Barcelona equips itself with a European first-class collaborative microscopy platform through the joint action of nine research institutions and the support of ERDF

The ALBA Synchrotron will host two new major experimental facilities, one dedicated to materials science, valued at 4.1 million euros and led by the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), and another meant for molecular biology, valued at 1.7 million euros and headed by the Institute of Molecular Biology of Barcelona (IBMB-CSIC). The new platform also counts with the participation of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the Institute for Biomedical Research (IRB Barcelona), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG). The provisional agreement for co-financing through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) these two new scientific infrastructures has been announced today.

A year in review: ICMAB Top 10 Journals of 2019

During 2019, ICMAB researchers have written more than 220 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 in which our researchers publish most of the articlesDo you want to know which they are?

A year in review: ICMAB most cited articles of 2019

After another year, we look back and see how was this year's scientific research. More than 220 articles, which makes a total of more than 5,400 publications and more than 145,000 citations since the Institue's foundation, in 1986. The most cited articles published in 2019 are shown in this post. Do you want to know which ones are they? From FCC-hh, oxide electronics, perovskites, oxide thin films, organic field-effect transistors and much more! 

A year in review: Top 10 articles with highest IF published by ICMAB researchers in 2019

Continuing with the "year in review" it is now time to take a look at those articles published in High Impact Factor Journals in 2019. We have chosen the top 10 articles published in high IF journals by our reserachers. The journals include Nature Materials, Energy & Environmental Science, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Nature Physics and Advanced Functional Materials. You can take a look at them in this post! 

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019: a close look from an ICMAB point of view (by M. Rosa Palacín and Josep Fontcuberta)

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 was awarded on October 9, 2019, jointly to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries. At the ICMAB we are very happy for this award, for several reasons: Josep Fontcuberta was a former postdoc fellow of Goodenough, in Oxford; and Goodenough was once a member of our Scientific Advisory Board! Moreover, M. Rosa Palacín, researcher in the batteries field, has met all three of them, and has continued their work, developing post lithium-ion batteries at the ICMAB! In this post, both researchers have written some words on this matter! Continue reading!

The ICMAB website continues to be the most visible of the CSIC!

According to the Ranking Web of Research Centers, the ICMAB continues to be, since last year, the most visible website of all the CSIC research centers and units. The ICMAB website maintains its 2nd position in the global ranking (2018: 2n place; 2017: 4th place, 2016: 13th place), from a total of 136. 

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. 

The winners of the ESCOLAB contest "Tenim una idea" had visited the ICMAB to discover the materials of the future for nanomedicine

On June 18, 2019, the winners of the ESCOLAB contest "Tenim una idea" were revealed. In the category "Idees to improve the health and nurition of the citizens" an idea to "develop an injectable chemical substance based on nanoparticles to regenerate bones in a quick and efficient way" was the winner. The idea came from Aina Vilar and Carlota Garcia, from the "Escola Pia de Granollers" who visited us last 10 May 2019, to learn about "The materials of the future for nanomedicine" with researcher Nora Ventosa.Congrats!

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. 

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. 

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. 

ICMAB received the Maker of Merit award at the Barcelona Maker Faire 2018

On 16-17 June the ICMAB participated at the Barcelona Maker Faire. Many members of the NANOMOL group presented their research on encapsulation and hydrogels for biomedical applications. They used the spherification concept as a metaphor for the nanoencapsulation, and the gelification of agar agar for the hydrogels. The stand, which was always full of families and kids, obtained the Maker of Merit award, given by the organization to the best Makers of this year's edition. 

ICMAB within the Top 10 Institutions in Barcelona according to Nature Index 2017 Science Cities

The Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) is the 7th Top Institution in Barcelona, according to the Nature Index 2017 Science Cities.

This current 12-month Index, corresponding to year 2016, shows Barcelona's leading institutions for high-quality science ordered by the number of articles published (AC) in a list of science journals, and the number of authors of each institution, considering the percentage of authorship in each article (WFC) (with the correction of the centers dedicated to space science, which have a lot of coauthrs in the articles). 

Two projects from ICMAB researchers at the FINAL of the PRUAB Program "Generació d'Idees"

On November 30, 2017, the FINAL of the sixth edition of the "Generació d'Idees" Program, organized by the UAB Research Park (PRUAB) and the "Xarxa de Referència en Biotecnologia" took place. In this year's edition, two projects from ICMAB researchers were on the final: Plant Healing,with the participation of Agnesse Rabissi, from the NN Group, and Saddle Pro, with the participation of Pablo O. Vaccaro, from the NANOPTO group.

The winning project of this year's edition was "Nanoplastics", which aims to create a biodegradable film to increase the safety of fresh food packaging and to extent the shelf life of these products. The project is formed by researchers from ICN2, CRAGand INC-UAB.  

ICMAB confirms its leadership in excellence in science in the Nature Index

  • ICMAB is the first in the ranking among the CSIC centers, and the fourth among the research centers in Catalonia and Spain
  • CSIC is the first research institute in Spain, and is ranked in the top 10 research institutes in Europe, and in the top 50 of the world

The ICMAB was present at the 10_supthsup_ anniversary of the ERC celebrated at the UAB-CEI Sphere

The UAB-CIE (International Excellence Campus) Sphere celebrated the 10 years of the European Research Council (ERC) with the event “ERC: Challenges and Opportunities”, held at the CRAG Auditorium on March 30, 2017. ICMAB has now 9 ERC funded projects, 4 of them from 2016. The ERC researchers are Marta Mas, who participated as speaker in the event, Núria Aliaga, Mariano Campoy, Agustín Mihi, Alexander Ponrouch, Teresa Puig, Massimiliano Stengel and Gerard Tobias.

Entrega al director del ICMAB, Xavier Obradors, de la acreditación "Centro de Excelencia Severo Ochoa"

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La secretaria de Estado de I+D+I, Carmen Vela, ha entregado hoy las acreditaciones de Centros y Unidades de Excelencia Severo Ochoa y María de Maeztu. Dos centros del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) en Cataluña, el Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona y el consorcio Centre de Recerca en Agrigenomica, han sido reconocidos por primera vez con el sello de excelencia.

ICMAB has been recognized with the prestigious "Severo Ochoa" Center of Excellence Award

The Institute will receive one million euros per year for the next four years to develop the research program “Smart FUNtional MATerials for social grand challenges” (FUNMAT). The grand challenges to be addressed are: Clean and secure energy, Smart and sustainable electronics and Smart nanomedicine.

This Excellence Award recognized the international leadership of the center and places ICMAB in the list of the top research centers in Spain.




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Molts investigadors del centre participan voluntàriament en l'activitat 'Els nous materials a l'aula'. En particular aquest curs han visitat diverses escoles els següents: Mariona Coll, Marta Mas, Anna Laromaine, Mariano Campoy, Gerard Tobias, Josep Puigmartí, Esther Barrena*,  Martí Gich, Pep Fontcuberta, Imma Ratera, Susagna Ricart, Jordi Arbiol  i Nico Dix.

L'ICMAB, en primer lloc de las publicacions del CSIC a Nature

El rànquing “Nature Publishing Index Global Top 200”, és una indicació per saber on es fa part de la millor recerca del mon en les diferents disciplines que cobreixen les 17 publicacions especialitzades del grup Nature.

Premio Expoquimia I+D+I: mención especial del jurado para Nanomol


Premio Expoquimia I+D+I

"En la categoría de Química, el proyecto "Diseño, síntesis y evaluación de la actividad antiviral de nuevos inhibidores de entrada del VIH" de los profesores José Borrell y Jordi Teixidó del Grupo de Ingeniería Molecular del Instituto Químico de Sarrià se ha hecho con el Premio. Han generado unos nuevos inhibidores de la molécula CXC4R, causante de las infecciones provocadas por el Virus Inmunodeficiencia Adquirida (VIH), origen del Síndrome de Inmunodeficiencia Adquirida (SIDA). Este hallazgo permitirá la creación de un nuevo fármaco más eficaz contra esta enfermedad.

La mención especial del jurado ha sido para el proyecto empresarial Nanomol Technologies, de los profesores Jaume Veciana, Nora Ventosa y Santi Saladel Departamento de Nanociencia Molecular y Materiales Orgánicos del Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona del CSIC. Este proyecto ha desarrollado una plataforma para fabricar nanomedicinas."


I premio concurso Reacciona a vídeo divulgación ICMAB

Video ganador (II Parte) del concurso de divulgación científica "Reacciona" convocado por La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias y la Real Sociedad Española de Química (RSEQ) en el marco del Año Internacional de la Química 2011

L'ICMAB ha rebut el Premi Solar 2010

Ahir, dia 25 de gener de 2011, va tenir lloc l'entrega delsPremis Solar 2010, organitzats per EUROSOLAR - Associació Europea per les Energies Renovables (secció espanyola). L'ICMAB va rebre el premi en la seva categoria"c) propietaris o usuaris d'instal·lacions que utilitzen energies renovables" pel seu projecte Coberta solar FV a la seu de l'ICMAB a la UAB.

MATER in Progress: Mención Especial Premios Ciutat de Barcelona y Premios BMW a la Innovación



El proyecto Mater acaba de ganar una Mención Especial en los Premios Ciutat de Barcelona en la categoría Diseñoy opta a ganar una Mención de Honor en los Premios BMW a la Innovación .

Este es un premio compartido con las empresas, centros tecnológicos, profesionales y universidades que han participado en la investigación, exposición y centro de materiales, como es el caso del ICMAB

La Mención de Honor de los Premios BMW se concede en función del voto popular: aquí podéis votar por el proyecto, si lo deseáis.

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