In line with the International Women’s Day 2023, the Royal Society of Chemistry highlights some of the excellent female researchers publishing impactful work in materials science in a special collection.
European research centres, including ICMAB, and companies leading the development of supercomputing hardware and simulation software re-join forces in the third phase of the MaX European Centre of Excellence, funded by the European Union and supported by the Euro HPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) and its member states.
In article published in Advanced Sensor Research, Anna Palau and co-workers study permalloy strips with substrate-induced uniaxial anisotropy, since they offer the possibility to produce fast in-plane magnetization reversals triggered by an out-of-plane magnetic field.
The awards ceremony took place on Friday, 10 February 2023 at the Library of the University Campus in Manresa. Xavier Obradors made the speech presenting the awardee and highlighting the merits of her career.
The February issue of the magazine "El Pou de la Gallina" from Manresa is devoted to "Doing research abroad". The number was presented at the Casino in Manresa in a round table with Xavier Obradors, who participated in the report.
ICMAB researchers have participated in a study to create a versatile platform based on hierarchically nanostructured cell-adhesion peptides using quatsomes, which opens new possibilities for tissue engineering. The study, published in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces is a collaboration of three CIBER-BBN groups at ICMAB, IQAC (both CSIC) and IBEC.
In the #ChemicalScience Pick of the Week, M. Rosa Palacín and colleagues from ICMAB and ALBA Synchrotron present a perspective which focuses on the state-of-the art of operando techniques using synchrotron radiation applied to batteries, covering from hard to soft X-rays.
Collaboration is a key part of research. Whether it is collaboration with similar researchers with different skill sets or perspectives, or collaboration with researchers in other fields for an interdisciplinary approach, joining efforts with other institutions is a solid way to improve ICMAB’s work. Here are the institutions that have collaborated more with ICMAB in 2022:
"It doesn't exist if it is not published", or "Publish or perish". For sure you have heard some of these sentences. Our ICMAB researchers do great science, and also publish the results in specialized scientific journals, to disseminate the research results they obtain.
ICMAB has, since 1986 and until this year 2022, over 6,000 publications and 200,000 citations. This year 2022 ICMAB researchers have published, so far, over 210 publications. Some of them are considered highly cited articles.
The Clarivate journal Impact Factor metric system gives a yearly numeric indicator of how much has an article been cited and how much impact has it had. With a total of 210 of publications with IF (before finishing the year), ICMAB’s average IF has been at 9.00, with an 26.7 % of all publications having an IF higher than 10. These are the ICMAB articles that have had a higher IF during 2022:
The Global Health and Research community and their Gender and Equity Committees signing below, including the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB, CSIC) and its Gender Equality Committee, ratifies this statement written by The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal).
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the CSIC Women and Science Committee and the CSIC Delegate Committee for Equality have prepared the following joint communication.
The ICMAB Gender Equality Committee at ICMAB works to ensure that there are no inequalities or discriminations for reasons of gender, race, age, nationality at ICMAB, is the main consultation point for anyone who has any issue regarding these topics, and makes available all the resources and tools (from CSIC, MCIN...) to the ICMAB staff and provides training in the matter, so they know what to do when something related to work or sexual harassment, inequalities, bias, or any other discrimination happens.
María José Sanz, director of the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), takes over the presidency of the Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centers and María de Maeztu Units (SOMMa) replacing María Blasco, director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO).
UAB researchers have developed a magnetic material capable of imitating the way the brain stores information. The material makes it possible to emulate the synapses of neurons and mimic, for the first time, the learning that occurs during deep sleep. ICMAB researcher Alberto Quintana participates in the study.
To celebrate the International Open Access Week 2022 (24-30 October) we organized a seminar on open access at ICMAB, entitled Open bar, publish open access free wherever you want. CSIC's transformative agreements with publishers.
2021 has been a year characterized by the "back-to-normal" life after the pandemic.
The ICMAB has, step by step, returned to normality, but continuing with online and hybrid events and meetings, and with limitted capacity in the labs and offices for most of the year, and strict conditions to ensure the safety and health of all the ICMABers.
However, our researchers and all our staff have worked hard to continue making this center one of the top centers in materials science research of the world.
Xplorers is a TV program relesased on the International Day of Scientific Culture: 28 Sept. ICMAB Severo Ochoa Scientific Director, M. Rosa Palacin, and Director, Xavier Obradors, participate in the program.
Researchers from ICFO, ICMAB-CSIC and Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a new methodology to investigate and measure the quantum phase transitions of a high-temperature superconductor by using High Harmonic spectroscopy.
Key aspects of the project to achieve high impact include collaboration with professional communicators and with a digital newspaper, as well as a high quality of the design and production of the videos.
Eloísa del Pino visited some of the CSIC centers in Catalunya to meet the staff and discuss the needs and challenges of the institutes. She has been able to tour emblematic infrastructures such as the IMB-CNM Clean Room and the Nanoquim and Nanbiosis platforms at ICMAB; or the Automated X-ray Crystallography Platform at IBMB.
The 48-month EU-funded NextGEM project started on 1 July 2022 and counts with 7.56 M€. One of the objectives of the project is to ensure EU citizens’ healthy living and a safe working environment when employing existing and future electromagnetic fields (EMF)-based telecommunication technologies
The article "Chemical Doping of the Organic Semiconductor C8-BTBT-C8 Using an Aqueous Iodine Solution for Device Mobility Enhancement" is chosen to be included in the Advanced Materials " Women in Materials Science" virtual issue.
Absorb more light while using less material: This constitutes one of the most complicated milestones in the field of organic photovoltaics due to its practical implications: improving the efficiency of solar cells, (potentially) their stability and their semi-transparency to the human eye. Now, the achievement of such milestone seems to be closer than ever.
A group of ICMAB and IMB-CNM reserachers have developed a disposable electrochemical sensor to detect contaminants in water. No sample pre-treatment is required and water can be analysed on site in the field. The sensor can be connected to a portable device, such as a mobile phone, and no specific training is needed to use it.