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Welcome Ylli Conti at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Ylli Conti
Hi, I'm Ylli from Italy. I joined the ICMAB in the NANOPTO group as a PhD student to work on the development of strong-coupled hybrid plasmonic materials. These materials have unique optical properties that can be tailored by controlling the fabrication process, making them exploitable for several application in different research fields. See you all around!

Italy

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Welcome Carme Martínez Domingo at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Carme Martínez Domingo
Hola! I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher from Barcelona and I have recently joined the Nanomol Group, under the supervision of Dr. Marta Mas, to carry out the grant Juan de la Cierva-Formación in the field of Organic Electronics. As for me, I really like cooking, the art and, the architecture. I hope to learn a lot and have a nice time at ICMAB.

Spain

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Large-Scale Soft-Lithographic Patterning of Plasmonic Nanoparticles

Autores: Naihao Chiang*, Leonardo Scarabelli*, Gail A. Vinnacombe-Willson, Luis A. Pérez, Camilla Dore, Agustín Mihi, Steven J. Jonas*, and Paul S. Weiss*
Citation:
ACS Materials Lett. 2021, 3, XXX, 282–289
Publication Date:February 12, 2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsmaterialslett.0c00535
PlumX: Large-Scale Soft-Lithographic Patterning of Plasmonic Nanoparticles
Micro- and nanoscale patterned monolayers of plasmonic nanoparticles were fabricated by combining concepts from colloidal chemistry, self-assembly, and subtractive soft lithography. Leveraging chemical interactions between the capping ligands of pre-synthesized gold colloids and a polydimethylsiloxane stamp, we demonstrated patterning gold nanoparticles over centimeter-scale areas with a variety of micro- and nanoscale geometries, including islands, lines, and chiral structures (e.g., square spirals).

Energy

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Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects Banner

Seven Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects (FIP) granted within the Severo Ochoa FUNFUTURE Programme

The first call for Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects within the Smart FUNctional materials for a better FUTURE (FUNFUTURE) Severo Ochoa Programme boosts 7 new collaborative projects.

The FIP are an internal call of proposals for researchers of the Institute aimed for the development of both experimental and theoretical frontier interdisciplinary research projects through the exploration of innovative and radical novel ideas, the development of new methodologies or the reinterpretation of already established paradigms in the field of new functional materials.

New Projects, Breaking News, 2021

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Limbal Stem Cells on Bacterial Nanocellulose Carriers for Ocular Surface Regeneration

Autores: Irene Anton‐Sales, Laura Koivusalo, Heli Skottman, Anna Laromaine, Anna Roig
Citation: Small 2021, 2003937
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.202003937
PlumX: Limbal Stem Cells on Bacterial Nanocellulose Carriers for Ocular Surface Regeneration
Limbal stem cells (LSCs) are already used in cell‐based treatments for ocular surface disorders. Clinical translation of LSCs‐based therapies critically depends on the successful delivery, survival, and retention of these therapeutic cells to the desired region. Such a major bottleneck could be overcome by using an appropriate carrier to provide anchoring sites and structural support to LSC culture and transplantation.

Biomaterials

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New Sensitive and Selective Chemical Sensors for Ni2+ and Cu2+ Ions: Insights into the Sensing Mechanism through DFT Methods

Título : New Sensitive and Selective Chemical Sensors for Ni2+ and Cu2+ Ions: Insights into the Sensing Mechanism through DFT Methods
Autores: Manuel A. Treto-Suárez, Jorge Tapia, Yoan Hidalgo-Rosa, Dayan Páez-Hernández, Elies Molins, Ximena Zarate*, and Eduardo Schott*
Citation:
J. Phys. Chem. A 2020, 124, 32, 6493–6503
Publication Date:July 8, 2020
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpca.0c03834
PlumX: New Sensitive and Selective Chemical Sensors for Ni2+ and Cu2+ Ions: Insights into the Sensing Mechanism through DFT Methods
We report the synthesis and theoretical study of two new colorimetric chemosensors with special selectivity and sensitivity to Ni2+ and Cu2+ ions over other metal cations in the CH3CN/H2O solution. Compounds (E)-4-((2-nitrophenyl)diazenyl)-N,N-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)aniline (A) and (E)-4-((3-nitrophenyl)diazenyl)-N,N-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)aniline (B) exhibited a drastic color change from yellow to colorless, which allows the detection of the mentioned metal cations through different techniques.

Oxides

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Future Plan of ASTIP, next to ALBA Synchrotron

ICMAB involved in ASTIP, the Next Generation EU proposal for advanced research in complex materials and bio systems

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ASTIP, acronym for Alba Science, Technology and Innovation Park, is one of the Next Generation EU proposals, planning to create a large advanced research center next to the ALBA Synchrotron.

Newspapers, Breaking News, 2021

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Welcome Aiswarya Kethamkuzhi at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Aiswarya Kethamkuzhi
Hello everyone! I am Aiswarya Kethamkuzhi from India. I have just joined the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) group at ICMAB as a Ph.D. student. I will be working on the ERC project Ultrasupertape. It’s my pleasure to be a part of the ICMAB community. See you all around!

India

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Carmen Ocal, Osnat Zapata, and Mariano Campoy-Quiles at Osnat Zapata's PhD defense

Congratulations Dr. Osnat Zapata, new ICMAB Graduate

Doctor Osnat Zapata from the Nanostructured Materials for Optoelectronics and Energy Harvesting (NANOPTO) group at ICMAB, defended his PhD thesis titled "Improving the performance of organic thermoelectrics" on Friday, 26 March 2021 in an online session. Congrats!

PhD Congrats

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Welcome Luis Iglesias at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Luis Iglesias
Hello everyone! My name is Luis Iglesias, and I'm a last-year physics student at UAB. I'm joining ICMAB to do my final project degree with Gervasi Herranz. I'm willing to learn as much as possible and enjoy the experience. See you around!

Spain

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Welcome Marie Finas at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Marie Finas
Hello ! My name is Marie and I am delighted to join the Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites team for a 5 month internship. I am a chemistry student at the National School of Chemistry in Paris, France and I am very excited to work in the lab. My work will focus on mesoporous silica nanorods, under the supervision of Dr. Martí Gich. I enjoy discovering new cultures, doing sports and going out with friends. I'm looking forward to start my work at ICMAB !

France

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Welcome Raúl Artal López at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Raúl Artal López
Hello everyone! I’m Raul Artal from Barcelona. I completed a Master’s in Electrochemistry. Science and Technology with nanomaterials background. I have joined the Solid State Chemistry group under the supervision of Dr. Dino Tonti for 2 years to develop new inorganic nanomaterials as active materials in anodes for high-capacity Li-ion batteries. I like to spend my free time with my dogs in the mountain, as well as doing skate and snowboarding. I’m glad to be here and hope to meet you all!

Spain

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Silicon nanowires as acetone-adsorptive media for diabetes diagnosis

Autores: Francisco De Santiago, José Eduardo Santana, Álvaro Miranda, Luis Antonio Pérez, Riccardo Rurali, Miguel Cruz-Irissona
Citation: Applied Surface Science, Volume 547, 2021, 149175, ISSN 0169-4332,
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2021.149175
PlumX: Silicon nanowires as acetone-adsorptive media for diabetes diagnosis
Early detection of diabetes, a worldwide health issue, is key for its successful treatment. Acetone is a marker of diabetes, and efficient, non-invasive detection can be achieved with the use of nanotechnology. In this paper we investigate the effect of acetone adsorption on the electronic properties of silicon nanowires (SiNWs) by means of density functional theory.

Oxides

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Impact of Chemical Composition on the Nanostructure and Biological Activity of α-Galactosidase-Loaded Nanovesicles for Fabry Disease Treatment

Título : Impact of Chemical Composition on the Nanostructure and Biological Activity of α-Galactosidase-Loaded Nanovesicles for Fabry Disease Treatment
Autores: Judit Tomsen-Melero, Solène Passemard, Natalia García-Aranda, Zamira Vanessa Díaz-Riascos, Ramon González-Rioja, Jannik Nedergaard Pedersen, Jeppe Lyngsø, Josep Merlo-Mas, Edgar Cristóbal-Lecina, José Luis Corchero, Daniel Pulido, Patricia Cámara-Sánchez, Irina Portnaya, Inbal Ionita, Simó Schwartz Jr., Jaume Veciana, Santi Sala, Miriam Royo, Alba Córdoba, Dganit Danino, Jan Skov Pedersen, Elisabet González-Mira*, Ibane Abasolo*, and Nora Ventosa*
Citation:
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXX
Publication Date:February 14, 2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.0c16871
PlumX: Impact of Chemical Composition on the Nanostructure and Biological Activity of α-Galactosidase-Loaded Nanovesicles for Fabry Disease Treatment
Fabry disease is a rare lysosomal storage disorder characterized by a deficiency of α-galactosidase A (GLA), a lysosomal hydrolase. The enzyme replacement therapy administering naked GLA shows several drawbacks including poor biodistribution, limited efficacy, and relatively high immunogenicity in Fabry patients.An attractive strategy to overcome these problems is the use of nanocarriers for encapsulating the enzyme. Nanoliposomes functionalized with RGD peptide have already emerged as a good platform to protect and deliver GLA to endothelial cells.

Biomaterials

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Welcome Rubén García at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Rubén García
Hi! My name is Rubén García and I'm from Ibiza, a wonderful island in the Mediterranean Sea. I'm currently doing a master's degree at the UPF, which has allowed me to do my research project at ICMAB with Dr. Gerard Tobías' group. In my free time I like to explore new places and above all enjoy and live experiences with friends. See you at ICMAB!

Spain

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Soft‐Chemistry‐Assisted On‐Chip Integration of Nanostructured α‐Quartz Microelectromechanical System

Título : Soft‐Chemistry‐Assisted On‐Chip Integration of Nanostructured α‐Quartz Microelectromechanical System
Autores: Claire Jolly, Andres Gomez, David Sánchez‐Fuentes, Dilek Cakiroglu, Raïssa Rathar, Nicolas Maurin, Ricardo Garcia‐Bermejo, Benoit Charlot, Martí Gich, Michael Bahriz, Laura Picas, Adrian Carretero‐Genevrier
Citation: Adv. Mater. Technol. 2021, 2000831
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/admt.202000831
PlumX: Soft‐Chemistry‐Assisted On‐Chip Integration of Nanostructured α‐Quartz Microelectromechanical System
The development of advanced piezoelectric α‐quartz microelectromechanical system (MEMS) for sensing and precise frequency control applications requires the nanostructuration and on‐chip integration of this material on silicon material.

Cover, Oxides

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Welcome Alejandro Sánchez Miñarro at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Alejandro Sánchez Miñarro
Hello all! My name is Alex and after finish my Bachelor degree on Physics at Universitat de Barcelona and my Master degree on Photonics at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya I've just joined to MULFOX group to start my PhD about photonic metasurfaces with topological properties under the supervision of Dr. Gervasi Herranz. I'm glad to be here and eager to start this new stage!

Spain

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Critical Effect of Bottom Electrode on Ferroelectricity of Epitaxial Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 Thin Films

Título : Critical Effect of Bottom Electrode on Ferroelectricity of Epitaxial Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 Thin Films
Autores: Saúl Estandía, Jaume Gazquez, Maria Varela, N. Dix, Mengdi Qian, Raul Solanas, Ignasi Fina and Florencio Sanchez
Citation:

J. Mater. Chem. C, 9, 3486 - 3492 (2021)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/D0TC05853J

 

PlumX: Critical Effect of Bottom Electrode on Ferroelectricity of Epitaxial Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 Thin Films
Epitaxial orthorhombic Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 (HZO) films on La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO) electrodes show robust ferroelectricity, with high polarization, endurance and retention. However, no similar results have been achieved using other perovskite electrodes so far. Here, LSMO and other perovskite electrodes are compared.

Oxides

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A new european infrastructure will facilitate the transfer of nano-pharmaceuticals from the lab to the clinic

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Launch of the cross-european PHOENIX project, which will provide a new infrastructure available to research laboratories, SMEs and start-ups to facilitate the transfer of nano-pharmaceuticals from the laboratory to clinical practice. PHOENIX will have a duration of 4 years and a total budget of 14.45 million euros. Two CSIC Institutes, ICMAB (CSIC) and INMA (CSIC-UNIZAR), and one CSIC spin-off, Nanomol Technologies, participate in the project.

Press Release, New Projects, Breaking News, 2021

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Radiolabeled Cobaltabis(dicarbollide) Anion–Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites for In Vivo Bioimaging and Boron Delivery

Autores: Albert Ferrer-Ugalde, Stefania Sandoval, Krishna Reddy Pulagam, Amanda Muñoz-Juan, Anna Laromaine, Jordi Llop, Gerard Tobias*, and Rosario Núñez*
Citation:
ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2021, XXXX, XXX, XXX-XXXPublication DateJanuary 28, 2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.0c03079
PlumX: Radiolabeled Cobaltabis(dicarbollide) Anion–Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites for In Vivo Bioimaging and Boron Delivery
A carbon-based hybrid nanocomposite, which consists of monoiodinated boron-cluster derivatives covalently attached to graphene oxide, is hereby introduced. This GO-I-COSAN has been synthesized using a novel boron-rich cobaltabis(dicarbollide) precursor with one iodide group attached to one of the boron atoms of the cluster (I-COSAN) and designed to be subsequently labeled with radioactive 124I for its use in positron emission tomography (PET).

Biomaterials

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Welcome Wid Mekseriwattana at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Wid Mekseriwattana
Hi! Everyone. My name is Wid and I'm a Material Science Ph.D student from Thailand. I'm joining the Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites group for 11 months to complete my thesis and continue a work on SPIONs. I'm a nature addict and love to hike. I also like to read in my free time. Although I have no knowledge in Spanish, I'm sure to learn it. I hope to meet you all and to enjoy my stay here at ICMAB!

Thailand

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Welcome Gyanendra Singh at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Gyanendra Singh
Hello everyone! My name is Gyanendra Singh, from India. I have joined ICMAB as a postdoctoral researcher within the Beatriu de Pinós program (BP 2019). I will be investigating the possibilities of spintronics devices in two-dimensional layers and interfaces under Gervasi Herranz's guidance. I look forward to interacting with you all

India

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Osnat Zapata will defend his PhD Thesis on Friday, 26 March 2021 at 10 am

Date: 2021-03-26
The PhD researcher Osnat Zapata from the Nanostructured Materials for Optoelectronics and Energy Harvesting (NANOPTO) group (ICMAB-CSIC), will defend his PhD thesis on Friday, 26 March 2021, at 10 am in an online session. The PhD Thesis Defense will be held by videoconference from the ICMAB meeting room.

PhD Defense

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Metallic Diluted Dimerization in VO2 Tweeds

Título : Metallic Diluted Dimerization in VO2 Tweeds
Autores: Felip Sandiumenge, Laura Rodríguez, Miguel Pruneda, César Magén, José Santiso, Gustau Catalan
Citation: Adv. Mater. 2021, 2004374
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202004374
PlumX: Metallic Diluted Dimerization in VO2 Tweeds
Though first order transitions are thought to be abrupt, materials find cunning ways to smooth the jump. Here we show that VO2 chooses making beautiful tapestries at the atomic scale. To see how, and how they affect its intriguing metal-insulator transition, continue reading:

Oxides

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Valor Afegit (TV3)

As seen on TV: ICMAB is featured in Valor Afegit TV3

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Materials for the energy of the future: superconductors, batteries, and thermoelectricity. Main characters for three nights in a row in TV prime time. 

TV, 2021

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ERC 2021 Seminar – A new panel in PE domain: PE11-Materials Engineering

Date: 2021-03-25

We are happy to organize and invite you to the following ERC Session at ICMAB:

ERC 2021 – A new panel in PE domain: PE11-Materials Engineering

by Dr. Alina Maria TOMOIAGĂ – Project Advisor, European Research Council Executive Agency, Physical Sciences and Engineering Unit

Thursday, 25 March 2020, from 3 pm to 5 pm
Online Invited Seminar by Zoom. Register here to attend.

Periodical Lectures & Invited Seminars

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Núria Crivillers

ICMAB Researcher Núria Crivillers joins the Young Academy of Europe

The organization offers a younger point of view on science and science policy.

The Young Academy of Europe is an organization that brings together young scientists and scholars from all parts of Europe that have outspoken views about science and science policy. It’s a bottom-up organization that develops networking activities, as well as advocacy, science policy and scientific exchanges.

Appointments, Breaking News, 2021

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Welcome Nicoló Bordignon at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Nicoló Bordignon

Hello everyone! I’m Nicoló and I’m an Industrial Biotechnology master’s student in Turin, Italy. I just joined the Nanomol group, under the supervision of Dr. Nora Ventosa, in order to complete my master thesis on the application of nanomaterials in the medical field. I’m very excited about this project and I hope I can contribute to it and broaden my knowledge in this field. I love music and doing sport in my free time, particularly cycling and running. I’m looking forward to have an amazing time at ICMAB, see you all around!

Italy

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Characterization of crystalline forms of gaxilose, a diagnostic drug

Autores: Federica Cattia, Santos Hernández Gallego, Mónica Benito, Elies Molins, Francisco Marquillas Olóndriz
Citation: Carbohydrate Research
Volume 499, 2021, 108232, ISSN 0008-6215,
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carres.2021.108232
PlumX: Characterization of crystalline forms of gaxilose, a diagnostic drug
Lactose intolerance is a pathology caused by lactase enzyme deficiency, usually produced in the intestinal cells provoking symptoms as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, gas and nausea. Gaxilose, 4-O-β-D galactopyranosyl-d-xylose, is used as a diagnostic drug for a non-invasive method for hypolactasia diagnosis.

Biomaterials

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