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ICMAB’s 2023 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. This year 2023 our researchers have published 215 research articles in many different journals, in the fields of physics, chemistry, materials, nanotechnology and more. A total of 129 different journals! Take a look at the wordcloud below to see all the words of the journal titles.

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Top 10 ICMAB articles with a higher IF in 2023 - 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 211 of publications with IF, ICMAB’s average IF has been at 8.5, with an 23 % of all publications having an IF higher than 10. These are the ICMAB articles that have had a higher IF during 2023. This year, articles with higher IF range from the topics of growth, to solar panels and batteries, to nanoparticles and nanotechnology: 

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COVER. The cover displays [Gd(MeCOO)(PhCOO)2], a new Gd-based 2D MOF synthesized and characterized by E. Bartolomé (ICMAB-CSIC), C. Sañudo (UB) et al. The material shows magnetocaloric effect both in bulk and chemisorbed on a Silicon substrate, opening up the possibilities for on-surface cooling devices.

A new molecular Gd-based 2D metal-organic-framework opens new frontiers to on-surface magnetic cooling of technological devices

The new edition of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A portrays in its cover a novel on-surface deposited Gd 2D metal-organic framework (MOF), investigated by an international research team led by Carolina Sañudo (UB) and Elena Bartolomé (ICMAB-CSIC). The team comprises people from the Institute of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry of the UB (IQTCUB), the Institute of Nanoscience and Materials of Aragon (INMA/CSIC/UNIZAR), the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (United States) and the University of Oxford (United Kingdom).

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Illustrative graph of the study proposing C. elegans Rac1/CED10 as a model for the study of the primary stages of Parkinson's disease.

New animal model created to study Parkinson's disease before neurodegeneration appears

A research team in which ICMAB-CSIC has participated has managed to generate and validate a new animal model.  This model enables the examination of the initial phases of Parkinson's disease, occurring prior to the onset of motor symptoms, and the exploration of molecular processes preceding neuronal degeneration. The new model, based on the Caenorhabditis elegans worm, emerges as an essential tool in creating future therapies aimed at stopping the characteristic loss of neuronal structure and function seen in the disease.  

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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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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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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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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 wordclouds.com)

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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Organic semiconductor on glass support | ICMAB-CSIC

Efficient photovoltaics: more (light) with less (material)

Absorb more light while using less material: This constitutes one of the most complicated milestones in the field of organic photovoltaics due to its practical implications: improving the efficiency of solar cells, (potentially) their stability and their semi-transparency to the human eye. Now, the achievement of such milestone seems to be closer than ever.

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Converting solar energy to electricity on demand | Chalmers University of Technology | Daniel Spacek, neuroncollective.com

Converting solar energy to electricity on demand

Eventually, this research – developed at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, by ICMAB and ICREA researcher Kasper Moth-Poulsen and co-workers – could lead to self-charging electronics using stored solar energy on demand.

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 Álvaro Luis Jiménez, CRAG PhD researcher, working with tomato plants at CRAG greenhouse | CRAG

A wall to stop bacterial wilt in tomato plants

ICMAB researchers Anna Laromaine and Sumithra Srinivasan collaborate in this study led by CRAG researchers to unveil the physico-chemical nature of the xylem barriers responsible for bacterial wilt resistance in tomato plants.

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Stable nanovesicles for the delivery of microRNA in cancer treatment in #WorldCancerDay

On World Cancer Day (4 Feb), we present a study on new nanovesicles, known as quatsomes, which have been successfully engineered to encapsulate and deliver microRNAs for the treatment of tumors. These nanovesicles are produced by a simple GMP compliant process, an unavoidable requirement for the clinical use of new drug candidates. The study, published in Small, has been highlighted in the Women in Materials Science issue of Advanced Materials.

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Cell penetrability of DNA-grafted quatsomes

New fluorescent nanovesicles for intracellular biomarker detection

A new work by the Nanomol Group, belonging to the CIBER-BBN network, together with a team from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, presents new nanovesicles capable of crossing biological barriers such as cell membranes, while maintaining their sensing capacity, which makes them attractive probes for intracellular detection of biomarkers.

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13 ICMAB researchers in the Stanford ranking of most highly cited scientists

Up to 523 CSIC scientists are in the ranking, 82 of them from centers in Catalonia.

ICMAB researchers in this ranking are working in the fields of sustainable batteries, oxide electronics, electronic and crystallographic structure of materials, flexoelectricity, borane-based materials, molecular materials, nitride-based materials, photovoltaics and thermoelectrics, among others. 

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Noemí Contreras-Pereda (ICN2) and Josep Puigmartí (IQTCUB-ICREA) with the microgravity device. | Xènia Fuentes/UB

Simulated microgravity system to synthesize high-quality 2D crystalline materials

A team of researchers demonstrated that 2D porous crystalline molecular frameworks (MOFs) can be grown with excellent control over their morphology and homogeneity by using a custom-made microfluidic device.

This approach recreates on Earth the microgravity environment of laboratories on the International Space Stations.

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A collection of strontium and vanadium oxide (SrVO3) metallic films of increasing thickness.| ICMAB-CSIC

A new theory to explain the transparency of metallic oxides

The electrons of some metal oxides, due to their large effective mass when coupled with the ionic lattice of the material, cannot follow the electric field of light and allow it to pass through the material. Transparent and conductive materials are used in smartphone touch screens and solar panels for photovoltaic energy.

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Amplified frequency-domain thermoreflectance setup used to study the existence of second sound in germanium. | ICMAB, CSIC

Thermal waves observed in semiconductor materials

A study published in Science Advances reports on the unexpected observation of thermal waves in germanium, a semiconductor material. This phenomenon may allow a significant improvement in the performance of our electronic devices in a near future. The study is led by researchers from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB, CSIC) in collaboration with researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and the University of Cagliari.

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Jewel Ann Maria Xavier, ICMAB researcher, with the magnetic nanoparticles. | ICMAB-CSIC

A device monitoring heart failure from saliva co-developed by ICMAB and IMB-CNM researchers

The instrument, developed in the framework of the European project KardiaTool, contains a biosensor chip developed in the Clean Room of the IMB-CNM, and functionalized magnetic nanoparticles synthesized at ICMAB, key to detect the biomarkers found in saliva. It is a quick Point-of-Care saliva test that does not require specialized personnel. 

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