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Projecte dirigit per Albert Verdaguer podria reduir en un 40% el consum d’aigua en producció de neu

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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Experimental setup. A thin layer of cobalt nitride (CoN) in a liquid with ionic conductivity. The voltage is applied to the liquid via two platinum plates. (Credits: Zheng Ma)

First-ever wireless device developed to make magnetism appear in non-magnetic materials

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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Cover in Small on ratiometric nanothermometers

New Cover in Small on ratiometric nanothermometers

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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Amanda Muñoz using an optical microscope | ICMAB, CSIC

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.

Radio, Newspapers, ICMAB in the media

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Carles Miravitlles | ICMAB, CSIC

En Carles Miravitlles, director-fundador de l'ICMAB, ens ha deixat

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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Start of the campaign with 10 of the 12 women, at the Escola Eixample

"Dona Ciència. Dona Tecnologia" new campaign on women in science and technology

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. 

Websites News, Outreach Videos, Women in Science, Press Release

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Roser Valentí, member of our Scientific Advisory Board, awarded with the Rosa Argelaguet in Manresa

 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.

Other External News, Institutional

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New nanoarchitectonics to enhance cell-adhesion with quatsomes

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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Top 10 ICMAB collaborators

ICMAB’s most frequent collaborators in 2022 - A year in review

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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Word cloud of all the journals in which we published | ICMAB, CSIC (Made in

ICMAB’s 2022 most published journals - A year in review

"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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Top 10 ICMAB articles with a higher IF in 2022 - A year in review

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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#25N “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women”

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. 

Women in Science, Breaking News

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100xCiencia.6 SOMMa meeting at Palau Reial de Pedralbes | ICMAB, CSIC

Change in the presidency of the SOMMa alliance: María José Sanz replaces María Blasco

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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Researchers develop a material that mimics how the brain stores information

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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Open Access seminar at ICMAB | ICMAB, CSIC

Open Access Transition Phase: Transformative Agreements

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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Welcome to the ICMAB Annual Report 2021

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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Visit of the CSIC President at ICMAB | ICMAB-CSIC

The CSIC president visits the institution's centers in Catalunya

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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