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Director's Message

x obradorsWelcome to our web site. Through this portal we want to communicate with you.We hope that you will find here all you would like to know about the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) and also that you use it to contact us for any queries or suggestions. 

The ICMAB is a research institute of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest research organization of
Spain focusing on basic and applied research. The ICMAB, which is already more than two decades old, keeps its initial enthusiasm which makes it a very attractive place to work for young researchers. At present the ICMAB includes about 220 people with 57 scientists as permanent staff. The initial and ongoing mission of the ICMAB is “to generate new knowledge in Materials Science and transfer it to the society, particularly to industry within the European Research Area“.

Materials Science has evolved dramatically in the last 20 years and the cutting edge activities in this area are now deeply rooted in the Nanoscience revolution.The initial and ongoing mission of the ICMAB is “to generate new knowledge in Materials Science and transfer it to the society, particularly to industry within the European Research Area“. Materials Science has evolved dramatically in the last 20 years and the cutting edge activities in this area are now deeply rooted in the Nanoscience revolution. Our commitment is to become strongly involved in new developments in this area.

To foster the mission of the ICMAB we are integrated in the Barcelona Nanocluster at Bellaterra (BNC-b), a virtual network of research centers integrated in the Research Park of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (PRUAB).

The Strategic Plan of the ICMAB for 2014-17 defines four research lines, three of them focusing on the materials finality and the fourth one having a methodological character.
Overall, eight different research sub-lines span a broad scope for our R&D activities which are strongly backed by the state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation and specialized technical staff available in our scientific services. It is our conviction that our capabilities and our willingness to deploy R&D activities in the forefront of international knowledge in such selected areas will contribute to advance in the many research challenges that Humankind is facing in the 21st century and also to the need of creating a knowledge-based economy in our country. The research topics are the following: This internal organization of the R&D activities of the Institute provides a very flexible structure, keeping a scientific consistency, while at the same time it promotes cooperation among scientists of different Departments and hence, makes an efficient use of their complementary “know-how”. You will find detailed information about the activities deployed in the scope of these research areas within this web site.

We are specially very proud of the large effort undertaken within the ICMAB to train young scientists. Our enthusiasm and the attractive environment found at ICMAB makes it a very appealing place for talented students. So don’t hesitate to join us!


Prof. Xavier Obradors
Director
director@icmab.es

 

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