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Alexandre Ponrouch receives the International Battery Association (IBA) Early Career Award 2019 in San Diego

Last week, during the International Battery Association (IBA) 2019 meeting in San Diego, Alexandre Ponrouch, researcher at ICMAB, received the IBA 2019 Early Career Award. The International Battery Association (IBA) awards significant contributions to battery research and technology development that have impacted the advancement of energy storage systems, and for lifelong service to the IBA. The awards were recognized at the banquet of the IBA meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Congratulations to all the winners of IBA2019! 

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A year in review: ICMAB most cited articles of 2018

After another year, we look back and see how was this year's scientific research. More than 200 articles, which makes a total of more than 5,200 publications (remember that we reached the 5,000 this last February?) and more than 140,000 citations since the Institue's foundation, in 1986, which makes an average of more than 13,300 citations per year, and 27 citations per article.

The most cited articles of 2018 are shown in this post. Do you want to know which ones are they?

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Nora Ventosa designated new numerary member of the IEC

On 8 November 2018, the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) decided to incorporate six new numerary members, two in Biological Sciences and four in Science and Technology. Nora Ventosa, Doctor in Chemical Engineering and researcher at ICMAB-CSIC, was designated new numerary member in the Science and Technology section. Congratulations!

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NANBIOSIS renews its accreditation as ICTS

On Tuesday, 6 November, the "Consejo de Política Científica, Tecnológica y de Innovación" (CPTI) from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities updated the new Map of the Singular Scientific and Technological Infrastructures (ICTS) for 2017-2020. NANBIOSIS, whose Director is Prof. Jaume Veciana from the ICMAB, and in which the ICMAB and many CSIC institutes participate, is one of these 29 ICTS that renewed its accreditation.

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The CSIC Gender Equality Certificate to the ICMAB was delivered by the CSIC President, Rosa Menéndez to Xavier Obradors

On Monday, 17 September 2018, Xavier Obradors, ICMAB Director, and Riccardo Rurali, Deputy Director and President of the Gender Equality Committee at the ICMAB, received the CSIC Gender Equality Certificate (Distintivo de Igualdad de Género del CSIC) by the CSIC President, Rosa Menéndez and by Rafael Rodrigo, General Secretary of Scientific Policy Coordination from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, in Madrid. 

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PhD Extraordinary award for three ICMAB graduates: Justo Cabrera, María de la Mata Fernández and Manuel Souto

Three ICMAB graduates have been awarded by the UAB with the PhD Extraordinary Award for their doctoral thesis, developed during the period 2015-2016: Justo Cabrera in the field of Chemistry, and María de la Mata Fernández and Manuel Souto in the field of Materials Science. The awards ceremony will take place on November 2018. Congratulations!

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José Jurado, Milena Cervo and Jan Grzelak received their INPhINIT "la Caixa" fellowship at Caixaforum

On 3 July 2018, CaixaForum Barcelona hosted the ceremony to deliver the INPhINIT "la Caixa" doctorate program fellowships. The event was chaired by the Secretary of State for Universities, Research and Development, Ángeles Heras. Three Research Fellows, out of the 57 granted, have started their PhD at ICMAB: José Jurado from the USA, Milena Cervo Sulzbach from Brazil and Jan Grzelak from Poland.

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Judith Guasch, Arántzazu González and Ignasi Fina awarded with a Ramón y Cajal grant #RYC

Three ICMAB researchers have been granted with a Ramon y Cajal grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.

Ignasi Fina, from the MULFOX group, in the area of Materials Science; Arántzazu González, from the FunNanoSurf group, in the area of Chemistry, and Judith Guasch, from the NANOMOL group, in the area of Biomedicine. Congratulations to all three!

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Sole Roig, PhD researcher at the NN group, finalist of the UAB contest "Tesi en 4 minuts"

On Tuesday, 15 May at 10 am at the UAB Theatre, the final of the contest "Tesi en 4 minuts", in which PhD researchers explain their thesis project in 4 minutes took place. Sole Roig, from the Nanoparticles & Nanocomposites (NN) Group, was one of the 10 finalists. She presented her project "Bacterial Cellulose Nanocomposites", in which she modifies and functionalizes this biopolymer to turn it into an advanced material for medical and energy applications. 

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NANOMOL group accredited with the TECNIO certification

NANOMOL Group has been accredited with the TECNIO certification as a Technology Developer Organization, until 2019. This TECNIO certification was created by the Government of Catalonia, through ACCIÓ. This certification supports the most qualified agents involved in technology transfer processes, allows companies to access advanced R&D and develop new products and services, and increases the scope of technology projects by finding the most suitable technology partners & suppliers.

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The ICMAB in the Top 10 of the ERC research grants in Catalunya

Counting all the ERC projects, since its very beginning, in 2007, Catalunya represents the 3.2 % of all the ERC grants awarded within the European Resarch Area (ERA), and gathers 52 % of the ERC grants in Spain. The ICMAB is within the Top 10 institutions in Catalunya, with a total of 10 ERC projects in total. 

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A year in review: ICMAB Top 10 Journals of 2018

During 2018, ICMAB researchers have written more than 200 articles in international peer-review science journals of various disciplines: chemistry, physics, materials, nanotechnology, photonics, energy, superconductivity, biochemistry, etc. We have selected in this post the journals with the highest Impact Factor (IF) in which the researchers have published an article. Do you want to know which they are?

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The ICMAB awarded with the Gender Equality Certificate by the CSIC

The ICMAB has been awarded by the CSIC with the Gender Equality Certificate (Distintivo de Acreditación en Igualdad de Género), in its first edition. This certificate was promoted by the CSIC President, Rosa Menéndez, following an explicit commitment to offer equal opportunities for men and women in their workplaces. The objective of the call was to promote gender perspective in all the CSIC institutes, and to promote measures to eliminate the barriers that women may encounter during their career. 

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The project Greene3D, awarded as best initiative of circular economy by the Generalitat and the PRUAB

Laura López Mir, Doctor in Physics graduated at ICMAB, and Beatriz Espinosa, PhD researcher at ICTA, were awarded with the First Prize in the Program "Generació d'Idees", organized by the PRUAB and the Generalitat, for their Greene3D project: sustainable filament for 3D printing based on agroindustrial organic waste, such as olive stones, which are a valuable, abundant and a proximity resource. Congratulations!

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Roberta Verrelli, winner of the 6th Early Career Scientist Presentation Contest of the World Materials Research Institute Forum

Between 18 and 22 June 2018, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington (UK) hosted the 6th WMRIF Workshop for Early Career Scientists. From ICMAB, Roberta Verrelli, Francesca Leonardi and Ignasi Fina attended the workshop, which concentrated on exceptional early career scientists in World Materials Research Institute Forum (WMRIF) institutes with the goals of network building, and knowledge and experience exchange, along with the chance to examine facilities of the host institute. 

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Five ICMAB graduates in Materials Science received the PhD Extraordinary Award

Five ICMAB graduates from the PhD programme in Materials Science received the PhD Extraordinary Award for their doctoral thesis developed during the period 2014-2015. The award ceremony took place on May 18, 2018, at 6 pm, at the Hotel Campus UAB. Laura Cabana Jiménez, Pedro López-Aranguren Oliver, Nerea Murillo Cremaes, David Pesquera Herrero and Albert Queraltó López were recognised for their PhD dissertations.  

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Arnau Bertran: Premi Sant Jordi 2018 from the SCQ-IEC for his bacherlor's thesis

Arnau Bertran Inglada, who did his bachelor's thesis at ICMAB under the supervision of Gerard Tobias (ICMAB, Solid State Chemistry Group) and Àlvar Sánchez (UAB, Physics Dept) has been awarded with the "Premi Sant Jordi 2018" of the Societat Catalana de Química (SCQ-IEC) for his work entitled "Òxid de grafè reduït decorat amb nanopartícules d’òxid de ferro. Síntesi, caracterització i estudi magnètic" (Reduced graphene oxide decorated with iron oxide nanoparticles. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic study). 

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