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2018 call for Severo Ochoa Internship Fellowships at ICMAB for Master Students

Call for Internship Fellowships for Master Students at Research Institutes with the «Severo Ochoa» Centre of Excellence and «María de Maeztu» Unit of Excellence accreditaion

This year's call for the Severo Ochoa Internship Fellowship for Master Students was published on May 9, 2018. We publish here the projects offered by our researchers and the information needed for the calls:

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Physicists uncover properties of a magnetic soliton of interest for brain-inspired computing

"Solitons are solitary waves, like a tsunami or a tidal bore" explains researcher Ferran Macià, one of the leaders of this study, published in Scientific Reports and in which the ICMAB has participated together with a team of physicists from the New York University (NYU). "In this work, we studied how magnetic solitons are generated and how fast they can be annihilated."

"Like a tsunami, the mechanism behind their formation is complex, and we needed a lot of experiments and simulations to understand them. Solitons are very interesting because they can be used to propagate energy or information, in a similar way as our neurons work. This is why they have promising applications in neuromorphic computing applications, for example" continues Ferran.Nahuel Statuto, PhD student at the MULFOX group, working with Ferran, performed some of the experiments during his secondment at NYU. 

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Recap of the RRI2018 meeting and workshop at ICMAB

On 16 March 2018, with the aim of introducing this concept to the research community at ICMAB, and in collaboration with the Marie-Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) i-Switch, a workshop on "Ethics and Responsible Research & Innovation in Research" (RRI2018) was organized. 

The workshop gathered several experts from the field that provided us with some insights on how to deal with some of the aspects included in RRI, from ethics and gender aspects in research to integrity and scientific misconduct. Two practical workshops focusing on the promotion of RRI and the available methods to implement it, by Rosina Malagrida (IrSiCaixa), were also included. 

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First CARBAT FET Open project meeting at ICMAB to evaluate the first 6 months of the project

On April 5, 2018, the first CARBAT project meeting was celebrated. The meeting was held at the CARBAT coordinator's research institute, Prof. M. Rosa Palacín, the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) in Bellaterra. CARBAT is a FET Open research and innovation action in the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, funded over the H2020-FETOPEN-2016-2017 call, which started on October 2017. 

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"Graphene-based photocatalysts to obtain hydrogen" featured in UABDivulga

A study from Dr. Angel Pérez del Pino et al. was featured on 13 April in the website UABDivulga: Graphene-based photocatalysts to obtain hydrogen. We transcribe here the full article:

Graphene-based materials are an efficient, cheap, abundant and non-toxic alternative for catalysing the obtaining of hydrogen, which can be used as a removable fuel, through the photoinduced water splitting. A group of the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) has developed, based on laser technology, a nitrogen-doped graphene powder material in different experimental conditions for different catalytic functions through the process, in a simple, versatile and scalable to industry way. 

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New organic and miniaturized photodetectors that absorb light beyond the visible range

A study led by the Technische Universität Dresden, in which the group of Dr. Mariano Campoy-Quiles of the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) participated, has developed organic photodetectors that detect light below its absorption band, with high efficiency, in a tunable way and in a very precise wavelength of the electromagnetic spectrum.

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University of Cambridge: Research Assistant/Associate in Portable High Field Magnet Systems (Fixed Term)

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering's Bulk Superconductivity Group to work on Portable High Field Magnet Systems. The post holder will work with Dr Mark Ainslie, an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Early Career Fellow, on an EPSRC-funded project to develop portable, high magnetic field charging of bulk superconductors for practical engineering applications.

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PhD candidates wanted for a project on "Architectured & Flexible Structure for Building Integrated Photovoltaics" - IDEX project, Grenoble

PhD Position in Architectured & Flexible Structure for Building Integrated Photovoltaics in the frame of an IDEX project in Grenoble. Areas: Materials science, physics of semiconductors and opto-electronic devices, physical-chemistry, and engineering.

Deadline for submission: 30th April 2018

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Exporecerca Jove 2018: projects for a better future

 The XIX Edition of ExpoRecerca Jove 2018 took place between 22 and 24 March in La Salle, Barcelona. Anna May, from ICMAB, participated as member of the jury of the presented projects by the talented groups of students from all over the world. 

Is is a great event in which the students present their pioneer and innovative projects, in many different fields: health, technology, biology, chemisty, arts & literature, robotics, etc. The students explain their projects to the jury members, and to all the visitors who wish to learn more about the future challenges of our world. 

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Susagna Ricart and Arántzazu González at the XXX Chemistry Debate of the SCQ-IEC

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) hosted the XXX IEC Chemistry Debate "Connect the Materials Science with the young students"Susagna Ricart and Arántzazu González took part in the event, which was held from 4 to 7 pm at the amazing "Sala Prat de la Riba".

The event also included an awards ceremony for the students who won the prizes to the best secondary school Research Projects (12a edició dels Premis als Treballs de Recerca). Three of these students will come to ICMAB this summer as part of this award to work closely with three of our researchers and see the daily life of a scientist!

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The ICMAB at the "XIII Fira d'Empreses" at the UB

On April 11, 2018, the ICMAB was present at the XIII "Fira d'Empreses" or Business Forum, at the Universitat the Barcelona (UB), after some years of absence. This forum is designed to showcase job opportunities and career paths and attract students in the final stages of their university degree, and is organized by the Science and Engineering Departments of the UB (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, Earth Sciences and Biology). 105 industries, research centers and universities participated in the event, which counted with the visit of more than 600 unversity students from sixteen degrees and twenty-two masters in these scientific areas. 

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The industry with the Spanish research

Organizations and employers linked to R&D&I show their support for Spanish research and join the request of the Alliance of Severo Ochoa centers and María de Maeztu units (SOMMa) that encourages the political class to address the current administrative problems that affect Spanish science, as soon as possible. 

SOMMa and the organizations that support this initiative represent about 6,800 companies, societies, centers and research units, which employ more than 500,000 people in Spain and their economic activity equals 10.53% of GDP.

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Afroditi Koutsogianni

Hey! My name is Afroditi, I'm a physics student from Greece. From May till August I will be doing my Erasmus traineeship at ICMAB in the Laser Processing Group. I enjoy reading, watching movies and tv series but I usually prefer spending my free time with my friends. I hope that I will have a great experience here. I am looking forward to meeting all of you :)

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Congratulations to Dr. Maria Serena Maglione, new ICMAB graduate!

The PhD Researcher Maria Serena Maglione from the NANOMOL group defended her PhD thesis on "Preparation of electroactive self-assembled monolayers for the fabrication of advanced electronic devices" on Friday, 27 April. Her friends and family joined her during the defense of her thesis, which was evaluated by Fabio Biscarini (Universitá di Modena e Reggio Emilia), Arántzazu González (ICMAB) and Emilio Pérez (IMDEA Nanociencia). The thesis supervisors were Marta Mas-Torrent and Concepció Rovira

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Clara Viñas and Francesc Teixidor, co-authors of the book "Boron-Based Compounds: Potential and Emerging Applications in Medicine"

From 11 May 2018, the book from Wiley Editors "Boron-Based Compounds: Potential and Emerging Applications in Medicine", which is focused on the medical applications of boron-based compounds, will be available. Prof. Clara Viñas is one of the co-editors of the book, together with Prof. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins (Leipzig University).

In additon, both Prof. Clara Viñas and Prof. Francesc Teixidor have contributed to the book with a chapter on "Cobaltabisdicarbollide‐based Synthetic Vesicles: From Biological Interaction to in vivo Imaging"

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Pablo García Lebière

Hello everybody! I'm Pablo from Barcelona and I am a physicist. I've also got a Master in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at UB. I will work at ICMAB doing my PhD inside the Laser Processing Group for the next years. See you around!

 

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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The Châtelet team from ICMAB went to congratulate Margarita Salas, now Doctor honoris causa by the UAB

Margarita Salas, who has been for more than 50 years working on molecular biology research, was honored with the Doctor honoris causa by the UAB on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 at noon. The ceremony took place at the conference hall (Sala d'Actes) of the Rectorat building, presided by the UAB Dean, Margarita Arboix, and the deans of the Faculties of Science and Biosciences. Montserrat Llagostera, Chair Professor of the Department of Genetics and Microbiology, who proposed Margarita Sals for this award, introduced her to the audience. 

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MIT-Spain grant for ICMAB project: new materials for photovoltaics

ICMAB is the recipient of one of twelve MIT-Spain ”la Caixa” Foundation Seed Fund grants under a brand new funding programme in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The presentation of the grants took place on 18 April 2018 at Palau Macaya (Barcelona). A common objective of all the awarded projects is to face some of the challenges of the XXI century: organs on a chip to fight cancer, polymers against antibiotic resistance, in vitro biologic 3D ears, quantic computers for data processing, or new materials to increase the efficiency of photovoltaic cells, to name a few. This latter is the project from Dr. Ignasi Fina, from the MULFOX group at ICMAB, who will work together with Dr. Rafael Jaramillo, at MIT

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ICMAB, 19-20 APRIL 2018: Workshop on Assessing the technology transfer potentials at ICMAB. Results and benchmarking.

On Thursday 19 April, and Friday 20 April, ICMAB will host the "Workshop on Assessing the technology transfer potentials at ICMAB. Results and benchmarking" open to all ICMAB members.

The workshop will present the results of the study performed during this previous months about the technology transfer potential of the Institue research and projects. Joins us!

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Marta Alcaina Hernando

Hi everyone!
I’m Marta, from Barcelona. I’m currently finishing my final year of biochemistry degree at UAB. From April to June I’ll be in Nanomol-Tech with Lídia Ferrer doing an extracurricular internship. In my free time I enjoy playing basketball and spending time with my friends! See you around!

 

TNSI: Nanotechnology brings together companies and research centres from both sides of the Pyrenees

A new European-funded project that started in February 2018 is enabling greater cooperation between SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and research centres in the Spain-France border regions. Coordinated by the Basque company BihurCrystal, the ICMAB researcher Dr. Xavier Torrelles is contibuting to the project. Here we present the official press release.

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Iridescent photonic cellulose, mimicking the structural color of insects, with optical applications

  • The study developed at the ICMAB and published in Nature Photonics describes, for the first time, the technique to provide structural coloration on a cellulose derivative through its nanostructuration
  • The colors obtained do not depend on pigments but on nanostructures that interact differently with the incident light, therefore presenting different colors. 
  • The applications of this technology include eco-friendly production of color in packaging systems or decorative paper, anti-counterfeiting technology, or biocompatible, biodegradable, washable and edible and low cost detectors, sensors or labels for the food or medical industry.

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Gerrit Bredeck

Hello everybody!
My name is Gerrit and I’m a master’s student of toxicology from Düsseldorf, Germany. In 2016 I got my bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical chemistry in Cologne. I am glad to enter the Group of Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites for an internship of six months under the supervision of Dr. Anna Laromaine. My topic will be the investigation of the effects of cellulose on the nematode C. elegans and vice versa. I’m looking forward to meeting you.

Open PhD position at Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble: Spin-crossover molecular-based materials for efficient carbon capture and release

Spin-crossover molecular-based materials for efficient carbon capture and release. The role of anthropogenic CO2 emissions as a major contributor to climate change is nowadays beyond discussion and a proposed way to mitigate these effects in the medium term is to employ carbon capture and sequestration or recycling.

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University of Cambridge: Research Assistant/Associate in Bulk Superconductors for Biomedical Applications (Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on a project concerning the development of a practical system for generating high magnetic fields using MgB2 Bulk Superconductors. This work forms part of a collaborative project funded by EPSRC between the University, the University of Oxford and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

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