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

Researchers from ICMAB-CSIC have obtained a flexible tape of an antiferromagnetic material (FeRh, iron-rhodium system) able to store information in a more robust and secure way than the ubiquitous ferromagnetic materials. This innovation may have application where flexibility and data storage robustness are required, such as credit or identification cards.

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The ACS Omega Virtual Issue "Women at the Forefront of Chemistry" features two articles led by ICMAB women

Th article published in the Open Access journal ACS Omega "On the Study of Ca and Mg Deintercalation from Ternary Tantalum Nitrides" by M. Rosa Palacín, Amparo Fuertes et al. and the article "Role of Polymorphism and Thin-Film Morphology in Organic Semiconductors Processed by Solution Shearing" by Marta Mas-Torrent et al. have been selected for the the journal's first-ever Virtual Issue "Women at the Forefront of Chemistry". This special collection of articles, handpicked and guest-edited by the Associate Editor, Professor Luisa Torsi, celebrates the contributions of 50+ leading women scientists at various stages of their career, selected from around the world, who have published high-quality articles in our journal as corresponding authors.

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Congratulations, Dr. Dolores Bueno, new ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Researcher Dolores Bueno, from the NANOMOL Group at ICMAB, defended her PhD thesis on Friday, 20 March 2020. Her PhD Thesis was entitled "Peptide functionalized nanoliposomes for biomolecule intracellular delivery, prepared using compressed CO2" and was supervised by Nora Ventosa and Elisabet González. If you want to know more about Dolores' experience during her PhD and her future plans, continue reading this post! 

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10 tips to make your work from home more productive

What was your one constant excuse for almost everything that you have always wanted to do? To begin with, let me be honest about mine, it was this: “But, I don't have time for that!” or “Yes I would love to. But where is the time?” Well, now we have answer to all those “but's”. The time is here. So, are you ready? During this testing time in history, I would like to shift the focus a little bit and see it from a different perspective…

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

In 2019 the ICMAB applied for 4 priority patent applications, all of them European, and for an extension in Europe of a French priority patent. This means that from the 34 European patent applications from the CSIC, 5 are from the ICMAB (nearly 15 %). The CSIC leads the European patents applied in Spain, and there is a new record of European patent applications from Spanish origin according to the 2019 Patent Index of the European Patent Office (EPO). 

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

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

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The contribution of Clara Viñas and Francesc Teixidor at HALCHEM highlighted in C&EN News in Japan

Clara Viñas and Francesc Teixidor were Invited Speakers at HALCHEM IX, the 9th International Meeting on Halogen Chemistry (HALCHEM IX), which was held at the University of Perugia, Italy, between 23 and 26 of September 2019. The Japanese industry has a high interest in halogens (especially in iodine), and they have always participated in the HALCHEM conferences. This is possibly the reason why the Japanese version of the C&E News has highlighted this scientific event in their pages. 

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Welcome Chris James at ICMAB!

Hola! I'm Chris and I'm currently involved in a TFM project in the NANOMOL group investigating the functionalization of SAMs with different nanoparticles. I completed my Bachelor's in Biomedical Science back home in Wales and am currently enrolled in the Masters of Molecular Biotechnology at UB. I enjoy snowboarding, surfing and cycling; all possible here (or nearby) in Barcelona!

 

Welcome Arnau Güell Bara at ICMAB!

Hello! My name is Arnau Güell and I am graduated in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in UAB. I am currently doing a MSc in Biomedical Engineering and now I have also started a practicum at NanomolTechSL researching in Quatsomes. I am a big fan of bouldering and I also enjoy playing basketball and playing the guitar.

 

"Proteins cages as carriers for metal based theranostic agents" by Simonetta Geninatti (Mon, 2 March 2020)

CANCELLED!

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

Proteins cages as carriers for metal based theranostic agents

by Simonetta Geninatti Crich, Molecular Biotechnology and Health Sciences department, University of Torino (Italy)

Monday, 2 March 2020 @ 12 pm
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles

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Three innovative LLAVOR projects awarded to the ICMAB!

A project to improve the security of the identification systems using magnetic memories, a project to enhance the duration of Zn-air batteries, and a project to treat corneal wounds with nanocellulose patches. These three projects are the ones awarded with a LLAVOR grant for innovative projects with potential for being incorporated into the production sector, granted by the AGAUR (Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca, Generalitat de Catalunya), FEDER (Fons Europeu de Desenvolupament Regional) and Secretaria d’Universitats i Recerca del Departament d'Empresa i Coneixement de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

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The ICMAB donates 33.200 gloves for medical uses

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

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New FASTGRID video to explain the objectives of the project

The FASTGRID project, in which the SUMAN group at ICMAB participates, has released a new video, shot in the premises of one of the partners (SuperGrid Institute, France) to explain in simple terms and with animations the objectives of the project. The video includes footage from the production line of the German industrial partner THEVA and from the winding process made by the French company Sigmaphi in collaboration with the SuperGrid Institute.

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

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The ICMAB becomes an "Institute of restricted access" for the following two weeks

Due to the expansion and the pandemic situation of COVID-19, and respecting the authorities and for our own responsibility, the ICMAB is declared from Monday, 16 March 2020, and until Sunday, 29 March 2020 (minimu), a CSIC Institute of Restricted Access. The basic services will continue to be provided, but the presence of staff in the center is minimized in order to restrict the movement of people to its maximum. 

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Congratulations Dr. Cristiano Matricardi, new ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Cristiano Matricardi from the NANOPTO Group defended his PhD thesis entitled "Hybrid plasmonic-photonic nanostructures for enhanced spectroscopy" and supervised by Agustín Mihi, on Friday, 21 February 2020 at the ICMAB. Congratulations for the good job! If you know more about him, his research and his future steps, continue reading!

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Welcome Dalinda Quingatuña at ICMAB!

Hi ! my name is Dalinda Quingatuña, I'm from Ecuador!! I am a PhD student from University of Granada. I work in Dynamic Molecular with model MARTINI and now I'm going to work under the supervision of Dr. Jordi Faraudo. I'm delighted to be at ICMAB.

(The photography is taken in Mitad del Mundo, Quito - Ecuador)

 

Welcome Víctor Vallejo at ICMAB!

Hi. My name is Víctor and I have studied nanoscience and nanotechnology in the Autonomus University of Barcelona. I am currently investigating in ICMAB about the properties of the bacterial cellulose to use it in batteries, exactly in their electrodes. I am a person who takes care about the environment and enjoys to do activities in the nature. So, investigate a new way to store energy using a cheaper and biofriendly method is one of the things which motivates me to do that research.

 

5 MARCH 2020: "SCIENTIFILIA" Documentary for the International Women's Day

In the framework of the International Women's Day, this year we organize the projection of the documentary "SCIENTIFILIA" followed by a roundtable to talk about the scientific caree, the obstacles that one faces, the competitivity and the conciliation of work and personal life. The event will take place at the CRAG Auditorium, on Thursday, 5 March, at 12 pm. The documentary (25 minutes) will be followed by a roundtable with CRAG and ICMAB researchers, and moderated by PIlar Rodríguez, Director of the SCIENTIFILIA documentary.

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"SPICE Simulation of large memristive cross-point arrays for pattern recognition applications. Device modelling and circuit challenges" by Fernando L. Aguirre (Fri, 28 Feb 2020)

The Seminars and Training Committee kindly invites you to the following ICMAB Invited Seminar:

SPICE Simulation of large memristive cross-point arrays for pattern recognition applications. Device modelling and circuit challenges

by Fernando L. Aguirre, PhD fellow, UAB and UTN-FRBA / CONICET (Argentina)
(Supervisor: Jordi Suñe)

Friday, 28 February 2020 @ 10:30 am
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes MATGAS

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"The use of synchrotron radiation in battery research" by Ashley Black now on video!

The talk "The use of synchrotron radiation in battery research" by Ashley Black, within the Webinar "Photonics for Batteries Manufacturing" organized by SECPHO is now online! Ashley Black is now currently working as postdoctoral fellow at ICMAB, where he is involved in two FET (Future Emerging Technologies) European Projects, on Calcium-based batteries (CARBAT) and Magnesium-based batteries (E-MAGIC), with M. Rosa Palacín. 

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Sants3Radio covers the #11F2020 in "Escola Can Maiol" with Arántzazu González

The CSIC Catalunya organized a morning in which women scientists from different CSIC centers visited the school "Escola Can Maiol" in Sants, Barcelona, to talk and experiment with science. From the ICMAB, Arántzazu González, chemist, visited the group of 3r Primària (8-9 years old) and did some experiments to discover the acid/basic properties of some natural substances that we have at home by the change of color. Sants3Radio was there to talk with them!

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Welcome Alex Pérez at ICMAB!

Hello there! I'm Alex, I'm in my last course as a chemistry student in UAB and I'll be doing my TFG in ICMAB about deposition studies of molecular based materials on electrodes. I'm really excited about it! I enjoy travelling a lot like in this photo, when I visited my relatives back in the US

 

Welcome Carles Guillén Almiñana at ICMAB!

Hello, I'm Carles and I'm a last-year physics student at UAB, I'm writing the Bachelor's final project at ICMAB about magnetic convection currents at the Materials Simulation and Theory department. I'm quite excited to start this new adventure and feel like a real scientist!

 

Welcome Hanna Reijneveld at ICMAB!

Hi, I am Hanna Reijneveld from Enschede, in the east of the Netherlands. I am a double master student in nanotechnology and chemical engineering track molecules and materials engineering. I will work in the NANOMOL group with Xavi under supervision of dr. Imma Ratera on anchoring of biomolecules to surfaces. I love travelling, good food and field hockey and I look forward to my time here!

 

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