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Optical Plasmon Excitation in Transparent Conducting SrNbO3 and SrVO3 Thin Films

Mathieu Mirjolet, Mikko Kataja, Tommi K. Hakala, Philipp Komissinskiy, Lambert Alff, Gervasi Herranz, Josep Fontcuberta

From catalysis and flat panel displays to photovoltaics, transparent and conducting transition metal oxides are gaining momentum toward more sustainable and cost-efficient applications.

Here it is shown that, without using phase-matching arrangements, bulk plasmons can be excited in continuous epitaxial films of metallic SrVO3 and SrNbO3, with plasma absorption edges at visible range, and tuned mainly by electron correlations and phonon dressing. Films can be made reflective or transparent at whish.

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The 2021 ICMAB Summer Party celebrates the Institute’s 35 years!

After last year’s party being cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, we were stoked to be able to finally celebrate again!

The 2021 ICMAB Party was celebrated after more than a year without live events due to the collective efforts to stop the spread of COVID. The party was not without changes, as it was celebrated entirely at ICMAB’s terrace to avoid concentrations of people inside. We celebrated on 16 July 2021 with many events, including the first CRYSTALMATCH contest, the awards ceremony for the FOTICMAB contest, the BEFORE&NOW photo activity, a tie dye workshop by Sara Ruiz, Nerea González and Lídia Ballell, a sketching workshop by Alejandro Santos, and the final of the Tennis Table tournament!

A sample of a flexible electrode.

The patent is yet to be licensed and could aid in the development of the supercapacitor industry.

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ICMAB patent to obtain a flexible electrode receives a second Gold Medal at INVENTICA 2021

July 27, 2021
The patent "Advanced fabrication of nanocarbon-based supercapacitors" led by Ángel Pérez Del Pino, ICMAB researcher at the Laser Processing Group introduces two innovative technological methods for the fabrication of supercapacitor (SC) electrodes based on carbon nanostructures (CNS)-metal oxide (MeO) hybrid composites. Both technologies show high potential for the cost-effective, high-throughput and scalable manufacturing of high-performance SCs. The two described technologies have received...
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Trans-Pyrenean development of new nanotechnology techniques for different applications

The "Trans-Pyrenean Node for Scientific Instrumentation" (TNSI) project, with the participation of ICMAB-CSIC, comes to an end.

Unit U6 NANBIOSIS at ICMAB acquires new equipment for the characterization of nanomaterials with ERDF funds

Unit U6 of NANBIOSIS (Biomaterial Processing and Nanostructuring Unit) has expanded its capabilities with two new instruments for the characterization unit. The new equipment will allow the characterization of some physico-chemical properties of different nanomaterials.

Supervisor Josep Fontcuberta and Doctor Mathieu Mirjolet

Congratulations Dr. Mathieu Mirjolet, new ICMAB Graduate

Doctor Mathieu Mirjolet from the Laboratory of Multifunctional Thin Films and Complex Structures (MULFOX) group at ICMAB, defended his PhD thesis titled "Transparent Conducting Oxides Based on Early Transition Metals: From Electrical and Optical Properties of Epitaxial Thin Films, to Integration in All-Oxide Photoabsorbing Heterostructures." on Friday, 23 July 2021 in an online session. Congrats!

Judit Tomsen holding her PhD

Congratulations Dr. Judit Tomsen, new ICMAB Graduate

Doctor Judit Tomsen from the Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials (NANOMOL) Group at ICMAB, defended her PhD thesis titled "Study of new liposomes for the delivery of enzymes through biological membranes" on Thursday, 15 July 2021 in an online session. Congrats!

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.

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.

Winner of the Science category, photo by Bernat Bozzo

FOTICMAB 2021: And the winner is…

We share the winners of this years’ FOTICMAB contest! Which one is your favorite?

Nanoinventions made by the students

Closing Nanoinventum 2021: awards and interview with one of the teachers

ICMAB Nanoexperts joined with schools to celebrate the closing event of this year’s Nanoinventum project

A sample of a flexible electrode.

ICMAB patent to obtain a flexible electrode receives a second Gold Medal at INVENTICA 2021

The patent is yet to be licensed and could aid in the development of the supercapacitor industry.

An organic semiconductor.

The Energy for Society Network (XRE4S) includes three ICMAB technologies in its portfolio 

The catalogue offers licensing and commercialization opportunities for companies and welcomes investors and spin offs.

Clara Viñas

Clara Viñas becomes a member of the Academia Europaea

ICMAB Researcher Clara Viñas joins the organization in celebration of her outstanding achievements as a researcher in the area of Chemistry. 

Jaume Veciana

Jaume Veciana receives recognition to his scientific career from the SCQ

The award comes from the Societat Catalana de Química (SCQ) for his excellent scientific career in the area of chemistry. 


Magnetic nanoparticles to face cancer: David against Goliath

Pablo Guardia, Ramón y Cajal researcher at ICMAB, participated on 26 May 2021 at the "Vermú de nanociencia" organized in the framework of the 10alamenos9 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Festival.

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