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A method that accelerates production and evaluation of materials for solar cells

A method for obtaining and evaluating organic materials for photovoltaic applications 50 times faster than conventional methods has been developed. The study has been published in the Advanced Electronic Materials journal and performed in the framework of the ERC project FOREMAT, led by Mariano Campoy-Quiles, scientist at the ICMAB-CSIC.

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Extremely sensitive radiation detectors to explore the universe

The Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona of the CSIC leads the development in Spain of a ultrasensitive sensors which will be used in the forthcoming European space missions. They are extremely sensitive and miniaturized microcalorimeters, like small thermometers, and can even detect the energy of one single photon. They find also applications in others fields, such as nanotechnology, biomedicine or security.

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Minimalist biostructures designed to create nanomaterials

Researchers from the IBB-UAB and from the ICMAB-CSIC have obtained four molecules of only seven amino acids with the ability to self-assemble, which enables a fast and non expensive process to obtain nanomaterials for biomedical and nanotechnological purposes. They have used them to create one of the most resistant bionanomaterials described until now.

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New boost to future calcium batteries

A recent study demonstrates the feasibility of the electrochemical extraction of calcium from a metal oxide, which could be used as a cathode (positive electrode) for calcium batteries.The study was carried out in collaboration with Toyota Motor Europe, and has resulted in a patent.

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Iridescent photonic cellulose, which mimics the structural color of insects, with optical applications

A study developed at the ICMAB-CSIC and published in Nature Photonics describes the technique to provide structural coloration on a cellulose derivative through its nanostructuration. The colors obtained do not depend on pigments but on nanostructures that interact differently with the incident light. Applications include ecofriendly production of color in packaging systems or decorative paper, anti-counterfeiting technology, or biocompatible, biodegradable, washable and edible and low cost detectors, sensors or labels.

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