I'm delighted to be at ICMAB. My favourites hobbies are playing videogames and play soccer. My favourite team is Barcelona from Ecuador. (Yeah this team has the same name as Barça team, lol)!
New COVER in Advanced Energy Materials: A treasure map to find the best performance of organic solar cells!
The article published in Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. about boron-based amphiphiles without a head‐and‐tail design displaying surfactant behavior, by co-authors David C. Malaspina, Clara Viñas, Francesc Teixidor and Jordi Faraudo is now featured in Chemistry World. The question is: how can a molecule without the classic hydrophilic head and hydrophobic tail of surfactants can behave like one? The atomistic simulations and experiments of this study can bring now an answer.
Hello, my name is Francisco De Santiago, I'm a PhD student from Mexico City. I work in DFT calculations and now I'm going to work with Dr. Riccardo Rurali's group in ab initio calculations of thermal conductivity. I'm delighted to be at ICMAB.
The picture above shows me at my typical tacos' place!
Saúl Estandía, Florencio Sánchez,* Matthew F. Chisholm and Jaume Gázquez. Nanoscale, 2019, Advance Article.
Electrochemical Reduction of Undoped and Cobalt-Doped BiFeO3 Induced by Water Exposure: Quantitative Determination of Reduction Potentials and Defect Energy Levels Using Photoelectron Spectroscopy
Nicole S. Bein, Pamela Machado, Mariona Coll, Feng Chen, Maja Makarovic, Tadej Rojac, Andreas Klein*. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019, 10, XXX, 7071-7076.
"Energy materials for a low carbon future": a philosophical discussion of the Royal Society with ICMAB researchers
Mariano Campoy Quiles, Alex Ponrouch and M. Rosa Palacín participated in the meeting of the Royal Society about ‘Energy Materials for a Low Carbon Future’ held in September 2018, in the fields of "Organic Thermoelectrics" and "Post -Li batteries". The opinions were published then in the Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society in July 2019.
Continuing with the "year in review" it is now time to take a look at those articles published in High Impact Factor Journals in 2019. We have chosen the top 10 articles published in high IF journals by our reserachers. The journals include Nature Materials, Energy & Environmental Science, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Nature Physics and Advanced Functional Materials. You can take a look at them in this post!
Chiral EDT-TTF precursors with one stereogenic centre: substituent size modulation of the conducting properties in the (R-EDT-TTF)2PF6 (R = Me or Et) series
The project "The energy of the future: from the lab to the classroom" has been awarded with a FGCSIC "Cuenta la Ciencia" grant
In 2020, the ICMAB will be present at the next edition of YoMo "Youth Mobile" conference (25-29 Feb 2020) with two activities around women in science: the dramatised reading "Madame Châtelet and her Instagram followers", which visibilized women scientists of our history, and the talk "The hidden truth: Women behing the periodic table", which talks about the different periodic table elements that have been discovered by women and some curiosity around women and the chemical elements. Both activities will take place on Thursday, 27 February 2020 at La Farga de l'Hospitalet.
Carbon nanocapsules, filled with stable Samarium atoms, are activated with neutrons just before entering the body. This novel nanomaterial-based system is effective for both biomedical imaging and cancer radiotherapy.
Mariona Coll, and Mari Napari. APL Materials 7, 110901 (2019);
The article "Hydroxypropyl cellulose photonic architectures by soft nanoimprinting lithography" published in Nature Photonics in April 2018 appears in Nature Index as one of the main highlights of the year! Congratulations to Agustín Mihi and his team for this nice article on photonic nanocellulose!
Tommaso Salzillo, Antonio Campos and Marta Mas-Torrent. J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019,7, 10257-10263.
Researchers at IBEC and ICMAB develop a flexible, cheap and biocompatible transistor platform able to record an electrocardiogram of cells and micro-tissues during long periods of time. The platform, based on organic transistor technology (EGOFET), can also measure the effect of drugs on beating cells, as cardiomyocytes, opening the door to several applications such as implantable devices for health.
On November 22-23, 2019, representatives from all of the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu Excellence Centres and Units met at the ‘100xCiencia4’ Meeting in Donostia/San Sebastián (Spain) to share experiences around this year's topic, which is "What is science doing for you? Building bridges between science and society".
The prestigious Nature scientific journal celebrated its 150th anniversary on November 4, 2019. In order to commemorate it, the journal published a video on the role played by the journal in the history of science, and also prepared an interactive graph that explains the complex network created by the co-cited journal articles. More than 88,000 articles are published since 1900.
José P. Jurado, Bernhard Dörling, Osnat Zapata‐Arteaga, Anna Roig, Agustín Mihi, Mariano Campoy‐Quiles. Adv. Energy Mater.2019, 1902385.
A Solid‐State Aqueous Electrolyte‐Gated Field‐Effect Transistor as a Low‐Voltage Operation Pressure‐Sensitive Platform
Qiaoming Zhang, Francesca Leonardi, Raphael Pfattner, Marta Mas‐Torrent. Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2019, 6, 1900719
First identification of a brown aerinite, the typically known blue pigment of the Romanesque Catalan art
Every year the UAB organizes the Nobel Prize 2019conferences to talk about the science topics of the Nobel Prize. This year, M. Rosa Palacín, ICMAB researcher, will give the talk about the Nobel Prize 2019 in Chemistry, which was given to J. B. Goodenough, M. S. Whittingham and A. Yoshino for the Lithium-ion Batteries. The talks will be on Tuesday, 10 December, at 12 pm at the "Sala d'actes".
Two articles made-in-ICMAB at the SCQ journal: magnetic reduced graphene oxide and Smart-4-Fabry project
The last issue of the journal of the Catalan Chemical Society (Revista de la Societat Catalana de Química) includes two articles from ICMAB researchers. The first one is about graphene oxide nanocomposites decorated with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, and the second one is about the European project "Smart-4-Fabry", which develops a new nanomedicine for the treatment of the Fabry disease. The articles are written in Catalan. We encourage you to have a look at them!
On 17-20 May 2020 in Bordeaux (France), the 18th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids will take place. The objective of the meeting is to gather together all the members of the supercritical fluid community and to give the opportunity to academic researchers and industrial practitioners to provide a complete and critical up-date on all the current technologies using Supercritical Fluids, their different applications as well as the latest innovations being developed. Abstract deadline for orals and posters is January 15, 2020.
This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three great scientists for the developement of Li-ion batteries. The Catalan Chemical Society (SCQ) wanted to dedicate this year's Christmas Conference to this fact, and invited M. Rosa Palacín to give the keynote lecture on this topic. The event took place on Thursday, 19 December 2019 at the IEC (Institut d'Estudis Catalans), in Barcelona.
I obtained my PhD from Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France. My research interests include material characterization techniques (microwave to sub-terahertz frequencies), EM modeling, EM wave propagation studies, and design and development of microwave/millimeter wave devices.
I like travelling and reading. See you around!
During 2019, ICMAB researchers have written more than 220 articles in international peer-review science journals of various disciplines: chemistry, physics, materials, nanotechnology, photonics, energy, superconductivity, biochemistry, etc. We have selected in this post the journals in which our researchers publish most of the articles. Do you want to know which they are?
After another year, we look back and see how was this year's scientific research. More than 220 articles, which makes a total of more than 5,400 publications and more than 145,000 citations since the Institue's foundation, in 1986. The most cited articles published in 2019 are shown in this post. Do you want to know which ones are they? From FCC-hh, oxide electronics, perovskites, oxide thin films, organic field-effect transistors and much more!
Ana M. López-Periago participates at the Interdisciplinary CSIC Platform "SusPlast" on sustainable plastics towards a circular economy
The SusPlast platform was officially launched on March 2019. The "Interdisciplinary Platform for Sustainable Plastics towards a Circular Economy" platform counts with the participation of 15 research groups from CSIC centers. From the ICMAB, from the Supercritical Fluids and Functional Materials group (SFFM) participates in the platform.
On Friday, 22 November 2019, the Kursaal Theater in Manresa hosted the Graduation Event of the 113 students that finalized the studies at the Escola Politècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Manresa (EPSEM) at the UPC Manresa. Xavier Obradors, ICMAB Director, was the "godfather" of the event, together with Ricard Font Hereu, President of the FGC. The event was a great celebration for the UPC students, who now face their future with multiple options!
Double-cell superstructure and vacancy ordering in tensile-strained metallic thin films of Pr0.50Ca0.50 CoO 3 on LaAlO3
Impact of the Ink Formulation and Coating Speed on the Polymorphism and Morphology of a Solution‐Sheared Thin Film of a Blended Organic Semiconductor
The Societat Catalana de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (SCN2) held its First Annual Congress of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology on Saturday, 16 November 2019. The event took place at Casa Elizalde in Barcelona and focused on Energy harvesting, Environment and Sustainable Development. Martí Gibert, PhD fellow at NANOPTO group won the poster contest with his work on “Near Infrared Organic Photodetectors based on Enhanced Charge Transfer State Absorption by Photonic Architectures”. Congratulations!
On the occasion of the "Marató de TV3: Minories que fan una Majoria", which is this year devoted to rare diseases, we would like to show you a project in which we participate and which tackles a rare disease: the SMART-4-FABRY project. One of the main objectives of the project is to use nanotechnology to increase the efficiency of the current treatment for the Fabry disease, based on the GLA enzyme. Nora Ventosa and her team, from CIBER-BBN and NANOMOL group at ICMAB-CSIC, coordinate the project, in which fourteen partners from different countries participate.
I am Dídac, 22 years old and I am in the last course of the double degree in Physics & Chemistry offered by the UAB. I am joining the ICMAB in order to do my end-of-degree projects altogether with the theory and simulation of materials group under the supervision of Dr. Riccardo Rurali. I cannot wait to get hands on with real science!
Ciao people! My name is Emanuele and I've just joined the Theory and Simulation unit, working with Alberto Garcia. I'm originally from Italy, but I feel pretty European after living in 4 different countries in the past 5 years. I just finished my PhD program in Dublin and here I work as maintainer/developer of the software aiida-siesta. Aiida-siesta allows to run quantum-mechanical simulations on many systems in an automatic way. The idea is to unlock the power of modern supercomputer in order to create databases of calculated material properties that can then be explored in search for materials with ad-hoc characteristics.
I love sports, swimming and judo mostly. Moreover I like to travel and admire the beauty of the Creation (see picture for a reference!). I'm very exited for this new adventure in Barcelona, I look forward to explore new science and meet new people!
My name is Adolfo, I am nanoscience and nanotechnology student at UAB and I will be at Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials Group (NANOMOL) during my TFG research. I am looking forward to learn and contribute as much as possible.
The Catalan Association of Scientific Communication (ACCC), together with many research centers and universities, including the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB), have initiated an art project that will represent in a different way thw world of nanotechnology: NANOCAEDRE. Susagna Ricart, from the ICMAB, participates in this project with her expertise in the superconducting phenomena. The presentation of the project will take place at the Basilica Sants Màrtirs Just i Pastor (Barcelona), on Tuesday, 10 December, at 7 pm.
A new video in the JoVE journal on a new protocol from Gervasi Herranz and the MULFOX group relating magnetics and photonics
A new protocol from Gervasi Herranz and the MULFOX group at ICMAB shows how magnetic fields can change the propagation of light in confined nanostructured materials and reveal enhanced optical responses. This new protocol is published as a VIDEO-ARTICLE at the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). The new protocol allows to directly study how magnetization changes the photonic response.
We would like to congratulate our colleagues from the NanoEduca programme, created by the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2) and Centre de Recursos Pedagògics Específics de Suport a la Innovació i la Recerca Educativa (CESIRE), for the 2018 National Award on Science Communication (Premi Nacional de Comunicació Científica 2018), which they received last night, Tuesday 3 December 2019, at the TNC.
IEC, 23-24 MARCH 2020: Research and innovation in the field of molecular materials, in honour of Prof. Veciana and Prof. Rovira on their 70th birthday
ICMAB members participate in the gathering of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
On Monday, 25 November 2019, a gathering in the entrance of the ICMAB building was announced between 11 and 11:15 am to show respect to the victims and concern for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Members of the ICMAB Gender Equality Committee read the Statement that the Gender Equality Committee and the Committee of Women and Science of the CSIC had prepared, on the occasion of this international day.
The Châtelet team is in YouTube! Thanks to the funding received by the FGCSIC call "Cuenta la Ciencia", we have been able to produce this video and share it with you! Please feel free to share it with your contacts!
Anna Laromaine, researcher at the NN Group at ICMAB, and one of the Top 100 women leaders in Spain (MujeresyCía), will be at "El Pais Con Tu Futuro" event next 18-19 December in Madrid, to talk in front of thousands of students who are about to decide their future. Good luck, Anna!
Efficient blue light emitting materials based on m-carborane–anthracene dyads. Structure, photophysics and bioimaging studies
Biomater. Sci., 2019, Advance Article
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