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New acquisition of scientific books in our ICMAB Library "Manuel Cardona"

Our "Manuel Cardona" Library has acquired 11 new scientific books for all our staff! The books are about some of the main topics of our research: nanotechnology, polymer science, nanomaterials processing and characterization, solid-state NMR, functional materials, voltammetry, electrochemical systems, modern condensed matter physics, pharmaceutical crystals, crystal growth and organic semiconductors. Take a look at the list below!

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10 tips to make your work from home more productive

What was your one constant excuse for almost everything that you have always wanted to do? To begin with, let me be honest about mine, it was this: “But, I don't have time for that!” or “Yes I would love to. But where is the time?” Well, now we have answer to all those “but's”. The time is here. So, are you ready? During this testing time in history, I would like to shift the focus a little bit and see it from a different perspective…

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Two articles made-in-ICMAB at the SCQ journal: magnetic reduced graphene oxide and Smart-4-Fabry project

The last issue of the journal of the Catalan Chemical Society (Revista de la Societat Catalana de Química) includes two articles from ICMAB researchers. The first one is about graphene oxide nanocomposites decorated with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, and the second one is about the European project "Smart-4-Fabry", which develops a new nanomedicine for the treatment of the Fabry disease. The articles are written in Catalan. We encourage you to have a look at them!

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A new video in the JoVE journal on a new protocol from Gervasi Herranz and the MULFOX group relating magnetics and photonics

A new protocol from Gervasi Herranz and the MULFOX group at ICMAB shows how magnetic fields can change the propagation of light in confined nanostructured materials and reveal enhanced optical responses. This new protocol is published as a VIDEO-ARTICLE at the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). The new protocol allows to directly study how magnetization changes the photonic response.

Books and articles, Outreach Videos, 2019

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New scientific books in our Library "Manuel Cardona"!

Our "Manuel Cardona" Library has acquired 17 new scientific books for all our staff! The books are about some of the main topics of our research: magnetism, neutron scattering, smart inorganic polymers, medical imaging, carbon nanomaterials or thermoelectric materials. Take a look at the list below!

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019: a close look from an ICMAB point of view (by M. Rosa Palacín and Josep Fontcuberta)

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 was awarded on October 9, 2019, jointly to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries. At the ICMAB we are very happy for this award, for several reasons: Josep Fontcuberta was a former postdoc fellow of Goodenough, in Oxford; and Goodenough was once a member of our Scientific Advisory Board! Moreover, M. Rosa Palacín, researcher in the batteries field, has met all three of them, and has continued their work, developing post lithium-ion batteries at the ICMAB! In this post, both researchers have written some words on this matter! Continue reading!

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The CSIC Annual Report 2018 is out!

The CSIC Annual Report 2018 is now online. You can find information about the 120 research centers and units, 1,597 research groups, and 10,642 total staff. The ICMAB article "Hydroxypropyl cellulose photonic architectures by soft nanoimprinting lithography" (Nature Photonics 12, 343 (2018)) appears as one of the highlights in the Materials Science and Technology area

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"Toda ciencia es abierta" by Alejandro Santos in the CSIC Library Network journal "Enredadera"

The 33rd issue of the electronic journal of the CSIC Library Network "Enredadera", entitled Ciencia Abierta y la Red de Bibliotecas y Archivos del CSIC, is now available. The section En directo contains the article Toda ciencia es abierta, a collaboration by Alejandro Santos, librarian and documentalist of the Library Manuel Cardona at ICMAB-CSIC. 

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"Thin-sections, the past serving the future": two articles from Jordi Rius featured in UABDivulga

The studies "Synchrotron tts-µXRD identification of secondary phases in ancient ceramics" published in Heritage Science, and "Breaking Preconceptions: Thin Section Petrography For Ceramic Glaze Microstructures" published in Minerals are now featured in UABDivulga. These two articles, in which researchers from the UAB and the ICMAB have collaborated, refute the common perception of thin-sections as an old-fashioned laboratory preparation and show how this sample format conceived in the 19th century is still in force and can be adapted to the research and the new tools of the 21st century, such as the synchrotron facilities.

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Clara Viñas and Francesc Teixidor, co-authors of the "Handbook of Boron Science"

Clara Viñas and Francesc Teixidor, from the Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Book, have written Chapter 5 of Volume 1 of the "Handbook of Boron Science". The chapter is entitled: "Halogenated Icosahedral Carboranes: A Platform for Remarkable Applications". The handbook counts with 4 volumes, the first one being "Boron in Organometallic Chemistry". The handbook is edited by Narayan S Hosmane (Northern Illinois University, USA) andRobert Eagling.

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An article about "Science Predators" at the CSIC blog "Ciencia para llevar" by Mariano Campoy-Quiles

Iif you are in the science field, you probably receive every week plenty of spam emails asking you to write an article for this or that journal, or to go to this or that conference. Usually, these emails are easy to spot, and they are quickly thrown on the trash folder. However, is there a way to properly detect them? And to fight them? Read this article by Mariano Campoy-Quiles (and with an original illustration by Alejandro Santos) to know how.

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Do you want to write an article at the MATERIAL-ES journal?

The Material-ES scientific magazine is published every three months by the Spanish Materials Society (SOCIEMAT). They are always looking for authors that would like to publish an article with them. Written works in Spanish and English will be accepted. Once received, they will be scheduled for publication in the next issues.

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Calcium-based batteries featured in Nature Research Chemistry Community to celebrate the #IYPT2019

The paper “Towards a calcium-based rechargeable battery” published in Nature Materials in 2016 has been featured in the interactive periodic table, associated with the element Calcium (Ca). This interactive has been put together in celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT), and showcases important and interesting papers chosen by the Nature Materials editors from 150 years of original research published in Nature and the Nature Research journals. Now, a retrospective style blog post featuring the paper written by M. Rosa Palacín has been published in the Nature Reserach Chemistry Community, in the #IYPT2019 channel. 

Books and articles, Commemorations, 2019

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"Smart Inorganic Polymers", the new book co-authored by members of the ICMAB Inorganic Materials & Catalysis Lab

Clara Viñas, Rosario Núñez and Francesc Teixidor, from the Inorganic Materials and Catalysis Laboratory at ICMAB, and Isabel Romero, from the Universitat de Girona, co-authored the Wiley-VCH book "Smart Inorganic Polymers: Synthesis, Properties, and Emerging Applications in Materials and Life Sciences", in particular, the chapter "Highlighting the Binding Behavior of Icosahedral Boron Clusters Incorporated into Polymers: Synthons, Polymers Preparation, and Relevant Properties".

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Published a review on thermoelectric materials, from the very beginning and to the future!

A broad and comprehensive review on thermoelectric materials has been published in "Materials Science and Engineering: R: Reports", a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Elsevier established in 1993 with an impact factor of more than 25! The review, with 47 pages, includes the participation of Mariano Campoy-Quiles and Bernhard Dörling from the ICMAB-CSIC, and 12 more institutions around the world (Italy, USA, UK, Germany, Sweden and Spain). 

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Submit your manuscripts before 31 July for the Entropy special issue "Thermodynamics and Entropy for Self-Assembly and Self-Organization"

Jordi Faraudo, researcher at the Materials Simulation and Theory Department from ICMAB, is the Guest Editor of this Special Issue of the MDPI Entropy journal devoted to "Thermodynamics and Entropy for Self-Assembly and Self-Organization". The Deadline for manuscripts submissions is 31 July 2019

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"Descubriendo la luz: experimentos divertidos de óptica" new science outreach book with the participation of Juan Luís García Pomar, from ICMAB

A new book has just been released to the market. It is a science book about light, but not just that, it is a book about experiments to play with light "Descubriendo la luz: experimentos divertidos de óptica". Juan Luís García Pomar, researcher at ICMAB, is co-author of the book.. We have interviewed him to know more about the book and the interesting optical phenomena associated, such as invisibility! If you want to know more, continue reading!

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Clara Viñas and Francesc Teixidor, co-authors of the book "Boron-Based Compounds: Potential and Emerging Applications in Medicine"

From 11 May 2018, the book from Wiley Editors "Boron-Based Compounds: Potential and Emerging Applications in Medicine", which is focused on the medical applications of boron-based compounds, will be available. Prof. Clara Viñas is one of the co-editors of the book, together with Prof. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins (Leipzig University).

In additon, both Prof. Clara Viñas and Prof. Francesc Teixidor have contributed to the book with a chapter on "Cobaltabisdicarbollide‐based Synthetic Vesicles: From Biological Interaction to in vivo Imaging"

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Mariano Campoy Quiles y Robert Sewel
Ciencia Rias Baixas, 8

Imagínese un mundo sin CDs ni DVDs, donde los envases no tuvieran códigos de barra y las comunicaciones más rápidas fueran las telefónicas (nada de fibra óptica). Un mundo que tuviéramos que recorrer, como los grandes exploradores del pasado, con un mapa impreso en papel y donde el GPS (sistemas de posicionamiento global) no fuera más que un sueño. En 2010 celebramos el 50 an iversario de la invención que permitió la revolución de la información y las telecomunicaciones: el láser.



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Nanoscience and nanotechnology at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona

Prof. Xavier Obradors Berenguer Ha sortit publicat el volum 4(2) de l’any 2008 de la revista Contributions to Science Nanoscience and nanotechnology research in Catalonia”. En aquest volum surt publicat un article sobre la Nanociencia i la Nanotecnología a l’ICMAB.

Adjuntem l’enllaç a aquest volum per a que pugueu veure la resta d'articles


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Energía nanotecnológica


Xavier Obradors

La Nanociencia y la Nanotecnologia constituyen un nuevo paradigma en la generación de conocimiento en el cual las barreras tradicionales entre disciplinas científicas se desdibujan, y por ello, se han convertido en una nueva herramienta, intensiva en conocimiento, con capacidad para transformar radicalmente una gran variedad de sectores tecnológicos.

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Nuevos materiales en la sociedad del siglo XXI


Fernando Bartolomé, Juan J. de Damborenea, José L. G. Fierro, Albert Figueras, José González de la Campa y otros



Las personas nos vemos inmersas en un universo fabricado a partir de materiales de naturaleza metálica, polimérica, cerámica y todas sus posibles combinaciones. Estos materiales sustentan nuestro presente bienestar y hacen factibles nuestro progreso futuro.

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Tunnel junctions withmultiferroic barriers” Nature Materials, March 2007


Prof. Josep Fontcuberta

La electrónica convencional está basada en transistores y diodos; en estos dispositivos la carga eléctrica fluye entre una entrada y una salida y nuestra capacidad de controlar el flujo de carga mediante la aplicación de campos eléctricos (la tensión) les confiere la funcionalidad que explotamos en los componentes electrónicos. Los electrones del material son los portadores de carga eléctrica.

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Baterías recargables: algunos aspectos básicos


Dra. Mª Rosa Palacín

Degut a la creixent demanda de potència elèctrica i major eficiència, el desenvolupament de dispositius eficaços d’emmagatzemament d’energia és un repte tecnològic que avui dia encara no s’ha assolit completament.

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Utilización de la tecnología de fluidos supercríticos para la impregnación de biomateriales con fármacos


Dra. Mª Alejandra Fanovich

Los medios tradicionales de administración de medicamentos proveen una concentración pulsátil de fármaco en el plasma sanguíneo, de forma que los niveles de agente activo crecen rápidamente y luego decaen a medida que el fármaco es excretado o metabolizado. Utilizando dosis simples, el tiempo durante el cual la concentración de principio activo está por encima de del nivel efectivo mínimo puede extenderse aumentando la cantidad administrada.

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Dr. Santi Sala i Vergés



Les característiques de partícules sòlides, com són la seva mida, distribució de mides, forma, geometria superficial, grau de cristal•linitat, tendència a agregar-se, etc. juguen un paper important en la producció i formulació d’un ampli rang de productes industrials com són els fàrmacs, els pigments, els catalitzadors, les pintures en pols, els biopolímers, els cosmètics, les ceres, els explosius, etc.

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