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Hello everyone! My name is Marc and I have just joined, as a Ph.D. student, the Soft Matter Theory group. I will be developing computational models capable of predicting the interaction of encapsulated viruses (in particular, SARS-CoV-2) with materials, including textile surfaces and fibers. I am sure I will have an amazing time at ICMAB. I love doing sports, hiking, and being in contact with nature.
The conference, open to everyone interested, will take place on Monday, 8 Februrary 2021, through the Youtube channel of the association, and is in the framework of 11F, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
The radio programme "Al matí" from Ràdio Sabadell hosted in its last edition of the "Ciència km 0" section, on 8 January 2021, ICMAB researcher Mariona Coll, working in new perovskites for photovoltaic energy.
The exhibition about Catalan women scientists, organized by the Catalan Association of Science Communication (ACCC) features M. Rosa Palacin and Anna Roig, both ICMAB researchers, and other 22 relevant scientists in their respective fields.
The "LabEnClass" project, which aimed at bringing the research in materials for energy from the labs to the classrooms, finishes with great success: it has reached 20 schools and 500 primary and secondary school students, who discovered the innovative and sustainable materials for photovoltaics and the properties of light.
Ángel Pérez Del Pino, ICMAB researcher at the Laser Processing Group, received the Gold Metal for the patent to obtain a flexible electrode using laser techniques at the 18th edition of the International Exhibition of Research, Innovations and Inventions, Pro Invent 2020.
Collaboration is a key part of research. Whether it be collaboration with similar researchers with different skill sets or perspectives, or collaboration with researchers in others 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 2020:
International research partnerships are a key factor to improve our collective knowledge. Not only does it allow everybody to share access to different scientific installations and techniques, it also gives research a more diverse viewpoint that ensures every possibility is considered. These are the countries that ICMAB has collaborated more with during 2020:
A push–pull-functionalized stilbene has been prepared, with an electroactive perchlorotriphenylmethyl (PTM˙) radical and dimethylamine units as electron-withdrawing and -donating moieties, respectively, showing an electrocatalytic redox-induced Z → E isomerization where the open-shell nature of PTM˙ plays a key role in the isomerization ocurrance.
Scientific dissemination is clearly dependent on journals to help spread the word about research done all around the world. Many specialized journals, in fields like materials science or nanotechnology, have helped ICMAB Researchers get eyes on their research. These are the journals that have shared more of our research in 2020:
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. This year, ICMAB’s average IF has been at 7.42, with an 18 % of all publications having an IF higher than 10. These are the ICMAB articles that have had a higher IF during 2020:
The third Open Innovation Forum, a program that connects challenges proposed by companies with research groups in the BioRegion, finished out 2020 with noteworthy figures.
Citation is one of the key factors to understand the effect an article has had on a particular field. This year, ICMAB Researchers have published articles across many fields, like energy storage, thermoelectrics, or nanomedicine. From all this research, two of ICMAB’s articles have become highly cited pieces. Do you want to know which articles have been the most cited this year?
More than 216 articles have been published this year by the many researchers that form ICMAB. Some researchers have been able to publish multiple articles in the same year. These are the researchers that have published most articles during 2020 (Source: Web of Science-Core collection, as of 14/12/2020):
The Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) group and the University of Girona are looking for a PhD candidate for a project on "Advanced thermal analysis characterization towards ultrafast film growth" in the framework of the ERC Adv. ULTRASUPERTAPE project.
A letter of support to Prof. Heribert Barrera, after the City Council of Barcelona withdrew his City Gold Medal this year 2020, awarded to him posthumously in 2012.
Even if we cannot go to schools face-to-face, ICMAB researchers have "visited" some schools using online platforms during these last months. For us it is important to still go to schools, to knock down the walls between young students and scientists, "for most of them it is the first time they meet someone who works as a researcher" says Judit Morlà Folch, one of the researchers who has participated.
We would like to invite you to the first Technology Transfer Seminar of 2021:
by Luis Angel Sedano, ICMAB Technology Transfer Unit
Photoenergy, Superconductor, Magnon, ElectroWoman and BioNanoCapsule, our 5 Matheroes, are busy this Christmas! Do you want to join them? You can go see the exhibition and do some experiments, or you can rescue them from the Dark Squad in the new Virtual Escape!
The aggregation of α-synuclein is a critical event in the pathogenesis of neurological diseases, such as Parkinson or Alzheimer. Here, we present a label-free sensor based on an Electrolyte-Gated Organic Field-Effect Transistor (EGOFET) integrated with microfluidics that allows for the detection of amounts of α-synuclein in the range from 0.25 pM to 25 nM. The lower limit of detection (LOD) measures the potential of our integrated device as a tool for prognostics and diagnostics.
Pamela Machado, ICMAB PhD fellow, is the new President of the Catalan Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SCN2), and Jordi Floriach Clark, ICMAB MSc fellow, is the new Communication Manager. They both start this new role in the SCN2 with a lot of enthusiasm and exciting future plans!
Doctor Hailin Wang from the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN), and Advanced Characterization and Nanostructured Materials (ACNM) groups at ICMAB defended his PhD thesis entitled "Epitaxial growth of complex functional oxide thin films by green and sustainable chemical solution methods" on Tuesday, 15 December 2020. The PhD Thesis was supervised by Narcís Mestres and Benjamín Martínez. Congrats!
María Blasco, Director of the CNIO and until now vice president of SOMMa (the Alliance of Severo Ochoa centers and María de Maeztu units of excellence), substitutes Luis Serrano, Director of the CRG and president of SOMMa since its origins, in 2017.
Appl. Phys. Lett. 117, 142902 (2020)