broaden up their research possibilities. We are sure that from this day, new and exciting collaborations will emerge.

The ICMAB at the 13a Festa de la Ciència!

2019-10-26 13:50:00

On the weekend 26 and 27 October 2019, the "Parc de la Ciutadella" (UPDATE: Moll de la Fusta) in Barcelona will be full of science! The 13th edition of the "Science Festival" (Festa de la Ciència) will take place from 9 am to 6 pm! The ICMAB participates with some micro-talks, and with a stand with ElectroWoman, explaining the wonders of Molecular Electronics for different devices! Will you join us? Come with us and participate with your friends and family to the many activities prepared.

A new Helium Liquefier has entered the ICMAB "We will be able to satisfy between 90-95 % of our Helium needs"

2019-10-24 08:55:00

We have a new Helium Liquefier! With the new ATL 160 QuantumDesign equipment, we will be able to satisfy between 90-95 % of our Helium needs (now we were around 60 %). We use liquid Helium at the Low Temperatures and Magnetometry Service, since magnetic measurements are carried out at extremely low temperatures (5 K!). Liquid Helium is used as a refrigerant. 

XII Workshop on Transfer of Technology: Innovation travels from the lab to the company

2019-10-24 07:00:00

The ICN2, the ICMAB-CSIC and the ALBA Synchrotron organise on 24 and 25 October 2019 a workshop devoted to innovation and technology transfer between R+D centers and companies. The event is part of the TNSI project, funded with European regional development funds (ERDF) by the Interreg-POCTEFA programme.

Open Access at ICMAB: “Send me the postprint so we can deposit it at Digital

2019-10-23 15:09:28

On Wednesday, 23 October 2019, and to celebrate the Open Access Week, which is celebrated this week all over the world, we organized a seminar on "Open Access at ICMAB: Frequently Asked Questions". The seminar was for the Institute researchers to solve some doubts about publishing in Open Access, and organized by the ICMAB "Manuel Cardona" library. Read here more about it!

Open Access at ICMAB: Seminar to celebrate the International Open Access Week 2019

2019-10-23 12:48:37
From 21 to 27 October 2019 we celebrate around the world the International Open Access Week, an initiative to promote the Open Access in the academic and research worlds. We have prepared a SEMINAR to explain some of the paths that researchers can take to publish in Open Access on 23 October at 3:30 pm. 

Open Access en el ICMAB: Preguntas Frecuentes

by Alejandro Santos, ICMAB Librarian & Documentalist

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 @ 3:30 pm
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes MATGAS

The ICMAB is now a member of the innovation cluster SECPHO

2019-10-23 08:37:00

The ICMAB is now a member of SECPHO, a national technological innovation cluster formed by companies, technology centres and research centres. SECPHO is focused on promoting technological innovation through the application of photonic technologies, or technologies based on light, to all types of sectors of our economy. 

Grenoble Barcelona twin conference: From quantum systems to new materials and smart electrical energy

2019-10-23 07:00:00

The goal of the first Grenoble Barcelona Twin Conference, celebrated at the CNRS Campus in Grenoble on 23-25 October, is to put together Barcelona and Grenoble scientists working on condensed matter, quantum physics, materials science and electrical engineering. Many ICMAB researchers have participated in the meeting! 

Spontaneous in-flight assembly of magnetic nanoparticles into macroscopic chains

2019-10-18 08:00:00

Lluis Balcells, Igor Stanković,* Zorica Konstantinović, Aanchal Alagh, Victor Fuentes, Laura López-Mir, Judit Oró, Narcis Mestres, Carlos García, Alberto Pomar and Benjamin Martínez. Nanoscale, 2019,11, 14194-14202. 

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019: a close look from an ICMAB point of view (by M. Rosa Palacín and Josep Fontcuberta)

2019-10-10 08:00:00

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 was awarded on October 9, 2019, jointly to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries. At the ICMAB we are very happy for this award, for several reasons: Josep Fontcuberta was a former postdoc fellow of Goodenough, in Oxford; and Goodenough was once a member of our Scientific Advisory Board! Moreover, M. Rosa Palacín, researcher in the batteries field, has met all three of them, and has continued their work, developing post lithium-ion batteries at the ICMAB! In this post, both researchers have written some words on this matter! Continue reading!

Cluster MAV Nanotechnology Day: Success Stories + NanoHUB Presentation

2019-10-09 08:00:00
On October 9, 2019, during the World Nanotechnology Day, the working group on "Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology" of the Advanced Materials Cluster (Clúster de Materials Avançats de Catalunya) presented the platform NanoHUB.cat. 

The Matheroes and Madame Châtelet at the Congreso de Comunicación Social de la Ciencia

2019-10-08 22:08:12

Three days to talk about communication, science and outreach, at the University of Burgos, from 9 to 11 October 2019, organized by the AECC (Asociación Española de Comunicación Científica) and the University of Burgos. Call for proposals and registration is open!

The ICMAB has a new General Manager: Welcome Joan Ricard Ibáñez!

2019-10-07 15:00:47

Joan Ricard Ibáñez is the new General Manager of the ICMAB since this October. We would like to welcome him and thank him for joining us in our project!

The Soft Lab hosts a CSIC course on "Characterization techniques for Particulate Materials"

2019-10-07 09:00:00

The Soft Lab, run by Amable Bernabé, has hosted from Monday, 7 October, to Wednesday, 9 October a course on "Characterization techniques for particulate materials". The course has counted with 12 participants from different CSIC centers (including ICMAB, IBM-CNM, ICM, IQAC...) and has introduced the participants to different techniques to characterize nanoparticles and other particulate matter, including the basic fundamentals, sample preparation, practical examples and results interpretation. 

Anna Laromaine and the Matheroes on TV ¡Qué animal! (La2 RTVE)

2019-10-05 16:00:00

On Saturday, 5 October 2019, we could see in the programme ¡Qué animal! from La2 RTVE, the researcher Anna Laromaine, from the Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites group, talking about the "supermaterial" bacterial cellulose. The programme was about animals with superpowers, so our Matheroes: the supermaterials of the future, were also featured in it! Thank you to all the ¡Qué animal! team!

The ICMAB at the Maker Faire Barcelona: Reinvent, Redesign, Repair, Reuse and Recycle, with the 3Doodler nanostructures

2019-10-05 12:00:00

This year, the Maker Faire Barcelona took place the weekend of 5-6 October in a new location: at the NAU BOSTIK, in the neighborhood of La Sagrera in Barcelona. The space was perfect for this kind of event, full of artists, inventors, creativity and sustainability. We felt really good there! From the ICMAB, Andrés Gómez and Anna May did two rounds of the workshop "Printing nanomaterials with 3Doodler" and gathered around 12-15 participants in each round. Thank you to the Maker Faire for counting on us!

Pol Sallés will start his PhD at the ICMAB with a "la Caixa" INPhINIT Doctoral Fellowship

2019-10-03 08:00:00

Pol Sallés has been awarded with a "la Caixa" INPhINIT (MSCA COFUND) grant to come to the ICMAB to start his PhD Thesis with researcher Mariona Coll in the field of perovskites for solar cells. Congratulations, Pol! 

Zsolt Kelemen, #MSCA IF Fellow of the Week!

2019-10-02 08:19:24

It's time to meet Zsolt Kelemen, our #MSCA IF Fellow of the Week! Zsolt is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory of Inorganic Materials and Catalysis group, and he is working in the framework of the Tuning COPs project. Congratulations, Zsolt!

The ICMAB website continues to be the most visible of the CSIC!

2019-10-01 07:00:00
According to the Ranking Web of Research Centers, the ICMAB continues to be, since last year, the most visible website of all the CSIC research centers and units. The ICMAB website maintains its 2nd position in the global ranking (2018: 2n place; 2017: 4th place, 2016: 13th place), from a total of 136. 

The Periodic Table of Wiley Books includes the book "Boron-based compounds" edited by Clara Viñas

2019-09-30 07:00:00

Wiley celebrates the International Year of the Periodic Table with an interactive Periodic Table of books devoted to each one of the elements! In the case of Boron, the featured book is "Boron-Based Compounds: Potential and Emerging Applications in Medicine" edited by Evamarie Hey-Hawkins and Clara Viñas Teixidor. 

Great success of "Madame Châtelet" for the European Researchers Night in Cosmocaixa

2019-09-27 14:00:00

During the European Researchers' Night celebrated on Friday, 27 September 2019 in Cosmocaixa Barcelona (Nit Jove de la Recerca), the representation of the dramatised lecture "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram Followers" was held (twice!) with a great amount of people in the audience! We could expland the knowledge of great women scientists to all those who came to see the Châtelet team in action!

The ICMAB, at the European Researchers’ Night: Welcome to the Nanoworld workshops and Speakers’ Corner Talks

2019-09-27 11:30:00

The European Researchers’ Night, since its firs edition in 2005, brings science, technology and researchers closer to the general public on the last Friday of September. The ICMAB participated in this year's edition with talks, workshops and a dramatised lecture at the event organized at CosmoCaixa Science Museum in Barcelona, and in the CSIC "Residència d'Investigadors". 

Judit Morlà and Andrés Gómez are "Researchers in your classroom" for the European Researchers' "Morning"

2019-09-26 15:30:00

In the morning of Thursday, 26 September 2019, Judith Morlà, TecnioSpring researcher at the Nanomol Group, and Andrés Gómez, Senior Technician at the Scanning Probe Microscopy Lab, became "A researcher in your classroom": they went to give some science talks to two high schools, in the framework of the European Researchers' Night

"Energy materials for a low carbon future": a philosophical discussion of the Royal Society with ICMAB researchers

2019-09-21 08:00:00

Mariano Campoy Quiles, Alex Ponrouch and M. Rosa Palacín participated in the meeting of the Royal Society about Energy Materials for a Low Carbon Future’ held in September 2018, in the fields of "Organic Thermoelectrics" and "Post -Li batteries". The opinions were published then in the Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society in July 2019. 

"Global Challenges" to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CSIC "Residència d'Investigadors"

2019-09-20 11:00:00

To celebrate the 20th anniversaty of the CSIC "Residència d'Investigadors" in Barcelona, the institution has prepared the document "Reptes globals: perspectives des de la Ciència" (Global challenges: perspectives from Science), in which different experts in several fields explain how they see some of the most important challenges that our society is facing. From the ICMAB, Xavier Obradors writes about "Advanced Functional Nanomaterials: the key for the fourth Industrial Revolution". The document is available in Spanish and Catalan. 

Dolores Bueno in “Naukas” with the “Show your rare!” talk

2019-09-19 14:10:00

Naukas Bilbao is one of the greatest event in Science Communication in Spain. This year the 9th edition of Naukas will take place in Bilbao, from 19 to 22 September 2019, at the Palacio Euskalduna, which can host an audience of more than 2,000 people! This year, the Nanomol Group researcher Dolores Bueno, will give a talk about the project in which she is participating, Smart4Fabry. The talk is entitled "Share your rare!" and will be on Friday, 20 September, at 11:10 am. Good luck, Dolores!

Campus Gutenberg 2019 “Del laboratori al prime time: Com aconseguir que la recerca accedeixi un plató de televisió”

2019-09-16 10:00:00
The culture and science communication conference Campus Gutenberg-CosmoCaixa will present this year a programme with more than 50 science communication and outreach activities. The event will take place on 16-17 September at CosmoCaixa. One of the workshops, organized by science communicators of different research centers (including ICMAB) will challenge the participants to bring some research results to the TV:  Del laboratori al prime time: com aconseguir que la recerca accedeixi un plató de televisió”. Are you ready?

12 Early Stage Researchers will start their PhD within the DOC-FAM MSCA COFUND project

2019-09-10 07:00:00
  • The second call of this program will allow 12 predoctoral researchers to start their PhD at the ICMAB-CSIC, the ICN2, the IMB-CNM-CSIC, the IREC and the ALBA Synchrotron
  • In total the DOC-FAM program will enable 22 early stage researchers to conduct their PhD in the field of "Advanced Functional Materials" in these outstanding research institutions
  • The DOC-FAM program, coordinated by the ICMAB, is the first MSCA COFUND coordinated by a CSIC center

The meeting of the SOMMa members at the Ministry highlights the impact of this excellence programme

2019-09-09 07:30:00

In the afternoon of Monday, 9 September 2019, a meeting was held between the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, the research centres and units distinguished with the certificate of excellence Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu, and representatives of 15 autonomous communities. The purpose of the meeting at the Ministry was to highlight the impact of the Severo Ochoa - María de Maeztu programme, and to expose its benefits for the consolidation of excellence research of the different autonomous communities.

The Plant Nanohealing technology gets tested on stone pine grafting

2019-09-06 08:00:00

The Plant Nanohealing Technology, jointly developed by CRAG and ICMAB-CSIC researchers, is currently being tested by the company Forestal Catalana.

Teresa Puig in "Hablando con Científicos" radio programme talking about her new ERC PoC on superconductors

2019-08-22 09:00:00

Teresa Puig was interviewed in the digital radio programme "Hablando con Científicos" by Ángel Rodríguez Lozano, to talk about superconducting materials and her recent ERC Proof of Concept Grant on the scale-up production of high-temperature superconducting tapes.

Press Release: Superconductors instead of copper for the future circular collider (FCC) at CERN

2019-07-31 09:00:00
  • The future circular collider (FCC), with a 100 km circumference ring, will extend the research currently being conducted at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in the search for new physics.
  • High-temperature superconductors, such as YBCO, are being studied to be used as coating for the FCC ring instead of copper. Researchers have found that these materials outperform copper by a factor of 40, which would greatly enhance the FCC efficiency and provide big energy savings.
  • The Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) group at the ICMAB-CSIC participates in this study as part of a consortium with the ALBA Synchrotron, the IFAE and the UPC.

Scientific internship at the ICMAB thanks to the SCQ-IEC Research Awards

2019-07-30 07:00:00
The "Societat Catalana de Química" (SCQ-IEC) organizes every year the contest on the best research chemistry projects for secondary school students (Premis als Treballs de Recerca de Batxillerat dins l'Àmbit de la Química). The award for the finalist students is a two-week scientific internship in a Catalan research center or university during July 2018. This year, at the ICMAB we had Nerea and Helena, who spent two weeks with us!

Three "Joves i Ciència" doing research in materials science at the ICMAB: superconductors, photovoltaics and MOFs

2019-07-29 07:00:00
This year the ICMAB hosted three (3) students from the program "Joves i Ciència" from Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera: Carla París, Teresa Echevarría and Benet Fité. They came to our Institute to do some research stays with some of our researchers, in the fields of superconducting materials, solar cells, and metal-organic-frameworks (MOFs). And they dit SUCH a great job!

Press Release: Researchers from the Nanomol Group initiate contacts with the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) to bring a new treatment against venous leg ulcers to clinical practice within the Nanonafres Project

2019-07-26 10:56:00

Researchers of the Nanomol group of the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), together with the company Nanomol Technologies S.L. have begun a consultation process with the Spanish Association of Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) to try and enter a new treatment in a clinical studies stage, to fight against venous ulcers in lower extremities. The study is carried out within the framework of the RIS3CAT NANONAFRES project.

First KardiaTool project meeting in CSIC Brussels: interview with the researchers

2019-07-26 07:00:00
The first review meeting of the KardiaTool project, a project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, was organised onMarch 2019. The project involves fourteen partners from nine European countries and one non-European country (United States). The consortium is formd by five universities, five research centres, including the CSIC, two SMEs and two industry partners. 

The ICMAB receives one ERC Proof of Concept Grant for enabling high-temperature superconducting technologies

2019-07-25 08:15:00
Teresa Puig, group leader of the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) group, is among the awardees for a project to scale-up a new manufacturing process of high-temperature superconductors. The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded top-funding totalling 9.3 M€ to 62 ERC grant holders via its Proof of Concept Grants. They are meant to explore the commercial or societal potential of their research. 

X-rays find key insights in metal-oxide thin film interfaces

2019-07-19 13:00:00
Researchers from the ICMAB-CSIC and ALBA Synchrotron have led a collaborative research, together with the iCN2, the Dept. of Electronics and Biomedical Engineering (UB) and CIC nanoGUNE (Donostia), where they have exploited X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the BOREAS beamline of ALBA for unveiling the optical and spin transport properties of transition metal oxides for photovoltaics and spintronics applications. 

"Nuevos materiales que revolucionan el mundo" in the press

2019-07-17 11:00:00
The newspaper "El Mundo" published on 17 July 2019 a report on the new materials "that will revolutionize the world". The ICMAB appears in the article, together with other research centers working in nanomaterials and materials science. 

The exhibition "Energía: origen y final del todo" is now online!

2019-07-17 07:00:00

Elies Molins participated in the creation of the exhibition "Energía: origen y final del todo", which was exhibited at Laboratorium Museum in Bergara (Basque Country) from January to May 2019. The curators and designers were Carlota Oliver, Javier Tejada (Universitat de Barcelona) and Elies Molins (ICMAB-CSIC). 

Poster Prize for the "Madame Châtelet" project at the Biennial RSEF 2019

2019-07-16 12:30:00
The poster "The theatre as a tool to spotlight the relevance of women in the history of science", which explains the project "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers" has received the Poster Prize at the Biennial of Physics (XXXVII Reunión Bienal de la Real Sociedad Española de Física). Carmen Ocal, one of the founders of the project, presented the poster at the "Women and Physics" symposium, on 16 July 2019. Many ICMAB researchers were present at the #BienalRSEF presenting posters and oral communications. This is a great meeting for physicists in Spain!

"Toda ciencia es abierta" by Alejandro Santos in the CSIC Library Network journal "Enredadera"

2019-07-16 10:47:29
The 33rd issue of the electronic journal of the CSIC Library Network "Enredadera", entitled Ciencia Abierta y la Red de Bibliotecas y Archivos del CSIC, is now available. The section En directo contains the article Toda ciencia es abierta, a collaboration by Alejandro Santos, librarian and documentalist of the Library Manuel Cardona at ICMAB-CSIC. 

Press Release: Lead halide perovskites are not ferroelectric: further research is needed to discover why they are so good for solar cells

2019-07-15 08:00:00
  • Perovskites promise to be the next star material for solar cells, but the reason of their high efficiency is still unknown.
  • Researchers at the Institute of Materials Science in Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (Germany) have demonstrated with a new microscopy technique that perovskites are not ferroelectric, as was thought.
  • The new technique, patented by CSIC in 2017, is the direct piezoelectric force microscopy (DPFM) which, for the first time, is used in lead halide perovskite solar cells.

"Thin-sections, the past serving the future": two articles from Jordi Rius featured in UABDivulga

2019-07-12 12:35:09

The studies "Synchrotron tts-µXRD identification of secondary phases in ancient ceramics" published in Heritage Science, and "Breaking Preconceptions: Thin Section Petrography For Ceramic Glaze Microstructures" published in Minerals are now featured in UABDivulga. These two articles, in which researchers from the UAB and the ICMAB have collaborated, refute the common perception of thin-sections as an old-fashioned laboratory preparation and show how this sample format conceived in the 19th century is still in force and can be adapted to the research and the new tools of the 21st century, such as the synchrotron facilities.

Energy Mining in the 21st century with Mariano Campoy-Quiles at CCCB

2019-07-12 08:47:58

Mariano Campoy-Quiles is an invited speaker at this ICN2 Severo Ochoa Workshop on energy storage and harvesting entitled "Energy Mining in the 21st century". The event will take place at the CCCB-Mirador on Friday, 12 July 2019. To attend the event, please contact the organizers.

South Korean Flexible Electronics workshop

2019-07-11 11:59:20

On Thursday, 11 July, we receive the visit of South Korean researchers working on Flexible Electronics. We have organized a small workshop open to all our staff and researchers of the surrounding centers, in which they will explain their research, and then some of our ICMABers researchers, will explain our research on this topic. You are all invited!

The challenges of the electric car, debated in a conference in Madrid with M. Rosa Palacín

2019-07-11 08:03:30

M. Rosa Palacín was on Thursday, 11 July 2019, in Madrid at the conference organized by EL PAÍS, CincoDías and Cadena SER about the future of electric cars "Los retos del coche eléctrico". The event counted with the presence of Teresa Ribera (Ecologic Transition Minister), Reyes Maroto (Industry, Commerce and Turism Minister), José Bogas (Endesa) and Luis Antonio Ruiz (Jaguar Land Rover), and other experts in engineering and materials science. 

Clara Viñas and Francesc Teixidor, co-authors of the "Handbook of Boron Science"

2019-07-05 12:00:00

Clara Viñas and Francesc Teixidor, from the Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Book, have written Chapter 5 of Volume 1 of the "Handbook of Boron Science". The chapter is entitled: "Halogenated Icosahedral Carboranes: A Platform for Remarkable Applications". The handbook counts with 4 volumes, the first one being "Boron in Organometallic Chemistry". The handbook is edited by Narayan S Hosmane (Northern Illinois University, USA) andRobert Eagling.

SENSORAÏM: the new PRODUCTE (AGAUR, FEDER) project on organic thermoelectric sensors to monitor vineyards

2019-07-03 10:25:00

"SENSORAÏM: Autonomous Distributed Sensor Networks for a Smart Viticulture" is the new project led by Mariano Campoy-Quiles from the NANOPTO group at the ICMAB funded by FEDER (Fons Europeu de Desenvolupament Regional), Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) and Secretaria d’Universitats i Recerca del Departament d'Empresa i Coneixement de la Generalitat de Catalunya, within the modality "PRODUCTE" grants (2018 PROD 00191), aimed at obtaining prototypes of the research results generated by research groups in Catalunya. These projects are excellent to reinforce the technology transfer of the Catalan research centers. 

A new MSCA-ITN project with the participation of the ICMAB “UHMob” is now looking for Early Stage Researchers

2019-07-03 08:00:00

The recent UHMob project (Ultra-high Charge Carrier Mobility Elucidate Transport Mechanisms in Molecular Semiconductors) is a new MSCA-ITN-ETN project, in which the group of Marta Mas-Torrent participates! Visit their website to discover 15 open positions for Early Stage Researchers (ESR) in the field of Organic Electronics! The doctoral project offered at the ICMAB is ESR12 "Solution-processing of organic semiconductors for achieving high mobility and reproducibility". The deadline for application is August 15, 2019.

Núria Crivillers, member of the jury at the "Certamen Jóvenes Investigadores" 2019

2019-06-28 08:30:00

Núria Crivillers was in Mollina (Málaga) from 17 to 20 June 2019 to participate as member of the jury on the "Certamen Jóvenes Investigadores" in which young researchers presented their research projects. Núria Crivillers was in charge of evaluating the projects in the field of physics, chemistry and mathematics. The CSIC sponsors and offers various stays at their researh institutes as part of the awards. 

An article about "Science Predators" at the CSIC blog "Ciencia para llevar" by Mariano Campoy-Quiles

2019-06-27 17:00:00

Iif you are in the science field, you probably receive every week plenty of spam emails asking you to write an article for this or that journal, or to go to this or that conference. Usually, these emails are easy to spot, and they are quickly thrown on the trash folder. However, is there a way to properly detect them? And to fight them? Read this article by Mariano Campoy-Quiles (and with an original illustration by Alejandro Santos) to know how.

The Nature Index 2019 is out

2019-06-26 15:00:00
  • The new Nature Index 2019 is out, and the data confirm the expected: ICMAB is the first CSIC center in research outputs per capita in the ranking, and the second in terms of research outputs.
  • CSIC is the first research institute in Spain, and is ranked the 54th research institution worldwide, and the 4th government institution, in terms of research outputs. 

Press Release: Tailored made materials solely by changing the arrangement of the atoms

2019-06-26 09:30:00
  • Material engineering at the nanoscale can be successfully employed in the design of a new type of materials: this is the case of superlattices formed by layers the same material with different crystal structure.
  • The study, published in Nano Letters, paves the way for efficient thermoelectric and nanoelectronic devices, which require high quality materials without defects within their structure and interfaces.

Six students spend three weeks at the ICMAB thanks to the UAB Argó Program

2019-06-25 08:15:00
The ICMAB hosts this year six students from the UAB Argó Program. They will be with us during the mornings, from June 25 until July 12th. This year, a lot more of our Scientific Equipment Platforms will participate in the programme!

The 9th Edition of the European Conference on Boron Chemistry (EuroBoron8) in Montpellier with the LMI group

2019-06-24 07:00:00

The 9th European Conference on Boron Chemistry (EuroBoron9) will take place in Barcelona in 2022, and will be organized by ICMAB researchers, Rosario Núñez and Jose Giner. This year, on 24-28 June 2019, the researchers from the Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Lab (LMI) participated in EuroBoron8 in Montpellier, presenting many posters and oral communications. 

Roundtable in Vil·la Urània: The energy of the future or the future of energy

2019-06-19 16:00:00

Xavier Obradors participated on June 19, 2019, on a roundtable about the "Energy of the future" in the framework of the European Week of Sustainable Energy in Vil·la Urània (Barcelona). Obradors gave an introductory talk on "Nanotechnology and Energy Transition" and then participated in the discussion with the other experts in the field from different research centers and organisations. 

The winners of the ESCOLAB contest "Tenim una idea" had visited the ICMAB to discover the materials of the future for nanomedicine

2019-06-18 10:00:00

On June 18, 2019, the winners of the ESCOLAB contest "Tenim una idea" were revealed. In the category "Idees to improve the health and nurition of the citizens" an idea to "develop an injectable chemical substance based on nanoparticles to regenerate bones in a quick and efficient way" was the winner. The idea came from Aina Vilar and Carlota Garcia, from the "Escola Pia de Granollers" who visited us last 10 May 2019, to learn about "The materials of the future for nanomedicine" with researcher Nora Ventosa. Congrats!

"Nanoroses", the winning picture of our #FOTICMAB2019 photo contest

2019-06-18 07:20:00

Our traditional photo contest, FOTICMAB, is already a consolidated activity and receives every year a high participation. This year, we had three categories: scientificartistic and humoristic. The artistic category was the one with the highest participation (27 photos), followed by our most favourite scientific category (12 photos) and a humoristic category, with (only) 5 photos. We also received one video in the ClowntICMAB video category! 

Judit Tomsen, PhD fellow at the Nanomol group, best oral presentation at European Student Colloid Conference (ESC) 2019

2019-06-18 07:15:00

Judit Tomsen, PhD fellow at the Nanomol group, was awarded with the best oral presentation at the European Students Colloid Conference (ESC-2019), that took place in Varna (Bulgaria) on 18-22 June 2019.

The #Matheroes in YouTube thanks to SizeMatters!

2019-06-17 15:00:00

Anna Morales, alias SizeMatters in YouTube, is a Researcher in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and a YouTuber. She owns the channel "SizeMatters", which is a nanoscience and nanotechnology channel in Spanish. In her last video, she explains the concepts of nanotechnology in some Marvel superheroes, and also in our Matheroes: ElectroWoman, Magnon, Bionanocapsule and Fotoenergy! 

The ICMAB organises its Energy Day event on 17 June 2019 as part of the EUSEW Energy Days!

2019-06-17 14:00:00

Energy Days are organised by local public and private organisations to celebrate the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2019, organised by the European Commission, between 17-21 June 2019. Energy Days are activities and events that promote clean energy transition. Any activity can be an Energy Day – from a workshop, to a competition, to a tour of a power station – provided it engages citizens and energy stakeholders in building the Energy Union. At the ICMAB, our Energy Day will be on June 17, 2019, with the ICMAB Periodical Lecture given by Jordi Llorca, on Hydrogen!

Ignasi Fina and Gervasi Herranz, co-authors of the book "Oxide Spintronics"

2019-06-17 09:30:00

The book "Oxide Spintronics" (Pan Stanford Publishing) has recently been published. Ignasi Fina and Gervasi Herranz, reserachers at the MULFOX group (Laboratory of Multifunctional Thin Films and Complex Structures) have co-authored the book, collaborating in some chapters about spintronic in multiferroics, and orbital symmetry and electronic properties of 2D electron systems.

The ICMAB celebrates its 33rd anniversary with a morning full of activities for all the staff

2019-06-14 08:26:38

Every spring, the ICMAB celebrates its Anniversary. This year, we celebrated it on Friday, 14 June 2019. A morning full of different activites was organised by our staff: a foot orienteering race organised by Ferran Macià, Poker, chess, and Party & Co. tournements, a swing class by Swing UAB, a sketching workshop by Alejandro Santos, a cakes and a world cooking contest, and the traditional tennis table tournement. See some of the photos in this post!

Press Release: A general quantum-mechanical method to address spatial dispersion effects: flexoelectricity and dynamical quadrupoles

2019-06-13 13:51:16

Published in Physical Review X a study which, by combining the “long-wave method,” a mainstay of condensed-matter theory since the 50s, with modern electronic-structure techniques, researchers obtain highly accurate predictions of physical responses of crystals to nonhomogenous external perturbations. A great work by Miquel Royo and Massimiliano Stengel! 

Session “How the ALBA Synchrotron aids quantum information” at CCCB with, Gervasi Herranz

2019-06-12 08:00:00

On Wednesday, 12 June 2019, the Quantum exhibition at CCCB received the visit of three scientists working in Quantum research at the ALBA Synchrotron: Gervasi Herranz, from the ICMAB, Salvador Ferrer, from ALBA, and Jordi Fraxedas, from the ICN2. The three researchers talked to an audience of about 40 people about their quantum experiments at the ALBA synchrotron. 

10th International Symposium on Nitrides (ISNT2019)

2019-06-09 13:11:33

We are glad to announce that the 10th International Symposium on Nitrides (ISNT2019) will be held in Barcelona, Spain on June 9-14, 2019. Early registration and Abstract Submission starts on September 15, 2018 (Deadline: 24 January 2019). 

The "Bojos per la Física" come to the ICMAB to discover piezoelectricity and molecular simulation!

2019-06-08 11:00:00

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, Ignasi Fina and Jordi Faraudo were in charge of showing piezoelectricity and molecular simulation to the students. 

4th Scientific Meeting of BNC-b PhD Students at ICMAB and ICN2 (JPhD2019)

2019-06-06 11:00:00

On 6-7 June 2019, the PhD meeting of the PhD fellows of the Barcelona Nanocluster in Bellaterra (JPhD2019) was held at the ICMAB-CSIC and at the ICN2 facilities. The meeting was organized by PhD fellows from the ICMAB-CSIC, ICN2, ALBA Synchrotron, UAB and IMB-CNM-CSIC, working in a nanoscience and nanotechnology related topic. 

“Som Elèctrics! Transició energètica i mobilitat elèctrica” with M. Rosa Palacín

2019-06-06 08:16:10
On June 6 and 7, "Som Elèctrics" will celebrate their fourth congress at the National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (mNACTEC) in Terrassa. The event will deal with the energy transition and electrical mobility from a current and future perspective. The contents will be structured in two blocks: "Transformation and awareness" and "New systems of energy generation and consumption". M. Rosa Palacín will give the seminar "Recursos materials i tecnologies de bateries, hi ha vida més enllà del liti" on 6 June at 11:30 am. Free registration. 

Celebrate the World Environment Day with the Periodic Table and Nora Ventosa

2019-06-05 09:00:00

On 5 June 2019 we celebrate the World Environment Day to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. The event called "Environment and Society" is organized at IDAEA-CSIC. Nora Ventosa, researcher at the ICMAB and vice-president of the SCQ, will open the event, which has the Periodic Table as main theme, and in which all the speakers are women scientists!

3rd Edition of Nanoinventum with Anna Roig

2019-06-04 07:00:00

On June 4 the final event of Nanoinventum will take place at the Faculties of Chemistry and Biology of the University of Barcelona. Primary school students and their teachers from 5 different schools, involving more than 200 students, will present the work in nanorobots that they have carried out this year. They will also interview Anna Roig (ICMAB) and Mercè Segarra (UB) to know more about the life of a scientist. 

All you ever wanted to know about the present and future of oxide electronics, compiled in a roadmap

2019-05-30 11:30:00

Mariona Coll and Josep Fontcuberta from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Fabio Miletto Granozio from the CNR-SPIN (Complesso Universitario di Monte Sant’Angelo, Napoli, Italy) and Nini Pryds from the Department of Energy Storage and Conversion, Technical University of Denmark, have edited the compendium "Towards Oxide Electronics: a Roadmap" published recently in Applied Surface Science. The article counts with 28 contributions from 56 authors of 42 academic institutions and industries from Europe, USA and Japan. The compendium has 93 pages and includes 913 references!

The FUB+GRAN nanotechnology students from Manresa visit the scientific platforms of the ICMAB

2019-05-29 07:30:00

This year the ICMAB has participated for the third time in the seventh edition of the University Programme FUB+GRAN "Saber per descobrir", organized by the Fundació Universitària del Bages (UVIC-UCC), and addressed to people of more than 55 years old, who have interest in learning more. On Wednesday, 29 May 2019, the students came to visit the ICMAB to see some of our scientific and technical services. 

NanoSpain 2019 in Barcelona, with the participation of many ICMABers!

2019-05-28 09:58:26

The 16th edition of the NanoSpain Conference, annual appointment for experts in nanoscience and nanotechnologies, takes place at the Parc Científic of Barcelona on May 28-31, 2019. Many ICMABers are attending the conference, including Anna Laromaine as Invited Speaker, and Jaume Veciana as Advisory Board. 

“El carboni: de l’origen de la vida a la nanociència” by Gerard Tobias within the cycle about the International Year of the Periodic Table

2019-05-27 14:00:00

On Monday, 27 May 2019, Gerard Tobias was in charge of giving the talk within the "Dilluns de Ciència" conference cycle in commemoration of the 150 years of the Periodic Table of the Elements, at the Residència d'Investigadors of the CSIC. Gerard's talk was entitled "El carboni: de l’origen de la vida a la nanociència", and is about carbon nanomaterials and their applications. Luckily the conference was filmed and now you can watch it online! 

The XXXVII Biennial Meeting of the RSEQ takes place in San Sebastian and many ICMABers are there!

2019-05-26 11:00:00

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of IUPAC in 2019, the XXXVII edition of the Biennial of theSpanish Royal Society of Chemistry will be held on May 26-30, 2019 in Donostia-San Sebastian. ICMABers from the Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Lab, from the FunNanoSurf group and from the NANOMOL group attend the meeting!

8th International Conference on Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (ICSE8)

2019-05-26 08:55:00

This Sunday, 26 May 2019, the 8th International Conference on Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (ICSE8) starts at the World Trade Center, and will last until 31 May 2019. Six days devoted to the instrumentation, science and applications of spectroscopic ellipsometry and related techniques, and with a high participation of ICMAB researchers. The Conference Chair is M. Isabel Alonso, from the ICMAB-CSIC.

The students from the Institut Marina (La Llagosta) at the Energy Day at the ICMAB #EUSEW19

2019-05-24 07:00:00

We received a call from one of the students of 1st BTX of the Institut Marina, from La Llagosta. They wanted to visit us, since they had seen us at the "Fira de la Recerca en Directe" at CosmoCaixa Barcelona. So we agreed they would come and visit us. On Friday 24 May 2019 they came to the ICMAB to discover the "Materials of the future for energy" and to celebrate a EU Energy Day with us. 

Calcium-based batteries featured in Nature Research Chemistry Community to celebrate the #IYPT2019

2019-05-23 09:00:00
The paper “Towards a calcium-based rechargeable battery” published in Nature Materials in 2016 has been featured in the interactive periodic table, associated with the element Calcium (Ca). This interactive has been put together in celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT), and showcases important and interesting papers chosen by the Nature Materials editors from 150 years of original research published in Nature and the Nature Research journals. Now, a retrospective style blog post featuring the paper written by M. Rosa Palacín has been published in the Nature Reserach Chemistry Community, in the #IYPT2019 channel. 

Wed, 22 May 2019: Pint of Science with Esther Barrena in Sant Cugat "Seeing the invisible"

2019-05-22 07:00:00

During three days, between 20-22 May, the Pint of Science Festival, which brings science to bars and pubs, will take place in many cities of Spain. Sant Cugat del Vallès will, for the first time, host this festival! The "Cal Temerari" bar will be full of science for three days!

The longest C-C bonds are found in the carboranes by Clara Viñas et al!

2019-05-22 07:00:00

Have you ever thought if the carbon-carbon (C-C) bond distance is always the same, or it can change? And if it changes, which is the maximum distance of this kind of bond? An article published in "Chemical & Engineering News!" addressed this topic. After this article was first published, Clara Viñas contacted C&EN to let them know that even longer carbon-carbon bonds exist than the ones they mentioned: In 2002, a team including Clara Viñas described a 2.022 Å long carbon-carbon bond in an inorganic cluster (Inorg. Chem. 2002, DOI: 10.1021/ic011285z). 

"Smart Inorganic Polymers", the new book co-authored by members of the ICMAB Inorganic Materials & Catalysis Lab

2019-05-21 09:00:00

Clara Viñas, Rosario Núñez and Francesc Teixidor, from the Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Laboratory at ICMAB, and Isabel Romero, from the Universitat de Girona, co-authored the Wiley-VCH book "Smart Inorganic Polymers: Synthesis, Properties, and Emerging Applications in Materials and Life Sciences", in particular, the chapter "Highlighting the Binding Behavior of Icosahedral Boron Clusters Incorporated into Polymers: Synthons, Polymers Preparation, and Relevant Properties".

Klaus Attenkofer, new Scientific Director of ALBA Synchrotron, visits the ICMAB

2019-05-14 15:00:00

On 14 May 2019 we received the visit of Klaus Attenkofer, new Scientific Director of ALBA Synchrotron at the Experiments Division since 4 March 2019. Klaus Attenkofer was received by our Director, Xavier Obradors, by our Vicedirector, M. Rosa Palacín, and by the Head of the Scientific Equipment Platforms, Carlos Frontera.

The Ramón Areces Foundation finances a research project on cellular regenerative therapy to fight sepsis

2019-05-10 17:00:00

The project "Synthetic nanoparticles as an innovative treatment in sepsis (SPRINT-4-SEPSIS)" will be funded by the Ramón Areces Foundation within the framework of the XIX National Contest of Life and Material Sciences Research Grants. Anna Roig will be part of the project. 

Take a look at our European projects! Let's celebrate #EuropeDay2019

2019-05-10 13:32:48

To celebrate this year's Europe Day, we wanted to give visibility to the European projects in which we work here at ICMAB, which represent some of the work performed at the Institute on advanced functional materials for energy, electronics and nanomedicine. Do you want to know more about them?

The Escola Pia de Granollers visits the ICMAB to discover the secrets of nanomedicine!

2019-05-10 11:27:59
On Friday, 10 May 2019, we received the visit of a class of 25 students from 4t ESO from the Escola Pia de Granollers, who came to learn about "The nanomaterials of the future for nanomedicine" and, particularly, those for drug delivery. Dr. Nora Ventosa, reseracher at the Nanomol Group, and Vicepresident of the Catalan Chemical Society (SCQ) gave a talk on nanotechnology, materials for nanomedicine and focused on liposomes and nanocapsules for drug delivety.

Organic and Molecular Electronics Meeting at ICMAB (ORGI2019)

2019-05-08 07:22:09

The event, held on 8-9 May, belongs to the series of workshops offering an overview of the different research areas covered by the ICMAB Severo Ochoa Strategic Plan. It was focused on molecular and organic electronics, and organised by a local organising committee formed by researchers of the research lines RL1 (Sustainable energy conversion and storage systems) and RL4 (Molecular electronics). 

Amanda Muñoz, winner of the #100QSD Twitter science microstories contest

2019-05-02 08:20:00

Amanda Muñoz, Master student and researcher in the N&N group at ICMAB is one of the winners of the #100QSD microstories contest organized by @CSICDivulga and @CatarataLibros on Twitter! Congratulations! We have asked her about her experience in this Twitter contest, and this is what she says: 

“Madame Châtelet” dramatized reading will open the Alumni UB conference cycle on women of science

2019-04-29 11:49:10

Register before it's too late! The dramatised reading "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers", which recently received a Grant from FGCSIC, will open the Conference Cycle organized by Alumni UB "Dones de ciència retrobades en la història". The dramatised reading will take place on Monday, 29 April at 6 pm at the "Sala Gabriel Oliver" (Facultat de Filologia, Edifici Històric UB). Entrace is free but registration is needed. 

The Matheroes at the V Encuentro Nacional de Nanodivulgadores in Madrid

2019-04-25 22:00:00

Within the framework of the IV Festival of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 10alamenos9, the Institutional Delegation of the CSIC in Madrid organizes a new edition of the National Meeting of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Outreach Projects (Encuentro Nacional de Nanodivulgadores), on Friday, 26 April 2019, at the IQFR (Madrid). 

The RSEQ publishes an article about Boron written by Clara Viñas to celebrate the IYPT 2019

2019-04-25 07:10:49

If you follow the Twitter of the RSEQ (@RSEQUIMICA) you will find on their timeline a bunch of articles devoted to the Peridic Table Elements. The RSEQ is preparing a special issue of the journal "Anales de Química", that will come out on May 5, 2019, to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT) 2019. The article about Boron is written by Clara Viñas, researcher at ICMAB, who has been working for a long time with this element!

Celebrating Sant Jordi 2019 at ICMAB with a book exchange and new bookmarks!

2019-04-23 10:21:22

At the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) we celebrate Sant Jordi 2019 with the second edition of the Book Exchange. This year, we also included two bookmarks to give as a souvenir to all our staff.

Check out the new video of the European CARBAT project on calcium batteries!

2019-04-17 08:15:40

CARBAT, the FET-Open European project on Calcium Rechargeable Battery Technology, coordinated by M. Rosa Palacín at ICMAB, has a new video that explains their project! If you want to know more, check it out here!

The new edition of the photo and video contest FOTICMAB 2019 is now open!

2019-04-15 11:30:00

A new edition of the photo and video contest of the ICMAB, FOTICMAB 2019, is now open, until 26 May 2019 (included). All the ICMAB staff can participate in this contest, which is already a tradition of our Institute!

Press Release: Perovskite solar cells: The interface makes the difference

2019-04-12 11:20:00

ICMAB researchers have collaborated in a study led by ICIQ researchers that look in detail at the interfaces in perovskite solar cells to understand the differences observed in their performance.

The ICMAB at the XIV Business Forum “Fira d’Empreses” at the UB

2019-04-10 14:00:00

On Wednesday 10 April 2019, the ICMAB will be at the XIV Business Forum "Fira d'Empreses" organized by the Faculty of Physics and the Faculty of Chemistry, with the participation of three more faculties, Mathematics and Computer Science, Earth Sciences and Biology. If you are a student or a researcher and would like to do an internship with us or work with us, come and visit us and we will inform you, from 10 am from 5 pm. 

The 10alamenos9 Festival arrives to its 4th edition with more than 200 students at the UAB Campus and CosmoCaixa

2019-04-08 14:00:00
On Thursday, 11 April 2019, more than 200 students aged 15-18 years old, could enter the nanoworld during the Festival on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 10alamenos9, organized by the UAB, ICMAB, ICN2 and IMB-CNM at the UAB Campus, with the collaboration of the ICE (Institut de Ciències de l'Educació UAB).

The NANOMOL group collaborates with the VHIR in the developement of a new nanomedicine for the treatment of a childhood cancer

2019-04-04 11:08:38

Within the MOTHER project (Molecule-based materials and supramolecular organizations for therapy, diagnosis and tissue engineering), the NANOMOL group from ICMAB collaborates with the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Research (VHIR), on the developement of a new nanomedicine for the treatment of high risk neuroblastoma, one of the most typical childhood cancers. Now, researchers from VHIR have identified new microRNAs that reduce the progression of this type of cancer.

The ICMAB participates in the Open Innovation Forum 2019

2019-04-03 12:00:00
The ICMAB is involved in the Open Innovation Forum 2019, where companies launch technological challenges and universities and research centres suggest solutions. Our Technology Transfer Officer, Alfonso del Rey, and some of our researchers are their to present their innovations, tackle the existing challenges and have meetings with multiple companies that might be interested in them. The first meeting takes place on 3 April in CaixaForum. 

Ferran Macià participates in "Somos Científicos" 2019 in the #ZonaCSIC

2019-04-01 12:40:16

Ferran Macià, researcher at ICMAB in the MULFOX 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 2019 edition of “Somos científicos, ¡Sácanos de aquí!” takes place from 1-12 April 2019. During this time, Ferran will chat in a multidisciplinary group of scientists – the CSIC zone – that includes researchers from other CSIC centres.

II Workshop on Spectroscopy Techniques: Generalities and Applications

2019-04-01 09:20:00

We invite you to the II Workshop on Spectroscopy Techniques: Generalities and Applications, which will be held at ICMAB, Barcelona, on April 1, 2019. If you are working in this field, or are interested in spectroscopy techniques, such as Raman, EPR or NMR, you cannot miss it! We encourage PhD and Master students to attend! Registration is free and deadline is March 15, 2019. 

ICMAB nanomaterials and minerals at the TV children's show "Catakrac" from Betevé

2019-03-31 07:00:00

One of our workshops for primary school students called "Become a Materials Detective" is the star of the TV children's show "Catacrak" from Barcelona Televisió (betevé), showcasted on Sunday 31 March 2019! Students from the school "Escola Mestre Morera" from Barcelona came to ICMAB to participate in the activity, in which they are introduced to the nanoworld and to the daily life of minerals. Do you want to see the video?

Ana M. López-Periago participates at the Interdisciplinary CSIC Platform "SusPlast" on sustainable plastics towards a circular economy

2019-03-30 09:00:00

The SusPlast platform was officially launched on March 2019. The "Interdisciplinary Platform for Sustainable Plastics towards a Circular Economy" platform counts with the participation of 15 research groups from CSIC centers. From the ICMAB, from the Supercritical Fluids and Functional Materials group (SFFM) participates in the platform.

The CSIC signs the Open Acess institutional mandate

2019-03-29 08:44:15

On 29 March 2019, the Presidency of the CSIC signed the institutional mandate of Open Access. It is a strong impulse for the open access of different types of CSIC research results, including peer-reviewed publications and associated research data, through the DIGITAL.CSIC repository.

The #Matheroes project presented in the Ponent Library in Sabadell to 50 students

2019-03-29 08:00:00

On Friday, 29 March 2019, the "Matheroes: Supermaterials, the materials of the future" were presented for a school class of students aged 11-12 (6è Primària) from Sabadell in the Ponent Library in Sabadell (Biblioteca de Ponent). Núria Crivillers, Juan-Luís García-Pomar and Anna May Masnou, presented some of the supermaterials and their properties and applications.

The ICMAB at the 10th International Postgraduate and Continuous Training Forum #ForodePostgrado2019

2019-03-28 16:00:00

The ICMAB research is present at the 10th International Postgraduate and Continuous Training Forum in Madrid in the CSIC stand (5E01). The forum opens its doors on 28-30 March from 10 am to 8 pm. If you are a student and/or a professional in the education field, here you will find endless options to expand your academic education: masters, doctorates, postgraduate studies, or language schools, in business schools, educational centers, universities, or research centers.

The ICMAB receives the visit of Engineering Undergraduate students from the EUSS

2019-03-27 13:30:00

On Wednesday, 27 March 2019, we received the visit of Engineering Undergraduate students from the Escola Universitària Salesiana de Sarrià (EUSS) (Salesian University School of Sarrià). The EUSS is a center afiliated to the UAB created in 1994 and located in Barcelona. Xavier Obradors gave a first overview to the ICMAB research and then the students could visit some of our labs.

"Trampa de luz" from Cristiano Matricardi awarded in the 16th edition of FOTCIENCIA

2019-03-26 11:00:00

Cristiano Matricardi, PhD fellow at the NANOPTO group (Nanostructured Materials for Optoelectronics and Energy Harvesting) is one of the recipients of the 16h edition of the science photography contest "FOTCIENCIA" awards. From a total of 697 photographies, 7 photos have been chosen by the jury as the winners, and "Trampa de luz" is one of them. Congratulations! 

The Superconducting Materials group at the "Saló de l'Ensenyament" 2019

2019-03-21 13:00:00

On Thursday 21 March, the Superconducting Materials group was at the "Espai Ciència" of the "Saló de l'Ensenyament" at the CSIC-Catalunya stand, which included different kinds of activities from different Catalan CSIC research centers. The Superconducting team showed the visitors the science behing the levitating train, liquid nitrogen and the properties of nanoparticles. 

"Science and Research in the Agenda 2030" in Spain presented in La Moncloa

2019-03-18 13:49:26

On Monday, 18 March, the meeting "Science and Research in the Agenda 2030" (Ciencia e Investigación en la Agenda 2030) took place in La Moncloa (Madrid), with the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, Pedro Duque, and the High Comissioner for the Agenda 2030, Cristina Gallach. The CSIC President, Rosa Menéndez, participated in the event, and Mariano Campoy-Quiles, from ICMAB-CSIC, attented the event, together with 150 representatives of the science, research and innovation field in Spain. 

José Vidal participates at the "V Scientific Day" at the INS Mercè Rodoreda

2019-03-15 14:29:20

On Friday, 15 March 2019, the secondary school INS Mercè Rodoreda (Hospitalet de Llobregat) celebrated their "V Scientific Day" (V Jornada Científica) with scientific activities for their students, from 1st ESO to 2nd BTX. José Vidal-Gancedo, Reseracher at ICMAB, was one of the invited speakers. He had the big challenge of talking about "Organic radicals for biomedical applications" to 3rd and 4th ESO students. 

Created the ICMAB Alumni Group in LinkedIn

2019-03-14 15:00:00

Many of the people (researchers, students, technicians, administrative staff) that have worked at ICMAB since its foundation in 1986, are now developing their career and continuing their training in leading academic institutions and industries all over the world. Are you one of them? Would you like to keep in touch with your former colleagues? Then continue reading...

Gender Equality in Research Centers at the ICMAB “¿Y a mí, qué me aporta la igualdad?”

2019-03-14 13:51:00

On Thursday, 14 March 2019, the ICMAB hosts the workshop on Gender Equality in Research Centers entitled "¿Y a mí, qué me aporta la igualdad?". The workshop is aimed for all the ICMAB staff (scientific, technical, administration, students...) and will take place from 8:45 am to 2 pm. Don't miss this opportunity to learn and interact with your colleagues about this topic that affects all of us!  

M. Rosa Palacín in "Motorpasión" talking about the electric vehicle and the future of batteries

2019-03-12 14:21:58

The online website "Motor Pasion" about the cars and motor word, opens their site today with a news post about the electric vehicle and the future batteries. M. Rosa Palacín, researcher at ICMAB, was consulted by the author of the article, Victoria Fuentes, and appers in the article giving her point of view and state of the art. Read it to know more about it! 

"Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers" performed for the students of "Els Pins del Vallès" in Sant Cugat

2019-03-12 08:00:00

On 12 March 2019, and in the framework of the Women's International Day, 8 March, the Châtelet team went to Sant Cugat to perform the dramatised reading that visibilizes the women scientists along history "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers". The students, of 11-12 years old, were really attentive and asked many questions after the lecture. Thank you for inviting us!

VI Strategic Immersion of the Advanced Materials Cluster

2019-03-07 08:00:00

On 7-8 March 2019, the VI Strategic Immersion of the Advanced Materials Cluster (Cluster MAV), in collaboration with ACCIÓ, took place in Sitges. Our Technology Transfer Officer, Alfonso del Rey, attented the event, which main aim was to know the main trends and world challenges in the advanced materials field. 

The Madame Châtelet Project presented at the Conference “Women, Science and Technology” in Terrassa

2019-03-06 13:26:37

Terrassa held on 6-7 March 2019 the first edition of the "Women, Science and Technology" (WSciTech19) Conference (Congrés de Dones, Ciència i Tecnologia) and the "Châtelet team" at ICMAB presented their dramatised lecture "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers" as a tool to visibilize the wise women in the history of science. Susagna Ricart and Anna May, in representation of the team, presented a Poster, and an Oral Communication, which resulted in a fantastic colloquium.

The Superconducting Materials group at the "Fira de Recerca en Directe" at CosmoCaixa

2019-03-06 09:00:00
The members of the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) Group, were last week during four days at CosmoCaixa for the "Fira Recerca en Directe", where research groups from different universities and research centers present their research to primary and secondary schools and families. The SUMAN group showed how to prepare superconducting thin films, and how levitating trains work.
Tomato plant leaves covered with bacterial cellulose (left), plant cellulose (top) and the silver nanoparticles-bacterial cellulose hybrid patch (bottom) at the site of infection with the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv tomato, causing agent of bacterial speck.

Antibacterial biopolymer patches to protect and heal plant wounds: joint publication between ICMAB and CRAG

2019-03-05 08:30:00
A recently published study presents a new method to prevent infection by plant pathogens using bacterial cellulose and silver nanoparticles hybrid patches. The study is the result of the collaborative work between two research groups belonging to ICMAB and CRAG, both Severo Ochoa Centers of Excellence at the UAB Campus

Alexandre Ponrouch receives the International Battery Association (IBA) Early Career Award 2019 in San Diego

2019-03-03 11:00:00

Last week, during the International Battery Association (IBA) 2019 meeting in San Diego, Alexandre Ponrouch, researcher at ICMAB, received the IBA 2019 Early Career Award. The International Battery Association (IBA) awards significant contributions to battery research and technology development that have impacted the advancement of energy storage systems, and for lifelong service to the IBA. The awards were recognized at the banquet of the IBA meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Congratulations to all the winners of IBA2019! 

The project "Madame Châtelet" awarded with a FGCSIC "Cuenta la Ciencia" grant

2019-02-28 15:00:00

The dramatised reading "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers", prepared by a group of women of ICMAB-CSIC, was awarded with a FGCSIC "Cuenta la Ciencia" grant in its second call, this year 2019. The project is entitled "El salón de las mujeres sabias" and aims to stimulate and promote the interst in scientific careers by providing examples of women scientists from different periods of our history.

M. Rosa Palacín interviewed in the RECERCAT newsletter (Feb 2019)

2019-02-28 13:00:00

In last RECERCAT newsletter, our vice-director and researcher, M. Rosa Palacín, was interviewed. She talked about her research in batteries, about the arrival of the electric vehicle, about gender equality in reserach and about materials science in general. Read the interview here!

The European Union Innovation Radar selects one technology developed in the framework of a EU project led by ICMAB

2019-02-26 14:00:00

A technology developed by a team led by Dr. Núria Crivillers, researcher at the Nanomol Group at ICMAB, has been selected as a high potential innovation by the European Union (EU).

Urea substitutes noble metal catalysts for the photodegradation of organic pollutants

2019-02-22 09:00:00

A new laser-based technique developed by the Institute of Materials Science (ICMAB-CSIC) uses urea, a common substance in the chemical industry and a low-cost alternative to noble metal co-catalysts, to enable a more efficient, one-step production of hybrid graphene-based organic-inorganic composite layers for environmental remediation; photodegradation of antibiotic contaminants from wastewater. The composition and chemical bonds of the urea-enriched thin layers were studied in detail using synchrotron light at the ALBA Synchrotron.

The Gender Equality Committe at the LIBRA workshop on “How to design, implement and follow-up a Gender Equality Plan”

2019-02-14 11:00:00

Carlos Frontera, researcher at ICMAB and member of the Gender Equality Committee of the ICMAB, attended on February 14-15, 2019, the European project LIBRA workshop to share experiences on “How to design, implement and follow-up a Gender Equality Plan”.

Arántzazu González in "L'informatiu" TVE1 for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

2019-02-11 14:58:00

Arántzazu González, researcher from the ICMAB-CSIC, went on 11 February to a Primary School (Can Maiol) to talk to the students and visibilize women scientists, within the initative "Nuestras científicas: Jornada de investigadoras actuales y futuras" of the CSIC-Catalunya. The initiative appeared on the TVE1 news programme "L'informatiu" at 2 pm on 11 February 2019. Look at it here, from minute 16:04! 

Celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science at ICMAB

2019-02-11 13:17:08

On Monday, 11 February 2019, we will celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science at ICMAB! We have a full morning prepared with a seminar to discover who was and what did Lise Meitner do, followed by a presentation of some of the participants of the STEM-AMB-TU initiative from AMIT-CAT to encourage scientific vocations to young girls. Do you want to share this day with us?

The ICMAB at the Biennal Ciència i Ciutat in Barcelona

2019-02-07 09:00:00

From 7 to 11 February, Barcelona will be the City of Science. The Biennal Ciència i Ciutat will fill the city with activities related with science: talks, debates, roundables, exhibitions, etc. The ICMAB will also participate by collaborating in two roundtables about Chemistry and Health, and Chemistry and Bateries (8 Feb, Cosmocaixa). You cannot miss it! Take a look at the extense programme, there is something for you, for sure!

Anna Laromaine is "a researcher in your classroom" in Santa Maria de Palautordera

2019-02-06 12:00:00

The students of physics and chemistry of 4th ESO of the highschool "La Tordera" in Santa Maria de Palautordera received the visit on 6 February 2019 of Anna Laromaine, researcher at ICMAB. Anna visited the highschool in the framework of the #11F2019, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, in which many researchers gave talks in primary and secondary schools during that week. 

Inauguration of the International Year of the Periodic Table

2019-02-05 09:00:00

2019 will be the 150th anniversary since Dmitry Mendeleev discovered the Periodic System and has been proclaimed the "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements" (IYPT2019) (AITP in Catalan).

M. Rosa Palacin in the closing session of the 7th edition of the JIPI meeting at the UB Paranimf

2019-02-04 11:55:00

On Monday, 4 February 2019, the Paranimf of the Universitat de Barcelona hosted the 7th edition of the Interdisciplinary Meeting of Predoctoral Researchers (JIPI, Jornada d'Investigadors Predoctorals Interdisciplinària), organized by PhD fellows and supported by many entities and organizations, including the ICMAB-CSIC. M. Rosa Palacin was invited in the closing session of the event, in which some of our ICMAB PhD researchrers participated. 

Xavier Obradors "Els nanomaterials per a la transició energètica at CMES

2019-02-04 11:55:00

Xavier Obradors, ICMAB Director, gave a talk to the CMES group (Col·lectiu per a un Nou Model Energètic i Social Sostenible) on February 4, 2019. You can watch here the entire conference, which is on Youtube:

The students of Centre d'Estudis Roca discover the materials of the future for solar energy

2019-02-01 09:00:00

On Friday, 1 February 2019, students from the Centre d'Estudis Roca school, in Barcelona, came to the ICMAB to discover the materials of the future in solar energy! The visit consisted in a first talk from Mariano Campoy-Quiles, researcher at the ICMAB, followed by a visit to four different labs: SEM, XRD, AFM and NANOPTO labs. The visit is in the framework of the ESCOLAB programme of the Ajuntament de Barcelona. 

Kick-off of the E-MAGIC European Project on Magnesium batteries

2019-01-31 11:00:00

The E-MAGIC (European Magnesium Interactive Battery Community) research project is a European H2020 FET-PROACTIVE recently funded with 6.5 million euros. Its aim is to develop new magnesium-based batteries, more powerful, cheaper and safer than lithium-ion ones. The project could pave the way for the establishment of a competitive battery cell production landscape in Europe.

A paper that converts waste heat into electricity produced at ICMAB

2019-01-30 09:38:16
  • The device is composed of cellulose produced in the laboratory by bacteria, with small amounts of carbon nanotubes, resulting very sustainable
  • The device could be used to generate electricity in wearables, in medical and sports applications, and as intelligent thermal insulator

Miquel Torras receives the Extraordinary Award for his Master at the University of Barcelona (UB)

2019-01-29 21:17:25

Miquel Torras, PhD fellow at the Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites (NN) group, received on 29 January 2019 the Extraordinary Award for his Master in Applied Materials Chemistry at the University of Barcelona (UB) (2016-2017).

Welcome Day of the COFUND MSCA DOC-FAM PhD Fellows

2019-01-29 10:00:00

On Tuesday, 29 January 2019, the Welcome Day of the Doctoral Training Programme in Functional Advanced Materials (DOC-FAM) First Call Fellows took place at the ICMAB. The DOC-FAM is a H2020-MSCA-COFUND project coordinated by ICMAB-CSIC in collaboration with four partner research institutions from the area: IMB-CNM, IREC, ALBA Synchrotron and ICN2. In this first call, 10 PhD Fellows from all around the world have started their research training programme within these institutions. Meet them here! 

Anna Laromaine in People First: “Tener mentores y referentes es importantísimo para elegir una profesión”

2019-01-23 14:51:59

Anna Laromaine, researcher at the N&N group at ICMAB, was interviewed by People First, a platform where people from different institutions and enterprises are highlighted. Anna, included in the Top 100 Women more influent in Spain, and awarded in 2016 with the L'Oréal-Unesco For Women in Science Research Award, describes her work as a researcher in nanomedicine, talks about the future of nanotechnology and women in science, about her role models in life, and about being a researcher, a university teacher and an entrepreneur at the same time. 

Núria Aliaga and Gerard Tobias participate in the talks cycle "Dilluns de ciència: Els cristalls i la Vida"

2019-01-21 15:00:00

The next conference cycle "Dilluns de Ciència" is about crystals and life. Two of the five conferences of the cycle will be given by two ICMAB researchers, Dra. Núria Aliaga (ICREA Reserach Professor) and Dr. Gerard Tobias (Tenured Scientist at ICMAB). All the talks will be at the "Residència d'Investigadors" at 6:30 pm, and will take place always on a Monday. The first talk is on January, 21, and the last one will be on April, 29, 2019. 

The ICMAB in the Top 10 of the ERC research grants in Catalunya

2019-01-20 23:00:00
Counting all the ERC projects, since its very beginning, in 2007, Catalunya represents the 3.2 % of all the ERC grants awarded within the European Resarch Area (ERA), and gathers 52 % of the ERC grants in Spain. The ICMAB is within the Top 10 institutions in Catalunya, with a total of 10 ERC projects in total. 

Visit of the CMES (Group for a Sustainable Energy Model) at ICMAB

2019-01-15 07:30:00

The CMES is the "Col·lectiu per a un Nou Model Energètic i Social Sostenible". Funded in 2012, the group is formed by professionals, mainly from the engineering field, worried about the current energy model based on fossil fuels and uranium, which "will lead us to an environmental, economic and social crisis without precedents". The CMES group came to visit the ICMAB and listen to some of our researchers working on renewable energies, superconducting materials and batteries. Now, Xavier Obradors, ICMAB Director, will give a talk on "Nanotechnology and energy transition" on February 4, 2019. 

Metallacarboranes on the Road to Anticancer Therapies: Cellular Uptake, DNA Interaction, and Biological Evaluation of Cobaltabisdicarbollide [COSAN]−

2019-01-02 09:11:37
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