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The NANOMOL group collaborates with the VHIR in the developement of a new nanomedicine for the treatment of a childhood cancer

Within the MOTHER project (Molecule-based materials and supramolecular organizations for therapy, diagnosis and tissue engineering), the NANOMOL group from ICMAB collaborates with the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Research (VHIR), on the developement of a new nanomedicine for the treatment of high risk neuroblastoma, one of the most typical childhood cancers. Now, researchers from VHIR have identified new microRNAs that reduce the progression of this type of cancer.

A new iron oxide polymorph found at high pressures

  • Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility have characterized the structural, electronic and magnetic behavior of nanoparticles of a rare phase of iron oxide, the epsilon phase, under extreme pressure conditions, emulating the conditions of the interior of the Earth.
  • The study, published in Nature Communications, concludes that the presence of this rare phase of iron oxide in the inner Earth is possible, and that under these conditions there is a new iron oxide phase, epsilon prime, with magnetic properties radically different from those known so far.

Researchers from "Madame du Châtelet" talking about the gender gap in science in the press

On Saturday, 17 November 2018, we participated in the "Science Tech Girls Vallès" event, in the Library Vapor Badia in Sabadell. The event was planned as a morning full of science and technology for girls between 8 and 18 years old. Boys could also participate, but it was an action to encourage the participation of girls in science. The morning started at 10 am with the dramatised reading, created and performed by ICMAB women, "Madame du Châtelet and her Instagram followers", which wants to visibilize the women scientists throughout history. 

"New perspectives for photovoltaics" by Mariona Coll at Revista de Física

The last issue of the Revista Española de Física (RdF) of the RSEF contains five articles written by the winners of the XII edition of the Research Awards "For Women in Science" from L'Oréal-UNESCO. The Editorial Committee decided to invite them to write an article about their research for the section "Temas de Física". Mariona Coll, from the ICMAB, has written the article "Oxides and low-cost chemical methods: New perspectives for photovoltaics".

Mariona Coll, scientist with GLAMOUR

The October issue of GLAMOUR, the most read magazine among women and female teenagers in Spain, publishes the interview to seven Spanish female researchers discussing on gender balance and the difficulties to do research in Spain. Mariona Coll, a chemist from ICMAB, is one of them.

"El reto de ser científicas y madres" by Valentina Raffio in El Periódico

On Monday, 24 September, this article appeared in the printed version in the newspaper "El Periódico", both in the Spanish and Catalan version. The article is written by the journalist Valentina Raffio, and features two ICMAB researchers, Teresa Puig and Marta Mas-Torrent, in the framework of the project #LasCientíficasCuentan, an initiative by CSIC-Brussels and funded by the FECYT. We transcribe here the text. 

Peter Grünberg, an inspiration for many magnetic ICMABers: from spinwaves to GMR

"Peter Grünberg was one of the first physicists to understand the potential of nascent nanotechnologies for fundamental research. He discovered giant magnetoresistance, or GMR: a large change in electrical resistance induced by a small magnetic field in stacks of ultrathin magnetic and non-magnetic layers." says Albert Fert* in Peter Grünberg's Obituary in Nature.

New boost to future calcium batteries - A possible cathode?

  • A recent study demonstrates the feasibility of the electrochemical extraction of calcium from a metal oxide, which could be used as a cathode (positive electrode) for calcium batteries
  • The study, published in Dalton Transactions, was carried out in collaboration with Toyota Motor Europe, which shares the patent

SOMMa in the press: "Respiro para la ciencia"

This article was published on May 28, 2018, in La Vanguardia, and is signed by Carina Farreras, Barcelona. We transcribe it here as it is. You can download here the paper version. SOMMais the alliance of the Severo Ochoa and Maria de Maeztu research centers and units, formed by 41 research centers and units, and by more than 5,000 researchers. SOMMa wants to promote Spanish Excellence in research and enhance its social impact at national and international levels.

Respiro para la ciencia. Una enmienda a ley de Presupuestos desencalla la paralización de los centros.

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

The Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units Alliance (#SOMMa) aims at promoting Spanish excellence science, and preserving its competitiveness

The creation of SOMMa will allow research centres and units to increase their impact, foster their cooperation, work as a network, and enrich the R+D system as a whole. SOMMa has presented the document “SOMMa Position Paper: Actions required to safeguard science competitiveness”, which aims at drawing the attention of politicians to tackle some of the current administrative issues urgently and in a long-lasting manner.

ICMAB researchers at the monograph on "Condensed Matter" of the Revista Española de Física

The July-September issue of the Revista Española de Física (Vol 31, No 3) includes a monogaph of 41 pages on Condensed Matter. Some ICMAB researchers have contributed in some of the articles.

You can download in this post the articles of the monograph, with the permission of the journal. If you become a member of the RSEF you'll be able to read all the journal!

Research Award L'Oréal-Unesco FWIS 2017 for Mariona Coll and her project on new materials for photovoltaics

As we already announced on July 2017, Mariona Coll, researcher at the Institute of Materials Science (ICMAB) in the SUMAN group, has been awarded with the Research Award L'Oréal-Unesco "For Women in Science" 2017. The awards ceremony took place this last Wednesday, 22 November, in Madrid. Mariona will receive 15.000 € that will be invested in her research project which "can contribute to one of the most important challenges of this century: find a new energy system for the production of clean energy". 

Identified for the first time a mineral that until now was only present in meteorites

Researchers from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), and the National University of Córdoba (Argentina), in collaboration with researchers of the ALBA Synchrotron, have identified a mineral in the region of Córdoba (Argentina), until now only observed in meteorites

Un manresà lidera un dels projectes de superconductivitat més importants d'Europa

REGIO7 | 15/03/2017

El coordinador del projecte, Xavier Obradors, ha explicat que Eurotapes és un "projecte europeu de referència de superconductors", resultat de la col·laboració entre el món acadèmic i la indústria. "Les cintes superconductores poden fer passar 100 vegades més corrent que la fibra de coure", ha informat Obradors, i això permetrà "transportar molta energia i disminuir el cost de producció d'aquesta cinta". 

El aerogenerador que no pierde energía

LA RAZÓN | 13/03/2017 | Eva Martínez Rull

Convertir un aerogenerador de 2MW de potencia en un «molino» superconductor dos veces más ligero y que, sobre todo, no pierda ni un vatio de energía por la disipación de calor. Es lo que ha conseguido un grupo de investigadores del Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona (ICMAB); el Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC); el Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón (ICMA); el Instituto mixto del CSIC y de la Universidad de Zaragoza (Unizar), y Gamesa Innovation and Technology.

El primer molino terrestre superconductor se gesta en Barcelona

EL PERIÓDICO, DOMINGO, 12 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 MICHELE CATANZARO
El cambio primordial en un molino superconductor está en el generador. “En lugar de cobre y hierro en su interior hay cintas de segunda generación, unos filamentos superconductores”, explica Xavier Obradors, director del Icmab. No solo los filamentos no pierden energía, sino que tampoco se calientan, por lo que no se necesita la maquinaria de enfriamiento que precisan los metales tradicionales.

GENERA 2017, Feria Internacional de Energía y Medioambiente, incluye un proyecto del ICMAB entre los 14 que destaca por su aportación al desarrollo de las renovables y la eficiencia energética en España

El proyecto innovador, presentado por el Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, se basa en el diseño de un generador, sobre la base física de un generador de DFIG de 2MWde uso habitual en aerogeneradores comerciales, convirtiéndolo en un prototipo de generador síncrono de potencia equivalente con devanado de campo superconductor.

Ocho décadas después, el hidrógeno se hace metal

Es el átomo más simple que existe. Está en el agua y en gran cantidad de compuestos químicos. Representa la mayor parte de la materia visible del universo y, en la Tierra, se suele encontrar por partida doble: dos átomos que forman una molécula de gas. De él se sabe mucho pero quedan interrogantes. Esta semana, una de las preguntas se ha aclarado: enfriando y apretando mucho sus moléculas, el hidrógeno se hace metal. Es decir, probablemente es capaz de conducir la electricidad y el calor.

Petites partícules que milloren la medicina

LA VANGUARDIA, 19 DIC 2016

El centre de biotecnologia cubà BioCubaFarma i el centre català TECNIO Nanomol acaben d'iniciar el procés per validar clínicament un nou medicament que té per objectiu millorar la cicatrització de l'úlcera del peu diabètic i evitar així la seva amputació.

Nuevos materiales con mucho futuro

LA VANGUARDIA, 25, SEPT 2016

Trabajar en la investigación, desarrollo y comercialización de productos innovadores, en campos con tantas expectativas de futuro como la energía, puede ser la clave del éxito para una nueva empresa.

Scientific paper by M. Campoy and A. Goñi commented in Nature Materials

News on Organic Photovoltaics: The scientific paper "Exploring the origin of High Optical Absorption in Conjugated Polymers" by

ICMAB-CSIC researchers M. Campoy and A.Goñi, among others, has been commented in Nature Materials, Vol 15, July 2016, page 705 "News and Views".

Polarons Drive a Magneto-Optical Effect

A surprisingly large magneto-optical response occurs when mobile electrons in a cooled material become trapped by their interaction with the surrounding lattice.

The incredible Hückel. A back cover of Chem. Eur. J.

Jordi Poater (ICREA Research Professor at Univ. Barcelona, ex-IQCC member), Miquel Solà from the Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis (IQCC) and Clara Viñas and Francesc Teixidor from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (CSIC, ICMAB) have shown that aromatic closo boron hydride clusters can be categorized into different series, according to the n value of the Hückel (4?n+2)? rule.

Publicada en Nature Materials investigación coliderada por Mariano Campoy sobre la obtención de paneles solares que permitan un mayor rendimiento energético.

Se ha publicado en Nature Materials un trabajo de Mariano Campoy del ICMAB-CSIC y Jenny Nelson del Imperial College en el que se concluye que los polímeros con estructura molecular sin curvatura son mejores para la obtención de paneles solares más efectivos. Los materiales resultantes consiguen pasar del  4%  o el 5% de eficiencia al 8,5% 

Más de 200 expertos participan en la XX Conferencia Internacional de Materiales

EL PERIÓDICO DE ARAGÓN, 11/04/2016

Más de 200 expertos de 28 países participan en la XX Conferencia Internacional de Compuestos Solidos de Elementos de Transición (SCTE 2016), en la que se debatirán las últimas tendencias de la investigación básica y aplicada en ciencia de materiales.

NANOMOL-CSIC one of the 54 accredited institutions in Catalonia with the new seal TECNIO

At the event held on April 7th 2016, chaired by Hon. Mr. Jordi Baiget, Minister for Business and Enterprise of the Generalitat of Catalonia, were presented the first 54 organizations accredited with the seal TECNIO, four of which are part of the CSIC. The accreditation is the hallmark TECNIO granted by the Government of Catalonia, through ACCIÓ to identify the developers and facilitators of differential technologies in Catalonia.

Presentan en Praga prototipo de memoria USB inmune a los campos magnéticos

LA VANGUARDIA, 31-3-2016

Praga, 31 abr (EFE).- El acceso a memorias digitales de bolsillo a prueba de campos magnéticos ya no es ciencia ficción, y lo que es un hallazgo digno de revistas especializadas se ha visto acompañado por un prototipo cuyo funcionamiento se puede verificar en casa.

Nanocápsulas de carbono contra el cáncer

esquema nanotubos RADDEL

Científicos del Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona (ICMAB) del CSIC, en colaboración con el Instituto Catalán de Nanociencia y Nanotecnología (ICN2), el Instituto de Biologia Molecular y Celular del CNRS francés, y el King’s College de Londres (KCL), han desarrollado un nanotransportador basado en nanotubos de carbono para radioterapia contra el cáncer.

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