Projects News

The ICMAB receives one ERC Proof of Concept grant to develop organic thermoelectric based self-powered sensors

Mariano Campoy-Quiles, researcher at the Nanostructured Materials for Optoelectronics and Energy Harvesting (NANOPTO) group has been granted with an ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) to advance in the development of organic thermoelectric generators to power low-cost sensors for vineyards. Fifty-five grantees of the European Research Council (ERC) have been awarded Proof of Concept funding to explore the commercial or societal potential of their research results. The grants are part of the EU's research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020.

New Projects

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Round Two of the "Matheroes" project, granted in the FECYT 2019 call for the promotion of science culture

We are very happy to announce that the ICMAB has been granted the project "Matheroes: The Box" in the last FECYT 2019 projects call for the promotion of science, technological and innovation culture. This project is the second part of the project "Matheroes: Supermaterials, the heroes of the future" and also counts with the participation of many ICMAB researchers and staff, and with our collaborators, ESCIENCIA. The mission is to explain our 5 Research Lines in Materials for Energy, Superconductors, Oxide Electronics, Molcular Electronics and Biomaterials to young students! 

Fairies, New Projects

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Meet the Early Stage Researchers of the SEPOMO MSCA-ITN project

The SEPOMO project (Spins for Efficient Photovoltaic Devices based on Organic Molecules), supported and co-funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Programme (MSCA-ITN-2016 - Innovative Training Networks), has been "Training the next generation of photovoltaic researchers" since November 2016. Now that the project comes to an end (October 2020), the team has put together a video in which the Early Stage Researchers talk about their experience in the project

New Projects

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The rechargeable zinc-air batteries project featured in R+D CSIC

The project to improve the rechargeability of zinc-air batteries, led by ICMAB researchers from the Solid State Chemistry group, has been featured this week in R+D CSIC news. These batteries have more capacity than the lithium-ion ones, and are made of cheap materials, which are widely available in nature as well as safe.

Websites, New Projects

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SUMAN group joins European COST Action “High Temperature SuperConductivity for AcceLerating the Energy Transition” (HiSCALE)

Researchers from the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) group will be joining researchers from 13 other countries in the development of a network with the intention to push for the implementation of Hight Temperature Superconductors (HST) to all the different parts of the electrical energy chain, in the framewor of a European COST Action.

New Projects

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The ICMAB participates in the EU's most ambitious battery research project: BIG-MAP

BIG-MAP is the new EU project with a budget of 20 M€ to accelerate the development of the next generation of super batteries. From the ICMAB, M. Rosa Palacín and Alberto García participate in this exciting project, in the framework of the Battery 2030+ initiative and within the H2020-LC-BAT-2019-2020 Call (Building a Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future: Next-Generation Batteries).

New Projects

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The ICMAB welcomes you to the EU Sustainable Energy Week #EUSEW2020

This week we celebrate the EU Sustainable Energy Week(EUSEW) 2020, coordinated by the European Commission, between 22-26 June 2020. This year the EUSEW is going completely digital! There are many events organized by pubic and private institutions in which you can participate. From the ICMAB, M. Rosa Palacín will participate on a roundtable on 25 June 2020 at 1 pm organized by the CSIC. Here, in this post, we would like to share with you some of our sustainable-energy related projects! 

Project Results

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"Could calcium provide a new sustainable approach for battery technology applications?" The CARBAT project featured in FETFX

Giulia Fabriani, a science communication student in La Sapienza University, Rome, participated in the FETFX programme "Journalist-in-the-lab" and interviewed researcher M. Rosa Palacín about the CARBAT project. The result: a nice pice of news entitled "If batteris are the question, Calcium could be the answer" published at the FETFX website. 

Project Results

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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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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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New FASTGRID video to explain the objectives of the project

The FASTGRID project, in which the SUMAN group at ICMAB participates, has released a new video, shot in the premises of one of the partners (SuperGrid Institute, France) to explain in simple terms and with animations the objectives of the project. The video includes footage from the production line of the German industrial partner THEVA and from the winding process made by the French company Sigmaphi in collaboration with the SuperGrid Institute.

Project Results

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Ana M. López-Periago participates at the Interdisciplinary CSIC Platform "SusPlast" on sustainable plastics towards a circular economy

The SusPlast platform was officially launched on March 2019. The "Interdisciplinary Platform for Sustainable Plastics towards a Circular Economy" platform counts with the participation of 15 research groups from CSIC centers. From the ICMAB, from the Supercritical Fluids and Functional Materials group (SFFM) participates in the platform.

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The project "The energy of the future: from the lab to the classroom" has been awarded with a FGCSIC "Cuenta la Ciencia" grant

The science outreach project "The energy of the future: from the lab to the classroom", prepared in collaboration with Funbrain, and with IP Mariano Campoy-Quiles, has been awarded with a FGCSIC "Cuenta la Ciencia" grant in its thrid call. The project, which will take place during the year 2020, aims at bringing the research performed at our labs to the primary and secondary schools, with attractive experiments related to energy prepared for the scholars. 

Visits and open doors, OUTREACH

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Smart-4-Fabry EU project: a project on the Fabry rare disease for "La Marató de TV3"

On the occasion of the "Marató de TV3: Minories que fan una Majoria", which is this year devoted to rare diseases, we would like to show you a project in which we participate and which tackles a rare disease: the SMART-4-FABRY project. One of the main objectives of the project is to use nanotechnology to increase the efficiency of the current treatment for the Fabry disease, based on the GLA enzyme. Nora Ventosa and her team, from CIBER-BBN and NANOMOL group at ICMAB-CSIC, coordinate the project, in which fourteen partners from different countries participate.

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Elies Molins on a "Porous Materials" scientific tour around Chile

Elies Molins has given lectures at the International Conference on Materials Science (ICMS), at the Center for Applied Nanotechnology (CNAP) and at the Universidad Autonoma de Chile. His conferences have been about porous materials and their applications in catalysis and medicine. 

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12 Early Stage Researchers will start their PhD within the DOC-FAM MSCA COFUND project

  • The second call of this program will allow 12 predoctoral researchers to start their PhD at the ICMAB-CSIC, the ICN2, the IMB-CNM-CSIC, the IREC and the ALBA Synchrotron
  • In total the DOC-FAM program will enable 22 early stage researchers to conduct their PhD in the field of "Advanced Functional Materials" in these outstanding research institutions
  • The DOC-FAM program, coordinated by the ICMAB, is the first MSCA COFUND coordinated by a CSIC center
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First KardiaTool project meeting in CSIC Brussels: interview with the researchers

The first review meeting of the KardiaTool project, a project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, was organised onMarch 2019. The project involves fourteen partners from nine European countries and one non-European country (United States). The consortium is formd by five universities, five research centres, including the CSIC, two SMEs and two industry partners. 
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The ICMAB receives one ERC Proof of Concept Grant for enabling high-temperature superconducting technologies

  • Teresa Puig, group leader of the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) group, is among the awardees for a project to scale-up a new manufacturing process of high-temperature superconductors.
  • The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded top-funding totalling 9.3 M€ to 62 ERC grant holders via its Proof of Concept Grants. They are meant to explore the commercial or societal potential of their research. 

Websites, Newspapers, Staff

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SENSORAÏM: the new PRODUCTE (AGAUR, FEDER) project on organic thermoelectric sensors to monitor vineyards

"SENSORAÏM: Autonomous Distributed Sensor Networks for a Smart Viticulture" is the new project led by Mariano Campoy-Quiles from the NANOPTO group at the ICMAB funded by FEDER (Fons Europeu de Desenvolupament Regional), Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) and Secretaria d’Universitats i Recerca del Departament d'Empresa i Coneixement de la Generalitat de Catalunya, within the modality "PRODUCTE" grants (2018 PROD 00191), aimed at obtaining prototypes of the research results generated by research groups in Catalunya. These projects are excellent to reinforce the technology transfer of the Catalan research centers. 

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The NANOMOL group collaborates with the VHIR in the developement of a new nanomedicine for the treatment of a childhood cancer

Within the MOTHER project (Molecule-based materials and supramolecular organizations for therapy, diagnosis and tissue engineering), the NANOMOL group from ICMAB collaborates with the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Research (VHIR), on the developement of a new nanomedicine for the treatment of high risk neuroblastoma, one of the most typical childhood cancers. Now, researchers from VHIR have identified new microRNAs that reduce the progression of this type of cancer.

Newspapers

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Kick-off of the E-MAGIC European Project on Magnesium batteries

The E-MAGIC (European Magnesium Interactive Battery Community) research project is a European H2020 FET-PROACTIVE recently funded with 6.5 million euros. Its aim is to develop new magnesium-based batteries, more powerful, cheaper and safer than lithium-ion ones. The project could pave the way for the establishment of a competitive battery cell production landscape in Europe.

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A paper that converts waste heat into electricity produced at ICMAB

  • The device is composed of cellulose produced in the laboratory by bacteria, with small amounts of carbon nanotubes, resulting very sustainable
  • The device could be used to generate electricity in wearables, in medical and sports applications, and as intelligent thermal insulator

Websites

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The SEPOMO network is "Training the next generation of photovoltaic researchers"

With the participation of 9 academic institutions and 2 industrial organisations in 6 countries, the SEPOMO European H2020 MSCA-ITN network is training 15 early-stage researchers during a 3-year period in the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering for efficient photovoltaic devices based on organic molecules. Two of these fellows are supervised by ICMAB researchers: Francesco Silvestri, supervised by Esther Barrena, and Rana Adel Abdelaleim Mohammed, who is doing her research at Eurecat, co-supervised by Mariano Campoy-Quiles

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A project to prevent infectious diseases with functionalized catheters led by Imma Ratera awarded by La Marató de TV3

Resarchers from the NANOMOL group at the ICMAB-CSIC and from CIBER-BBN, led by Dr. Imma Ratera, have been awarded with a project from Fundació La Marató de TV3 for the coordinated-project about prevention of infections related with vascular catheters: "Prevenció d’infeccions relacionades amb els CATèters vasculars mitjançant la FUNcionalització de catèters impregnats d'hidrogels activables tèrmicament amb  antimicrobians d’ampli espectre (FUNCATH)".

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New outcome of the NFFA-Europe project: a paper in Nanoscale on piezoelectric thin films

The paper Direct and converse piezoelectric responses at the nanoscale from epitaxial BiFeO3 thin films grown by polymer assisted deposition published this October in the Nanoscale journal, has received funding from the EU-H2020 research and innovation programme, having benefitted from the access provided by the ICMAB-CSIC in Barcelona, within the framework of the NFFA-Europe Transnational Access Activity

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Extremely sensitive radiation detectors to explore the universe in the forthcoming ESA space missions

Dr. Lourdes Fàbrega, from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), leads the development in Spain of a special type of sensors that can detect very small changes in temperature and that will be used in the forthcoming European space missions.

These sensors are extremely sensitive and miniaturized microcalorimeters, like small thermometers, that can detect even the energy of one single photon.

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Seven Master Students will do their thesis at ICMAB thanks to a Severo Ochoa fellowship

This year the ICMAB counted with 7 out of the 34 fellowships for Master students that the CSIC distributed among the five Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence of the CSIC (Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT), Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CNB), Instituto de Física Corpuscular (IFIC), Instituto de Neurociencias (IN) and Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB); and the Structural Biology Unit of Excellence María de Maeztu. The 7 granted students will do their Master Thesis Project with one of our researchers during 5 months, and will receive 5,000 €. 

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Nine Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects (FIP) granted in the third internal call within the Severo Ochoa FUNMAT programme

Continuing the Strategic Vision for the Severo Ochoa programme FUNMAT ("Smart FUNctional MATerials for social grand challenges"), the ICMAB opened the call for the third edition of the Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects (FIP) earlier this year 2018. Out of all the proposals submitted, 9 projects in different fields have been granted. 

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10 Early Stage Researchers granted with predoctoral fellowships from the MSCA COFUND DOC-FAM program will start their PhD in advanced functional materials at ICMAB-CSIC, IREC and ALBA Synchrotron

  • The first call for this program has been closed offering 10 predoctoral grants: 5 of them at the ICMAB-CSIC, 2 at the IREC and 3 at the ALBA Synchrotron
  • The DOC-FAM program is the first MSCA COFUND coordinated by a center of the CSIC, the ICMAB
  • The next call for the program will offer 12 fellowships to do the PhD in these centers and also at ICN2 and IMB-CNM-CSIC
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