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

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 BOREASbeamline of ALBA for unveiling the optical and spin transport properties of transition metal oxides for photovoltaics and spintronics applications. 

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

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!

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

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). 

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

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.

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

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.

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Watch here the video about the future of electric cars anb batteries with M. Rosa Palacín

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. 

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Rome, 2-4 Dec 2019: PBSi 2019: International Conference on Phosphorus, Boron and Silicon

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.

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Welcome Carla París at ICMAB!

Hi! My name is Carla. I’m 16 years old, and I’m from Igualada, a little city near Barcelona. I’m spending a month at Icmab to learn many things and to work with photovoltaic devices. I love reading and learning languages and also all the mainstream activities such as going out, watching Netflix, listen to music and travelling. See you around!

 

Welcome Giulia Pancotti at ICMAB!

Hi! I'm Giulia, a master student from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. I'm a Chemist and I have worked with DNA nanotechnologies during my bachelor thesis. I will spend 3 months in Nanomol group in the frame of NanoOligoMed project, to develop novel chemical sensors by combining the advantageous features of DNA nanotecnology with that of Nanomol tecnology.

 

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

"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. 

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Welcome Teresa Echevarria at ICMAB!

My name is Teresa, I am 17 years old and I live in the city of Barcelona. I love reading and I do competitive Ice Skating. I am spending a month at ICMAB to learn many new things.

 

"Therapeutic applications of stimulus triggered delivery systems" by M Carmen Morán (Mon, 15 July 2019)

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

Therapeutic applications of stimulus triggered delivery systems

by Maria del Carmen Morán, Department of Biochemistry and Physiology (Physiology section), Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Science-Universitat de Barcelona

Monday, 15 July 2019 @ 12 pm
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles

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"Quantum molecular spintronics based on single-molecule magnets: Kondo Effect, single-molecule memory, and MOF-spintronics" (Fri, 5 July 2019)

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

Quantum molecular spintronics based on single-molecule magnets: Kondo Effect, single-molecule memory, and MOF-spintronics

by Professor Masahiro Yamashita, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Friday, 5 July 2019 @ 11 am
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles

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

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. 

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Welcome Augustin Castets at ICMAB!

Hi!
I'm a french student doing a research internship here for my degree in an engineering school. I already came here two years ago for a licence degree. I really enjoy the institut.

Nature Index 2019: ICMAB, CSIC and Spain

  • 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. 

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Tailored made materials solely by changing the arrangement of the atoms

  • 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.

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Gervasi Herranz and the Quantum research performed at ALBA Synchrotron at the CCCB Quantum exhibition

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. 

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The CSIC Annual Report 2018 is out!

The CSIC Annual Report 2018 is now online. You can find information about the 120 research centers and units, 1,597 research groups, and 10,642 total staff. The ICMAB article "Hydroxypropyl cellulose photonic architectures by soft nanoimprinting lithography" (Nature Photonics 12, 343 (2018)) appears as one of the highlights in the Materials Science and Technology area

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Assembly-Induced Bright-Light Emission from Solution-Processed Platinum(II) Inorganic Polymers

Aleksandr Perevedentsev*, Fabio L. Bargardi*, Antoni Sánchez-Ferrer, Nathan J. Cheetham, Ahmad Sousaraei, Stephan Busato, Johannes Gierschner, Begoña Milián-MedinaBegoña Milián-Medina, Raffaele Mezzenga, Reinhold Wannemacher, Juan Cabanillas-Gonzalez, Mariano Campoy-Quiles and Walter R. Caseri.  ACS Omega20194610192-10204. Publication Date:June 12, 2019

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

  • 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.

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ALBA, 10 July 2019: Single Photon Detection Workshop at ALBA Synchrotron

On Wednesday, 10 July 2019, ALBA Synchrotron hosts a workshop on "Single photon detection" constituting a Satellite Workshop to the Expert Group meeting of the SENSE initiative. Lourdes Fábrega will give the talk "Transition Edge Sensors: versatile and sensitive radiation detectors" about the sensors they are preparing to go to space.

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The 9th Edition of the European Conference on Boron Chemistry (EuroBoron9) will be in Barcelona!

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. 

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

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.

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The challenges of the electric car, debated in a conference in Madrid

The Prisa Group is organising on Thursday 11 July in Madrid the conference "The challenges of the electric car", a meeting that will be opened by the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, and will include, among other interventions, two round tables in which experts from the sector will debate on how to generate electricity in a sustainable form, and on the transition of the automotive industry towards sustainable mobility. M. Rosa Palacín will be in the first roundtable "¿Cómo generar electricidad ecológica?".

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Educational Resources for the classroom to work with the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements #aitp2019

Maybe you are a teacher of a primary or secondary highschool, and you would like to talk about the Periodic Table of the Elements in school, but you wonder how could you be more creative. The website taulaperiodica.cat offers a collection of educational resources (activities, workshops, guides, videos...) that could help you! The CSIC centers ICMAB, IQAC and IDAEA are sponsoring entities of these activities. 

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

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.

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

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!

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Personal obituary for Massimo Marezio, from Xavier Obradors

Unfortunately, our good friend, collaborator and benefactor or many ICMAB researchers, Dr. Massimo Marezio, passed away last May 13, 2019, in his hometown, Rome. Prof. Xavier Obradors, who met him while he was doing his PhD thesis in Grenoble, has written him some words as an obituary in the form of a last personal letter. Read it here. Massimo se n’è ándato, a sempre caro amico!

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"Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (ITC): a technique for studying binding affinity and thermodynamics of biomolecular interactions" (Mon, 8 July 2019)

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

Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (ITC): a technique for studying binding affinity and thermodynamics of biomolecular interactions

by Jaume Veciana, Roberta Ceravola, Anna Laromaine and David Piña from ICMAB-CSIC

Monday, 8 July 2019 @ 12 pm
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes MATGAS

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

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.

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Welcome Mauricio Morel at ICMAB!

Hello, I am Mauricio Morel, from Universidad de Chile. Now I have joined the group of Multifunctional Oxides and Complex Structures to do a postdoctoral stay for one month. I am a materialist chemist and I work in different areas such as organic synthesis, and liquid crystals, polymer, and nanostructured nanomaterials.
See you around!

 

CCCB, 12 July 2019: Energy Mining in the 21st century

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.

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