Welcome Carlos Zarco at ICMAB!

Hello everyone! My name is Carlos Zarco and I'm from Barcelona. I am a last-year student of Phisics and Chemistry at UAB and I am performing my degree's final project at ICMAB with Ignasi Fina.



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Conductivity control via minimally invasive anti-Frenkel defects in a functional oxide

Autores: Donald M. Evans, Theodor S. Holstad, Aleksander B. Mosberg, Didrik R. Småbråten, Per Erik Vullum, Anup L. Dadlani, Konstantin Shapovalov, Zewu Yan, Edith Bourret, David Gao, Jaakko Akola, Jan Torgersen, Antonius T. J. van Helvoort, Sverre M. Selbach & Dennis Meier.  Nat. Mater. (2020).

Utilizing quantum effects in complex oxides, such as magnetism, multiferroicity and superconductivity, requires atomic-level control of the material’s structure and composition. In contrast, the continuous conductivity changes that enable artificial oxide-based synapses and multiconfigurational devices are driven by redox reactions and domain reconfigurations, which entail long-range ionic migration and changes in stoichiometry or structure.

Oxides for new-generation electronics

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Participate in the Matheroes Virtual Escape to help them achieve the SDGs

"Matheroes: The Box" is a science outreach project designed by the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) in collaboration with the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) - Ministry of Science and Innovation. Participants of the Virtual Escape will have to solve some problems and challenges related to the research in advanced materials for energy, electronics and health, to save the Matheroes from their prison and face the SDGs.  

Breaking News, Outreach & Dissemination, 2020, Online

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Congratulations, Dr. Xabier Rodríguez, new ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Xabier Rodríguez from the Nanostructured Materials for Optoelectronics and Energy Harvesting (NANOPTO) group at ICMAB will defended his PhD thesis entitled "Development of organic solar cells by combinatorial methods" on Monday, 19 October 2020 in an online session. The PhD Thesis was supervised by Mariano Campoy-Quiles. 

PhD Congrats, 2020

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Pubished the proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Nitrides (ISNT2019)

The proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Nitrides (ISNT2019), which took place in Barcelona between 9 and 13 June 2019, are now published in the Journal of the European Ceramic Society (Elsevier). The invited editors of this special edition are ICMAB Researcher, Amparo Fuertes, and Ralf Riedel, from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, co-Chairs of the symposium. 

Books and articles

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Enric Canadell will give the welcoming speech at the RACAB on 22 Oct 2020

Thursday, 22 October 2020, at 7 pm, there will be a public session for the admission of the elected academic Dr. Enric Canadell Casanova, ICMAB researcher, who will read his welcoming report entitled: "Solid conductors of low dimensionality", and will be answered on behalf of the corporation by the academic Excm. Mr. Santiago Olivella i Nel·lo.

Commemorations, Outreach & Dissemination

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Welcome Rossella Zaffino at ICMAB!

Hi everyone! My name is Rossella, ok… actually my official name is Rosa Letizia, but not even my parents use it! I am an Italian physicist living in Barcelona since 2008. Here I did a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering and then I obtained the doctorate in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from the University of Barcelona.


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Welcome Andrada Daniel at ICMAB!

Hola hola everyone I’m Andrada a PhD student from Romania. For 6 weeks I will join the SUMAN group within the EUROFUSION project, under supervisor of Prof. Teresa Puig and Dr. Cornelia Pop. My research work includes the high-temperature superconductors (deposition, growth and characterization of the thin films). I am a very curious person, I like traveling, hiking, reading books, observing the nature and the birds, learning about new cultures and traditions. I feel very lucky to be here! See you around! Hugs


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Welcome Theo Marcusson at ICMAB!

Hello everybody! My name is Theo Erik Marcusson. I am a swedish-spanish last year Nanoscience & Nanotechnology student in UAB, doing my BSc Final Thesis here in the ICMAB. It will be about simulating and studying the phenomenon of magnetophoresis in the Simulation and Theory group with Jordi Faraudo. I am really looking forward to absorb and interiorize as much knowledge as possible while I am here!


Spain, Sweden

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New semiconductors with strong optical response in the framework of a MIT "la Caixa" Foundation project

The first article of the joint project between ICMAB and MIT in the framework of the collaborative project MIT-SPAIN "la Caixa" Foundation SEED FUND is now published in Physical Review Materials. The project is focused on the investigation of new materials for photovoltaic applications. Ignasi Fina is the ICMAB researcher involved in the study. 

Top Science Results, Project Results

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SusChem-Spain 2020 General Assembly: Innovation in Chemistry for the Sustainable Development Goals

SusChem is the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry. It is a forum that brings together industry, academia, policy makers and the wider society. On two virtual sessions on 5 and 7 October 2020 the SusChem-Spain General Assembly took place. M. Rosa Palacín was invited in a roundtable about "Chemistry and Energy", in which she talked about new battery technolgies linked with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). 


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Published the International Conference on Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (ICSE-8) proceedings

The 8th International Conference on Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (ICSE8), organized by ICMAB researchers M. Isabel Alonso and Miquel Garriga among others, which took place between 26-31 May 2019 in Barcelona, has now published its proceedings in a special collection in the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B (published by the American Institute of Physics for the American Vacuum Society-AVS).

Books and articles

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Mariona Coll and Ignasi Fina awarded with a Leonardo Grant (BBVA) to develop innovative and sustainable scientific projects

Leonardo Grants (BBVA Foundation) are intended to directly support personal projects of cultural researchers and creators in intermediate stages of their career, between 30 and 45 years of age, which are characterized by a highly innovative scientific, technological or cultural production. 

Staff Awards, New Projects, Breaking News, 2020

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Welcome Carlos García at ICMAB!

Hello, my name is Carlos García, I'm a last-year chemistry sudent at UAB and I'll be doing my degree's final project at ICMAB under supervision of Dr. Angel Pérez del Pino. I'm really looking forward to start this project and learn as much as I can.



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The ICMAB endorses the EU Manifesto for Open Access of COVID-19 research results

The European Commission has launched a Manifesto to maximise the accessibility of research results in the fight against COVID-19. The manifesto provides guiding principles for beneficiaries of EU research grants for coronavirus prevention, testing, treatment and vaccination to ensure that their research results will be accessible for all and guarantee a return on public investment.

Other External News, 2020

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Welcome Alba Toro at ICMAB!

Hello! My name is Alba Toro. I am a last-year student of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at UAB. I will be performing my final degree project at Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials Group



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Welcome Román Healy Corominas at ICMAB!

Hey there! My name is Román Healy, I am student from Barcelona pursuing the last year of my bachelor's on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. I have joined ICMAB to do my bachelor thesis which is related to the Fabrication of Li-ion batteries at low voltages to use them in IoT autonomous sensors. As for me, I am a person that enjoys cooking, reading, travelling, drinking beer on a terrace in the afternoon, hiking and lastly, but most important, to be surrounded by people that I care for. I hope to have a wonderful time at ICMAB and to learn from the best!



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Welcome Nanthilde Malandain at ICMAB!

Hi ! I’m Nanthilde and I’m from France. I completed a Master’s in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I have joined, as a PhD student, the Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites group. I will be working with bacterial cellulose for skin cultures. I speak a very little Spanish but I’m learning it ! I love photography, enjoying landscapes while walking the trails and cooking. I am delighted to join you, hope to meet everyone and learn new things !



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Welcome María José Mostazo at ICMAB!

Hi, my name is María José Mostazo and I am from Alicante. I have joined ICMAB to work as postdoc researcher in the group Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Laboratory during the next two years. I enjoy cinema, reading and travelling. I hope to have a great time at ICMAB during my stay here.



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The II CSIC PhD Day is here!

The Department of Postgraduate and Specialization of the CSIC organizes the  "II Conference for CSIC Doctoral Students" (II Jornada de Doctorandos del CSIC) online on Friday,16 October 2020. Deadline to register is the day before, 15 October 2020.  

External Events

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PostDoc Talk: "Thermal transport and mechanical properties characterization using Extreme Ultraviolet coherent light" by Begoña Abad (Mon, 26 Oct 2020)

We would like to invite you to the second PostDoc Talk of this new cycle of Online ICMAB Seminars:

Thermal transport and mechanical properties characterization using Extreme Ultraviolet coherent light

by Begoña Abad, Nanophononics Lab - Zardo group, Physics Department, University of Basel, Switzerland

Monday, 26 October 2020 @ 12 pm
Online Invited Seminar by Zoom. Register here to attend.
PostDoc Talks cycle

Periodical Lectures & Invited Seminars, 2020

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Nanomedicine: from the ICMAB to an award-winning high-school research project

In the framework of the XXXII Chemistry Debate of the IEC (Institut d'Estudis Catalans), the Catalan Chemical Society (SCQ) awarded, on 16 September 2020, the certificates and awards of the 14th edition of the Research Projects Awards in Chemistry for high school students. One of the finalists of the awards, Arnau Garcia Labaila, did a project on nanomedicine to face cancer, supervised by one of the first PhD fellows graduated at the ICMAB Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Lab, Dr. Mar Abad Merino

Staff Awards

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Welcome Jordi Floriach-Clark at ICMAB|

Hola a totes! I'm Jordi, a BSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (UAB) now finishing my MSc in Plant Biotechnology in Wageningen University & Research (Netherlands). My scientific aim is to develop gene and metabolite carriers for plants to expand the emerging field of phyto-nanotechnology.


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3D Reduced Graphene Oxide Scaffolds with a Combinatorial Fibrous-Porous Architecture for Neural Tissue Engineering

Graphene oxide (GO) assists a diverse set of promising routes to build bioactive neural microenvironments by easily interacting with other biomaterials to enhance their bulk features or, alternatively, self-assembling toward the construction of biocompatible systems with specific three-dimensional (3D) geometries.

Bioactive materials for therapy and diagnosis

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Obituary for Rafael Navarro, precursor of high temperature superconductors in Zaragoza

On 25 September 2020, Rafael Navarro passed away in Zaragoza. He was a Materials Science Professor at the University of Zaragoza and the Institute of Materials Science of Aragon (currently, Institute of Nanoscience and Materials of Aragon, INMA). He was also a friend and collaborator of many ICMAB researchers working in the field of magnetic oxides and superconductors. 

Other External News

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UAB hosts the entrepreneurship program The Collider OnCampus Barcelona 2020

Until October 12 the call for technology projects for this edition of the program will be open. The program wants to connect the technological talent with the industry of the territory.The OnCampus program, by The Collider and the Departament d'Empresa i Coneixement of the Generalitat de Catalunya, aims to encourage entrepreneurial culture and promote collaborations between innovative projects and Catalan companies.

TT Calls

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Welcome Núria Pujol at ICMAB!

Hello everyone! My name is Núria Pujol and I am a last-year student of Physics and Chemistry at UAB.


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Welcome Sandra Fernández Cabello at ICMAB!

Hello! My name is Sandra and I am from Barcelona. Currently, I am in the last year of my degree in chemistry and I will perform my Final Degree Project about Magnetic Graphene-based aerogels containing MOFs in the Solid State Chemistry’s group. I regard myself as a curious, enthusiastic and friendly person. Besides that, my favourites hobbies are dancing and travelling. I hope to pick up lot of knowledge, contribute as much as possible both to the group and to the MOF’s research project, and last but not least, enjoy of this new experience!



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Equality Plans will be an eligibility criterion in the future Horizon Europe programme

Within the framework of the celebration of the 2020 European Research & Innovation Days, different aspects of the R+D policy were addressed, including the next R+D Framework Programme, Horizon Europe (2021-2027). During the session "Get ready: A new ERA for Equality is calling", Jean-Eric Paquet, General Director of Research and Innovation of the European Commission, announced that every legal entity (public body, research center or higher education institution) must have an equality plan in place to access funding from the next Framework Programme.

Women in Science, Other External News

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ICMAB will be part of the programme "Science by Women" of the Women for Africa Foundation

María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, President of the Women for Africa Foundation (Fundación Mujeres por África) visited the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) on Monday, 28 September 2020, in the afternoon. The visit was in the framework of the programme "Science By Women" (Ellas Investigan), which the ICMAB wishes to join in its next edition.

Visits and open doors, Women in Science, Breaking News, 2020

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