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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.

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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).

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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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One year of lockdown at ICMAB

We asked a few PhD fellows how their research has changed one year after lockdown

How has the lockdown, restrictions, and the work from home lifestyle affected our research?

Monday, 16 March 2020 was not like any other Monday.

News came from China and Italy, about a fast spreading virus that required strict lockdowns to avoid its spread. It was clear than sooner, rather than later, actions would have to be taken everywhere else.

Commemorations, Breaking News, 2021

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Facile Chemical Route to Prepare Water Soluble Epitaxial Sr3Al2O6 Sacrificial Layers for Free‐Standing Oxides

Título : Facile Chemical Route to Prepare Water Soluble Epitaxial Sr3Al2O6 Sacrificial Layers for Free‐Standing Oxides
Autores: Pol Salles, Ivan Caño, Roger Guzman, Camilla Dore, Agustín Mihi, Wu Zhou, Mariona Coll
Citation: Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 2001643. 
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/admi.202001643
PlumX: Facile Chemical Route to Prepare Water Soluble Epitaxial Sr3Al2O6 Sacrificial Layers for Free‐Standing Oxides
The growth of epitaxial complex oxides has been essentially limited to specific substrates that can induce epitaxial growth and stand high temperature thermal treatments. These restrictions hinder the opportunity to manipulate and integrate such materials into new artificial heterostructures including the use of polymeric and silicon substrates and study emergent phenomena for novel applications.

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Disentangling Electron–Phonon Coupling and Thermal Expansion Effects in the Band Gap Renormalization of Perovskite Nanocrystals

Autores: Andrea Rubino, Adrián Francisco-López, Alex J. Barker, Annamaria Petrozza, Mauricio E. Calvo, Alejandro R. Goñi*, and Hernán Míguez*
Citation:
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2021, 12, 1, 569–575
Publication Date:December 31, 2020
https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c03042
PlumX: Disentangling Electron–Phonon Coupling and Thermal Expansion Effects in the Band Gap Renormalization of Perovskite Nanocrystals
The complex electron–phonon interaction occurring in bulk lead halide perovskites gives rise to anomalous temperature dependences, like the widening of the electronic band gap as temperature increases. However, possible confinement effects on the electron–phonon coupling in the nanocrystalline version of these materials remain unexplored. Herein, we study the temperature (ranging from 80 K to ambient) and hydrostatic pressure (from atmospheric to 0.6 GPa) dependence of the photoluminescence of ligand-free methylammonium lead triiodide nanocrystals with controlled sizes embedded in a porous silica matrix.

Energy

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Fourier-filtered electron microscopy image showing phase coexistence between M1 phase and the newly discovered x3M phase, with the two phases weaving across each other forming a “tweed” pattern

Tweed texture revealed in vanadium dioxide in metal-insulator transitions

The study of metal-insulator transitions in VO2 through atomic scale imaging has allowed to uncover a periodical tweed structure: a weaving of vanadium dimers acting like the threads of an actual tweed at the atomic level. This research, led by ICMAB researcher Felip Sandiumenge and ICN2 and ICREA researcher Gustau Catalan, and published in Advanced Materials, provides relevant information for the understanding of transitional states in specific classes of materials.

Top Science Results, 2021

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JAE Intro 2021: CSIC Introduction to Research Grants for University Students

Deadline: 2021-04-12
The CSIC launches the JAE Intro 2021 call "Introduction to Research Fellowships for University Students". This call is open to University students who are willing to begin working in the field of research in Materials Science, Phyiscs, Chemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and related areas in an attractive environment in a CSIC Research Center. The fellowships are for 5 consecutive months during the academic year 2021-2021 starting in October. The application will be open from 10 March to 10 April 2021

Closed Jobs, Breaking News

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Welcome Neil Lamas at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Neil Lamas

Hi, My name is Neil. I am a physics engineer from Belgium with a background in nuclear fusion. I got enrolled as a PhD student here at ICMAB in January 2021 to work on high energy applications of HTS coated conductors. Applying concepts of advanced physics to real world applications has always been a strong drive for me, and doing it while living in the delightful city of Barcelona feels great! Besides physics, I am interested in other fields of Science such as neurology and kinesitherapy, and I always enjoy dancing/doing sport, especially on the beach!

Belgium

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A) Spatial organisation of the catalytic biostructures. B) and C) Detail of the two types of amino acids and their interactions.

Nanoenzymes designed with a unique combination of structure and functions

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ICMAB researchers from the LMI group have collaborated in a study to design minimalist biostructures that imitate natural enzymes, capable of carrying out two differentiated and reversibly regulated activities thanks to a unique combination of structural and functional properties. The strategy used opens the door to the creation of “intelligent” nanomaterials with tailor-made combinations of catalytic functions.

Press Release, Top Science Results

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Non-volatile optical switch of resistance in photoferroelectric tunnel junctions

Autores: Xiao Long, Huan Tan, Florencio Sánchez, Ignasi Fina & Josep Fontcuberta
Citation: Nat Commun 12, 382 (2021).
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-20660-9
PlumX: Non-volatile optical switch of resistance in photoferroelectric tunnel junctions
In the quest for energy efficient and fast memory elements, optically controlled ferroelectric memories are promising candidates. Here, we show that, by taking advantage of the imprint electric field existing in the nanometric BaTiO3 films and their photovoltaic response at visible light, the polarization of suitably written domains can be reversed under illumination. We exploit this effect to trigger and measure the associate change of resistance in tunnel devices.

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Laser fabrication of hybrid electrodes composed of nanocarbons mixed with cerium and manganese oxides for supercapacitive energy storage

Autores: Pablo García Lebière, * Ángel Pérez del Pino, Guillem Domènech Domingo, Constantin Logofatu, Immaculada Martínez-Rovira, Ibraheem Yousef and Enikö György
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2021, Advance Article
https://doi.org/10.1039/D0TA06756C
PlumX: Laser fabrication of hybrid electrodes composed of nanocarbons mixed with cerium and manganese oxides for supercapacitive energy storage
Novel composite materials are being investigated for improving the energy storage performance of electrochemical capacitors. For this goal, synergistic effects via the combination of diverse types of materials are crucial. In this work, electrodes composed of reduced graphene oxide, multiwall carbon nanotubes, as well as cerium and manganese oxides were fabricated through reactive inverse matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (RIMAPLE).

Energy

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Welcome Anne-Claire Robert at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Anne-Claire Robert
Hello! My name is Anne-Claire and I'm from France! I'm a materials chemistry student at Rennes1 University. I'm working with Dr. Florencio Sanchez and Dr. Ignasi Fina to complete my Master degree. After work I enjoy playing video games with friends, travelling, sewing, doing SFX makeup... I don't have recent picture without mask but I guess that Versailles' gardens are a good place to represent France! See you!

France

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Welcome Martín Testa Anta at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Martín Testa Anta

Hello everyone! My name is Martín Testa Anta and I am from the marvelous Galicia. I am joining ICMAB to work under the supervision of Dr. Can Onur Avci within the ERC Starting Grant project ‘MAGNEPIC’. My research will be focused on the spin-torque control of magnetization in ferrimagnetic insulators. Outside the lab, I love sports and nature, particularly hiking and cycling far and wide to different places. I am looking forward to making the most of this experience. See you all around!

Spain

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Reserarchers in a Lab

ICMAB contribution to the CSIC White Paper on Scientific Challenges for 2030

The CSIC White Paper presents the interdisciplinary approaches that the CSIC Research Centers are applying in order to face several of the scientific and social challenges of the next 10 years.

CSIC introduced the White Paper in a digital event livestreamed and now archived on YouTube, analyzing several topics across its three areas of work: Life, Matter, and Society. These documents cover the whole spectrum of research, from basic investigation to potential applications of the results achieved, in order to create helpful strategies and organization models to apply when facing the main challenges we will encounter in the coming years.

Other External News, Breaking News, 2021

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