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Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC), que gestiona sis estacions d’esquí catalanes, desenvolupa actualment una tecnologia pionera en producció de neu que provarà els propers tres anys a les seves instal·lacions i que podria suposar un estalvi del consum d’aigua i energia d’un 40%. El president de FGC, Toni Segarra, i el responsable de la divisió de turisme, Toni Sanmartín, han avançat aquesta informació durant la presentació de la temporada d’hivern. Sanmartín ha explicat que el projecte s’anomena Laboratori de la neu i ha detallat que es tracta d’un estudi únic a Europa per millorar l’eficiència en aquest àmbit, clau actualment per a la viabilitat de les estacions d’esquí.
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Researchers at the UAB and ICMAB-CSIC have succeeded in bringing wireless technology to the fundamental level of magnetic devices. The emergence and control of magnetic properties in cobalt nitride layers (initially non-magnetic) by voltage, without connecting the sample to electrical wiring, published in Nature Communications, represents a paradigm shift that can facilitate the creation of magnetic nanorobots for biomedicine and computing systems where basic information management processes do not require wiring.
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The featured article on the cover of Small, titled "Ratiometric Nanothermometer Based on a Radical Excimer for In Vivo Sensing" and led by Jaume Veciana and Imma Ratera from the Nanomol-Bio Group (ICMAB, CIBER-BBN) and their team, investigates organic nanoparticles based on persistent TTM radicals. In vivo experiments demonstrate that these nanoparticles function as ratiometric nanothermometers, showing significant promise in the field of biological thermometry.
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ICMAB's research on brain tumor therapy using boron clusters featured in Journal of Materials Chemistry B's prestigious collection
The research article titled "Boron clusters (ferrabisdicarbollides), shaping the future as radiosensitizers for multimodal (chemo/radio/PBFR) therapy of glioblastoma," has been selected for the 'Most Popular' collection in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Journal of Materials Chemistry B, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
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In their recent ARA newspaper article titled "Fusió nuclear: utopia o realitat?" (Nuclear Fusion: Utopia or Reality?), researchers Xavier Obrador and Teresa Puig provide a comprehensive overview of the international pursuit of a functional nuclear fusion reactor.
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The cover illustrates the review "Direct Bottom-Up In Situ Growth: A Paradigm Shift for Studies in Wet-Chemical Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles" published in Chemical Reviews.
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The 2023 edition of the Journal Citation Reports (with data from 2022) has been published. What are the main differences observed this year?
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Alexandre Ponrouch wins an ERC Consolidator Grant to develop safe and energy dense multi-metal anode batteries
Alexandre Ponrouch, from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), has been awarded a 2022 ERC Consolidator Grant (ERC-CoG) from the European Research Council.
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Amanda Muñoz-Juan visits the President of La Rioja and is interviewed in the radio about her research
Amanda Muñoz, PhD researcher at the Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites (NN) group was intervied by La Cope Logroño. During the interview, she talks about her reseach and about her experience and future challenges.
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Lamentem profundament la mort del nostre benvolgut amic i company, el Prof. Carles Miravitlles, fundador de l'ICMAB l'any 1986 i director del centre durant 21 anys, del 1986 al 2008. En Carles ens ha deixat el dia 16 d'abril de 2023, a l'edat de 80 anys.
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M. Rosa Palacín, ICMAB researcher, is one of the 12 women scientists showcased in this campaign by the Catalan Government to visibilize women in science and technology.
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In line with the International Women’s Day 2023, the Royal Society of Chemistry highlights some of the excellent female researchers publishing impactful work in materials science in a special collection.
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ICMAB researcher M. Rosa Palacín was interviewed by Accounts of Materials Research (AMR) Senior Editor Jiayin Yuan.
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European research centres, including ICMAB, and companies leading the development of supercomputing hardware and simulation software re-join forces in the third phase of the MaX European Centre of Excellence, funded by the European Union and supported by the Euro HPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) and its member states.
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In article published in Advanced Sensor Research, Anna Palau and co-workers study permalloy strips with substrate-induced uniaxial anisotropy, since they offer the possibility to produce fast in-plane magnetization reversals triggered by an out-of-plane magnetic field.
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The awards ceremony took place on Friday, 10 February 2023 at the Library of the University Campus in Manresa. Xavier Obradors made the speech presenting the awardee and highlighting the merits of her career.
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The February issue of the magazine "El Pou de la Gallina" from Manresa is devoted to "Doing research abroad". The number was presented at the Casino in Manresa in a round table with Xavier Obradors, who participated in the report.
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ICMAB researchers have participated in a study to create a versatile platform based on hierarchically nanostructured cell-adhesion peptides using quatsomes, which opens new possibilities for tissue engineering. The study, published in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces is a collaboration of three CIBER-BBN groups at ICMAB, IQAC (both CSIC) and IBEC.
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The cover illustrates the article "Boron clusters (ferrabisdicarbollides) shaping the future as radiosensitizers for multimodal (chemo/radio/PBFR) therapy of glioblastoma".
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In the #ChemicalScience Pick of the Week, M. Rosa Palacín and colleagues from ICMAB and ALBA Synchrotron present a perspective which focuses on the state-of-the art of operando techniques using synchrotron radiation applied to batteries, covering from hard to soft X-rays.
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Collaboration is a key part of research. Whether it is collaboration with similar researchers with different skill sets or perspectives, or collaboration with researchers in other fields for an interdisciplinary approach, joining efforts with other institutions is a solid way to improve ICMAB’s work. Here are the institutions that have collaborated more with ICMAB in 2022:
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"It doesn't exist if it is not published", or "Publish or perish". For sure you have heard some of these sentences. Our ICMAB researchers do great science, and also publish the results in specialized scientific journals, to disseminate the research results they obtain.
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ICMAB has, since 1986 and until this year 2022, over 6,000 publications and 200,000 citations. This year 2022 ICMAB researchers have published, so far, over 210 publications. Some of them are considered highly cited articles.
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The Clarivate journal Impact Factor metric system gives a yearly numeric indicator of how much has an article been cited and how much impact has it had. With a total of 210 of publications with IF (before finishing the year), ICMAB’s average IF has been at 9.00, with an 26.7 % of all publications having an IF higher than 10. These are the ICMAB articles that have had a higher IF during 2022:
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The Global Health and Research community and their Gender and Equity Committees signing below, including the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB, CSIC) and its Gender Equality Committee, ratifies this statement written by The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal).
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On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the CSIC Women and Science Committee and the CSIC Delegate Committee for Equality have prepared the following joint communication.
The ICMAB Gender Equality Committee at ICMAB works to ensure that there are no inequalities or discriminations for reasons of gender, race, age, nationality at ICMAB, is the main consultation point for anyone who has any issue regarding these topics, and makes available all the resources and tools (from CSIC, MCIN...) to the ICMAB staff and provides training in the matter, so they know what to do when something related to work or sexual harassment, inequalities, bias, or any other discrimination happens.
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M. Rosa Palacín was invited to this podcast on future, cheap and sustainable materials.
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María José Sanz, director of the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), takes over the presidency of the Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centers and María de Maeztu Units (SOMMa) replacing María Blasco, director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO).
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UAB researchers have developed a magnetic material capable of imitating the way the brain stores information. The material makes it possible to emulate the synapses of neurons and mimic, for the first time, the learning that occurs during deep sleep. ICMAB researcher Alberto Quintana participates in the study.
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The cover illustrates the article "Recyclable optical bioplastics platform for solid state red light harvesting via triplet-triplet annihilation photon upconversion".
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To celebrate the International Open Access Week 2022 (24-30 October) we organized a seminar on open access at ICMAB, entitled Open bar, publish open access free wherever you want. CSIC's transformative agreements with publishers.
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2021 has been a year characterized by the "back-to-normal" life after the pandemic.
The ICMAB has, step by step, returned to normality, but continuing with online and hybrid events and meetings, and with limitted capacity in the labs and offices for most of the year, and strict conditions to ensure the safety and health of all the ICMABers.
However, our researchers and all our staff have worked hard to continue making this center one of the top centers in materials science research of the world.
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Xplorers is a TV program relesased on the International Day of Scientific Culture: 28 Sept. ICMAB Severo Ochoa Scientific Director, M. Rosa Palacin, and Director, Xavier Obradors, participate in the program.
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Researchers from ICFO, ICMAB-CSIC and Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a new methodology to investigate and measure the quantum phase transitions of a high-temperature superconductor by using High Harmonic spectroscopy.
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The cover illustrates the article "Control of up-to-down/down-to-up light induced ferroelectric polarization reversal" published by ICMAB and ICFO researchers.
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The visit included other 2 TECNIO centres at the UAB campus and the UAB research park (PRUAB). ICMAB researcher Nora Ventosa is the president of the TECNIO Association.
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The new cover is for the article "Surface Lattice Plasmon Resonances by Direct In Situ Substrate Growth of Gold Nanoparticles in Ordered Arrays" published in Advanced Materials.
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Eloísa del Pino visited some of the CSIC centers in Catalunya to meet the staff and discuss the needs and challenges of the institutes. She has been able to tour emblematic infrastructures such as the IMB-CNM Clean Room and the Nanoquim and Nanbiosis platforms at ICMAB; or the Automated X-ray Crystallography Platform at IBMB.
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