Media mentions

Javier Llorca, first Spanish elected fellow by the world’s most important materials science association

Javier Llorca, scientific director of the IMDEA Materials Institute and leader of the research group on “Advanced structural materials and nanomaterialss” of the Technical University of Madrid has been elected Fellow of the Materials Research Society. The category of Fellow is awarded to members of the association who have stood out for their contributions to the development of research in materials throughout their careers and who have received international recognition for this. Javier Llorca is the first Spanish researcher to obtain this international award. Click here to access the full text in Madri+d website (content only available in Spanish)

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Rubén Costa in El Confidencial: “The researcher that works so that you can have a BIOLED light bulb at home”

The work of our colleague Rubén Costa has been highlighted in this article in the newspaper El Confidencial in the section named “Hacia un futuro mejor” and sponsored by Banco Santander, that has the goal of disseminating the projects of people that transform society and thrust progress. Click here for the full text (content only available in Spanish).

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Great work of our workers at the Madrid Fair for Science and Innovation 2019 last March. Thank you all!

It was a great opportunity to have been able to transmit the research of excellence in science and materials engineering to all those attending the Fair. Helping to awaken the interest to solve the challenges of society and promote sustainable development in Madrid. Researchers from IMDEA Materials showed the importance of studying new materials, how to improve current ones through new additives or novel manufacturing processes, as well as their study by computational calculations. All this for applications in various fields, from aeronautics to biomaterials. Experiments, demonstrators and videos were shown on the main R & D activities in IMDEA Materials. Thanks to Dr. Juan Pedro Fernández, Dr. Damien Tourret, Dr. Daniel Cintora, Dr. Juan José Vilatela, Alejandro Rodríguez, Verónica Fernández-Luna García, Dr. Joseba Múgica, Alvaro Doñoro, Dr. Cristina Pascual, Jimena de la Vega, Andrea Fernández, Jaime Castro, Dr. Andrea García-Junceda. A success thanks to them!!

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IMDEA Materials leads a 3D printing project for the development of Industry 4.0

MAT4.0-CM is the name of the new project led by the IMDEA Materials Institute. The acronym comes from the union of the word materials and the term 4.0 that defines the current industrial revolution marked by the application of Artificial Intelligence to productive processes. MAT4.0-CM is financed by the Autonomous Community of Madrid and aims to strengthen the industrial sector in three key areas: aeronautics, transport and health. Click here to access the full new (content only available in Spanish)

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IV Edition of the Young Talent Awards

Our colleague Andrea Fernández Gorgojo, has been awarded one of the Young Talent Awards (premio Talento Joven-Carné Joven ) from the regional government of Madrid (Comunidad de Madrid) in the environmental category due to her innovative project focused in the application of new materials to obtain efficient, economic and sustainable batteries. Congratulations!

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Women who design the future

In this opinion article in “El País” journal, our researcher Andrea García-Junceda claims the role of women in research centers, Universities and laboratories around the world. In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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A material similar to sand that emits high quality white light for a new generation of LEDs hybrid

The high content of blue light presented by current LEDs can be harmful to the human retina, especially for children, and has a negative impact on our brain´s chemistry. Rubén Costa, researcher at the IMDEA Materials Institute of Madrid; Elena Lalinde and Jesús Berenguer, from the University of La Rioja, and Javier García, from the University of Alicante, have succeeded at producing a material similar to sand (silica nanoparticles) that emits high quality white light for a new generation of LEDs hybrids. Read more at LED professional.

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Ruben costa, the sole spanish researcher selected to participate in the World Economic Forum meeting in Tianjin

Rubén Costa, senior researcher at IMDEA Materials, has been recognized as one of the best scientists in the world under the age of 40 by the Word Economic Forum. He will play an important role at the Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, which is taking place in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, on 18-20 September. Together with other Thirty-five brilliant researchers, he will participate in sessions and workshops alongside leaders from government, business, civil society and other stakeholder groups and contribute ideas for solving complex challenges within and outside their core areas of interest. Rubén Costa is developing the next-generation of bio-LEDs, aiming to eliminate the need for toxic, polluting and finite rare-earth metals in the world’s artificial lighting.

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Large surface area lends superpowers to ultra-porous materials

Some materials are special not for what they contain, but for what they don’t contain. Such is the case with metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) – ultra-porous structures that are being developed for a variety of future applications from fire-proofing to drug-delivery. Read the whole article in HORIZON magazine

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Gas Natural Fenosa bestows a special mention on Rubén Costa for his pioneering contributions to the energy sector

Rubén Costa, head of the research group on hybrid optoelectronic materials and devices at IMDEA Materials, has been awarded with a special mention by Gas Natural Fenosa. This Spanish company is one of the biggest promotors of innovation, research, and development of technologies devoted to the energy sector. They recognize Rubén Costa as one of the pioneers working on the forefront of hybrid solar cells and light-emitting diodes. The mention was delivered during the Innovators Under 35 Europe: Spain Gathering event of MIT Technology Review in Barcelona.

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Modelling superalloy behaviour to improve aircraft engine design

The MICROMECH project, part of the Sustainable and Green Engines (SAGE) Integrated Technology Demonstrators (ITD) of Clean Sky, has successfully developed a multi-scale computational tool to predict the mechanical behaviour of the Ni-based superalloys used in the hottest parts of aircraft engines. This model will help optimising the performance of new component designs. You can read more about the results of the MICROMECH project in this recent article published by Madri+d (in Spanish only).

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Future bulbs will be made of proteins

LED lights are the true heir to Edison’s electric bulb. They are a major breakthrough in lightning, but still require advances related to their manufacture using cheaper sustainable materials. In this interview (in Spanish), Rubén Costa (senior researher at IMDEA Materials) explains his vision of future light bulbs made of proteins.

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