Announcing the launch of this year’s ICFO School on the Frontiers of Light.
Supported by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera • Ignacio Cirac Program Chair, ICFO Schools on the Frontiers of LightFrontiers of Light aim at giving talented young researchers and students worldwide a first introduction to a thematic research area and a taste of an international research environment. They will incorporate a dynamic and social learning environment beyond participating in lectures, including group discussions, direct interactions with the lecturers, student talks, poster presentations, and visits to labs.
SMART-4-FABRY: NANOMOL-CIBER group at ICMAB coordinates the European project focused on the Fabry rare disease
Fabry disease is a rare disease belonging to the group of lysosomal storage disorders, with a global incidence of 1:5,000 - 1:10,000, representing a priority health problem at European level.
Bacterial cellulose biopolymer
Wounds in plants can be caused by several agents like weather events (hail, wind…), predators (herbivores, insects) or humans (pruning, grafting), among others.
Understanding the defect structure in complex oxides: check out this video abstract to find out more!
ICMAB and IMB-CNM participate in the European project KardiaTool, developing a portable device to detect heart failure from saliva samples
Tailoring oxygen redox reactions in ionic liquid based Li/O2 batteries by means of the Li+ dopant concentration
Laura Cecchetto, Alvaro Y. Tesio, Mara Olivares-Marín, Marc Guardiola Espinas, Fausto Croced and Dino Tonti*. Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2018,2, 118-124. DOI:10.1039/C7SE00389G
Hello, I am Ellina Kesselman, a PhD in Biochemistry. I came from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, where I work as a Microscopy Research Engineer, using Cryo- Electron Microscopy and other microscopy techniques (Atomic Force Microscopy, Light Microscopy) for supra-molecular structures imaging and investigation. I will spend 3 weeks in the laboratory of Prof. Nora Ventosa, in the Nanomol group, to learn the technology of the new GLA nanoformulation to implement it in our lab for the research purposes in the frame of the Smart-4-Fabry project. I am fond of reading, art, music, as well as of outdoor activities: travelling, hiking, snorkeling, skiing.
Today we started to celebrate some of the events for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. We had a seminar at 12 pm from Montse Ribell on Mileva Mariç, a great women eclipsed by a great man, Albert Einstein, and who left her studies in physics and maths for him.
After the seminar, we took a group photo of the women at ICMAB, but also of the men... Why?
During the second and third weeks of February, the ICMAB will be celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which was declared in 2016 by the United Nations to be on February, 11.
This day is being celebrated by other research centers, universities, science museums and other institutions and associations related to science, in order to raise awareness of the persistent gender gap in science, and raise the profile of the work of female scientists. The global goal of is to achieve a full and equal access and participation in science for women and girls, and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
Discovery of Potent EGFR Inhibitors through the Incorporation of a 3D-Aromatic-Boron-Rich-Cluster into the 4-Anilinoquinazoline Scaffold: Potential Drugs for Glioma Treatment
Marcos Couto, María Fernanda García, Catalina Alamón, Prof. Mauricio Cabrera, Prof. Pablo Cabral, Prof. Alicia Merlino, Prof. Francesc Teixidor, Prof. Hugo Cerecetto, Prof. Clara Viñas. Chem. Eur. J. doi:10.1002/chem.201705181
ICMAB researchers have designed ultrathin materials that maximize the absorption of light in a large range of the solar spectrum. The followed strategy, low cost and fully scalable, is based on combining the thin layer deposition of semiconductors on metals, and the nanostructuring of the material forming photonic crystals. The obtained superabsorbers materials have many potential applications, especially in the field of photovoltaic energy and photodetection.
I am Miquel from Palafrugell (Girona). I am a final year student of Nanoscience and nanotechnology degree in UAB and I will be doing my final year project at ICMAB in the Solid State Chemistry group under the supervision of Stefania Sandoval.
About me... I like traveling, hanging out, sports, playing chess and watching series and movies.
Hope to see you around!!
Jike Lyu, Ignasi Fina, Raul Solanas, Josep Fontcuberta & Florencio Sánchez. Scientific Reports 8, Article number: 495 (2018). doi:10.1038/s41598-017-18842-5
The awardees with the Premis Ciutat de Barcelona 2017 have been known on February 1, 2018. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 15, at the Saló de Cent, in a ceremony presided by Ada Colau, and conducted by the journalist Eva Arderius. Prof. Xavier Obradors, ICMAB Director, was member of the jury in the category "Experimental Sciences and Technology".
My name is Sergio and I'm a physicist from Badalona. Currently I'm doing a master degree on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the UB. I'll be doing my master thesis under the supervision of Ignasi Fina in the Magnetic Materials and Functional Oxides group. In my free time I like to go out with friends, play videogames and play board games.
Synthesis of graphene-based photocatalysts for water splitting by laser-induced doping with ionic liquids
Angel Pérez del Pino, Arántzazu González-Campo, Sandra Giraldo, José Peral, Enikö György, Constantin Logofatu, Andrew J. de Mello, Josep Puigmartí-Luis. Carbon Volume 130, April 2018, Pages 48-58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carbon.2017.12.116
Similarly to the NFFA project in which we participate, the calls are for researchers who would like to use research infrastructures that are not available in their own centre, and are aimed to enhance the mobility and the collaboration within researchers and industries.
Dorothy A. Silbaugh, Lidia Ferrer-Tasies, Jordi Faraudo, Jaume Veciana, Nora Ventosa*, and Brian A. Korgel*. Langmuir, 2017, 33 (50), pp 14366–14377. DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b03539
I am María Jesús, I’m from Badajoz, Extremadura. I am studying a master degree in Advanced Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. I’m a graduate in Biotechnology by the Pablo Olavide University (Seville). I’ll be doing my masters final thesis with the group of Nanoparticles and Nanocomposite (N&N).
See you around!
Mercury-Mediated Organic Semiconductor Surface Doping Monitored by Electrolyte-Gated Field-Effect Transistors
On 19 January 2018 we received the visit of a group of highschool students from Institut Castellbisbal. The students listened first to our Communication and Outreach Officer, who welcomed them and explained them where they were and the work we do at ICMAB, and then to a seminar on "The materials of the future for nanomedicine" given by Dr. Judith Guasch, from the NANOMOL group. The seminar was followed by a visit to four of our laboratories: X-ray diffraction, AFM, SoftLab and the lab of Dr. Judith Guasch.
This article appeared in Physics Berkeley website on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
We transcribe it here, since some previous ICMAB members participated in the study, which was recently published in PNAS: Emergent chirality in the electric polarization texture of titanate superlattices (Padraic Shafer, Pablo García-Fernández,Pablo Aguado-Puente,Anoop R. Damodaran , Ajay K. Yadav, Christopher T. Nelson, Shang-Lin Hsu, Jacek C. Wojdeł, Jorge Íñiguez, Lane W. Martin, Elke Arenholz, Javier Junquer, and Ramamoorthy Ramesh). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1711652115.
A large number of ICMAB researchers are among those researchers in Spain with high h-index in many different disciplines: Applied Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Crystallography, Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Multidisciplinary Chemistry, and Multidisciplinary Materials Science, according to the Web of Science.
The website h-webcindario (http://indice-h.webcindario.com) from GRUPO DIH, which compiles the h-index numbers from the researchers based in Spain, has done now the yearly update The h-index numbers are collected from the Web of Science ISI website, which is of free access for the research centers through FECYT.
Joshua O. Island, Rocco Gaudenzi, Joeri de Bruijckere, Enrique Burzurí, Carlos Franco, Marta Mas-Torrent, Concepció Rovira, Jaume Veciana, Teun M. Klapwijk, Ramón Aguado, and Herre S. J. van der Zant
Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 117001. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.117001
Prof. Francesc Teixidor interviewed at Radio France International about the KardiaTool European project
Robust Organic Radical Molecular Junctions Using Acetylene Terminated Groups for C–Au Bond Formation
Francesc Bejarano, Ignacio Jose Olavarria-Contreras, Andrea Droghetti*, Ivan Rungger, Alexander Rudnev, Diego Gutiérrez, Marta Mas-Torrent, Jaume Veciana , Herre S. J. van der Zant, Concepció Rovira, Enrique Burzurı́*, and Núria Crivillers*. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140 (5), pp 1691–1696. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b10019
Electrochemical Intercalation of Calcium and Magnesium in TiS2: Fundamental Studies Related to Multivalent Battery Applications
Deyana S. Tchitchekova, Alexandre Ponrouch*, Roberta Verrelli, Thibault Broux, Carlos Frontera, Andrea Sorrentino, Fanny Bardé, Neven Biskup, M. Elena Arroyo-de Dompablo, and M. Rosa Palacín*. Chem. Mater., Article ASAP
On Friday 16 February, the secondary school teachers enrolled in the "Physics and Chemistry Permanent Seminars" organized by Miquel Calvet and Fina Guitart from the CESIRE* (Centre de Recursos Pedagògics Específics de Suport a la Innovació i la Recerca Educativa), came for an afternoon at ICMAB.
I'm Mahyad from Iran, I did a bachelor degree in Material Engineering at AUT back in Iran and currently I'm doing a master degree at UAB (Advanced Nanoscience and Nanotechnology). Also I'm working on my master thesis under supervision of Carmen Ocal at ICMAB, working with AFM and studying the triboelectric effect. On my free time I like to hang out with friends and having fun.
The Institut Joaquima Pla i Farreras from Sant Cugat visits ICMAB and learns the secret of batteries!
On Friday, 16 February, we received the visit of a class of 1st BTX students from Institut Joaquima Pla i Farreras (Sant Cugat) who came to learn about "The nanomaterials of the future for energy" and, particularly, those for batteries. Dr. Dino Tonti, from the Solid State Chemistry Group, gave a talk on nanotechnology, materials for energy and focused on batteries, and on his research on lithium and sodium batteries.
Hi! I'm Agustin, and I'm a PhD student from Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is my first time in Barcelona. I’m going to be here for one month and I will learn how to characterize ferroelectric thin films with the group of Josep Fontcuberta. In my free time I like playing videogames, reading a lot of books and spending time with my girlfriend and my friends.
Maria Serena Maglione, Stefano Casalini, Stamatis Georgakopoulos, Marianna Barbalinardo, Vitaliy Parkula, Núria Crivillers, Concepció Rovira, Pierpaolo Greco, Marta Mas-Torrent. Small 2017, 1703344. https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.201703344
My name is Helena, and I am an undergrad student from the UAB. I'm studying the double major of physics and chemistry, and I'm in my last year so I'm going to do my end-of-degree project here at ICMAB. I hope to learn a lot about materials and its characteristics, as well as learning how to work in a research lab.
The "Desena Trobada de Joves Investigadors dels Països Catalans" (10th Meeting of Young Researchers of the Catalan Countries) was held this year on 29-30 January 2018 at the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) in Barcelona. The meeting, organized by the Societat Catalana de Química (SCQ) is held every two years. This year, many ICMAB members were there to present their work and meet other chemists and researchers.
RMIT Europe has just opened a position in Barcelona for a Nano Research Fellow to work on an EU project.
The Role & Your Responsibilities
The Research Fellow will work based at RMIT Europe and the primary focus will be to deliver on RMIT Europe’s objectives under the H2020 project GoNano. This will involve reviewing best practice for responsible research and innovation in the field of nanotechnology and engagement with citizens, industry and professional stakeholders, researchers from RMIT University and collaborators in Europe.
This week ICMAB has reached the fantastic number of 5000 published papers written by its researchers! Congratulations to all of our researchers, who have worked and published at ICMAB, starting on 1986 and until the present days, and also to all those who have collaborated with us, from other research centers, universities or other institutions! Science is a global issue!
ICMAB will be at YoMo 2018 with an interactive stand to enhance the creativity of the young visitors
On 27 and 28 February from 9 am to 4 pm, the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) will be at YoMo with an interactive stand to enhance the creativity of the students that will attend this festival, and introduce them to the materials science and nanotechnology world.
Hello! I'm Josep and I am from Parets del Vallès. I'm a chemistry student in UAB and this is my last year as undergraduate. I will be doing my final degree project here in the ICMAB under the supervision of Arancha Gonzalez. I will be here until the end of June. I like playing saxophone and reading.
An article about the research in perovskite appeared in "Televisión Nacional de Honduras" website, citing ICMAB, together with other research centers in Spain, where advanced research in this material is done: "Spain is one of the countries in which research (in the development of perovskite) is more advanced.
Apart from the research group in the Institute of Materials Science in Sevilla, there are many more groups specialized in its study, in the University Jaume I of Castelló, the Institute of Molecular Science (University of Valencia), the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), the University Pablo de Olavide in Sevilla, and the Catalan Institue of Chemical Research (ICIQ)."
I'm Pablo, from Barcelona. I'm graduated in Biochemistry and currently I'm taking a master degree in Advanced Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (UAB). I will be working at ICMAB under the supervision of Arancha González studying nanoparticles internalization in yeasts and protein immobilization on surfaces.
I play different instruments and I love playing and improvising music with people :)
Aiming at developing internal talent and meeting the needs of ICMAB's young scientists, ICMAB's Communication & Outreach and Library & Documentation services offer from January to May 2018 a course of 15 hours (divided in 5 modules of 3 hours each) on documentation and writing tools necessary for research: "Essential documentation tools for research - Practical guide for young ICMAB researchers".
This news article, appeared at nanotechweb.org websitee (IOP publishing), features a publication recently published by Agustín Mihi and his team in Advanced Materials "Ultrathin Semiconductor Superabsorbers from the Visible to the Near-Infrared" (Pau Molet, Juan Luis Garcia-Pomar, Cristiano Matricardi, Miquel Garriga, Maria Isabel Alonso and Agustín Mihi).
Nanostructuring a thin layer of the semiconductor germanium using a technique called nanoimprinting lithography can greatly boost the amount of light it absorbs across the visible to near-infrared wavelengths. The broadband absorption comes from the strong interplay between Brewster and photonic crystal modes in the material and the effect could benefit optoelectronics applications such as photovoltaics and telecommunications.
Hi, I'm Albert and I'm a chemist from Barcelona. I got my bachelor's degree in Chemistry in Barcelona (UB) and then I got my PhD in 2013 (ICMAB-UAB) under the supervision of Dr. Rosario Núñez. After spending more than 4 years and a half abroad, first as a Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast and then as a Research Scientist at Green Lizard Technologies (Belfast, UK), I'm back to ICMAB to start a collaborative project with Dr. Rosario Núñez and Dr. Gerard Tobias to synthesise boron-enriched carbon nanomaterials as Theranostic Agents for biomedical imaging and BNCT. I like to watch movies and series, hanging out with my friends, playing videogames, travelling and practising sports, especially squash. See you around!
Hey, I’m Miquel from Sabadell. I got both my bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and my MD in chemical research at UAB. My master’s thesis consisted in the development of ruthenium nanocatalysts for the sustainable production of hydrogen using sunlight. Recently, I started my PhD project under the supervision of prof. Clara Viñas to study the carboranes and their applications. I enjoy music, videogames, reading, basketball, traveling and having a good talk. See you around!
- Xanthinuria is a rare disease caused by the accumulation of xanthine in blood, which can lead to serious pathologies, such as renal failure or gout.
- ICMAB researchers have prepared a novel hybrid graphene-based electrochemical biosensor for the fast and 100 times more sensitive detection of xanthine, with respect to previously reported sensors.
- The study, published in the journal Advanced Materials Interfaces, combines the properties of reduced graphene oxide and those of the organic radicals to prepare next generation, low cost electrochemical biosensors.