Hiding and revealing magnetic information at room temperature

Since the 1950's, magnetic materials have been used to store all kinds of information. The use of magnetic materials is ideal since they allow you to store information for very long periods of time and, moreover, information is easily accessible through well-known reading methods.

However, when storing sensitive information, easy access to information becomes a drawback rather than an advantage, and that's when hiding information becomes a necessity.

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Comunicat de les universitats i dels centres de recerca de Catalunya per valorar la situació creada a Catalunya de resultes de les actuacions de l’Estat espanyol en els darrers dies

Avui, 21 de setembre, s’han reunit els màxims representants del conjunt d’universitats i centres de recerca de Catalunya (una seixantena d’institucions que representen prop del 90 % del sistema) per valorar la situació creada a Catalunya de resultes de les actuacions de l’Estat espanyol en els darrers dies. A la reunió hi han assistit també representants dels sindicats i de les associacions d’estudiants.

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Iron oxide nanoparticles stress the cells

ICMAB researchers lead a study on the toxicity of iron oxide nanoparticles based on the analysis of specific genetic markers linked to nanotoxicity in the C. elegans organisms.

Part of the experiment, published in the journal Nanotoxicology, has been carried out at the ALBA Synchrotron, in its infrared light MIRAS beamline. The study suggests that nanoparticles can be captured by intestinal cells in their interior, they can interact with cell lipids, and they can activate cellular mechanisms of oxidative stress.

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A new study of Jordi Faraudo in the press: selfassembly to study the origin of life

Jordi Faraudo, from the Theory and Simulation Group, is an invited researcher at the Earth Life Science Institute (ELSI) inTokyo (Japan). There he will work together with international and local researchers to investigate the fomation of complex molecules from simple molecules with selfassembly models. The news appeared in La Vanguardia and in El Periódico:

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Ignasi Fina talks about antiferromagnetic materials in Radio Kanal Barcelona

The radio programme "Tercer Harmònic" from Radio Kanal Barcelona is a science and technology outreach programme for the general public. Communications, radio, digital education, internet, social networks, etc. are some of the main topics. Ignasi Fina, from the MULFOX group, was at the programme on May 16, 2018, in the section "The materials of the future" to talk about antiferromagnetic materials

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Entrevista a Xavier Granados

Xavier Granados García es Científico Titular del CSIC y miembro del Departamento de Materiales Superconductores y Nanoestructuración a Gran Escala. Desde 1987, ha colaborado con el grupo de Superconductividad en la Universidad de Barcelona y posteriormente en el Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona desde su fundación, contribuyendo en el desarrollo de actividades de I+D+i en el campo de la Superconductividad y sus Aplicaciones  en el Área  “Large Scale” de sistemas electrotécnicos, liderando las actividades en este área dentro del grupo de Investigación.

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Presentació a Barcelona dels resultats del projecte europeu Eurotapes sobre superconductivitat

Els resultats d'Eurotapes es van presentar a Barcelona, en una roda de premsa que va comptar amb la participació del coordinador del projecte, Prof. Xavier Obradors; la responsable del departament de superconductivitat de l’ICMAB-CSIC, Prof. Teresa Puig; el director executiu d'OXOLUTIA Dr. Albert Calleja; i el director de la Representació de la Comissió Europea a Barcelona, Ferran Tarradellas i l'Agencia EFE, Agència catalana de Notícies, Expansión, La Sexta i El Periódico.

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Spinning the future

The August 2017 edition of the Research*EU magazine featured an interesting overview of the ACMOL project, which is working to develop graphene-based spintronics for next-gen molecular electronic devices. This article held that ‘Spintronics, molecular electronics and graphene have a common trait: they are all considered as key enablers in the future of computing beyond the limitations of Moore’s and Kryder’s laws. The ACMOL project is contributing to their joint advancement with proof-of-concept devices.’

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Self-assembly of highly-porous crystalline particles into novel photonic materials for sensing applications

A multi-disciplinary collaboration between research centers in Spain and Holland, led by the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid (ICMM-CSIC), in collaboration with the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science of Utrecht University and the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB), has resulted in the formation of highly-porous metal-organic framework particles that spontaneously assemble into well-ordered 3D superstructures that present photonic crystal properties. Published in Nature Chemistry, their discoveries are expected to find applications in the design of novel photonic materials for sensing applications, among others.

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Turning the microscope upside down to measure the piezoelectricity of materials at the nanoscale

ICMAB-CSIC researchers are able, for the first time, to measure the very small amounts of charge generated in piezoelectric materials with an inverse use of the atomic force microscope (AFM). The technique, published in Nature Communications, has been implemented by incorporating a new device to the microscope that allows measuring electric currents one billion times smaller than the ones circulating in an LED.

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Imaging how magnetism goes surfing

  • Using ALBA’s synchrotron light, researchers have been able to visualise deformation (sound) waves in crystals and measured the effect on nanomagnetic elements.
  • The study, published today in Nature Communications, uses the accelerators’ time structure to record time resolved images with a resolution of 80 picoseconds.
  • The methodology offers a new approach for analysing dynamic strains in other research fields: nanoparticles, chemical reactions, crystallography, etc.

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Ferran Macià in Radio Kanal Barcelona talking about neuromorphic computing

The radio programme "Tercer Harmònic" from Radio Kanal Barcelona is a science and technology outreach programme for the general public. Communications, radio, digital education, internet, social networks, etc. are some of the main topics. Ferran Macià, from the MULFOX group, was at the programme on May 9, 2018, in the section "The materials of the future" to talk about neuromorphic computing. 

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ERC, 10 años de excelencia en la ciencia

El Consejo Europeo de Investigación (ERC, por sus siglas en inglés) cumplió 10 años el 24 de marzo de 2017. A lo largo de esta década de vida, se ha financiado a unos 7.000 investigadores, permitiendo la publicación de cerca de 100.000 artículos en revistas científicas internacionales.

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Un manresà lidera un dels projectes de superconductivitat més importants d'Europa

REGIO7 | 15/03/2017

El coordinador del projecte, Xavier Obradors, ha explicat que Eurotapes és un "projecte europeu de referència de superconductors", resultat de la col·laboració entre el món acadèmic i la indústria. "Les cintes superconductores poden fer passar 100 vegades més corrent que la fibra de coure", ha informat Obradors, i això permetrà "transportar molta energia i disminuir el cost de producció d'aquesta cinta". 

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