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INSPIRACIENCIA 2019: IX Contest of short stories inspired in science

The CSIC Delegation in Catalunya organizes the IX edition of short-stories inspired in science "INSPIRACIENCIA". The short texts can be written in Catalan, Spanish, Galician and Euskera. They must have a maximum of 800 words. There are two categories: Young, between 12 and 17 years old; and Adult, from 18 years old. Deadline to participate: 19 June 2019. 

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Welcome Stephen Filippone at ICMAB!

Hi!! I'm a PhD student at MIT in the Materials Science department. I am spending time here under the supervision of Ignasi Fina to characterize the low temperature dielectric properties of BaZrS3 and Ba3Zr2S7.
I enjoy cooking and reading. Currently I am reading 3 books: Narcissus and Goldmund, The New Jim Crow, and Behave. I'm also a daily practitioner of yoga and meditation. Most of all I miss my bicycle.

 

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

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".

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Welcome Jameel Imran at ICMAB!

Hello!
I'm Jameel! I'm a Materials Science PhD student at UCL. I'll be working under Dr. Xavier Torrelles to train in surface X-ray diffraction data analysis for a few months. My undergraduate was at the University of Glasgow in Chemistry. I'm originally from Manchester and enjoy city cycling and cooking in my spare time.

 

Research Position at the ICMAB on a proof-of-concept project on Autonomous Sensors

A research position is offered within the project "Sensoraïm: Autonomous Distributed Sensor Networks for a Smart Viticulture" funded by the "Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR)" through a grant in the framework of AGAUR Producte (2018 PROD 00191). The position is open starting immediately, and runs until the project finishes on 31st of October, 2020. Application deadline: 31 May, 2019. 

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Marianna Rossetti

Hi! I'm Marianna, a Post-Doc from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. I'm a Chemist with expertise in DNA nanotechnology. 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.

 

Laura Ciammaruchi

Hi All
My name is Laura and I am from Italy (as well as from all the places I have been travelling to so far). At Icmab, I will be working on topics related to new materials and devices for photovoltaic applications. Out of Icmab, I keep being obsessed with green energy-related matters!

Barcelona, 1-5 JUL 2019: Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Summer School

SciTech DiploHub, the Barcelona Science and Technology Diplomacy Hub, has organized the Science and Technology Diplomacy Summer School: the first training in scientific diplomacy that will take place from 1 to 5 July 2019 in Barcelona. This initiative is a joint effort between SciTech DiploHub and IBEI, the Barcelona Institute for International Studies. Are you interested in attending it?

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

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!

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New video on how to fabricate organic solar cells with thickness gradients

The Nanostructured Materials for Optoelectronics and Energy Generation (NANOPTO) group has auto-edited a video in which the process of fabrication or organic solar cells with thickness gradients is explained. This process is part of the ERC project by Mariano Campoy-Quiles "FOREMAT: Finding a needle in a haystack: Efficient identification of high performing organic energy materials".

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

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. 

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The 8th International Conference on Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (ICSE8) is ready to start!

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.

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mNACTEC, 6-7 June 2019: "Som Elèctrics! Transició energètica i mobilitat elèctrica" wth M. Rosa Palacín

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. 

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

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). 

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The ICMAB celebrates the second Severo Ochoa Meeting on Organic and Molecular Electronics (ORGI) 2019

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). 

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"Química i Cel·luloide": Cinema and Science at the CSIC "Residència d'Investigadors"

The CSIC in Catalunya and the CSIC "Residència d'Investigadors" organize a cycle about cinema and science during October-November 2019 to celebrate the 150 years of the Periodic Table. The films that will be shown (for free!) are: "Marie Curie", Temple Grandin", "Wall-E" and "Her". All the films will be on Friday at 6:00 pm, and will be introduced by a CSIC researcher. 

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Welcome Alba Gutierrez at ICMAB!

My name is Alba and I am from El Figaró, a small village an hour from Barcelona. I studied Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and now I am finishing a master on pharmacology. For that, I am currently doing my master's thesis at ICMAB in the Nanomol Group. As you can see in my profile photo (taken in El Camino de Santiago), I love hiking. I also like learning languages (I know a bit of italian and russian) and I play the piano and the recorder.
See you!

 

Congratulations, Dr. Ferran Vallès, new ICMAB graduate!

Dr. Ferran Vallès from the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) Group at ICMAB defended his PhD thesis entitled "Vortex pinning and creep in YBCO nanocomposite films grown by chemical solution deposition" on Tuesday, 7 May 2019. Ferran's supervisors were Teresa Puig and Anna Palau. Congratulations!

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Marta Dolcet

Hello!!
I’m Marta and I will be in Nanomol group during my TFM research. I’m from Lleida, but I carry Barcelona in my heart, too. I’m a nature lover and a sports enthusiast. I enjoy reading business books and listening to music. Here, I show you my last visit to the Monastery of Montserrat, I love its history, spirituality and magical surroundings. I absolutely like walking through its mountains while I discover and experience its spectacular and amazing views with the best company of a good friend, such as David Escalante, who doesn’t stop surprising me with the most beautiful secrets of this wonderful place.

 

Postdoc Offer at the ICMAB FunNanoSurf group on graphene-based devices

FunNanoSurf is a multidisciplinary group based at the ICMAB (Spain) interested in the integration of molecules as active elements in nano-/micro-devices with the goal of developing functional molecular-based platforms for electronic and/or sensing applications. We are looking now for a postdoctoral fellow to join in our team to work on hybrid graphene-based devices. Deadline for application: applications will be considered as they are received until September 2019.

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