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New scientific books in our Library "Manuel Cardona"!

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!

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"Using statistical mechanics to build a Bayesian machine scientist" by Roger Guimera (Mon, 25 Nov 2019)

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

Using statistical mechanics to build a Bayesian machine scientist

by Roger Guimera, ICREA Research Professor, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona

Monday, 25 November 2019 @ 12 pm
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles


Abstract:

Since the scientific revolution, interpretable closed-form mathematical models have been instrumenta l for advancing our understanding of the world. Think, for example, of Newton’s law of gravitation,  and how it has enabled us to predict astronomical phenomena with great accuracy and to gain deep insights about seemingly unrelated physical phenomena. With the data revolution, we may now be in a position to uncover new mathematical models for many systems,from physics and chemistry to the social sciences. However, to deal with increasing amounts of data, we need approaches that are able to extract these models automatically, without supervision, and with guarantees of asymptotically finding the correct model.

In this talk I will review standard machine learning approaches and discuss their limitations in terms of getting interpretable models. Then, I will present a "machine scientist" that deals rigorously with model plausibilities and  also explores systematically the space of models, thus enabling us to obtain closed-form mathematical models from data, and to make out-of-sample predictions that are more accurate than those of standard machine learning approaches.

Bio:

Roger Guimera is ICREA Research Professor of Experimental Sciences and Mathematics at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in Tarragona, Spain. Roger's research is devoted to the development and application of probabilistic and computational tools for the analysis of complex systems and, particularly, of complex networks. During his career, he has: (i) made methodological contributions to the study of complex networks (e.g. identification of communities and roles, Bayesian network inference, and rigorous model comparison), and (ii) used complex network analysis and network models to gain understanding on specific systems (e.g. social communication and collaboration networks, critical infrastructures such as the air transportation system, and biological systems such as metabolism). 

These contributions have won him the Erdos-Renyi Prize of the Network Science Society in 2012, and the Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics of the German Physical Society in 2014.

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Madrid, 29-31 JAN 2020: #NALS2020 2nd International Conference on Nanomaterials Applied to Life Sciences

The 2nd International Conference on Nanomaterials Applied to Life Sciences 2020 (NALS 2020) is being organized by IMDEA Nanociencia to be held in the Excellence Campus of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid,Spain) on 29-31 January 2020. NALS 2020 intends to establish synergies, foster long-lasting collaborations, and contribute to a fruit-full academia-industry liaison, to work together on the development of disruptive nanomaterials based techniques and devices for applications in the fields of Medicine, Biology, and Environment, among others. Abstract submission deadline is 25 November 2019. 

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Congratulations, Dr. Yu Chen, new ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Yu Chen from the Laboratory of Multifunctional Thin Films and Complex Structures (MULFOX) Group at ICMAB defended his PhD thesis on Thursday, 14 November 2019 at the ICMAB. His thesis "Artificial Synapses based on the Photoconductance of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Quantum Wells" was supervised by Gervasi Herranz. Congratulations! Continue reading to know more about Yu Chen!

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

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!

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Welcome Filipe Correia at ICMAB!

Hola! My name is Filipe Correia. I am a Metallurgist with a minor in physics from the very North of Portugal. As a PhD student at the University of Minho, my goal is to increase the thermoelectrics properties of some Transparent conductive oxides. At ICMAB, I will be working with the Nanopto group, measuring thermal conductivity of doped ZnO and TiO2 thin films. I enjoy hiking, swimming and of course playing football. I am very happy to be here, see you around!

 

"Creating Connections, Creating Actions" by Jaron Weishut (Fri, 22 Nov 2019)

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

Creating Connections, Creating Actions

From scientific results to impactful innovation in a complex society: How Living Labs unite entrepreneurs, scientists, government and public interests into action

by Jaron Weishut, Nexero, The Netherlands

Friday, 22 November 2019 @ 12 pm
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles

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"Graphene Oxide Aerogels" featured at R+D CSIC

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". 

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CosmoCaixa, 9 NOV 2019: BCNspiracy is back in its third edition!

After the success of the first edition in 2017 and the second edition in 2018, with more than 300 attendees, the third edition of BCNspiracy will taka place in CosmoCaixa Barcelona on 9 November 2019, as a kick-off of the Science Week! The already BCNspiracy traditional talks on science outreach will take place during all the day, and the INspriacy event will take place on Friday (8 November) and will be for high school students. On 9 November there will also be a final networking event between speakers and audience: BEERspiracy

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The SOMMa Alliance holds its first meeting on gender equality policies

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.

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Welcome Genís Guillem at ICMAB!

Hi, I'm Genís Guillem from Sabadell. I am in the last course of de the degree in Physics and Chemistry of the UAB and I will be making my TFG in chemistry in the ICMAB.
The photography is taken near the Old Man of Storr on the isle of Skye in Scotland. It was a short and pleasant hike.

 

PhD position in the field of High Temperature Superconductors in the framework of an ERC project at the ICMAB

The Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) group at the ICMAB is looking for a PhD candidate to carry out the PhD thesis in the field of "Vortex physics in the overdoped state of High Temperature Superconductors”. The project will be in the framework of the ERC-Advanced Grant ULTRASUPERTAPE, and ERC-Proof-of-Concept Grant IMPACT, with Prof. Teresa Puig. 

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

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. 

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Congratulations, Dr. Inés Temiño, new ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Inés Temiño from the Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials (NANOMOL) Group at ICMAB defended her PhD thesis on Friday, 15 November 2019 at the ICMAB. Her thesis "Solution-Processed Organic Field-Effect Transistors: from Fundamental Aspects to Applications" was supervised by Marta Mas-Torrent. Congratulations! Continue info to know what Inés Temiño will do in a near future!

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UAB, 20-21 NOV 2019: TADeF: Trobada Anual Doctorands en Física

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". 

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Strasbourg, 25-29 May 2020: E-MRS Spring Meeting. Call for Abstracts is now open!

We announce the forthcoming 2020 E-MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit, that will be held in Strasbourg, France from 25-29 May 2020. Mariano Campoy-Quiles and Narís Mestres, ICMAB researchers, participate in the organization of some symposia in the fields of "Energy materials" and "Nanomaterials and advanced characterization". Deadline for abstract submission: 15 January 2020.

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Towards an all-electrical control of heat flux for zero-power "electronics"

  • 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.

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Welcome Joana Ribeiro at ICMAB!

Hello! My name is Joana Ribeiro and I am from Guimarães, a city in the North part of Portugal. I am an applied physicist and just started my PhD at the University of Minho. The goal of my work is to increase the thermoelectric properties of Transparent conductive oxide thin films. At ICMAB, I will be working together with the Nanopto group, measuring the thermal conductivity of doped ZnO and TiO2 thin films.

I practice japanese martial arts and enjoy travelling, photography and drawing.

Best Regards, Joana Ribeiro

 

ICMAB, 3 DEC 2019: European Research Council (ERC) funding opportunities – a 360° overview

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!

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INPhINIT 2020 Open Call! Predoctoral Positions at ICMAB within “la Caixa” Doctoral Fellowships INPhINIT

INPhINIT, ”la Caixa” Doctoral Fellowship Programme is devoted to attracting international Early-Stage Researchers to the top Spanish research centres in the areas of Bio and Health Sciences, Physics, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Take a look here at the projects offered by the ICMAB to carry out your PhD with us, in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Materials and Nanotechnology and Energy! Deadline: February 2020.

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Published a review on Atomic Layer Deposition of complex oxides!

Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) is a thin film deposition technique widely used in the synthesis of semiconductor devices and nanomaterials. The main characteristic is its atomic-scale control of the layer thickness and film uniformity. Now, Mariona Coll, researcher at the ICMAB, and Mari Napari, researcher at the University of Southampton, have published a review in the journal APL Materials to describe some of the major achievements and challenges of doped and complex oxides ALD.

Read this interview to Mariona Coll to know more about ALD and its applications!

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Welcome Alexander Edström at ICMAB!

Hi,
My name is Alex and I am originally from Sweden, where I also did my PhD in physics at Uppsala University. After that I spent three years as postdoctoral researcher in Zürich, Switzerland, before coming to ICMAB and Barcelona via an international postdoc grant from the Swedish research council. In my research I use computational methods to study the properties of materials, with focus on magnetism and magnetic materials. At ICMAB I will work with Massimiliano Stengel to investigate strain gradient induced magnetic phenomena. 

In my free time I like running, snowboarding, cooking and eating good food.

 

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

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.

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

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?

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

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". 

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BCN, 8-10 NOV 2019: Talks and workshops about minerals and the periodic table at EXPOMINER!

For another year, the ICMAB will be present at EXPOMINER (8-10 November, Palau 1, Fira Barcelona), with more activities and talks! Come and listen to the amazing talks by our researchers Ana M. López Periago and Rosario Núñez. They will talk about the applications of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) and boron-based comounds! And in our stand, you will have the opportunity to play with minerals and the periodic table, in this year, in which we commemorate the 150 anniversary of the Periodic Table of Dmitri Mendeleev! Don't miss it!

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Donostia, 22-23 Nov 2019: SOMMa 100xCiencia.4 Meeting: Building bridges between Science and Society

On 22-23 November, the new edition of the 100xCiencia meeting, the meeting of the Severo Ochoa centers and María de Maeztu units will take place in Donostia/San Sebastián! Nora Ventosa, researcher at the Nanomol Group will represent the ICMAB at the SOMMa General Assembly, and will give a talk on Technology Transfer in Nanomedicine on Saturday, 23 November in the morning (11 am). 

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The ICMAB at the Barcelona Maker Faire 2019 with 3Doodler nanostructures!

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!

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

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. 

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Welcome Xavi Marcó at ICMAB!

Heyo! I'm Xavi from Barcelona. I'm a chemistry student who will be doing his TFG at ICMAB working with magnetic metamaterials. I consider myself a cheerful person and I love music and cheese above all. One of my dreams is to bring science to the people and make it interesting enough to make them learn and be entertained via Youtube videos or so. See you around!

 

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