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Experiences of "A researcher in your classroom 2.0" - online school visits

Even if we cannot go to schools face-to-face, ICMAB researchers have "visited" some schools using online platforms during these last months. For us it is important to still go to schools, to knock down the walls between young students and scientists, "for most of them it is the first time they meet someone who works as a researcher" says Judit Morlà Folch, one of the researchers who has participated. 

A researcher in your classroom, Online

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Juri Banchewski at his PhD Defense | ICMAB

Congratulations Doctor Juri Banchewski, new ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Juri Banchewski from the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN) group at ICMAB defended his PhD thesis entitled "Transient Liquid Assisted Growth of YBCO Superconducting Films: Growth Kinetics, Physical Properties and Vortex Pinning" on Thursday, 17 December 2020. Congratulations!

PhD Congrats

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Bimodal Therapeutic Agents Against Glioblastoma, One of the Most Lethal Forms of Cancer

Título : Bimodal Therapeutic Agents Against Glioblastoma, One of the Most Lethal Forms of Cancer
Autores: Dr. Marcos Couto, Catalina Alamón, Susana Nievas, Dr. Marina Perona, Dr. María Alejandra Dagrosa, Prof. Dr. Francesc Teixidor, Prof. Dr. Pablo Cabral, Prof. Dr. Clara Viñas, Prof. Dr. Hugo Cerecetto
Citation: Chem. Eur. J.
doi:10.1002/chem.202002963
PlumX: Bimodal Therapeutic Agents Against Glioblastoma, One of the Most Lethal Forms of Cancer
About 95 % of people diagnosed with glioblastoma die within five years. Glioblastoma is the most aggressive central nervous system tumour. It is necessary to make progress in the glioblastoma treatment so that advanced chemotherapy drugs or radiation therapy or, ideally, two‐in‐one hybrid systems should be implemented.

Biomaterials

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Label-free immunodetection of α-synuclein by using a microfluidics coplanar electrolyte-gated organic field-effect transistor

Título : Label-free immunodetection of α-synuclein by using a microfluidics coplanar electrolyte-gated organic field-effect transistor
Autores: Simona Ricci, Stefano Casalini, Vitaliy Parkula, Meenu Selvaraj, Gulseren Deniz Saygin, Pierpaolo Greco, Fabio Biscarini, Marta Mas-Torrent
Citation: Biosensors and Bioelectronics Volume 167, 1 November 2020,  112433. 
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bios.2020.112433

PlumX: Label-free immunodetection of α-synuclein by using a microfluidics coplanar electrolyte-gated organic field-effect transistor

The aggregation of α-synuclein is a critical event in the pathogenesis of neurological diseases, such as Parkinson or Alzheimer. Here, we present a label-free sensor based on an Electrolyte-Gated Organic Field-Effect Transistor (EGOFET) integrated with microfluidics that allows for the detection of amounts of α-synuclein in the range from 0.25 pM to 25 nM. The lower limit of detection (LOD) measures the potential of our integrated device as a tool for prognostics and diagnostics.

Molecular

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Jordi Floriach Clark, new SCN2 Communication Manager, and Pamela Machado, new SCN2 President | ICMAB

New SCN2 Direction Board with two ICMABers: Pamela Machado and Jordi Floriach Clark

Título Artículo: New SCN2 Direction Board with two ICMABers: Pamela Machado and Jordi Floriach Clark

Pamela Machado, ICMAB PhD fellow, is the new President of the Catalan Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SCN2), and Jordi Floriach Clark, ICMAB MSc fellow, is the new Communication Manager. They both start this new role in the SCN2 with a lot of enthusiasm and exciting future plans!

Appointments, Breaking News, 2020

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ERC grantees at ICMAB: Marta Mas-Torrent, Agustín Mihi, Mariano Campoy-Quiles, Teresa Puig, Alexandre Ponrouch, Massimiliano Stengel, Núria Aliaga-Alcalde, Gerard Tobias, Martí Gich, Can Onur Avci

ICMAB is the 10th Catalan Institution with more ERC Grants

Título Artículo: ICMAB is the 10th Catalan Institution with more ERC Grants
A new publication by AGAUR highlights the importance of Catalan Research in the European context and shares the top research institutions in ERCs, Numbers show that from 2007 to 2019, Catalunya has received 369 ERC grants and that 82 % of them are distributed in 16 institutions, including ICMAB. 

Websites News, Top Science Results

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Congratulations, Dr. Hailin Wang, new ICMAB graduate!

Doctor Hailin Wang from the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN), and Advanced Characterization and Nanostructured Materials (ACNM) groups at ICMAB defended his PhD thesis entitled "Epitaxial growth of complex functional oxide thin films by green and sustainable chemical solution methods" on Tuesday, 15 December 2020. The PhD Thesis was supervised by Narcís Mestres and Benjamín Martínez. Congrats!

PhD Congrats

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Nanomol Group renews the TECNIO certification for the next four years

The Nanomol Group has renewed the TECNIO certification, which accredits the Reserach Group as a Technology Developer Organization for the period 2020-2023. The TECNIO certification is created by the Government of Catalonia, through ACCIÓ
 
The TECNIO certification supports the most qualified agents involved in technology transfer processes, allows companies to access advanced R&D and develop new products and services, and increases the scope of technology projects by finding the most suitable technology partners & suppliers.

ICMAB Awards

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Thermal evolution of ferroelectric behavior in epitaxial Hf0.5Zr0.5O2

Título : Thermal evolution of ferroelectric behavior in epitaxial Hf0.5Zr0.5O2
Autores: J. W. Adkins, I. Fina, F. Sánchez, S. R. Bakaul, and J. T. Abiade
Citation:

Appl. Phys. Lett. 117, 142902 (2020)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0015547

PlumX: Thermal evolution of ferroelectric behavior in epitaxial Hf0.5Zr0.5O2
Herein, we report a cryogenic-temperature study on the evolution of the ferroelectric properties of epitaxial Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 thin films on silicon. Wake-up, endurance, and fatigue of these films are found to be intricately correlated, strongly hysteretic, and dependent on available thermal energy.

Oxides

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Open Call: Technical Support Personnel (PTA) 2020

Deadline: 2021-02-11

If you would like to join ICMAB as a technician in our Scientific and Technical Services, take a look at the call that will open soon in this area from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Closed Jobs

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100 attendees at the 1st meeting of the CSIC Equality Committees promoted by the ICM

The meeting, held as part of the European H2020 project LeTSGEPs, was organized by the ICM (Institut de Ciències del Mar) in coordination with the CSIC Equality Committee and the CSIC Women and Science Committee. The ICMAB was present in the event to explain our experience in Gender Equality, after receiving the Equality Distinction in 2018, and to share and learn good practices in Gender Equality. 

Meetings Participation, Women in Science

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Welcome Marta at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Marta Sanz Lleó

My name is Marta Sanz Lleó. I have studied Chemistry degree at UAB. After that, I received a grant to do a Master’s programme in Industrial Innovation from ESDi University in collaboration with Eurecat Technology Center. Since then, I am a researcher at Eurecat. During these 6 years, I have taken part in different projects related to optoelectronic devices, like OPV, HyLEDs, LECs & EL. Now in collaboration with Eurecat I’m going to start my PhD in the NANOPTO group of ICMAB under the supervision of Dr. Mariano Campoy. My PhD programme will be focused on developing NIR organic photodetectors through printing techniques. I’m strongly convinced that this project will be an exciting experience for me during the next years.

 

Spain

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Open calls for Ramón y Cajal and Juan de la Cierva Fellowships 2020

If you would like to come to ICMAB with a Ramón y Cajal Tenure Contract or Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Grant (Training or Incorporation) from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, please take a look at the calls that are open from mid December 2020 until mid January 2021, and contact our researchers to be a candidate!

Closed Jobs

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Engineering Polar Oxynitrides: Hexagonal Perovskite BaWON2

Título : Engineering Polar Oxynitrides: Hexagonal Perovskite BaWON2
Autores: Dr. Judith Oró‐Solé, Dr. Ignasi Fina, Dr. Carlos Frontera, Dr. Jaume Gàzquez, Dr. Clemens Ritter, Marina Cunquero, Dr. Pablo Loza‐Alvarez, Dr. Sergio Conejeros, Prof. Pere Alemany, Prof. Enric Canadell, Prof. Josep Fontcuberta, Prof. Amparo Fuertes. 
Citation: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 18395 – 18399.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ange.202006519
PlumX: Engineering Polar Oxynitrides: Hexagonal Perovskite BaWON2

Non‐centrosymmetric polar compounds have important technological properties. Reported perovskite oxynitrides show centrosymmetric structures, and for some of them high permittivities have been observed and ascribed to local dipoles induced by partial order of nitride and oxide.

Oxides

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An open window in an office building

Aireamos platform to stop aerosol transmission of Covid-19

The Aireamos platform is the result of the efforts of different Spanish research groups and entities that are studying the virus transmission mechanism via aerosol by analyzing CO2 levels in air. The platform was presented via Youtube on 3 December 2020. Albert Verdaguer, ICMAB researcher, is part of this group.

Websites News, 2020

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Welcome Toni at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Toni Yglesias

Hey there! I’m Toni Yglesias from Barcelona, and I am a last year student of the double degree in Physics and Chemistry. I’m joining ICMAB to do my final degree project in the Theory and Simulation group, studying phonon transport in ferroelectric perovskites, using DFT calculations. I'm looking forward to this experience!

 

 

Spain

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Welcome Kim at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Kim López Güell

Hi, my name is Kim and I am an undergraduate Physics and Mathematics student at UAB. I will be working at ICMAB with Dr. Riccardo Rurali in order to complete my final degree project. I enjoy travelling, reading, learning new things, doing sports and being in touch with nature. I am eager to start my internship to broaden my knowledge and hopefully contribute a little bit too. It will probably be a little difficult for us to meet, yet I hope to see all of you around!

 

Spain

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Save Excellent Science: Rescue Horizon Europe's Budget

A massive cut in European budget is putting at risk Pillar 1 of Horizon Europe, the one devoted to Excellent Science and that includes, to name a few, the funds for the ERC and MSCA projects, which are the main tools that researchers have to develop new ideas and open new research paths at the frontier of science. There is still time to sign the campaing #RescueHorizonEurope to assign the additional €4 billion of Horizon Europe to Pillar 1. 

Other External News

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3D Reduced Graphene Oxide Scaffolds with a Combinatorial Fibrous-Porous Architecture for Neural Tissue Engineering

Autores: André F. Girão, Joana Sousa, Ana Domínguez-Bajo, Ankor González-Mayorga, Igor Bdikin, Eulalia Pujades-Otero, Nieves Casañ-Pastor, María Jesús Hortigüela, Gonzalo Otero-Irurueta, António Completo, María Concepción Serrano*, and Paula A.A.P. Marques*.
Citation: ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 35, 38962–38975. Publication Date:August 5, 2020. 
https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.0c10599
PlumX: 3D Reduced Graphene Oxide Scaffolds with a Combinatorial Fibrous-Porous Architecture for Neural Tissue Engineering

Graphene oxide (GO) assists a diverse set of promising routes to build bioactive neural microenvironments by easily interacting with other biomaterials to enhance their bulk features or, alternatively, self-assembling toward the construction of biocompatible systems with specific three-dimensional (3D) geometries.

Biomaterials

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CRAG Building at UAB

ICMAB is partner organization of CRAG's AGenT COFUND Postdoctoral Programme

The AGenT Postdoctoral Programme is an European H2020 Marie Sklodowska COFUND that offers training opportunities for researchers at CRAG and other associated partner organizations like ICMAB. The AGenT programme will aims to improve career prospects for plant and farm animal researchers in Europe and contribute to the their training in the areas of plant and agricultural sciences.

New Projects, 2020

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Open call for Severo Ochoa FUNFUTURE Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects (FIP) 2020 at ICMAB

A new internal competitive call for Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects (FIP) within the Severo Ochoa "Smart Functional Materials for a Better Future" (FUNFUTURE) is now open. The call, open to all ICMAB researchers, either individually or collaborative, has two modalities: “Exploration of novel ideas and methodologies” and “Proof-of-concept”. We encourage all researchers to participate. Deadline is 21 Dec 2020. 

Project Calls, Breaking News, 2020

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Enhancing Long‐Term Device Stability Using Thin Film Blends of Small Molecule Semiconductors and Insulating Polymers to Trap Surface‐Induced Polymorphs

Autores: Tommaso Salzillo, Antonio Campos, Adara Babuji, Raul Santiago, Stefan T. Bromley, Carmen Ocal, Esther Barrena, Rémy Jouclas, Christian Ruzie, Guillaume Schweicher, Yves H. Geerts, Marta Mas‐Torrent.
Citation: Adv. Funct. Mater.2020, 2006115. 
https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202006115
PlumX: Enhancing Long‐Term Device Stability Using Thin Film Blends of Small Molecule Semiconductors and Insulating Polymers to Trap Surface‐Induced Polymorphs

The lack of long‐term stability in thin films of organic semiconductors can often be caused by the low structural stability of metastable phases that are frequently formed upon deposition on a substrate surface. Here, thin films of 2,7‐dioctyloxy[1]benzothieno[3,2‐b]benzothiophene (C8O‐BTBT‐OC8) and blends of this material with polystyrene by solution shearing are fabricated.

Molecular

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Great success of the 1st Online Edition of Expominer 2020

The ICMAB participated between 14 and 27 November 2020 at the 1st Online Edition of Expominer, the exhibition of minerals, fossils and jewelry. The Online Expomine was formed by a cycle of talks and workshops called MinerMat2020 in the framework of the Science Week 2020. We participated with one outreach talk given by Mariona Coll on Solar Energy, and two outreach videos by Anna Cespi, Judith Oró and Roberta Ceravola about techniques to characterize crystals and sand. 

Fairies, Outreach Videos, Outreach & Dissemination, 2020

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Mechanical Softness of Ferroelectric 180° Domain Walls

Autores: Christina Stefani, Louis Ponet, Konstantin Shapovalov, Peng Chen, Eric Langenberg, Darrell G. Schlom, Sergey Artyukhin, Massimiliano Stengel, Neus Domingo, and Gustau Catalan.
Citation: Phys. Rev. X 10, 041001 – Published 1 October 2020
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevX.10.041001
PlumX: Mechanical Softness of Ferroelectric 180° Domain Walls

Using scanning probe microscopy, we measure the out-of-plane mechanical response of ferroelectric 180° domain walls and observe that, despite separating domains that are mechanically identical, the walls appear mechanically distinct—softer—compared to the domains.

Oxides

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Two PhD positions on "Hybrid and Organic Thermoelectrics" within a MSCA ITN at ICMAB

We offer two Doctoral Fellowships to carry out research in "Hybrid and Organic Thermoelectric Systems" within the HORATES Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN). One of the fellowship wil explore experimental tools to characterize thermoelectric properties of organic systems, and the other will explore theoretical tools to determine the thermal conductivity of doped polymer films. Deadline for application is 4 January 2021. 

Closed Jobs

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First meeting of the CSIC Equality Committees at ICM-Institut de Ciències del Mar

The Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC), in coordination with the CSIC Equality Committee and the CSIC Women and Science Committee, is promoting the first meeting of the Equality Committees of the CSIC centers on December 10, 2020. Anna May Masnou, Communication & Outreach Officer and member of the ICMAB Gender Equality Committee, will represent the ICMAB at the conference, where everyone is invited. 

Women in Science, 2020, Online

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Hailin Wang will defend his PhD Thesis on 15 December 2020 at 11 am!

The PhD researcher Hailin Wang from the Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures (SUMAN), and Advanced Characterization and Nanostructured Materials (ACNM) groups at ICMAB will defend his PhD thesis on Tuesday, 15 December 2020, at 11 am in an online session. The PhD Thesis Defense will be held by videoconference from the ICMAB Meeting Room.  Register here to attend the PhD Thesis defense via Zoom. 

PhD Defense

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Concepció Rovira gives a talk on the future of "Molecular Electronics" at IEC

Concepció Rovira, ICMAB researcher at the Nanomol Group, gave on Thursday, 26 November 2020, a Conference entitled "Can we open a new era of electronics with the power of molecules" in the framework of the Science Thursdays at IEC (Institut d'Estudis Catalans). The talk is now available on the IEC Youtube Channel. 

Meetings Participation, Outreach & Dissemination, Online

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Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Adhesives for Transfer Printing of Carbon Nanotubes and Metallic Nanostructures

Autores: Camilla Dore, Bernhard Dörling, Juan Luis Garcia‐Pomar, Mariano Campoy‐Quiles, Agustín Mihi
Citation: Small 2020, 2004795
 
PlumX: Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Adhesives for Transfer Printing of Carbon Nanotubes and Metallic Nanostructures
Transfer printing is one of the key nanofabrication techniques for the large‐scale manufacturing of complex device architectures. It provides a cost‐effective and high‐throughput route for the integration of independently processed materials into spatially tailored architectures.

Energy

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