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Expoquimia hosts Industrial Dialogues webinars joined by ICMAB researcher Nora Ventosa

Expoquimia: The International Chemistry Event

The International Meeting for Chemistry Expoquimia will be hosting the INDUSTRIAL DIALOGUES Webinars, a total of 4 seminars discussing different topics related to the cores of the triennial meeting: circular economy, digitalization, and technology transference. This last topic will be covered by Nora Ventosa, from the Molecular Nanoscience and Organic Materials (NANOMOL) group. 

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New fluorescent nanoparticles to see what is invisible to the eye

Researchers from the Nanomol group at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), the CIBER-BBN network and the ICTS Nanbiosis U6, and members of the TECNIO technology transfer network ACCIÓ-Generalitat de Catalunya, together with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT, USA) and the University of Parma (UNIPR, Italy) have developed a new nanomaterial for bioimaging. The results of the study are the result of the TECNIOspring PLUS project co-financed by ACCIÓ and the European Commission.

Press Release, Top Science Results

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MATHEROES, or how to make materials science appealing, in Material-ES

Kids at a MATHEROES exhibit

As scientific developments get more and more complex, the challenge of communicating any innovation increases. Despite the increasing amount of applications of new materials in day to day life, explaining how they work is not an easy task, especially with younger people, who might not see any of the more advanced concepts in their science classes. Anna May Masnou, Head of the Communication Department at the ICMAB, has written an article at the SOCIEMAT magazine Material-ES about the MATHEROES initiative, which personalizes material properties into superheroes.

Newspapers, Books and articles

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Nanoneedles to increase the capacity and robustness of digital memories

Researchers at the ICMAB, UAB and the ALBA Synchrotron, in collaboration with the UB and ICN2, have developed a new technique to locally modify the properties of a metamagnetic material. The method consists in applying local pressure to the surface of the material using nanometric needles and allows a much more easy and local modification than current methods. The research opens the door to a more accurate and precise control of magnetic materials and allows to improve the architecture and capacity of magnetic digital memories.

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"Tuning COPs" MSCA IF project featured in CORDIS "Results in Brief"

The MSCA IF Project entitled Tuning COPs (Conducting Organic Polymers) with IP Clara Viñas, was selected for publication in the ‘Results in Brief’ section of the European Commission’s CORDIS website, in six languages. The article features the main results of the project. "Tuning COPs" started in October 2017 and finished in October 2019.

Websites, Project Results

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The Chinese Students and Scholars Association donates 1,000 masks to the ICMAB

When the SARS-CoV-2 virus began to break out in Spain, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association in Barcelona launched a fundraising campaign. Some institutions and people in China contacted them and donated them some masks. Wenchao Duan is a PhD fellow at the ICMAB and member of this Association: "On the premise of respecting their wishes, the Association has donated masks mainly to hospitals, nursing homes, health departments and research institutes in Spain", he says. 

Commemorations

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The ICMAB resumes its scientific activity, suspended due to Covid-19

The ICMAB has started this week to resume the scientific activity in the laboratories that were stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This week the Metropolitan Area containing Bellaterra and the UAB Campus has passsed to the advanced phase zero (phase 0.5), so researchers and other workers considered to be "non-essential" can start to return to their workplaces. The return will be at a slow pace, but we are very happy to be able to do so!

ICMAB EVENTS, Commemorations

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The ICMAB joins the initiative for more science in the media in Catalonia

Samples in a laboratory

The initiative "Science in the media" calls for an improvement of society’s scientific knowledge through the use of mass media. It does so through a manifesto signed by several professional, scientific and social organisations, and directed towards the CCMA and the Govern de la Generalitat.

EVENTS

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Light-boosted flexoelectricity properties discovered in perovskites

A research recently published on Nature Materials, carried out jointly by the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB), Nanchang University (China) and Chongqing University (China), has demonstrated that light can increase by orders of magnitude the electricity produced by bending (flexoelectricity) in semiconductors. This phenomenon, called photoflexoelectricity, allows a single device to harvest energy from multiple environmental sources.

Top Science Results

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Superconductor Week talks with Teresa Puig about new improved growth process for YBCO epitaxial films

Teresa Puig in the Lab

Teresa Puig appears on the 34th volume of Superconductor Week, a monthly newsletter dedicated to bringing news and analysis about superconductivity to all related parties, from scientists to investors in the industry. Their latest issue covers the breakthrough achieved by the Superconducting Materials Research Group (SUMAN) in the field of growth of YBCO epitaxial films, which was already covered in Nature Communications 11, 334 (2020).

PRESS, Websites

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Apply for a MSCA Individual Fellowship to do a Postdoc at the ICMAB!

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) 2020 call for Individual Fellowships (IF) is now open. Through this call, the EU will provide € 328 million to support experienced researchers. Researchers of any nationality and at any stage of their career can apply to implement their research projects in any scientific field. This will be the final call under Horizon 2020. The deadline is 9 Sept 2020.

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

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Xavier Obradors talks about the new era for materials in "Innovadores"

Researcher holding a sample

New technologies are frequently supported on innovative functional materials that allow for improvements in performance in order to leave behind the physical limitations of current materials. The economic supplement of La Razón Innovadores talked with 6 expert researchers on the field of materials, amongst which was ICMAB's Director Xavier Obradors, to find more about the future of hardware in advanced technologies. 

Websites, Newspapers

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Online Seminar "Molecular probes and gated materials in biomedical applications and communication between nanoparticles" by Ramón Martínez (Mon, 8 June 2020)

The Seminars & Training Committee would like to invite you to the following Online ICMAB Periodical Lecture:

Molecular probes and gated materials in biomedical applications and communication between nanoparticles

by Ramón Martíñez Máñez
Dept de Química, Escuela de Ingeniería Industrial, Instituto Interuniversitario de Investigación de Reconocimiento Molecular y Desarrollo Tecnológico, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Monday, 8 June 2020 @ 12 pm
Online Periodical Lecture. Register HERE to attend the seminar. 

Periodical Lectures & Invited Seminars

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Online Seminar "Crystal structure determination by diffractometric direct methods: Evolution and recent advances" by Jordi Rius (Mon, 25 May 2020)

The Seminars & Training Committee would like to invite you to the following Online ICMAB Periodical Lecture:

Crystal structure determination by diffractometric direct methods: Evolution and recent advances

by Jordi Rius, Crystallography Group, ICMAB-CSIC
Monday, 25 May 2020 @ 12 pm
Online Periodical Lecture. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO THE SEMINAR.

Periodical Lectures & Invited Seminars

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12 May 2020: Celebrating Women in Mathematics

The May12 initiative is an opportunity for the mathematical community to celebrate women in mathematics. The initiative is supported by several organisations for women in mathematics. The day is chosen because it is the birthdate of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician at Stanford University, expert in geometry and dynamical systems and Fields Medal awardee. She died from cancer in 2017 with 40 years old. A the ICMAB we want to join this celebration that aims to inspires women and men to pursue their dreams in science and mathematics.

Women in Science, EVENTS

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José Vidal-Gancedo talks about COVID-19 and temperature on RAC1

Banner for Via Lliure on RAC1

The relationship between environmental factors and SARS-CoV-2 will shape the ways in which we respond to the virus as the weather changes. It is still soon to have a definitive idea of how it is affected by variables like temperature, humidity, or ultraviolet radiation, but José Vidal-Gancedo has been compiling what we know and developing a comprehensive article on the topic. His findings have been echoing on the media: he first published the article on La Vanguardia, which was followed by an interview on Aquí Cuní on SER Catalunya.

Radio

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The ICMAB will participate in the new edition of the Open Innovation Forum 2020

This year's edition of the Open Innovation Forum is already in its way. An open innovation program that gives companies the opportunity to launch their innovation challenges and obtain proposals for solutions from research groups and centers. The UAB Research Park (PRUAB) is organising this forum together with other universities and organisations, and the ICMAB will participate in this year's edition, like it did in the last edition, with Alfonso del Rey coordinating our Technology Transfer challenges.

TT News

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The ICMAB is now a member of the innovation cluster SECPHO

The ICMAB is now a member of SECPHO, a national technological innovation cluster formed by companies, technology centres and research centres. SECPHO is focused on promoting technological unnovation through the application of photonic technologies, or technologies based on light, to all types of sectors of our economy.

TT News

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Aromaticity in 3D Boron clusters is better than expected!

Although the concept of aromaticity in chemistry is something that chemists have in their minds very clearly, they find it very difficult to define. Moreover, among chemists, there are two currents with two distinct points of view: the experimental chemists and the theoretical chemists. What happens when we look at the aromaticity of 3D boron clusters?

Top Science Results

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"Key breakthrough in search for gasoline replacement" by Pepe Giner et al. hit the American TV

The article published in JACS by Pepe Giner et al. in which the international team reports a MOF (metal-organic framework) that can separate biobutanol from the biomass fermentation products has received much attention in the American media, since there is a high demand for gasoline, and one of the research collaborators was from Oregon State University.

TV, Websites, Newspapers

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New ruthenium-based metallocarboranes for bimodal cancer therapy

With cancer as the second leading cause of death worldwide, investigation on its treatment stays relevant. New mononuclear ruthenium–carboranyl complexes bearing bipyridyl derivatives are being developed for bimodal therapy applications, unifying BNCT (boron neutron capture therapy) and chemotherapy on a single smaller dose and giving a more effective response thanks to a synergistic effect. These complexes are being characterized and tested against melanoma and glioblastoma, and showing successful results so far.

Top Science Results

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Manuel Souto, honored with the European Award on Molecular Magnetism Doctoral Thesis

Manuel Souto, former PhD researcher at the Nanomol Group, has been awarded with the European Award for Doctoral Thesis in Molecular Magnetism (ADocMolMag) call 2019, organised by the European Institute of Molecular Magnetism, for his PhD Thesis "Multifunctional Materials based on TTFPTM dyads: towards new Molecular Switches, Conductors and Rectifiers" carried out at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Congratulations, Manuel!

PhD

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The European Researchers' Night is coming back, stronger than ever! #NitRecerCat

The ACCC reports the new dates for the European Researchers' Night, a yearly event that has helped bring forth the importance of research across Europe for more than a decade. The Catalan node for the event, coordinated by Universitat de Girona Researcher Sílvia Simon, will be partly founded by the European Committee. Just like the last few years, ICMAB will be participating on this event through several activities.

Fairies

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The exhibition "Científiques Catalanes 2.0", with Anna Roig and M. Rosa Palacín, is now online!

A few weeks ago we shared with you the beginning of the touring exhibition "Científiques Catalanes 2.0”, which featured more than 20 leading researchers from various STEAM disciplines and scientific outreach, including ICMAB researchers Anna Roig and M. Rosa Palacín. The contents of this exhibition can now be viewed (and downloaded!) online, on the Associació Catalana de Comunicació Científica's (ACCC) website.

Women in Science, EVENTS

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#FOTICMAB2020: Our photo contest is open!

This year, we wil probably not be able to celebrate the ICMAB anniversary in a presential way... however, our photo and video contest FOTICMAB continues to strike back! We have added new categories, that you will like for sure. Apart from the known "scientific" and "artistic", we have added the "confinement" and "cultures" categories, that you can already imagine what they are for. Moreover, we have the video section "monologues with your webcam" to express what you need in front of the camera.

Commemorations

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Salvador Ferrer, honored with the "All a devoted career" ASEVA award

The Spanish Vacuum Society (ASEVA) has awarded Prof. Salvador Ferrer Fábregas for his contributions to the study of the surfaces properties and the development of characterization experimental techniques as well as the creation and operation of the ALBA Synchrotron. Salvador Ferrer, now Associate Science Advisor at ALBA, was an ICMAB-CSIC researcher for one year (2011-2012). During his time with us he always tried to establish synergies between the ICMAB and the ALBA Synchrtron. His seed has grown and now we can say that there are many collaborative branches between the two institutions.

OTHER

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Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives

Today, 28 April 2020, is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Recognizing the great challenge that governments, employers, workers and whole societies are facing worldwide to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work will focus on addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work, in particular, on the COVID-19 pandemic. At the ICMAB we take this job very seriously, and the Health and Safety Committee, with the help and compromise of all of us, will ensure that we will all have a safe return to our work. 

EVENTS

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#VermutDeNanociència: Anna Roig and Judit Morlà give short talks on nanoscience on YouTube

This year the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Festival 10alamenos9 was cancelled, due to the coronavirus. However, another initiative in the framework of the festival appeared: the short talks (around 20 minutes) about nanoscience and nanotechnology through YouTube, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 pm, called "Vermut de Nanociència" (Nanoscience Vermouth). Anna Roig, and Judit Morlà participated in the initiative!

Outreach Videos

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Designed a new family of molecules with high affinity to join altered receptors in neurodegenerative diseases

An article published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry , and with the participation of Elies Molins, shows a new family of molecules with high affinity to join imidazoline receptors, which are altered in the brain of those patients with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s. According to the preclinical study, the merge of these specific ligands to I2 receptors improves cognitive skills and some biomarkers which are indicators of brain neurodegenerative processes in murine models.

Websites

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Flexible Antiferromagnetic FeRh Tapes as Memory Elements

Ignasi Fina*, Nico Dix, Enric Menéndez, Enric Menéndez, Anna Crespi, Michael Foerster, Lucia Aballe, Florencio Sánchez, Josep Fontcuberta*. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX. Publication Date:March 9, 2020

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COVID-19 Project Calls for researchers

Since the coronavirus outbreak in Spain, in February-March 2020, many of the research funding agencies, the European Commission, and private institutions have opened research project calls to face the COVID-19. Here we have collected some of this calls. Feel free to contact us if you think some of the important calls are missing.

Project Calls

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Towards green energies: new materials for biobutanol separation

Researchers from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) have discovered a water stable metal-organic framework (MOF) that allows for the separation of butanol from acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) mixtures that are extracted from the fermentation process of biomass feedstock, as part of the standard industrial process to produce biofuels. This new compound, mCB-MOF-1, shows promising results compared to other methodologies or other MOF materials. The study is published in JACS on 27 April 2020. 

Press Release

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Ignasi Fina interviewed at "La Buena Tarde" in Radio Asturias

On 1 April 2020, the ICMAB researcher Ignasi Fina, from the Laboratory of Multifunctional Thin Films And Complex Structures (MULFOX) group, was interviewed in the radio show “La Buena Tarde”, broadcasted in Radio Asturias  to talk about the flexible antiferromagnetic tapes. “La Buena Tarde” is a light variety show that discusses culture and science, with a few different collaborators on every episode.

Radio

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