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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.

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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. 

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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.

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New COVER in Advanced Energy Materials: A treasure map to find the best performance of organic solar cells!

Organic solar cells based on ternary systems have promise as high efficiency and high stability systems. Finding the performance sweet‐spot is, however, a monumental task. The article published in Advanced Energy Materials "Efficient Exploration of the Composition Space in Ternary Organic Solar Cells by Combining High‐Throughput Material Libraries and Hyperspectral Imaging", which made it to the cover of the journal's issue, Mariano Campoy‐Quiles and co‐workers present a simple high‐throughput method to map the ternary parameter space and efficiently discover optimum conditions.

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A multidisciplinary research team develop biotransistors able to hear small beats of live

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.

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Towards an all-electrical control of heat flux for zero-power "electronics"

  • Researchers from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) have shown that thermal conductivity can be tuned by an external applied electric field.
  • If the material is mechanically deformed in a suitable way, the external applied electric field can be much lower to achieve the same thermal response.
  • These advances allow envisaging a truly zero-power analogue of electronics, because phononics circuits would need no power supply.

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"Nuevos materiales que revolucionan el mundo" in the press

The newspaper "El Mundo" published on 17 July 2019 a report on the new materials "that will revolutionize the world". The ICMAB appears in the article, together with other research centers working in nanomaterials and materials science. 

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Lead halide perovskites are not ferroelectric: further research is needed to discover why they are so good for solar cells

  • Perovskites promise to be the next star material for solar cells, but the reason of their high efficiency is still unknown.
  • Researchers at the Institute of Materials Science in Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (Germany) have demonstrated with a new microscopy technique that perovskites are not ferroelectric, as was thought.
  • The new technique, patented by CSIC in 2017, is the direct piezoelectric force microscopy (DPFM) which, for the first time, is used in lead halide perovskite solar cells.

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Tailored made materials solely by changing the arrangement of the atoms

  • Material engineering at the nanoscale can be successfully employed in the design of a new type of materials: this is the case of superlattices formed by layers the same material with different crystal structure.
  • The study, published in Nano Letters, paves the way for efficient thermoelectric and nanoelectronic devices, which require high quality materials without defects within their structure and interfaces.

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A new iron oxide polymorph found at high pressures

  • Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility have characterized the structural, electronic and magnetic behavior of nanoparticles of a rare phase of iron oxide, the epsilon phase, under extreme pressure conditions, emulating the conditions of the interior of the Earth.
  • The study, published in Nature Communications, concludes that the presence of this rare phase of iron oxide in the inner Earth is possible, and that under these conditions there is a new iron oxide phase, epsilon prime, with magnetic properties radically different from those known so far.

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Researchers from "Madame du Châtelet" talking about the gender gap in science in the press

On Saturday, 17 November 2018, we participated in the "Science Tech Girls Vallès" event, in the Library Vapor Badia in Sabadell. The event was planned as a morning full of science and technology for girls between 8 and 18 years old. Boys could also participate, but it was an action to encourage the participation of girls in science. The morning started at 10 am with the dramatised reading, created and performed by ICMAB women, "Madame du Châtelet and her Instagram followers", which wants to visibilize the women scientists throughout history. 

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"New perspectives for photovoltaics" by Mariona Coll at Revista de Física

The last issue of the Revista Española de Física (RdF) of the RSEF contains five articles written by the winners of the XII edition of the Research Awards "For Women in Science" from L'Oréal-UNESCO. The Editorial Committee decided to invite them to write an article about their research for the section "Temas de Física". Mariona Coll, from the ICMAB, has written the article "Oxides and low-cost chemical methods: New perspectives for photovoltaics".

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Mariona Coll, scientist with GLAMOUR

The October issue of GLAMOUR, the most read magazine among women and female teenagers in Spain, publishes the interview to seven Spanish female researchers discussing on gender balance and the difficulties to do research in Spain. Mariona Coll, a chemist from ICMAB, is one of them.

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"El reto de ser científicas y madres" by Valentina Raffio in El Periódico

On Monday, 24 September, this article appeared in the printed version in the newspaper "El Periódico", both in the Spanish and Catalan version. The article is written by the journalist Valentina Raffio, and features two ICMAB researchers, Teresa Puig and Marta Mas-Torrent, in the framework of the project #LasCientíficasCuentan, an initiative by CSIC-Brussels and funded by the FECYT. We transcribe here the text. 

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New boost to future calcium batteries - A possible cathode?

  • A recent study demonstrates the feasibility of the electrochemical extraction of calcium from a metal oxide, which could be used as a cathode (positive electrode) for calcium batteries
  • The study, published in Dalton Transactions, was carried out in collaboration with Toyota Motor Europe, which shares the patent

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SOMMa in the press: "Respiro para la ciencia"

This article was published on May 28, 2018, in La Vanguardia, and is signed by Carina Farreras, Barcelona. We transcribe it here as it is. You can download here the paper version. SOMMa is the alliance of the Severo Ochoa and Maria de Maeztu research centers and units, formed by 41 research centers and units, and by more than 5,000 researchers. SOMMa wants to promote Spanish Excellence in research and enhance its social impact at national and international levels.

Respiro para la ciencia. Una enmienda a ley de Presupuestos desencalla la paralización de los centros.

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MIT-Spain grant for ICMAB project: new materials for photovoltaics

ICMAB is the recipient of one of twelve MIT-Spain ”la Caixa” Foundation Seed Fund grants under a brand new funding programme in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The presentation of the grants took place on 18 April 2018 at Palau Macaya (Barcelona). A common objective of all the awarded projects is to face some of the challenges of the XXI century: organs on a chip to fight cancer, polymers against antibiotic resistance, in vitro biologic 3D ears, quantic computers for data processing, or new materials to increase the efficiency of photovoltaic cells, to name a few. This latter is the project from Dr. Ignasi Fina, from the MULFOX group at ICMAB, who will work together with Dr. Rafael Jaramillo, at MIT

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The Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units Alliance (#SOMMa) aims at promoting Spanish excellence science, and preserving its competitiveness

The creation of SOMMa will allow research centres and units to increase their impact, foster their cooperation, work as a network, and enrich the R+D system as a whole. SOMMa has presented the document “SOMMa Position Paper: Actions required to safeguard science competitiveness”, which aims at drawing the attention of politicians to tackle some of the current administrative issues urgently and in a long-lasting manner.

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ICMAB researchers at the monograph on "Condensed Matter" of the Revista Española de Física

The July-September issue of the Revista Española de Física (Vol 31, No 3) includes a monogaph of 41 pages on Condensed Matter. Some ICMAB researchers have contributed in some of the articles.

You can download in this post the articles of the monograph, with the permission of the journal. If you become a member of the RSEF you'll be able to read all the journal!

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Un manresà lidera un dels projectes de superconductivitat més importants d'Europa

REGIO7 | 15/03/2017

El coordinador del projecte, Xavier Obradors, ha explicat que Eurotapes és un "projecte europeu de referència de superconductors", resultat de la col·laboració entre el món acadèmic i la indústria. "Les cintes superconductores poden fer passar 100 vegades més corrent que la fibra de coure", ha informat Obradors, i això permetrà "transportar molta energia i disminuir el cost de producció d'aquesta cinta". 

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El aerogenerador que no pierde energía

LA RAZÓN | 13/03/2017 | Eva Martínez Rull

Convertir un aerogenerador de 2MW de potencia en un «molino» superconductor dos veces más ligero y que, sobre todo, no pierda ni un vatio de energía por la disipación de calor. Es lo que ha conseguido un grupo de investigadores del Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona (ICMAB); el Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC); el Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón (ICMA); el Instituto mixto del CSIC y de la Universidad de Zaragoza (Unizar), y Gamesa Innovation and Technology.

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El primer molino terrestre superconductor se gesta en Barcelona

EL PERIÓDICO, DOMINGO, 12 DE FEBRERO DEL 2017 MICHELE CATANZARO
El cambio primordial en un molino superconductor está en el generador. “En lugar de cobre y hierro en su interior hay cintas de segunda generación, unos filamentos superconductores”, explica Xavier Obradors, director del Icmab. No solo los filamentos no pierden energía, sino que tampoco se calientan, por lo que no se necesita la maquinaria de enfriamiento que precisan los metales tradicionales.

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GENERA 2017, Feria Internacional de Energía y Medioambiente, incluye un proyecto del ICMAB entre los 14 que destaca por su aportación al desarrollo de las renovables y la eficiencia energética en España

El proyecto innovador, presentado por el Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, se basa en el diseño de un generador, sobre la base física de un generador de DFIG de 2MW de uso habitual en aerogeneradores comerciales, convirtiéndolo en un prototipo de generador síncrono de potencia equivalente con devanado de campo superconductor.

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Ocho décadas después, el hidrógeno se hace metal

Es el átomo más simple que existe. Está en el agua y en gran cantidad de compuestos químicos. Representa la mayor parte de la materia visible del universo y, en la Tierra, se suele encontrar por partida doble: dos átomos que forman una molécula de gas. De él se sabe mucho pero quedan interrogantes. Esta semana, una de las preguntas se ha aclarado: enfriando y apretando mucho sus moléculas, el hidrógeno se hace metal. Es decir, probablemente es capaz de conducir la electricidad y el calor.

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Petites partícules que milloren la medicina

LA VANGUARDIA, 19 DIC 2016

El centre de biotecnologia cubà BioCubaFarma i el centre català TECNIO Nanomol acaben d'iniciar el procés per validar clínicament un nou medicament que té per objectiu millorar la cicatrització de l'úlcera del peu diabètic i evitar així la seva amputació.

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