For the first time researchers have observed directly sound-driven spin waves (magnetoacoustic waves) and have revealed its nature. Results show that these magnetization waves can go up to longer distances (up to centimeters) and have larger amplitudes than the commonly known spin waves. The study, published in Rev. Lett., is carried out by researchers from the University of Barcelona (UB), the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), and the ALBA Synchrotron, in collaboration with the Paul-Drude-Institut in Berlin. The study is part of the journal's Editors' Suggestion articles, and has also been featured in the popular Physics online journal in the Focus section.
The journal Chemistry. A European Journal features in its COVER the recently published article "An enantiopure propeller‐like trityl‐brominated radical: Bringing together a high racemization barrier and an efficient circularly polarized luminescent magnetic emitter" from Jaume Veciana et al. We love the cover. Do you?
- The new low-cost, environmentally friendly and scalable method, designed by ICMAB-CSIC researchers, represents a breakthrough in the production of superconducting materials
- A transient liquid phase is formed with the new precursors, from which the superconducting films grow at speeds of 100 nm/s
- This method is fully compatible with the incorporation of nanoparticles into the superconductor structure, essential for high magnetic field applications in wind generators, electric aviation or particle accelerators
The article published in Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. about boron-based amphiphiles without a head‐and‐tail design displaying surfactant behavior, by co-authors David C. Malaspina, Clara Viñas, Francesc Teixidor and Jordi Faraudo is now featured in Chemistry World. The question is: how can a molecule without the classic hydrophilic head and hydrophobic tail of surfactants can behave like one? The atomistic simulations and experiments of this study can bring now an answer.
Carbon nanocapsules, filled with stable Samarium atoms, are activated with neutrons just before entering the body. This novel nanomaterial-based system is effective for both biomedical imaging and cancer radiotherapy.
The article "Hydroxypropyl cellulose photonic architectures by soft nanoimprinting lithography" published in Nature Photonics in April 2018 appears in Nature Index as one of the main highlights of the year! Congratulations to Agustín Mihi and his team for this nice article on photonic nanocellulose!
Published a review on "Achievements, Challenges, and Prospects of Calcium Batteries" in Chemical Reviews
M. Rosa Palacín and Alexandre Ponrouch, from the Solid State Chemistry Group at the ICMAB, are co-authors of a review on "Achievements, Challenges, and Prospects of Calcium Batteries" in a special issue about "Beyond Li ion batteries" of Chemical Reviews (ACS). Congratulations!
Electric Fields against mosquitos: a research collaboration between the ICMAB, ISGlobal and Biogents
A collaboration project between the ICMAB (Elies Molins), ISGlobal (Krijn Paaijmans), and Biogents AG (Andreas Rose, Germany), has developed electrical barriers that avoid that mosquitos that can transmit diseases such as dengue, chikunguña, zika or malaria, get inside public spaces, such as schools, hospitals or workplaces.
The new developement of the Scanning Probe Microscopy Lab to measure the piezoelectricity of the materials has been featured in this month newsletter of the R+D CSIC under the title "A microscope to measure accurately the piezoelectric properties of materials".
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.
New patent on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents based on organic metal-free dendrimers
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a commonly used clinical imaging technique for noninvasive diagnosis and characterization of soft tissues. The technique provides images in excellent detail of tumors and related pathological conditions thanks to the contrast agents used in the procedure. Now, a group of researchers from the ICMAB led by José Vidal-Gancedo, from the Nanomol Group, have developed organic metal-free magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents based on dendrimers with a totally innovative synthesis procedure.
New COVER in Advanced Energy Materials: A treasure map to find the best performance of organic solar cells!
"Energy materials for a low carbon future": a philosophical discussion of the Royal Society with ICMAB researchers
Mariano Campoy Quiles, Alex Ponrouch and M. Rosa Palacín participated in the meeting of the Royal Society about ‘Energy Materials for a Low Carbon Future’ held in September 2018, in the fields of "Organic Thermoelectrics" and "Post -Li batteries". The opinions were published then in the Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society in July 2019.
Researchers at IBEC and ICMAB develop a flexible, cheap and biocompatible transistor platform able to record an electrocardiogram of cells and micro-tissues during long periods of time. The platform, based on organic transistor technology (EGOFET), can also measure the effect of drugs on beating cells, as cardiomyocytes, opening the door to several applications such as implantable devices for health.
First identification of a brown aerinite, the typically known blue pigment of the Romanesque Catalan art
- 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.
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!
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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