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Water-Stable Carborane-Based Eu3+/Tb3+ Metal–Organic Frameworks for Tunable Time-Dependent Emission Color and Their Application in Anticounterfeiting Bar-Coding

Zhen LiZhen Li, Rosario Núñez, Mark E. Light, Eliseo Ruiz, Francesc Teixidor, Clara Viñas, Daniel Ruiz-Molina, Claudio Roscini*, and José Giner Planas*
Luminescent lanthanide metal–organic frameworks (Ln-MOFs) have been shown to exhibit relevant optical properties of interest for practical applications, though their implementation still remains a challenge. To be suitable for practical applications, Ln-MOFs must be not only water stable but also printable, easy to prepare, and produced in high yields. Herein, we design and synthesize a series of mCB-EuyTb1–y (y = 0–1) MOFs using a highly hydrophobic ligand mCBL1: 1,7-di(4-carboxyphenyl)-1,7-dicarba-closo-dodecaborane. The new materials are stable in water and at high temperature.
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Analysing water pollutants in situ and with a mobile phone

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.

Clara Viñas receives the SCQ research award from Gregori Ujaque, president of the SCQ at the IEC (21 June 2022) | SCQ-IEC

The award comes from the Societat Catalana de Química (SCQ) for her excellent scientific career in the area of chemistry. 


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Clara Viñas receives the SCQ research award for her excellent scientific career

June 28, 2022
The Societat Catalana de Química is an association that represents chemists from the Catalan Countries within the European context. Its members organize educational and scientific activities around chemistry to increase the social contribution of the field, promote it amongst young people, and encourage its dissemination. The association also fosters interdisciplinary knowledge of ideas and innovations to help advance the field and it gets involved with Catalan public institutions for the enh...
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HORATES Midterm Meeting & International School on Thermoelectric Characterization

The midterm meeting for this international doctoral programme in materials science was celebrated last week.

M. Rosa Palacín (ICMAB researcher) and Giovanni Agostini (beamline responsible at NOTOS)

ICMAB researchers perform the first experiments in the new NOTOS beamline at ALBA synchrotron

The 10th ALBA beamline is fully operational and recently hosted its first experiment from expert users: researchers from ICMAB-CSIC involved in the PTI+ Transener studied different type of materials for batteries. NOTOS is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Congratulations Dr. Martí Gibert, new ICMAB Graduate!

Doctor Martí Gibert, from the NANOPTO Group at ICMAB-CSIC, defended his PhD thesis titled "On Improving the Efficiency of Organic Photovoltaic Devices: Novel Strategies" on Wednesday, 15 June 2022. Congrats!

Open Doors at our Scientific Equipment Platforms: 29 June 2022

We welcome all students, technicians, researchers from universities, technological centers, start ups and companies to visit us on this day to see what we can do for your science!


The cover specifically shows the vital role of icosahedral boron clusters-based ligands as a highly efficient “antenna” for lanthanides. Our carborane-based ligand servers as a chromophore to absorbs photons and then sensitize mixed Eu3+/Tb3+ metals. Energy transfer from Eu3+ to Tb3+ occurred after irradiation, which results in time-dependent color change (from green to orange to red with time going on; represented as colored waves in the cover) and spectroscopic bar-code variation that could be potentially used for anticounterfeiting (e.g., in bank notes)

New Cover in Chemistry of Materials on Carborane-based MOFs for anticounterfeiting applications

A work on tunable color emission carborane-based MOFs is highlighted on the cover of Chemistry of Materials, by José Giner and co-workers.

Teresa Puig, Research Professor and Head of the Superconducting Materials Group | ICMAB, CSIC

New ERC PoC to upscale the manufacturing process of colloidal inks for superconducting materials

ICMAB Researcher Teresa Puig and her team plan to validate a new generation of colloidal inks that enable the scale-up of nanocomposite superconducting tapes.


Sand workshop at Institut Escola Mirades

What is sand made of? We discover it with highschool students.

A new workshop for secondary high school students to know where does the sand from our beaches come from and what is sand really is made of. 

Antibiotic resistance talk at Barcelona Science Festival: 28 May 2022

ICMABer Karla Mayolo will give the talk "Nano Resist".

The 15th Edition of the Barcelona Science Festival (Festa de la Ciència) will take place on 28 and 29 May 2022. Research and knowledge take the streets again with this festival, open to public of all ages!


Clúster MAV group visit at ICMAB | ICMAB

The Clúster MAV event on micro- and nanomaterials gathers ICMAB, ICN2 and IMB-CNM researchers

The Clúster MAV (Advanced Materials Cluster) organized a half-day conference at ICMAB open to R+D+i companies, technology centers and research entities: flash-talks on innovations of micro- and nanomaterials and guided visits to laboratories of the three research centers invovled. 

Mariano Campoy-Quiles and Aleksandr Perevedentsev, founders of Molecular Gate S.L. CSIC spin-off, showing the anti-counterfeiting technology | ICMAB-CSIC

Molecular Gate S.L., new ICMAB-CSIC and BeAble Capital spin-off, offers a transformative technology to ensure the authenticity of pharmaceutical products

Molecular Gate S.L. aims to become a key player in the anti-counterfeiting industry, particularly in the health sector. The cost-effective security technology developed by the company will ensure the authenticity of pharmaceutical products using smart optical printed elements on the products.


Clara Viñas receives the SCQ research award from Gregori Ujaque, president of the SCQ at the IEC (21 June 2022) | SCQ-IEC

Clara Viñas receives the SCQ research award for her excellent scientific career

The award comes from the Societat Catalana de Química (SCQ) for her excellent scientific career in the area of chemistry. 

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Chiral materials team win Royal Society of Chemistry's prestigious Horizon Prize

An international team of scientists have been named the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Materials Chemistry Division Horizon Prize, celebrating the most exciting chemical science taking place today.

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What happens when the coronavirus touches your skin? New video by Marc Domingo!

PhD Researcher Marc Domingo shares some of his work in theoretical simulations that explores the interaction between the coronavirus and the human skin.

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ICMAB will host SURE 2022: a summer school on sustainable materials for energy with EPNOE and ESEIA

EPNOE and ESEIA announce their first joint International Summer School that will take place in Barcelona from 11 to 15 July 2022.

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